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No talk of Keystone XL pipeline after Biden and Trudeau meet virtually

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No talk of Keystone XL pipeline after Biden and Trudeau meet virtually

President Biden on Tuesday said that he and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed to work together to counter China’s influence and to combat racism and global warming.

Biden and Trudeau “met” virtually on Tuesday in what the White House billed as Biden’s first bilateral meeting with a world leader.

But in comments after the virtual meeting, the two world leaders did not mention their disagreement on Biden’s post-inaugural executive action ending construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S., costing thousands of jobs on both sides of the northern border.

Trudeau last month said he was “disappointed” in Biden’s move to revoke a permit for the pipeline. Trudeau had said he “spoke directly” to Biden about the $8 billion project in November, and other Canadian officials “made the case” in favor of it “to high-level officials in the incoming administration.

“We both recognize our responsibility as leading democracies to defend our shared values around the world and to strengthen our own democracies at home,” Biden said in a speech Tuesday after roughly two hours of non-public video-streamed talks.

“That includes rooting out systemic racism and unconscious bias are our institutions and our laws, as well as our hearts. Today, we agreed to reestablish the cross-border crime forum and work together to modernize our approach to community safety, and to do all — the most, the most we can do more to take on racism and discrimination in both our systems.”

Biden said he and Trudeau “agreed to work together on a inclusive recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic by “using the tools available through the small and medium enterprise chapter of our trade agreement to support women and minority owned businesses.”

Biden and Trudeau said they would like to work together on global warming.

“We also double downed on our efforts to tackle climate change, It was really, really encouraging. Now that the United States is back in the Paris Agreement, we intend to demonstrate our leadership in order to spur other countries to raise their own ambitions,” Biden said.

“Canada and the United States are going to work in lockstep to display the seriousness of our commitment at both home and abroad. To that end, we’re launching a high level climate ambition ministerial to align our policies and our goals and achieve net zero emissions by 2050,” a goal Biden previously stated in his presidential campaign.

Biden also called on China to release two jailed Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.

“Human beings are not bartering chips. And we’re going to work together until we get their safe return,” Biden said.

There were no questions from reporters following speeches from the leaders, in a break from custom at bilateral meetings between US presidents and foreign leaders.

The virtual engagement began with a brief public availability where the press was allowed to observe introductions between Biden and Trudeau. The Canadian prime minister told Biden, “thank you again for stepping up in such a big way on tacking climate change. U.S. leadership has been sorely missed over the past years.”

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Sole survivor of South Carolina shooting by Phillip Adams dies

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Sole survivor of South Carolina shooting by Phillip Adams dies

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A sixth person has died following a shooting earlier this week at the hands of a former NFL player who also killed four members of a South Carolina family, local officials said Saturday.

Robert Shook, 38, an air conditioning technician from Cherryville, North Carolina, has died from injuries sustained in the Wednesday shooting while he was working at the home, according to York County Coroner Sabrina Gast.

Authorities say Phillip Adams killed Rock Hill physician Robert Lesslie; his wife, Barbara; two of their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesslie and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie; and another air conditioning technician, James Lewis, who had been working with Shook at the Lesslie home.

Adams later shot himself to death. His brain is now being examined for possible degenerative disease that has been shown to cause violent mood swings and other cognitive disorders in some athletes and members of the military.

Adams, 32, played in 78 NFL games over six seasons for six teams. He joined the 49ers in 2010 as a seventh-round draft pick out of South Carolina State, and though he rarely started, he went on to play for New England, Seattle, Oakland and the New York Jets before finishing his career with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015.

As a rookie, Adams suffered a severe ankle injury and never played for the 49ers again. Later, with the Raiders, he had two concussions over three games in 2012.

Whether he suffered long-lasting concussion-related injuries wasn’t immediately clear. Adams would not have been eligible for testing as part of a broad settlement between the league and former players over such injuries, because he hadn’t retired by 2014.

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UK won’t welcome Prince Harry home: Brexit leader Nigel Farage

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UK won't welcome Prince Harry home: Brexit leader Nigel Farage

At least one Brit doesn’t think Prince Harry should rush home for his beloved grandfather’s funeral.

Brexit leader Nigel Farage yanked up his welcome mat in a tweet slamming Harry and wife Meghan Markle for their terse statement on the death of Prince Philip Friday at age 99.

“For a couple that do public emotion as a career, this third person and one sentence statement shows their contempt for this great man and the monarchy,” Farage tweeted Friday.

“The British public will not welcome Harry and Meghan back, even for the funeral,” he added.

Buckingham Palace confirmed Saturday that Prince Harry, 36, will indeed make the trip home for the first time in a little more than a year to attend Prince Philip’s funeral — and that Markle won’t be with him.

The heavily pregnant Markle, 39, who is due to give birth to the couple’s daughter this summer, will stay home in California on her doctor’s advice — even though she flew to New York for a baby shower while seven months pregnant with son Archie in February 2019.

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Phone found laying on the bottom of lake for a year still works

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Phone found laying on the bottom of lake for a year still works

Somebody called in a miracle

A man who dropped his phone into a lake in Taiwan while paddle-boarding a year ago has successfully recovered it — and it still works thanks to its waterproof protective casing, the BBC reported Friday.

The man, identified only as Chen, thought his phone was gone forever when it sank to the bottom of Sun Moon Lake. A severe drought in Taiwan has dried up the iconic waterhole and Chen’s phone was found by a worker in the mud.

The drought, Taiwan’s worst in 56 years, has been less fun for most other residents however as the government has imposed severe water rationing.

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