Michelle Obama mocks Donald Trump’s microphone woes

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — She didn’t mention Donald Trump by name, but Michelle Obama had some fun at the Republican presidential nominee’s expense during a campaign event for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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    Praising Clinton, Mrs. Obama said, “She doesn’t cry foul” and tapped her microphone. It was an apparent swipe at Trump, who said the microphone he used during the first presidential debate was defective.

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    “The presidency doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are,” Mrs. Obama said. “That’s the kind of president they will be. And trust me, a candidate is not going to suddenly change once they’re in office.”

    Mrs. Obama encouraged the crowd of 1,400 to vote — and to get others to vote, too.

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    “This election, it’s about making a choice between two very different candidates with very different visions for our nation,” Mrs. Obama said.

    “Hillary Clinton has it all. She is the real deal. I know she is more than ready, more than able to be an outstanding president for us all.”

    President Barack Obama won North Carolina in 2008, but lost the state to Mitt Romney in 2012. Mrs. Obama plans to campaign in Raleigh on Thursday afternoon.

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Nova Scotia teachers reject second tentative agreement

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Nova Scotia’s 9,000 public school teachers have voted to reject a second tentative agreement reached between the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) and the province.

According to the union, 70 per cent of members voted against the agreement Tuesday night, compared to 61 per cent for the previous vote. Voter turnout remained the same at 94 per cent.

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“Our public school members are highly engaged in the process of democracy and have used their voice in rejecting this tentative agreement,” NSTU president Liette Doucet said in a statement.

“It’s clear that the improvements negotiated were not enough for our members, and the concerns of poor working conditions and not being valued as professionals influenced members as they voted against this agreement.”

READ MORE: 2nd tentative agreement in jeopardy days before Nova Scotia teachers set to vote

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey responded to the results stating she is “very disappointed” to learn of the outcome.

The collective bargaining process has run its course. This is the second time we reached a tentative agreement with different bargaining teams from the NSTU that was rejected by the membership. We will not be returning to the table, we now await the union’s decision,” Casey said in a release.

This marks the second time in a year that union membership vote against a deal and against their union leadership.

A similar deal was rejected in December, with teachers citing working conditions as the main sticking point.

Doucet said they have heard loud and clear from their members and will work closely with them in the coming weeks.

“We expect that the conciliator will now file a report that will state that the parties were unable to reach an agreement. We will meet with our provincial executive to explore our options under the Teachers’ Collective Bargaining Act,” she said.

“Looking at the option of seeking a strike vote from members will be one of our considerations.”

READ MORE: Nova Scotia government has been ‘fair’ to teachers: Stephen McNeil

Doucet also expressed worry about the implications the vote will have on Bill 148.

“With the rejection of this tentative agreement, we fear that government will finally proclaim Bill 148, which could affect all public sector workers.”

The province-wide electronic vote was held on Tuesday night.

WATCH: Cheeseburger rice pie recipe

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A collision of two classic meals results in an epic flavour combination. This cheesy, beefy pie has a novel rice crust and is loaded with traditional burger flavour that will satisfy a hungry crowd of all ages.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes

1 cup (250 mL) long grain U.S. white rice
1 lb (500 g) lean ground beef
1 1/4 cups (300 mL) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup (50 mL) ketchup
3 tbsp (45 mL) prepared yellow mustard

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1 tbsp (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce
2 large eggs, divided
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
Sliced dill pickles and/or tomatoes (optional)

Prepare rice according to package directions. Spread out on a plate until cool enough to handle. Grease a 9-inch (23 cm) deep-dish pie plate.

Meanwhile, crumble beef into a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until browned and no pink remains. Transfer beef mixture to a paper-towel lined colander to drain; cool slightly.

Beat one egg and mix with cooled rice, ½ cup (125 mL) cheese, the salt and pepper until well combined. Press into bottom and up sides of prepared pie plate.

Transfer beef mixture to a bowl and stir in onion, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and remaining egg. Spread evenly in rice crust. (Pie can be assembled to this point and reserved for 1 day in the refrigerator.)

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Bake pie for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and pie is hot in centre. Garnish with pickles and tomato slices (if using).

Makes 6 servings.

• Pickle lovers can chop the pickles and mix them right into the meat mixture.
• Big Mac fans can drizzle Thousand Islands-style dressing over the pie before serving.
• Double the recipe and freeze the second unbaked pie (well wrapped) for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
• Use long grain U.S. brown rice for additional fibre.

PER SERVING (1/6th pie): 401 calories, 18 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 135 mg cholesterol, 653 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrates, 1 g fibre, 4 g sugars, 27 g protein. % RDI: 20% calcium, 20% iron, 8% vitamin A, 4% vitamin C.

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Canadian government claims residential school lawyer committed fraud over fees

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The Canadian government says a law firm that represented thousands of residential school survivors should have to pay back legal fees because it inflated its billings.

But the government’s argument that accuses the Merchant Law Group of fraud, deceit and misrepresentation won’t go any further unless Saskatchewan’s highest court agrees to reinstate the case.

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    Lawyers for Canada’s attorney general told the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal on Tuesday that the government would not have entered into an agreement a decade ago to pay the firm $25 million if it had known there were concerns about how much time the company spent working on residential school claims.

    “What we’re saying is we wouldn’t have agreed to that amount if we had known the truth, so we want some damages for that,” lawyer Kelly Keenan told the three Appeal Court judges.

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    The Appeal Court reserved its decision, which will not affect payments for survivors.

    The case goes back about a decade, when courts in each province approved the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

    In the Saskatchewan settlement approval hearing, Canada argued that the agreement did not require that it pay Merchant Law Group a minimum of $25 million. But Justice Dennis Ball disagreed and found the amount reasonable, noting that substantial time had been spent on the case and the complexity of the litigation.

    Canada’s appeal was dismissed by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in March 2007.

    Canada went back to court in December 2007, arguing it shouldn’t have to pay Merchant until a verification process to review the firm’s billing records was complete.

    Justice Neil Gabrielson, who was overseeing implementation of the settlement agreement in Saskatchewan, ruled in 2008 that the verification process was not complete but that Canada must pay.

    The federal government filed a new lawsuit against Merchant Law Group in January 2015 to try to get the money back.

    Justice Brian Barrington-Foote tossed out the claim, saying Canada did not have the information it now claims to have about Merchant’s billing records, but that it was well aware of the possibility there had been misrepresentations and agreed to pay $25 million regardless.

    Keenan said no one knew there was fraud in 2006 or 2008.

    “Canada’s claim is about what arrangement it would have entered into, not whether the arrangement it entered into was fair and reasonable,” she said.

    The review process was done after the agreement was signed,

    Keenan said, and it found Merchant’s billing records were “replete with the illegitimate time entries and excessive disbursement records.”

    Merchant’s lawyer, Gordon Kuski, said the government knew there were concerns about billing and went into negotiations with its eyes wide open.

    “Each of the courts were fully informed and hip about the concerns but, pursuant to the contract, found out that the $25 million was fair and responsible,” Kuski told the Appeal Court on Tuesday.

    He also said dragging the case into court again is an abuse of process.<

    “The torturous journey that MLG has been on since 2006, relative to this matter, and here 10 years later -they're being vexed by the same issue.”

    Kuski said the government can't have its money back.

    “The court ordered that we were entitled to it,” he said.

    “I mean there has to be some end to litigation.”

South Carolina governor orders mass evacuation ahead of Hurricane Matthew

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – People along the East Coast entered better-safe-than-sorry mode Tuesday, flocking to hardware stores, grocery aisles and gas stations as Hurricane Matthew marched toward Florida, threatening to become the first hurricane to hit the state’s Atlantic coast in over a decade.

The storm was on track to rake the Southeastern coast and trek north. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said she planned to issue an evacuation order Wednesday so that 1 million people can safely leave the coast.

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Matthew, a Category 4 storm packing winds of 145 mph, pummeled parts of Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Tuesday and is expected to head north over Cuba and the Bahamas before nearing the Florida coast by Thursday. At least nine people in the Caribbean have died.

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a hurricane watch for a 230-mile stretch from Deerfield Beach near Fort Lauderdale to the Daytona Beach area, meaning hurricane force winds of 74 mph or higher could occur within two days.

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In South Florida, lines at grocery stores were heavier than usual and some essentials were in short supply. When Simone Corrado and her husband tried to buy water at their Publix in Davie near Fort Lauderdale, they mostly found empty shelves. There were a few bottles of high-end water brands, but there was so much empty shelf space that Corrado lay down and fully stretched out on the bottom shelf.

“I got scared because all that was left at Publix was just the pricey water,” said Corrado, who lived through 1992’s catastrophic Hurricane Andrew, which practically levelled the nearby city of Homestead. “They really put the fear into you here. On the television screen every few minutes is the ‘beep, beep, beep’ storm alert.”

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Gov. Rick Scott, speaking in the Daytona area, warned residents they must be prepared to take a direct hit and evacuation orders could be issued as early as Tuesday. Scott said his biggest worry is that residents won’t take seriously the threat from Matthew, especially since so many newer residents have never lived through a hurricane.

“Don’t take a chance. Leave before it’s too late,” he said. “We have to be prepared to be hit by a catastrophic hurricane.”

Hurricane Hermine became the first to strike Florida since Wilma in 2005 when it hit the eastern Panhandle on Sept. 2 as a Category 1 storm, causing one death, storm surge damage to beachfront homes and downed trees and powerlines. That 11-year lull between storms hitting Florida was the longest on record.

The last storm to hit the Atlantic side of Florida was Hurricane Katrina, which struck in 2005 on its way to devastating the Gulf coast.

Wilma made landfall as a Category 3 storm with 120 mph winds, killing five people as it pushed from southwest Florida, through the Everglades and into the Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach area, causing an estimated $21 billion in damage and leaving thousands of residents without power for more than a week. It concluded a two-year span when a record eight hurricanes hit the state.

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Governors in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina declared states of emergency, and the White House said President Barack Obama cancelled a campaign and health care events in Florida on Wednesday and would instead visit the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for an update.

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Some airlines let passengers change travel plans without penalty if their trip might be affected by Matthew.

Near Miami Beach, The Home Depot in Davie briefly ran out of propane for gas barbecues and the supply of batteries was dwindling. People bought plywood to cover windows, tarps to put over outdoor furniture and coolers for food storage.

Anesthesiologist Darby Lipka lugged a 20-pound propane tank across the parking lot, saying he had already purchased food and water. He installed hurricane windows years ago so he wouldn’t need to erect shutters

“I am just trying to be prepared,” he said.

Dane Vaala, a diesel mechanic, was loading plywood onto his pickup. He needed it so he could stand on his awning to install upper floor shutters at his home. He moved to Florida from Montana in 2007, so Matthew would be his first storm. He had loaded up on canned food and water.

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“I’m not too concerned – it doesn’t really bother me much,” he said. “But it is better to prep.”

Haley said state officials would reverse lanes on major evacuation routes in South Carolina. It would be the first major evacuation since Hurricane Floyd in 1999, when the governor at the time didn’t reverse the lanes and Interstate 26 became a parking lot. A typically two-hour drive from Charleston to Columbia turned into 24-hour nightmare.

“We’ve been though winter storms. We’ve been through a 1,000-year flood. A hurricane is different. I don’t want anyone to look at the last couple of tragedies we’ve gone through and think this is similar,” Haley said.