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• The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that electronics retailer Best Buy "is laying off 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time employees in Canada as it consolidates operations." The company says it "will close 66 of its Future Shop locations and rebranding the remaining 65 as Best Buy stores."

Death by a thousand cuts?


• The Associated Press reports that "an outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain spread to one of the top poultry producing counties of the nation’s top turkey producing state of Minnesota, government officials confirmed on Saturday, raising fears that the that the highly contagious disease could seriously damage the industry.

"The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza has infected a third turkey farm in the state, this time a commercial flock of 39,000 birds in Stearns county in central Minnesota. The county is No. 2 in turkey production in Minnesota and is also one of the state’s top chicken and egg producers."
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