LEFT­IST CAN­DI­DATE WINS IN AUS­TRIA

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vi­enna» Left-lean­ing Alexan­der Van der Bellen tri­umphed over his right-wing ri­val Sun­day in the vote for Aus­tria’s pres­i­dency, a vic­tory wel­comed by mod­er­ate politi­cians across Europe as a blow against the na­tion­al­ist forces look­ing to weaken the Euro­pean Union.

While the Aus­trian pres­i­dency is a mostly sym­bolic post, it had at­tracted at­ten­tion from across Europe as the next pos­si­ble vic­tory for na­tion­al­ists af­ter po­lit­i­cal out­sider Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­den­tial win in the United States and the Brexit vote in Bri­tain.

“What hap­pens here to­day has rel­e­vance for all of Europe,” Van der Bellen said as he cast his bal­lot, later not­ing that his win showed most vot­ers backed his mes­sage of “free­dom, equal­ity, sol­i­dar­ity.”

Renzi quits af­ter los­ing re­forms ref­er­en­dum by big mar­gin

B rome» Ital­ian Premier Mat­teo Renzi an­nounced he will re­sign Mon­day af­ter suf­fer­ing a sting­ing loss in a re­forms ref­er­en­dum, trig­ger­ing im­me­di­ate calls from a pop­ulist party and other op­po­si­tion forces for elec­tions to be held soon.

“I lost, and the post that gets elim­i­nated is mine,” Renzi said. “The gov­ern­ment’s ex­pe­ri­ence is over, and in the af­ter­noon I’ll go to the Quiri­nal Hill to hand in my res­ig­na­tion” to Pres­i­dent Ser­gio Mattarella.

Lead­ers of the na­tion­al­ist 5-Star Move­ment, which is led by comic Beppe Grillo, joined the cho­rus for early elec­tions. The 5-Stars are the chief ri­vals of Renzi’s Democrats and are anx­ious to achieve na­tional power for the first time.

Wy­oming police to dole out do­nated money for good deeds. A good deed

could turn into a $50 tip from Jackson law en­force­ment of­fi­cials who will dole out do­nated money ahead of the hol­i­days.

Te­ton County Sher­iff Jim Whalen says anony­mous donors have con­trib­uted enough for deputies, of­fi­cers and troop­ers to give $50 to $100 gifts.

Whalen said the money could be given out for al­most any­thing, in­clud­ing good driv­ers or peo­ple who are sim­ply down on their luck.

He said the cash gifts are about spread­ing good­will.

Do­na­tions last year helped of­fi­cials run a sim­i­lar ef­fort.

More pri­vate col­lege pres­i­dents top $2 mil­lion in pay, study finds

B bos­ton» Pres­i­dents of eight pri­vate col­leges in the U.S. were paid more than $2 mil­lion in 2014, the most ever to hit that mark, ac­cord­ing to a new study.

They join a to­tal of 39 chiefs who made more than $1 mil­lion that year, pass­ing the pre­vi­ous high of 32 the year be­fore, ac­cord­ing to new an­nual rank­ings re­leased Sun­day by the Chron­i­cle of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion.

Mary­land may ex­tend frack­ing ban. Mary­land

frack­ing op­po­nents are push­ing hard for a state law to pro­hibit the con­tro­ver­sial gas-ex­trac­tion method, but law­mak­ers seem more likely to ex­tend the ex­ist­ing mora­to­rium on the prac­tice dur­ing the up­com­ing leg­isla­tive ses­sion.

Ad­vo­cates for a ban ex­pect re­sis­tance from Sen. Joan Carter Con­way, D-Bal­ti­more, who leads a com­mit­tee that over­sees en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs and has stopped pre­vi­ous at­tempts to pro­hibit the drilling tech­nique, also known as hy­draulic frac­tur­ing.

“Moana,” “Fan­tas­tic Beasts” rule box of­fice again B

hol­ly­wood» Au­di­ences came back for a se­cond help­ing of “Moana” and “Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them” this week­end. Both fam­ily-friendly films topped the post-Thanks­giv­ing box of­fice, with “Moana” bring­ing in $28.4 mil­lion and “Fan­tas­tic Beasts” earn­ing $18.5 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates. Dis­ney’s “Moana,” in only its se­cond week­end in the­aters and se­cond week­end at No. 1, has grossed $119.9 mil­lion, while Warner Bros.’ Harry Pot­ter spinoff “Fan­tas­tic Beasts” has earned $183.5 mil­lion in three weeks.

Aus­trian in­de­pen­dent can­di­date Alexan­der Van der Bellen cel­e­brates dur­ing an elec­tion party Sun­day in Vi­enna af­ter pres­i­den­tial elec­tions.

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