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Tragically Hip's Gord Downie dead at 53

Gord Downie, the Tragically Hip frontman who united a diverse array of music lovers with his commanding stage presence and Canadiana-laced lyrics, has died. He was 53. Downie had an aggressive and incurable for...


Politics

Quebec passes bill banning niqab, burka while receiving public services

MONTREAL – Niqab-wearing Quebec women who want to ride the bus, visit the library, go for a medical check-up or meet with their child’s teacher are now legally required to uncover their faces while receiving pr...


Business

Big elevator companies blast Ontario bill, safety agency in new report

TORONTO — Canada's major elevator companies, which have come under scrutiny for breakdowns and delayed repairs, are warning that proposed Ontario legislation aimed at enhancing reliability of the devices in the...


Canada

B.C. mayor says workers were doing maintenance when killed at Fernie hockey rink

FERNIE, B.C. — The mayor of a small city in southeastern British Columbia says three workers were doing routine maintenance at the ice rink when they were killed by a suspected ammonia leak.Fernie Mayor Mary Gi...


World

Mean, unadoptable cats given second chance in 'working' program

PHILADELPHIA — Gary wasn’t used to being around people. He didn’t like being touched, or even looked at. If anyone came too close, he’d lash out. He was perfect for the job. Because at the “Working Cats” progra...


World

Puerto Rico youth stranded with school still out from storm

HATILLO, Puerto Rico — Alanys Arroyo and her little brothers have been cooped up in a school for weeks, but they aren't in class. They've been living in a campus-turned-shelter in western Puerto Rico since Hurr...


Politics

Kelly McParland: Bill Morneau discovers an elite, tax-dodging loophole exploiter: Himself

Take a minute to consider this: Canada’s finance minister is engaged in an effort to sell a controversial new tax change. His pitch is that the change is aimed at rich people who have been taking unfair advanta...


Politics

Liberals continue tax change tour, narrow scope of passive-income measure

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is continuing to pull and pluck away at his government's controversial tax regime proposals, this time promising to adjust the rules on passive income so only three per cent of the...


Politics

Sears Canada extended warranties to run out today

TORONTO - Today is the last day Sears Canada Inc. will honour extended warranties as the retailer prepares to start liquidation sales Thursday. Sears Canada said earlier this week that only customers who bought...


Business

Amazon would save $1.5B a year in salaries if new HQ in Toronto area: Ed Clark

Setting up its second headquarters in the Greater Toronto Area would save Amazon $1.5 billion a year, the man heading up Ontario's bid for the project said Wednesday, as the deadline loomed for cities in North ...


World

Houston-area "Tourniquet Killer" set to die

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A man who became known as Houston's "Tourniquet Killer" because of his signature murder technique on four female victims was set for execution Wednesday evening.Anthony Allen Shore confessed...


World New

Kenya electoral head says fair election can't be guaranteed next week

The head of Kenya's election commission said Wednesday he could not guarantee next week's presidential election will be free and fair, citing interference from politicians and threats of violence against his co...


World New

Burmese army killed hundreds of Rohingya Muslims: Amnesty International report

By The Associated PressWed., Oct. 18, 2017BANGKOK—Burmese security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new r...


Canada New

Man dead from crash during wildfire; two taken to hospital after fighting fire near Tompkins

Man dead from crash during wildfire; two taken to hospital after fighting fire near Tompkins Amid wildfires in southwestern Saskatchewan, a man has been confirmed dead as a result of a single vehicle collision ...


World

U.S. Navy SEALs first spotted Boyle family in captivity and pressured Pakistan to make a move or they would

WASHINGTON — A CIA drone was circling a remote valley in northwest Pakistan last month when it picked up an unusual sight: a young woman and children in a militant camp. To intelligence analysts, she appeared t...


World

Inside the Vancouver chapter of a secretive group where women are branded by their 'masters'

ALBANY, N.Y. — Last March, five women gathered in a home near here to enter a secret sisterhood they were told was created to empower women. To gain admission, they were required to give their recruiter — or “m...


World

Trump: Lawmaker 'fabricated' account of his talk with widow

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a Florida congresswoman “fabricated” an account of the commander in chief telling the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger that her husband “knew...


World New

U.K. intelligence chief says terror threat is worst of career

By Gregory KatzThe Associated PressWed., Oct. 18, 2017LONDON—Britain’s domestic intelligence chief warned during a rare public speech Tuesday that the terrorist threat the country faces has accelerated at an al...


World

Xi Jinping lays out blueprint to make China a global superpower by 2050

President Xi Jinping warned of severe challenges while laying out a road map to turn China into a leading global power by 2050, as he kicked off a twice-a-decade party gathering expected to cement his influence...


World

Israel finds a welcome audience with Christian journalists

JERUSALEM — Israel's nationalist government may be unpopular with Western liberals and much of its domestic press corps, but it has found a close friend among the world's evangelical Christians and their media ...