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First two jurors selected to hear murder trial of Luka Rocco Magnotta

2 hours 39 min ago

MONTREAL - The first two jurors have been selected to hear the first-degree murder trial of Luka Rocco Magnotta.

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NewsAlert: Gone with the wind: Alberta to sell government air fleet

2 hours 41 min ago
EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says the province's controversial fleet of airplanes is up for sale.
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Rob Ford's health: Update expected tomorrow

2 hours 42 min ago
An update on the health of Rob Ford, who left the Toronto mayoral race to run in his former riding because of a tumour in his abdomen, could some as soon as tomorrow. Ford, 45, went to Humber River Hospital last Wednesday, at which point doctors discovered the abdomen. While Rob Ford has pulled out of the mayoral race, his name will be on the ballot as a council candidate in Ward 2.
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Alibaba options to be listed on ISE on Sept. 29 pending IPO

2 hours 43 min ago

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alibaba Group's options will be listed on International Securities Exchange Holdings' options exchanges on Sept. 29 pending the company's public sale of shares this week, ISE said on Tuesday. The Chinese e-commerce company is expected to sell shares to the public later in the week. International Securities Exchange Holdings operates two options exchanges, ISE and ISE Gemini, which cleared about 14 percent of equity and index options contracts in August. ...

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BoC's Poloz: won't try to control C$ value, market should decide

2 hours 45 min ago

By Randall Palmer OTTAWA, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The Bank of Canada is not trying to manipulate or even guide markets as to the value of the Canadian dollar, Governor Stephen Poloz said on Tuesday, adding that this gives the bank freedom not to match possible U.S. interest rate hikes. In a business speech in Quebec, Poloz said floating rates helped Canada ride the tides of the global economy without overheating or unduly slowing. ...

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UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola; cases could double every 3 weeks

2 hours 47 min ago

GENEVA - The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could cost nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

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Elizabeth, Queen of Scots? Scottish independence vote brings questions for monarchy's future

2 hours 50 min ago

LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II can keep her magnificent Scottish castle at Balmoral should Scots vote for independence — and chances are she will be able to keep her role as well.

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Quebec museum fire: Quick-thinking staff saved artifacts

3 hours 56 min ago
Quebec's Museum of Civilization says a stroke of luck and fast work by staff saved its collection from a fire that broke out on the building's roof Monday afternoon.  "I think the quick reaction of everyone saved the collection," François Plamondon, the museum’s director of material resources, told Quebec AM Tuesday morning.  Plumes of smoke could be seen rising from the roof of the building on Dalhousie Street in Old Quebec City.
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TD Bank's outgoing CEO urges tighter Canada lending rules

3 hours 59 min ago

By Jeffrey Hodgson TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian government should tighten lending rules further to discourage consumers from taking on too much debt in an environment of low interest rates, the outgoing chief executive of Toronto-Dominion Bank said on Tuesday. Ed Clark, who will step down as CEO of Canada's No 2 lender in November, said the central bank's low interest rates were appropriate given the economic outlook, but this meant the federal government should use administrative measures to check a jump in household debt that's come amid a housing boom. ...

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The high road or the low road? Scotland took a long and winding path to independence vote

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EDINBURGH, Scotland - On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it's grand, inspiring — and unfinished, ever since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago.

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Iraq's parliament rejects prime minister's picks for key posts of defence, interior

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BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament rejected defence and interior nominees on Tuesday, leaving the crucial ministerial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic extremists who have seized a third of the country.

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TSX edges lower as investors eye Fed meeting

4 hours 12 min ago

By John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index declined slightly on Tuesday as investors appeared hesitant to take major positions ahead of a key U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting. Investors expect the Fed to provide more clarity on interest rates at the end of a two-day policy meeting on Wednesday, with increasing speculation that the central bank might raise rates earlier than had been thought. The Toronto stock market was also wary ahead of a press conference by Bank of Canada Stephen Poloz later on Tuesday, and before the Scottish referendum on independence on Thursday. ...

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PM could be called as witness in Duffy trial: lawyer

4 hours 12 min ago

OTTAWA - Mike Duffy's lawyer says he isn't going to rule out calling anyone — including Prime Minister Stephen Harper — as a witness in the suspended senator's upcoming trial.

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Jim Prentice holds first press conference as premier

4 hours 14 min ago
Jim Prentice, newly sworn in as Alberta's premier, will hold his first press conference as leader of the province Tuesday morning from the Alberta Legislature.
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'I'm going to Taco Bell' alleged drunk driver tells police

4 hours 15 min ago
Windsor police has charged a 38-year-old man with driving drunk after allegedly speeding through a stop sign early Tuesday morning. Officers say a pick-up truck was speeding westbound on Hanna Street East towards Howard Avenue when it fish-tailed through the stop sign as it made a hard left turn and struck the curb of Howard Avenue. The truck continued west on Hanna Street East and turned south on Mercer Street, where he eventually stopped after being pursued by a police cruiser.
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Pope now focuses on grandparents after celebrating newlyweds in run-up to big family meeting

4 hours 49 min ago

VATICAN CITY - First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a special Mass for grandparents.

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European stress tests to challenge banks' political defences

4 hours 55 min ago

By Carmel Crimmins and Andreas Kröner DUBLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - For the first time since its financial crisis struck in 2008, Europe is carrying out stress tests that could force change at banks with strong political connections. The European Central Bank is leading the latest attempt to uncover problems that would endanger any lender's survival in a future crisis. Unlike the three previous efforts, which were hamstrung by national authorities' reluctance to expose their banks' weaknesses, Frankfurt has a vested interest in revealing problems before it takes over as supervisor in November. ...

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Trump Plaza shuts down, becomes 4th Atlantic City casino to close this year

4 hours 56 min ago

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino closed its doors early Tuesday, the fourth Atlantic City casino to go belly-up so far this year.

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TSB to update Ottawa bus-train crash investigation next week

4 hours 58 min ago

The federal agency investigating last year's bus-train crash in Ottawa that killed six people said they will provide a progress report on the collision next week.

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25 years after CF gene isolated, researchers still building on its discovery

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TORONTO - Twenty-five years ago this month, the medical world was turned on its ear with the isolation of the gene that causes cystic fibrosis, a devastating inherited disease that usually killed children by their late teens.

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