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Spectacle, legacy, showmanship propelling Wallenda high-wire walk between Chicago skyscrapers

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 22:29

CHICAGO - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers — partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

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46 years after it was stolen, Jaguar convertible found on cargo ship; owner to get it back

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 22:29

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Forty-six years ago Ivan Schneider, successful Manhattan lawyer, bought himself the Jaguar convertible that would feature in a most unusual tale of unrequited love.

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Missing Jack Russell terrier from Pennsylvania found 3,000 miles away near Portland, Ore.

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 22:27

PORTLAND, Ore. - A Jack Russell terrier that went missing from its Pennsylvania home has turned up at an animal shelter nearly 3,000 miles away.

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Donna Kennedy-Glans returns to PC caucus as party gears up for byelections

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 22:17

Calgary-Varsity MLA Donna Kennedy-Glans confirmed on social media that she has been accepted back into the PC caucus after making the request in August. “I’m looking forward to Ms. Kennedy-Glans being a part of our caucus," said Premier Jim Prentice. "Her intellect and impressive resume will be of great value to our team.” Calgary MLA Len Webber also left the caucus, saying he could no longer work with Redford.

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Rob Ford 'determined' to fight rare, aggressive type of cancer, says his family

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 21:46

TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was devastated to learn he has a rare and aggressive type of cancer, but is determined to fight it, his brother said Wednesday as doctors remained optimistic about the ailing politician's treatment.

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Japan exports knocked by weak U.S. shipments, hurt economic recovery

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 21:17

By Stanley White TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's exports declined in August as shipments to the United States contracted, another sign the economy is struggling to rev up after a deep slump in April-June. A further period of lackluster exports and slack domestic demand could force the government and the Bank of Japan to find new ways to prop up the economy. Exports fell 1.3 percent in August from a year ago, less than the median estimate for a 2.6 percent annual decline. That followed a 3.9 percent annual gain in the previous month after having fallen in June and May. ...

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Oshawa campus stabbing leaves student in life-threatening condition

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 21:12
A student is in life-threatening condition after a stabbing at an Oshawa, Ont., college campus. Two men started arguing at a Durham College/University of Ontario Institute of Technology Oshawa campus coffee shop late Wednesday afternoon, according to Durham Regional Police.
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Province looking at widening Hillsborough Bridge

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 21:10

The province is looking at widening the Hillsborough Bridge, which links Stratford and Charlottetown. Widening it is something the ever-growing town of Stratford wants. In 1997, the Hillsborough Bridge was expanded from two lanes to four.

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Amazon expands Kindle lineup, boosts price of basic e-reader

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 21:03

By Jennifer Saba and Deepa Seetharaman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Inc ramped up its push into hardware on Wednesday with the debut of six new or upgraded devices, including a high-end $199 e-reader called the Kindle Voyage and its cheapest-ever touch-screen tablet. The No. 1 U.S. online retailer also revamped its basic Kindle e-reader to include a touch screen. It will cost $79, about 15 percent more than the current basic model. ...

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Alberta chiefs call for inquiry into missing, murdered aboriginal women

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 20:57

First Nations chiefs in Alberta are calling on Premier Jim Prentice to support calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal men and women. The shocking numbers prompted Rose Loubacon, Chief of the Driftpile Cree Nation in northern Alberta, to draft a resolution that was supported unanimously by all 48 Alberta chiefs at an Assembly of Treaty Chiefs meeting held in Edmonton on Wednesday. The resolution recognizes “the direct impact that the murdered and missing indigenous men and women have on the family system and the large proportion of children in care,” which it says “reflects the sociological and systemic issues adversely facing First Nations people in Canada.”

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Timeline: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has battled health issues in 2014

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 20:49
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has battled personal health troubles in 2014. Some key dates:
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AP Interview: Brazil candidate Silva says time to improve US ties, push human rights

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 20:40

RIO DE JANEIRO - Marina Silva, a front-running presidential candidate who grew up in the Amazon jungle and could become the first black to lead Brazil's government, said Wednesday that if elected she'll improve ties with the U.S. and strongly push for human rights in nations like Cuba.

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Report: World to see more people displaced because of disasters, urbanization

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 20:11
Natural disasters displaced almost 22 million people around the world last year and aid workers say they expect to see that number rise in the future, according to a report issued by a Norwegian humanitarian group on Wednesday.
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with rare cancer

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 20:09

(Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has a very rare and aggressive type of cancerous tumor in his abdomen, his doctor said on Wednesday, and the controversial municipal leader will start chemotherapy treatment within days. Ford, who made international headlines with his admission that he smoked crack cocaine while in office, was hospitalized last week after having unbearable abdominal pains. He dropped out of the city's hotly contested mayoral race last week. ...

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Suspect apprehended after stolen van with little boy inside crashes in Huntington Hills

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 20:09

A little boy is safe after the van he was waiting in was stolen outside of the Alex Munro School in northeast Calgary Wednesday afternoon. Calgary police say the keys were in the ignition, the van was unlocked and the driver was not inside when it was carjacked around 4 p.m. MT.

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Teachers debate tentative contract ahead of vote that could reopen B.C. schools

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 19:52

VANCOUVER - Now that the initial euphoria from wrangling a negotiated deal has worn off, thousands of British Columbia's teachers are tallying their wins and losses ahead of a crucial vote that could reopen school doors.

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Man dead in North York stairwell after apparent shooting

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 19:43
A man is dead after a suspected shooting in North York Wednesday evening.
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CN to be fined for failing to move enough grain; Ottawa mulls size of penalty

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 19:41

MONTREAL - Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) will be fined for failing to comply with an order that it move a minimum amount of grain each week, a spokeswoman for federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said Wednesday in a move that caught the railway by surprise.

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Chong's private member's bill to empower MPs gets government backing

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 19:27
OTTAWA - The Conservative cabinet is poised to support backbench MP Michael Chong's bill to rebalance the power between parliamentarians and the Prime Minister's Office.
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AP Interview: Iraqi prime minister rejects US ground troops, chides West for inaction in Syria

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 19:26

BAGHDAD - Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the "puzzling" exclusion of neighbouring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group.

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