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

1 hour 6 min ago

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

1 hour 6 min ago

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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More than 2,000 threatened by Northern California wildfire, new damages emerge from town

1 hour 7 min ago

WEED, Calif. - Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 in the small town of Weed while another Northern California blaze east of Sacramento was threatening more than 2,000 homes as it burned out of control, officials said.

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

1 hour 8 min ago

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

1 hour 18 min ago

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

1 hour 49 min ago

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

2 hours 18 min ago

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

2 hours 23 min ago
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

2 hours 25 min ago

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

2 hours 32 min ago

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

2 hours 38 min ago

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

2 hours 46 min ago
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

2 hours 55 min ago

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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Ford diagnosed with rare cancer;expert suggests signs point to aggressive tumour

3 hours 19 min ago

TORONTO - The type of cancer Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been diagnosed with can run the gamut from benign fatty deposits to aggressive and spreading tumours, an expert on liposarcoma says.

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

3 hours 24 min ago
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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Federal Court overturns farmer Robert Latimer's travel restrictions

3 hours 25 min ago

VANCOUVER - A Federal Court judge has overturned a parole board condition that bars Robert Latimer from travelling freely outside Canada without pre-approval.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with rare cancer

3 hours 26 min ago

(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

3 hours 26 min ago

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

3 hours 43 min ago

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

3 hours 52 min ago
A man is dead after a suspected shooting in North York Wednesday evening.
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