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Australia’s ruling party picks Treasurer Scott Morrison as next prime minister

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Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press Published Thursday, August 23, 2018 10:05PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, August 23, 2018 11:36PM EDT CANBERRA, Australia — Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. Morrison defeated the key challenger Peter Dutton, a former Cabinet minister, by a vote 45-40. Dutton’s supporters had forced incumbent Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to hold the leadership ballot. Turnbull did not contest the ballot and has said he will quit politics.Read More


Student sues female professor he says sexually harassed him

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Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Published Thursday, August 16, 2018 8:56PM EDT NEW YORK — A former New York University graduate student has sued a prominent professor, alleging she turned his dream of working with a world-class scholar “into more than three years of continuous and unabated sexual harassment, sexual assault and stalking.” The lawsuit was filed by Nimrod Reitman in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on Wednesday against the university and professor Avital Ronell. It said NYU failed to take action after Reitman told a vice provost about theRead More


Balaclava rapist Larry Takahashi’s day parole continued, no overnight leave

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The Canadian Press Published Thursday, August 9, 2018 10:01PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, August 9, 2018 11:50PM EDT ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — The Parole Board of Canada has continued day parole in British Columbia for the man known as the balaclava rapist for another six months while ruling out overnight leave privileges for now. Larry Takahashi is serving three concurrent life sentences for multiple counts of rape, aggravated sexual assault and other attacks on 23 women in the Edmonton area in the 1970s and ’80s, which he committed while wearing aRead More


Saskatchewan baseball on display in Queen City

Saskatchewan baseball on display in Queen City

The top four baseball teams from across Saskatchewan are in the Queen City for the 2018 Baseball Saskatchewan Senior AA Tier One Provincial Championships this weekend. The Regina Trappers, Moose Jaw Padres, Marysburg Royals and Saskatoon Outlaws will all be taking part in the tournament. “It gives them an opportunity to play at a really high level of ball after college, after the WMBL. It gives them an opportunity to be able to go and play in a tournament like westerns where you’re playing against the best players,” said ColinRead More


Group starts effort to ban plastic shopping bags in N.B.

Group starts effort to ban plastic shopping bags in N.B.

A group of university students in Fredericton has a lofty goal: they want to ban plastic shopping bags across the province. To kick off their campaign, they’re asking New Brunswickers to sign a petition. “Anything that we can do to eliminate some of the plastic use, I think, is a good thing,” said Sandra Sheridan of Moncton. The idea is to get consumers to bring their own reusable bags in hopes of eliminating some of the plastic that ends up in landfills, on city streets and in waterways such asRead More


Trudeau expected at funeral today for victim of Toronto shooting

Trudeau expected at funeral today for victim of Toronto shooting

TORONTO – Mourners will gather in east Toronto this morning for the funeral of Reese Fallon, who died in last week’s mass shooting in the city’s Greektown neighbourhood. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Toronto Mayor John Tory are among those expected to attend the service, which follows a public visitation held Sunday for the 18-year-old. Fallon was among the two people killed and 13 wounded when a gunman charged down Danforth Avenue last Sunday, shooting pedestrians and restaurant-goers. Ten-year-old Julianna Kozis was also killed in the shooting that has leftRead More


White Sox come from behind to beat Jays 9-5

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John Jackson, The Associated Press Published Saturday, July 28, 2018 10:59PM EDT Last Updated Saturday, July 28, 2018 11:00PM EDT CHICAGO — Pinch-hitter Daniel Palka gave Chicago the lead with a two-run single and Leury Garcia added a three-run triple in a six-run eighth, lifting the White Sox to a 9-5 comeback victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night. Garcia finished 2 for 4 with a career-high four RBIs. Yolmer Sanchez and Nicky Delmonico each homered for Chicago, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hadRead More


Canadian singer Lights signs pact for TV series, games inspired by her comic books

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TORONTO — Lights plans to bring the storylines of her comic book series “Skin & Earth” to the small screen. The Canadian pop singer has struck a deal to adapt the first six issues of the comic into both a TV show and video game content. The move expands on the post-apocalyptic world she’s created around the heroine Enaia Jin, a woman who is trying to find her identity amid conflicts of love and self-discovery. Lights wrote and illustrated the comic book, which also inspired her 2017 album of theRead More


Multiple vehicle fire in Vars

Muliple vehicles burn at Vars Auction site

CTV Ottawa Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:03AM EDT Last Updated Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:04AM EDT Ottawa Police are investigating how multiple vehicles went up in flames early Wednesday morning in Vars. Overnight, Ottawa Firefighters were called to the Adesa Auction site on Burton Road some time around 1 a.m. Todd Horricks, Ottawa Fire Sector Chief says 12 vehicles are affected,  six of them were fully involved and six more were damaged. Multiple vehicles on fire on Burton Rd (Adesa Auction): 6 fully involved and another 3 damage. VehiclesRead More


Jean-Marc Vallee wants to keep HBO ties after ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Sharp Objects’

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TORONTO — Oscar-nominated Montreal director Jean-Marc Vallee never thought he’d work in television. Now, he adores it. After helming HBO’s hit series “Big Little Lies” and the new southern gothic mystery “Sharp Objects,” he says he “absolutely” wants to continue working with the network. “I feel I’m part of the family and I want to keep developing the relationship,” Vallee said in a recent phone interview. “It’s all about people, and when you find your people, you just don’t want to change. That’s why I’m introducing to my American friendsRead More