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  • Hefty fine and restitution ordered in Toronto staged-collision probe

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    TORONTO – The Ontario Court of Justice has found a Toronto rehab clinic guilty of participating in staged auto collisions and ordered it to pay $200,000 in fines. The Financial Services Commission of Ontario says the court also ordered Ontario Rehab Centre to pay $609,000 in restitution to insurer State Farm. The clinic, located in

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  • Donald Trump delivers remarks during a ground breaking ceremony for the Trump International Hotel on the site of the Old Post Office, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo)

    Donald Trump pledges to build one of world’s finest hotels 4 blocks from White House

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    WASHINGTON – Donald Trump has big plans for the Old Post Office building, a historic structure in downtown Washington that he’s pledging to transform into the city’s most luxurious hotel. As for the White House, four blocks away? He’s not saying. The real estate mogul and reality TV star was all business in his visit

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  • Oil pumps work Jan. 14, 2014, in the Persian Gulf desert oil field of Sakhir, Bahrain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hasan Jamali

    Oil above US$103 a barrel as U.S. supplies fall much more than expected

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    The price of oil rose Wednesday as the U.S. government reported that American supplies fell more than expected last week. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery gained 73 cents to US$103.12 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude for September delivery, a benchmark for international oils, rose 70 cents to

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  • Movie theatres around US to show live English soccer games on big screens on Saturday mornings

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    NEW YORK, N.Y. – Movie theatres around the U.S. will show live English soccer games on their big screens on Saturday mornings. The simulcasts will start with the opening of the Premier League season Aug. 16. Thirty-three theatres in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and

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  • TransCanada: Northern Courier oilsands pipeline gets green light from regulator

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    CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. says its $800-million Northern Courier pipeline proposal has been given the green light by the Alberta Energy Regulator. The project is designed to connect Suncor Energy Inc.’s (TSX:SU) planned Fort Hills oilsands mine to a tank farm near Fort McMurray, Alta., 90 kilometres to the south. Northern Courier consists of two

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  • Oil tanker cars are pictured at the crash site in Lac-Megantic, Que. on July 12, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

    US proposes tougher tank car rules, other standards to prevent oil train fires

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    WASHINGTON – U.S. regulators are proposing to phase out thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil. It’s the government’s response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. The Department of Transportation said

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  • The arrivals terminal is empty at Ben Gurion International airport a day after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration imposed a 24-hour restriction on flights after a Hamas rocket landed Tuesday within a mile of the airport, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Israel's main airport Wednesday despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban in an apparent sign of his determination to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

    European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights amid ongoing safety concerns

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    BERLIN – Air France and Germany’s two largest airlines on Wednesday cancelled more flights to Tel Aviv because of ongoing safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Germany’s Lufthansa and Air Berlin extended their cancellations through Thursday and Air France said it was suspending its flights “until further notice.” The European Aviation Safety

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  • The TMX broadcast centre is pictured in Toronto May 9, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

    TSX to advance amid strong earnings news; BCE set to privatize Bell Aliant

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    TORONTO – The Toronto stock market looked to start the session positive Wednesday amid a multi-billion dollar deal in the telecom sector. BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) is privatizing regional telecom affiliate Bell Aliant (TSX:BA) in a deal worth roughly $3.95 billion. The telecom giant already controls 44 per cent of Bell Aliant and is acquiring the

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  • A Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-232 lands in Tampa , Fla. on May 15, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Chris O'Meara

    Delta 2nd-quarter profit increases 17 per cent, tops forecast

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    ATLANTA – Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) on Wednesday reported earnings that climbed by 17 per cent in its second quarter, and topped analysts’ expectations. The Atlanta-based company said net income increased to $801 million, or 94 cents per share, from $685 million, or 80 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

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  • Bottles of Pepsi sit in a grocery store in Springfield, Ill. on Feb. 9, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Seth Perlman

    PepsiCo second-quarter profit slips, tops estimates

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    PURCHASE, N.Y. – PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) on Wednesday reported earnings that decreased by 2 per cent in its second quarter, but beat analysts’ expectations. The Purchase, New York-based company said net income fell to $1.98 billion, or $1.29 per share, from $2.01 billion, or $1.28 per share, in the same quarter a year ago. Earnings,

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  • Former top court judge to release report on use of lethal force by Toronto police

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    TORONTO – A former Supreme Court of Canada justice is to release a report today from his investigation into the use of lethal force by Toronto police. The probe by Frank Iacobucci was sparked by the killing of a teenager on an empty streetcar last summer. The report comes amid a lawsuit by the family

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  • FILE - Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a news conference in Sydney, Australia, in this July 19, 2014 file photo. Abbott said on Wednesday July 23, 2014 he was discussing with government leaders options for securing the 50-square kilometer (20-square mile) crash site, including his preferred option of a multinational security force mounted by countries such as Australia, Netherlands and Malaysia that lost citizens in the disaster. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

    Australia sends 50 police to London in anticipation of joining UN security force in Ukraine

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    CANBERRA, Australia – Australia has sent 50 police to London in anticipation of deploying them to the Ukraine to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a United Nations team. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the police pre-deployment on Thursday. He says foreign ministers of Australia and Netherlands are going to Kyiv to

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  • Shiite lawmaker Mohammad Taqi al-Mawla speaks to the media in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Iraq's parliament convened to vote for a new president on Wednesday. Since 2003, Iraq's political parties have agreed to assign the position of president to a Kurd, prime minister to a Shiite and speaker of parliament to a Sunni. The next president will task someone with forming a new government, and whoever can assemble a majority coalition will become the next prime minister. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Iraqi officials: Attack on prisoner convoy north of Baghdad kills 52 prisoners, 8 soldiers

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    BAGHDAD – Iraqi officials say militants have attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad, killing 52 prisoners and eight soldiers. They said the dawn attack began with militants firing mortar rounds on Iraqi army bases in the town of Taji where suspects accused of terrorism were being held, prompting officials to evacuate the facilities, fearing

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  • In an image provided by the Bureau of Land Management, date not known, Bureau of Land Management cave specialist Bryan McKenzie rappels into Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming during a cleanup expedition. The cave holds the remains of tens of thousands of animals, including many now-extinct species, from the late Pleistocene period tens of thousands of years ago. Starting July 28, 2014, scientists plan to venture back into the cave and resume digging for the first time in more than 30 years. (AP Photo/Bureau of Land Management)

    New scientific expedition to study remains of thousands of ancient animals in Wyoming cave

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    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are preparing excavate a sinkhole-type cave in northern Wyoming that contains the ancient remains of tens of thousands of animals. Those animals include American cheetahs, mammoths and short-faced bears — species now extinct that were common more than 20,000 years ago. Natural

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  • Gold bars are stacked in a vault at the U.S. West Point on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. President John F. Kennedy is getting a new look on a new gold coin that is being made by the mint to mark the 50 years since the slain president debuted on a half-dollar. (AP Photo)

    Profiles in Coinage: JFK returns to more lifelike look in collectors’ coins made at West Point

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    WEST POINT, N.Y. – President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors’ coins. The slain president’s profile debuted on the half dollar 50 years ago, and the image was subtly tweaked and sharpened in the 1990s. Now the U.S. Mint is producing collectors’ coins that restore the original 1964 design,

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  • UN agency’s rankings of global worsts, bests in human development

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    In its annual report on human development, the United Nations Development Program ranks 187 countries based on measures such as the health and longevity of their people, education and income, and personal security. Since 1990, those measures have been compiled into the agency’s index of human development that is watched by governments around the world.

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  • In this Wednesday, July 23, 2014 photo, U.N. Development Program Administrator Helen Clark of New Zealand speaks during an interview in Tokyo. Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the United Nations said Thursday, July 24, 2014 in its annual human development report. “Where people do address these things, development can come along very, very nicely. Where they haven’t addressed a lot of vulnerabilities and development deficits, as in Syria, it all comes spectacularly unstuck,” Clark said. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Annual UN human development report finds halting progress in key measures

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    TOKYO – Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the United Nations said Thursday in its annual human development report. With nearly a third of

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  • Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, center, arrives at court with his wife, Terry, and others, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn. Closing arguments are set for Tuesday in Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jim Gehrz) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT

    Jury to begin 3rd day of deliberations in Minnesota ex-Gov. Ventura’s defamation lawsuit

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. – A jury in St. Paul is set to resume deliberating for a third day whether a man regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history libeled former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his memoir. Ventura says Chris Kyle made up a story in his bestseller “American Sniper” about decking him

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  • A fence surrounds the state prison in Florence, Ariz. where the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Arizona's highest court on Wednesday temporarily halted the execution of the condemned inmate so it could consider a last-minute appeal. The Arizona Supreme Court said it would consider whether he received inadequate legal representation at his sentencing. The appeal also challenges the secrecy of the lethal injection process and the drugs that are used. (AP Photo)

    Arizona murderer gasps for more than 1 1/2 hours in death chamber before dying

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    PHOENIX – A condemned murderer took nearly two hours to die and gasped for about 90 minutes during an execution that quickly rekindled the national debate on capital punishment in the U.S. The execution Wednesday of 55-year-old Joseph Rudolph Wood took so long that his lawyers had time to file an emergency appeal while it

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  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv after reassessing danger from Hamas rockets

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    WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights to Israel, which it had imposed out of concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. The agency made its decision late Wednesday after working with other U.S. government entities to assess the security situation in Israel. Its decision

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