• Melania Trump takes custody of White House Christmas tree
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    Melania Trump takes custody of White House Christmas tree

    Melania Trump, and son Barron, continued a time- honoured , first lady tradition on Monday: receiving the official White House Christmas tree. A military band quartet played holiday tunes as a horse-drawn wagon carried the 19 1/2-foot Balsam fir from Wisconsin up the White House driveway. The first lady, wearing a holiday red turtleneck and a coat draped over her shoulders, and Barron, in a dark suit coat, white shirt and dark slacks, emerged from the North Portico.

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    Laurier apologizes to TA who aired debate clip on gender-neutral pronouns

    An Ontario university has apologized to a teaching assistant who was severely chastised for airing a clip of a debate featuring a controversial figure, saying the woman was not treated according to the institution's values. The president of Wilfrid Laurier University said the school is proceeding with a third-party investigation into the dispute with graduate student Lindsay Shepherd, but said recently revealed audio recordings of her interactions with her immediate superiors made it clear an apology was in order. Shepherd said she discreetly recorded a meeting with three Laurier staff members in which she was roundly criticized for failing to condemn the views of polarizing University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson, who has refused to use gender-neutral pronouns.

  • 'We don't need a liberal:' Trump discounts Moore accusations
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    'We don't need a liberal:' Trump discounts Moore accusations

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday discounted allegations of sexual assault against Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore and said voters should not support Moore's "liberal" rival. Trump addressed the swirling controversy surrounding Moore for the first time since top Republican leaders called on Moore to step aside more than a week ago. "We don't need a liberal person in there," Trump said of Moore's rival, Democrat Doug Jones.

  • Investigators: Roy Halladay performed turns before crash
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    Investigators: Roy Halladay performed turns before crash

    Retired star pitcher Roy Halladay sped his small sports plane low over the Gulf of Mexico minutes before his fatal crash two weeks ago, climbing sharply in the final seconds before diving into the water, federal investigators said in a preliminary report released Monday. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Noreen Price placed no blame for the Nov. 7 accident near Tampa, simply laying out the facts as gleaned from the plane's data recorder and eyewitnesses. Price says Halladay, 40, had taken off from a lake near his Tampa-area home about 17 minutes before the crash, taking his ICON A5 to 1,900 feet (580 metres ) before dropping to 600 feet (180 metres ) as he neared the coastline.

  • Manitoba premier opens up about getting lost, injured in New Mexico desert
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    Manitoba premier opens up about getting lost, injured in New Mexico desert

    Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister choked up Tuesday as he recounted a harrowing night in the New Mexico desert that left him lost, wandering and with a broken arm. Pallister was on vacation with his wife Esther when they decided to do a hike in the Gila Wilderness — a remote protected area in southwest New Mexico with limited roads, amenities and cellphone coverage. Thinking it would be a short day hike, Pallister dropped his wife off at the north end of a trail, drove to the south end and started hiking toward a meet-up point halfway, he said.

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    The biggest container ship ever to dock in Canada was in Prince Rupert, B.C., last week

    The largest container ship to ever dock in Canada was welcomed in Prince Rupert, B.C., last week, marking another victory for the city's international port which was viewed by many as little more than a pipe dream just over a decade ago. At 366 metres, the ship is longer than Canada's tallest building, the 298-metre First Canadian Place in Toronto, is high. Earlier this year, Prince Rupert held a celebration marking 10 years since the first container ship arrived in the city.

  • Vancouver criminals target elderly woman in bank scam
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    Vancouver criminals target elderly woman in bank scam

    Vancouver police issued a warning Monday about a banking scam aimed at elderly people. On Nov. 17, a 94-year-old Vancouver woman got a phone call at home from a woman claiming she was a security officer at a local bank, according to police.

  • Looming 'compassionate cuts' to Alberta budget worry nurse, teacher unions
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    Looming 'compassionate cuts' to Alberta budget worry nurse, teacher unions

    Alberta's teachers and nurses are concerned about looming spending cuts in the province. Last week in a speech to the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Councils, Premier Rachel Notley warned the crowd her government plans to start compassionately cutting spending in the spring budget. The cuts are not good news for teachers right now, said Alberta Teachers' Association president Greg Jeffery.

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    Annual checkups for healthy people may be harmful, study suggests

    Too much of almost anything can be bad for your health — even regular checkups with your doctor, new research suggests. The research, from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, involved researchers from across the country, including Dr. Neil Bell from the University of Alberta and James Dickinson from the University of Calgary. Researchers found that annual checkups "should not be a regular activity" for healthy people.

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    Witness testifies about bad blood between Dellen Millard and Laura Babcock

    A friend of Dellen Millard told court that there was "bad blood" between the accused killer and Laura Babcock, who disappeared five years ago and is presumed dead. Andrew Michalski, Millard's longtime best friend, said Babcock confided in him a few months before she vanished about a dramatic love triangle. Millard had been sleeping with both Babcock and his girlfriend, Christina Noudga, at the same time, Michalski told court on Tuesday.

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    Police: Body of Quebec man missing in northern California found

    The body of a young man from Sherbrooke, Que., who had been missing for two weeks in northern California, has been found. According to police in Arcata, the body of 25-year-old Felix Desautels-Poirier was found in a marsh in a city park by a member of his family. The man's father had arrived in California last week.

  • CBS News and PBS cut ties to Rose following sex allegations
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    CBS News and PBS cut ties to Rose following sex allegations

    CBS News and PBS both cut ties to Charlie Rose on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in front of them. Both organizations stressed the importance of providing a safe, professional workplace. Rose joins a lengthening list of media figures who have lost jobs because of workplace behaviour , including Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, Fox host Bill O'Reilly, NBC News political reporter Mark Halperin and National Public Radio news chief Michael Oreskes.

  • McKenna says amendment signed to Montreal Protocol
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    McKenna says amendment signed to Montreal Protocol

    An amendment to the Montreal Protocol has been signed that will lower the levels of a type of greenhouse gas that warms the planet even more quickly than carbon dioxide, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Monday. McKenna says implementing the Kigali Amendment could avoid up to 0.5 degrees Celsius of warming by the end of the century. "It represents half of a degree of warming that we are going to avoid.

  • Sun Peaks recruits its first full-time doctor after 2-year search
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    Sun Peaks recruits its first full-time doctor after 2-year search

    Sun Peaks Resort Municipality is getting a full-time doctor. Dr. Shane Barclay has just been recruited to work as the medical director of the new Sun Peaks Health Centre, which recently completed construction and is set to open next month. "This is a really big day for Sun Peaks," said the municipality's mayor, Al Raine.

  • Former Sears suppliers stock independent store
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    Former Sears suppliers stock independent store

    Mon, Nov 20: When Sears went bankrupt earlier this year, many of its suppliers were left without compensation and extra merchandise they needed to sell. As Sean O’Shea reports, they are among a group of vendors who are part of a new store concept in Markham, north of Toronto.

  • The car he was driving killed a pedestrian — will he go to prison?
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    The car he was driving killed a pedestrian — will he go to prison?

    The fate of a young Toronto man who drove his car onto a sidewalk and killed a woman in 2015 is now in the hands of a judge. Gideon Fekre, who was 18 at the time, is charged with dangerous operation of motor vehicle causing death. On April 20, 2015, Kristy Hodgson was walking her two dogs on Dundas Street East near Carlaw Avenue when she was struck by Fekre's vehicle.

  • Argentina's navy says sounds didn't come from missing sub
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    Argentina's navy says sounds didn't come from missing sub

    Sounds detected by probes deep in the South Atlantic on Monday did not come from an Argentine submarine that has been lost for five days, the country's navy said Monday, dashing newfound hope among relatives of the 44 sailors aboard. Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters that the "noise" was analyzed and experts determined it was likely "biological." He said the sounds did not come from tools being banged against the hull of a submarine as was previously reported by some media. "We all had hope, but unfortunately this comes from believing sources that are not trustworthy," Balbi said.

  • City of St. John's speaks on Danny Williams court action, mayor stands by regulations
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    City of St. John's speaks on Danny Williams court action, mayor stands by regulations

    Danny Breen spoke to the CBC following Monday's weekly council meeting about the dispute. "The issue of the development agreements is being discussed in the court action," he said. Former premier, and current Galway developer, Danny Williams filed an application with the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, claiming the city of St. John's has "exceeded its authority" by withholding additional building permits.

  • A by-the-numbers look at the auditor general's report on the Phoenix pay system
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    A by-the-numbers look at the auditor general's report on the Phoenix pay system

    OTTAWA — Auditor general Michael Ferguson has taken his first close look at the federal government's problem-plagued pay system known as Phoenix. Here are some numbers from the report:

  • Man who sought refuge in B.C. church loses another attempt to clear his name
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    Man who sought refuge in B.C. church loses another attempt to clear his name

    A Federal Court judge in Vancouver has dismissed another application from an El Salvadoran refugee who says his name has been tarnished by the Canadian government over allegations of past links to terrorism. Jose Figueroa is now a permanent resident of Canada, but he spent two years in asylum in a B.C. church to avoid deportation after the former Conservative government labelled him as a member of a terrorist group. The deportation order was withdrawn shortly after the 2015 election of the federal Liberal government, but Figueroa believes his name is still flagged in government databases as a person with alleged terrorist links.

  • Police: Woman confessed to putting babies in concrete in 90s
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    Police: Woman confessed to putting babies in concrete in 90s

    A Japanese woman was arrested Tuesday after police say she confessed to putting four newborns in concrete-filled buckets two decades ago and having been filled with guilt over not caring for her babies. Mayumi Saito, 53, was arrested Tuesday on charges of abandoning bodies, a day after she turned herself in at the police station. It is fairly standard in Japan for criminal charges to be added later as an investigation progresses.

  • Exclusive: Prescient messages about Indian companies circulate in WhatsApp groups
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    Exclusive: Prescient messages about Indian companies circulate in WhatsApp groups

    By Rafael Nam MUMBAI (Reuters) - Three days before Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd announced quarterly results this summer, a message circulated on a private WhatsApp group saying the Indian drugmaker would not post good numbers. Dr. Reddy's was going to report a loss, according to the message on the "Market Chatter" group, which was posted on July 24 from a mobile phone number that Reuters traced back to Nishant Vass, an auto analyst at ICICI Securities, a leading Indian brokerage. The WhatsApp group had 45 members, mostly traders.

  • Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa adds to calls for Mugabe to go
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    Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa adds to calls for Mugabe to go

    Ousted Zimbabwean vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa added his voice on Tuesday to those demanding 93-year-old President Mugabe resign, saying he needed to heed the "clarion call" of his people and step down. Mnangagwa, who said he fled Zimbabwe because of a threat to his life after being purged from the ruling party, said he had been in contact with Mugabe and invited to return but would not do so until his personal security could be guaranteed. "I told the President that I would not return home now until I am satisfied of my personal security, because of the manner and treatment given to me upon being fired," he said in a statement.

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    Celeb birthdays for the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2

    Nov. 26: Impressionist Rich Little is 79. Singer Tina Turner is 78. Singer Jean Terrell (replaced Diana Ross in the Supremes) is 73. Bassist John McVie of Fleetwood Mac is 72. Actress Jamie Rose ("Falcon Crest," ''St. Elsewhere") is 58. Country singer Linda Davis is 55. Actress Kristin Bauer ("True Blood") is 51. Actor Peter Facinelli ("Nurse Jackie") is 44. Hip-hop artist DJ Khaled is 42. Actress Maia Campbell ("In the House") is 41. Country singer Joe Nichols is 41. Actress Jessica Bowman ("Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman") is 37. ...

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    Bathtub racing approved for Kitsilano Beach in 2018

    The Vancouver Park Board unanimously approved a motion Monday to allow bathtub racing during the annual KitsFest event next year. Scheduled to be held at Kitsilano Beach on Aug. 11, the event would see a bathtub racing circuit set up in English Bay, with races going on throughout the afternoon. Bathtub racing took place annually between Nanaimo and Kits Beach from 1967 to 1996, with hundreds of tubs crossing the choppy waters of the Strait of Georgia.