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Light saber class in San Francisco

Jim Collum, foreground, and other students work on light saber skills during a Golden Gate Knights class in San Francisco, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. A group of San Francisco Star Wars fans who want to travel to a galaxy not that far away have created a combat choreography class for Jedis-in-training with their weapon of choice: the light saber. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Light saber training

A group of dedicated Star Wars fans, the Golden Gate Knights, participate in a light saber training class in San Francisco to practic the fight choreography seen in the movies.

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    Family of Toronto girl who claimed her hijab was cut apologizes, reports say

    The family of an 11-year-old Toronto girl has reportedly apologized for the "pain and anger" they caused, after the girl's claim that a man cut her hijab turned out not to be true. "This has been a very painful experience for our family," said the statement, first reported by the Toronto Star. Toronto police began investigating the alleged incident as a hate crime last Friday, after the girl said she was attacked twice on the way to school by a man who cut her hijab with scissors.

  • Lawyer: OJ Simpson is golfing a lot, staying in Las Vegas
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  • N.S. man ready for medically assisted death — but there's no one to help him die
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    N.S. man ready for medically assisted death — but there's no one to help him die

    A Cape Breton man's dying wish is being denied. Weldon Bona, 62, has terminal cancer and was approved under Nova Scotia's medical assistance in dying (MAID) program last November. "When we think everything is set up, we find out, 'Oh, by the way, we can't do it when you've set your date, you've gotta wait,'" said Bona.

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    Phedre Fitton had the last laugh after losing her five-year battle with cancer in 2013.

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    Trump continues attacks on U.S. media, releases 'Fake News Awards'

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  • Amazon says thanks, but no thanks Vancouver
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    GoDaddy to sponsor Danica Patrick in 'Danica Double'

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    Woman at centre of social media storm says no one told her how to dress

    The woman at the centre of a social media storm surrounding the use of her image says the conversation was misinformed from the start. A Facebook user noted the woman's appearance in a Government of Canada advertising campaign bore a resemblance to the Disney cartoon character Pocahontas. Neegann Aaswaakshin — Saulteaux of the Anishinaabe Nation and member of the Fishing Lake First Nation — is a lawyer who has worked on Indigenous policy and law with many organizations and governments, including the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the Native Women's Society of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.

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    Truck plunges through river ice in Fort McMurray, prompting police warning

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  • Woman urges more awareness after pet husky shot by hunter near Hinton
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    Woman urges more awareness after pet husky shot by hunter near Hinton

    Bethany Dyck was walking with two friends on Saturday along a wooded trail near Hinton, Alta., that runs parallel to an old road. The group was on its way back, when her pooch, Meka, was playing in the forest with another dog. "It's the worst sound I can imagine hearing coming from my pet," Dyck recalled.

  • Whales, dolphins will no longer be displayed at Vancouver Aquarium
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  • Sussex-based woodlot marketing board files appeal in J.D. Irving case
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  • Jagmeet Singh, newly engaged, plans to seek healthy public, private balance
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    Few personal relationships are the subject of national media scrutiny, but NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and his new fiancee Gurkiran Kaur say they're up for the challenge. Singh, 38, publicly proposed to Kaur, a 27-year-old fashion designer, during a celebration Tuesday night at the downtown Toronto restaurant where the couple had their first date.

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    Canada has a surprisingly degree of linguistic diversity, according to numbers gathered by Statistics Canada. Outside of the two official languages, a variety of tongues are among the top most spoken languages in the country.

  • Manitoba Hydro contractor employee dies after being struck by falling steel
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    Montreal's natural Beaver Lake ice rink closes for good

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  • Egypt raises 'extreme concern' about Nile dam with Ethiopia
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    Egypt raises 'extreme concern' about Nile dam with Ethiopia

    Egypt's president on Thursday expressed his "extreme concern" to Ethiopia's visiting prime minister over the lack of progress in talks on the impact of a massive upstream dam that Egypt fears could cut into its vital share of the Nile. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has warned that Egypt's share of the Nile, which provides nearly all its freshwater, is a red line. El-Sissi was grim-faced during most of a news conference he jointly addressed with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn after the two held talks in Cairo.

  • A feed of Mary Brown's and a reopened road made for a fine Wednesday in the Bay of Islands
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    A feed of Mary Brown's and a reopened road made for a fine Wednesday in the Bay of Islands

    The people of Lark Harbour and York Harbour, two towns that were cut off from the rest of the province after the weekend's flooding, got to wrap their arms around warm paper bags from Mary Brown's Wednesday. This is not a government treat, this is Eddie Joyce's treat," said Eddie Joyce, the region's MHA. As of Wednesday night, one lane was repaired and reopened, and people in York Harbour and Lark Harbour will once again be able to drive to Corner Brook to pick up a Big Mary special.