Foreign buyers plunge to 1.3 per cent of Metro Vancouver home sales

VANCOUVER -- The British Columbia government says the rate of foreign investment in Metro Vancouver real estate has fallen to 1.3 per cent since the introduction of a new tax targeting international buyers.
The drop is dramatic compared with the seven-week period before the tax was introduced when foreign buyers accounted for 13.2 per cent of the residential purchases in Metro Vancouver.
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Mean Girls sequel? Rachel McAdams 'into it' if Tina Fey is on board

TORONTO -- Canadian actress Rachel McAdams is putting her name in for a "Mean Girls" sequel -- as long as screenwriter Tina Fey is attached.
"I'll follow Tina Fey anywhere," McAdams said in an interview on Friday.
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Landmark transgender rights case before U.S. Supreme Court

For the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to rule on transgender rights in a case in which a Virginia public school district is fighting to prevent a female-born transgender high school student from using the boys' bathroom.
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Crossing guard killed by truck may have been shielding child

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Authorities in New York say a longtime crossing guard has been struck and killed by a tractor-trailer.
Police were investigating reports that the Long Island guard might have been trying to shield a child when she was killed Friday.
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Syrian rebels launch offensive to break siege in Aleppo

Syrian rebels launched a broad offensive for Aleppo Friday as the Russian, Syrian, and Iranian foreign ministers vowed to intensify their fight against terrorism in the country.
The battlefield allies met in Moscow as the Syrian government looks to cement its authority over the divided northern city and the contested suburbs of the capital, Damascus.
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1 killed in collapse of Italy overpass after closure sought

A truck lies on a road after an overpass it was traveling on collapsed, between Milan and Lecco, northern Italy, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. (Fabrizio Cusa / ANSA via AP)
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Conrad Black's son, Jonathan, charged with assaulting girlfriend

Jonathan Black, the son of Conrad Black, has been arrested and charged after allegedly breaking his girlfriend's wrist, CBC News has learned.
Black, 38, was arrested on Thursday afternoon and charged with assault causing bodily harm.
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N.S. picks annual Christmas tree to thank Boston for aid after Halifax Explosion

HALIFAX -- It is by tradition the first Christmas tree to be lit every year on the Boston Common -- a gift from Nova Scotia for the American city's help 99 years ago when the Halifax Explosion killed or injured 11,000 people.
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Russia voted off UN Human Rights Council

The General Assembly voted Russia off the UN Human Rights Council on Friday, a stunning rebuke to the country which is increasingly being accused of war crimes over its actions in Syria.
The 193-member General Assembly elected 14 members to 47-nation council, the UN's main body charged with promoting and protecting human rights.
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Jim Prentice state memorial: 'He was everything to our family' [Photos] [Video]

A state memorial service will be held in Calgary today for former Alberta premier Jim Prentice, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month in British Columbia.
We will be livestreaming the event here. It is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
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Frankenstein predicted key concept of modern biology: study

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein foreshadowed a key concept in evolutionary biology formally defined by scientists a century after the man-made monster shambled across the pages of the 19th century novel, an academic study published on Friday found.
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Microsoft's Surface computers take aim at Apple's Macbook domain

Is Microsoft the cool kid of computers again?
Technology analysts and fans couldn't help but compare this week's press events from the headquarters of both Apple and Microsoft, who — in an unusual move — unveiled major new hardware at events one day apart.
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