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Man sent to prison for cutting off woman's finger to honour Insane Clown Posse fan

Joseph Bruce aka Violent J, left, and Joseph Utsler aka Shaggy 2 Dope, members of the Insane Clown Posse address the media in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Ice from plane tears through roof of Calgary home

Falling ice tore through the roof of a Calgary home Friday night after falling from an aircraft, police reported.
Calgary Police officer Andy Nguyen said emergency crews were called to a home in the 100 block of Doverthorn Bay S.E.
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Iraqi forces facing stiff resistance in western Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq -- Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul Saturday amid stiff resistance from entrenched Islamic State fighters, a commander on the scene said.
Special forces Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi said that his troops are "moving very slowly" and that IS fighters are responding with car bombs, snipers and dozens of armed drones.
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Attack on Syrian security forces in Homs kills dozens, prompts airstrikes

Suicide bombers stormed two Syrian security offices in Homs on Saturday, killing dozens with gunfire and explosions including a senior officer and prompting airstrikes against the last rebel-held enclave in the western city.
The jihadist rebel alliance Tahrir al-Sham said in a social media post that five suicide bombers had carried out the attack, which it celebrated with the words "thanks be to God," but stopped short of explicitly claiming responsibility.
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TSB investigating Toronto incident involving Air Canada plane

TORONTO -- The Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident involving an Air Canada flight from Halifax that landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Friday night.
A safety board spokeswoman says Flight 623 was carrying 118 people and so far no injuries have been reported.
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Warren Buffett says don't waste money on investment fees

OMAHA, Neb. -- Billionaire Warren Buffett wants investors to be wary of the high fees Wall Street routinely charges because of the damage they do to investment returns, and he emphasized his confident outlook in the U.S.
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No winning ticket for Friday night's $10M Lotto Max draw

If you’re feeling lucky you might want to pick up a Lotto Max ticket, because this Friday’s jackpot is going to be a record breaker.
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Zimbabwe's Mugabe marks 93rd birthday in opposition area

MATOPO HILLS, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 93rd birthday Saturday amid granite hills where ancient spirits are said to dwell, defying calls to resign after nearly four decades in power in a region known for opposing the man who says he'll run again in 2018 elections.
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Oscar hosts through the years: The ‘feel good’, the ‘edgy’ and the oddballs

Oscar hosts through the years: The ‘feel good’, the ‘edgy’ and the oddballs
If you scrutinize the nature of the job of Oscar host over the years, they invariably fall into one of three categories.
There are “feel good” hosts, whose job is to make Academy members feel better about themselves.
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A Royal Canadian Air Force Twin Otter crew out for some search and rescue training accidentally found, and rescued, two Nunavut hunters needing help this week.
Thom Doelman, a captain with the Royal Canadian Air Force out of Yellowknife, said the crew was flying near Hall Beach as part of Operation Nunalivut, a sovereignty operation conducted annually in Canada's North.
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Quebec entrepreneurs hope to add positive touch to Oscar nominee gift bags

MONTREAL -- Along with luxury vacations, diamond bracelets and personal training sessions, celebrities who receive unofficial gift bags at the Oscars this year will also get a modest offering from Quebec.
The famously over-the-top swag bags, whose value usually runs in the six figures, is distributed annually by a Los Angeles-based marketing company to the nominees in the best actor, actress, supporting actor and actress and best director categories.
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Islamic State militants kill 11 in mosque ambush: Afghan official

KABUL -- At least 10 police officers and the wife of a police commander were killed in an ambush by Islamic States group militants in northern Zawzjan province, a provincial official said.
Mohammad Reza Ghafori, spokesman for the Zawzjan provincial governor, said Saturday that the police officers were ambushed Friday as they were coming out of a mosque.
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