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Canadian Forces welcomes transgender troops after Trump's ban

OTTAWA -- The Canadian Forces says it is pressing ahead with improvements to its transgender policy, even as U.S. President Donald Trump looks to bar transgender people from military service south of the border.
Trump surprised many Wednesday when he announced on Twitter that he was reinstating a ban on transgender people serving in uniform, after the previous Obama administration lifted the ban last year.
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Sears Canada shuts down Facebook comments amid flood of angry messages

After getting flooded with angry comments about its treatment of laid-off workers, and by calls for a boycott, Sears Canada is no longer allowing public posts on its Facebook site.
It appears the retailer has also removed all comments made after July 6, though some earlier, negative posts still linger on the site.
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CNN racial discrimination suit dismissed by judge

ATLANTA — A federal judge has dismissed a class-action racial discrimination lawsuit filed by current and former black employees of Time Warner, owner of Turner networks including CNN, TNT and TBS.
U.S. District Court Judge William Duffey of the Northern District of Georgia wrote in Tuesday’s dismissal order that the two employees named in the suit failed to show that intentional discrimination based on their race occurred.
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13-year-old B.C. girl found dead in park killed in random attack: police

Police say the death of Marrisa Shen, the 13-year-old girl whose body was found in a park in Burnaby, B.C., was the result of a random attack.
“Marrisa’s death was just senseless,” said Cpl.
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Tillerson rebuffs resignation rumours: 'I'm not going anywhere'

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is knocking down a flurry of speculation that he is unhappy in his job and may soon quit.
Asked about the resignation rumours on Wednesday, Tillerson told reporters at the State Department that "I'm not going anywhere.
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Hungry sheep flock to Montreal for lawnmowing duties

MONTREAL -- With only a few bleats of protest, a flock of woolly, four-legged lawnmowers took a rare stroll through the streets of Montreal on Wednesday to take up their duties in a new city park.
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Republican senators blink on a big chance to repeal 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON -- After seven years of emphatic campaign promises, Senate Republicans demonstrated Wednesday they don't have the stomach to repeal "Obamacare" when it really counts, as the Senate voted 55-45 to reject legislation undoing major portions of Barack Obama's law without replacing it.
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Justin Bieber the 'Tom Cruise' of Hillsong Church

Justin Bieber is being called the “Tom Cruise” of the Hillsong Church.
The Sydney-based church – with branches in 19 countries – has found itself in the spotlight after the troubled troubadour cancelled the remaining 14 dates of his Purpose tour.
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is barring transgender people from serving in the military “in any capacity,” citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption.”
Trump’s announcement Wednesday morning on Twitter did not say what would happen to transgender people already in the military.
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'Vaulter' bandit, accused in bank robberies, sentenced to 15 years in prison

TORONTO -- A notorious bank robber who was dubbed the "Vaulter" for his technique of jumping over bank counters has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
York regional police say Jeffrey James Shuman pleaded guilty last month to seven counts of robbery with a firearm.
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Whole Foods sales struggle shows Amazon buying a fixer-upper

AUSTIN, Texas -- Amazon is set to have a fixer-upper on its hands, with Whole Foods reporting that a key sales figure declined again.
The grocery chain said Wednesday that sales fell 1.9 per cent at established locations for the three months that ended July 2.
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Trump's transgender military ban prompts LGBT outrage

NEW YORK - Most LGBT-rights activists never believed Donald Trump's campaign promises to be their friend. With his move to ban transgender people from military service, on top of other actions and appointments, they now see him as openly hostile.
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