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Observers temper expectations for Sears liquidation deals

TORONTO -- Dozens of Sears stores slated for closure begin liquidation sales Friday, but bargain hunters would be wise to temper their expectations, say industry experts.
Eager to avoid bankruptcy, the one-time retail giant is counting on hordes of shoppers to scoop up discounted merchandise, fixtures and equipment as soon as possible.
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O.J. Simpson learns fate at parole hearing for Vegas armed robbery [Video]

LOVELOCK, Nev. — O.J. Simpson once thrilled crowds as he ran for touchdowns and hurdled airport seats in car rental ads to achieve Hollywood celebrity before he was acquitted of murder in the 1995 “trial of the century” in Los Angeles.
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Woman posing as man used fake penis to sexually assault schoolgirl

A British woman who posed as a man to have sex with a schoolgirl will spend six and a half years behind bars.
According to the Telegraph, 27-year-old Gayle Newland broke down as Manchester Crown Court handed down the sentence after being found guilty on sexual assault charges after a retrial.
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Rapper Common surprises students at NY school, donates money

NEW YORK - Oscar and Grammy winner Common surprised a group of New York students by donating $10,000 to help their teachers buy supplies like calculators and science kits.
The rapper-actor partnered with the non-profit AdoptAClassroom.org and Burlington Stores to give Renaissance School of the Arts in Harlem the funds on Thursday.
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Ontario energy prices have skyrocketed significantly higher and faster than the rest of the country over the last nine years, with Torontonians paying twice the national average, according to a report from the right-leaning Fraser Institute.
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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is refusing to say what he knew — and when he knew it — about a dismissed, non-felony charge against his choice for Governor General.
Julie Payette is calling the six-year-old incident a case of an “unfounded” allegation for which she was “immediately cleared” without any prosecution.
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Never too late: 87-year-old N.B. woman jumps from plane on birthday

Francine Foulem waited years to cross this crazy adventure off her bucket list.
Finally, at 87, the adventurous grandmother from Beresford got her wish to go skydiving.
Her son, Luc Foulem, wasn't exactly surprised when his mother asked this year if she could make a parachute jump.
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Elon Musk tempers Mars, SpaceX expectations at annual ISS conference

Elon Musk's dream of going to Mars is still a bit of a moonshot.
The founder of electric vehicle company Tesla and aerospace manufacturer SpaceX spoke at length about his company's attempts to work its way to the Red Planet — and its attempts at building better reusable rockets — at the annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSR&D) in Washington, D.C.
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Four stowaways found in shipping container at Port of Montreal

MONTREAL -- Four men found in a shipping container at the Port of Montreal were dehydrated and likely had been in the storage unit for many days, authorities said Thursday.
Stephane Smith, a spokesman for the Urgences Sante ambulance service, said two of the men had difficulty breathing.
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Exxon Mobil fined $2M US for Tillerson-era breach of Russia sanctions

The Treasury Department hit Exxon Mobil Corp. with a $2 million fine Thursday for violating Russia sanctions while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil company's CEO.
Treasury said in a statement that Exxon under Tillerson's leadership had shown "reckless disregard" for sanctions that the Obama administration imposed on Russian entities in 2014 over Russia's annexation of Crimea.
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Saudi prince jailed after videos appear to show man abused

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Saudi prince has been arrested after a video emerged online purporting to show him abusing someone and pointing a rifle at another.
King Salman ordered the arrest and interrogation of the prince on Wednesday, a day after short video clips were published on YouTube and shared on Twitter showing what appears to be a rifle pointed toward a man who is bleeding from the head and pleading.
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Much is wrong with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, but just looking at this thing is such an astonishing trip that you’ll hardly notice.
The movie is based on the graphic novel series Valerian and Laureline (by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres); filmmaker Luc Besson fell in love with the story when he read the comics as a 10- year-old in the late ‘60s.
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