Suicide suspected after series of explosions leaves 1 dead in Japan

TOKYO -- Two apparent explosions hit the Japanese city of Utsunomiya back-to-back Sunday, killing one person and injuring three others in what police are viewing as a possible suicide.
Japanese media reports suggest that the victim, believed to be a 72-year-old former military officer, may have set his house on fire, blown up his car in a public parking lot and then blown himself up in a nearby park.
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Iraqi parliament bans alcohol

BAGHDAD -- Iraq's parliament has passed a law forbidding the import, production or selling of alcoholic beverages.
The bill, passed late Saturday, imposes a fine of up to 25 million Iraqi dinars, or $21,000, for anyone violating the ban.
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Cemetery crash landing: Pilot injured, no deaths in Alta. incident

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. -- A small plane crash landed in a cemetery in Medicine Hat, Alta. Saturday night.
Sgt. Jeff Wieschorster of the Medicine Hat Police Service said the pilot -- a 64-year-old local man -- suffered serious, but non life-threatening injuries.
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EU sets Belgium Monday deadline to back CETA, source says

The European Union has given Belgium's federal government until late on Monday to secure backing for an EU-Canada trade deal from the region of Wallonia or a planned summit to sign the pact will be cancelled, an EU source said on Sunday.
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No winner in $13M Lotto 649 draw

TORONTO - No winning ticket was sold for Saturday night's $13 million Lotto 649 jackpot.
However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Quebec.
The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Oct.
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Japanese pensioner blows himself up in park, injures 3 others

A 72-year-old retired soldier blew himself up in a park in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya, killing himself and injuring three other people in an apparent suicide, state broadcaster NHK reported.
A second explosion, separate from the blast that killed the former Self Defence Force member, caused a fire in a nearby parking lot, while the man's home eight kilometres from the park burnt to the ground, the report said.
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'They should fess up:' Customers demand Apple find cure for iPhone 'touch disease'

What's known as iPhone "touch disease" appears to be spreading and pressure is mounting for Apple to find a cure. However, the tech giant still refuses to talk about it.
Touch disease is an affliction of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models which hit stores in 2014.
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U.S. presidential election uses hodge-podge of voting technology

When Americans go the polls on Nov. 8, they'll be casting votes using a wide array of technology, from touchscreens to pen and paper.
In light of Donald Trump's claims of election fraud — and with the memory of the disputed presidential election of 2000 still looming — that technology could be under more scrutiny than ever in this year's presidential election.
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While there are plenty of school boards across Canada that practise good governance, there are too many examples of trustees displaying "amateur hour behaviour," Ontario's former deputy minister of education says.
Misspent money, poorly conceived contracts, directors getting paid more than they're allowed — these are just some of the examples of mismanagement that result from bad board governance, Charles Pascal says.
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A Red Deer, Alta., woman says she fears for her safety since going to police with allegations that a member of the Creep Catcher vigilante group planned to use a 14-year-old girl to bait and trap a suspected predator.
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A B.C. teacher is fighting to be recognized as a thalidomide survivor, even though the federal government says she can't prove her deformed hands are the result of her mother taking the drug during pregnancy.
"I was born missing fingers," Joanne Jenkins said, rubbing the stubs where doctors tried to surgically create digits.
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Pop stars and fast cars: Taylor Swift plays Formula One

AUSTIN, Texas -- With their red, white and blue tutus and Taylor Swift t-shirts, Rachel Emling and Mikala Crews were everything Formula One wanted at the U.S. Grand Prix: young fans who would travel across the country for a mix of pop stars and fast cars.
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