Man loses court battle over electricity charges for cottage without power

An Ontario man has lost his court case against Hydro One over electricity delivery charges he received for his cottage that was disconnected from power for months.
Last fall, Kip Van Kempen sued the utility company in small claims court after he was charged $1,100 in delivery fees for his all-season cottage on Mazinaw Lake, north of Kingston, Ont.
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Rebuilding homes in Fort McMurray, Alta., going faster than expected, CMHC says

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. -- The federal housing agency says rebuilding efforts in Fort McMurray, Alta., are going faster than expected, with reconstruction underway on one-third of the homes destroyed in last year's wildfires.
In a report released today, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.
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Trial date set for case linked to 'S-Town' podcast

CENTREVILLE, Ala. -- An Alabama man featured in the hit podcast "S-Town" is scheduled to go on trial in October on charges related to events in the story.
A Bibb County judge signed an order Thursday setting an Oct.
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Internet's largest illegal marketplace has been taken down, U.S. officials say

U.S. Justice Department officials are announcing a takedown of an internet marketplace for drugs, counterfeit goods, weapons, hacking tools and other illicit items.
Prosecutors say AlphaBay had 200,000 members and 40,000 vendors before it was taken offline.
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Ryan Seacrest back as host of 'Idol' when it returns on ABC

NEW YORK -- Seacrest in!
Ryan Seacrest will be back hosting "American Idol" when it returns for its first season on ABC. Kelly Ripa made the announcement on Thursday's "Live with Kelly and Ryan," which she has co-hosted with Seacrest since he joined her in May.
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British actor stranded for 3 days after fall in Thailand

BANGKOK -- Paul Nicholls, a British actor who starred in the EastEnders soap opera, was stranded in the wild for three days on a Thai island after he fell down a waterfall and broke his kneecap, a rescuer said Thursday.
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General strike shutters Venezuelan capital

?Large swathes of Venezuela's capital were shuttered and silent Thursday as opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called the first major national strike since a 2002-03 stoppage that failed to topple Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez.
A public transport strike appeared to have halted nearly all bus traffic and thousands of private businesses defied government demands to stay open.
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Trump's pick for ambassador to Canada vows to promote 'powerful' relationship

Kelly Knight Craft, nominated to become the U.S. ambassador to Canada, said in her opening statement at a confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday that if confirmed, she would "be a respectful steward of this partnership with Canada.
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Sessions sticking around despite Trump rebuke

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he has no immediate plans to resign after U.S. President Donald Trump excoriated the nation's top prosecutor for recusing himself from the probe of suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S.
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Salvador Dali's remains exhumed today for paternity test

A Spanish woman is awaiting the outcome of an exhumation today of the remains of artist Salvador Dali, who she claims is her father.
The exhumation of the artist's embalmed body is taking place today in Figueres, northeast Spain, in order to allow for DNA samples to be taken to settle the paternity suit by Pilar Abel.
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Rogers Q2 net income rises 35%, beats analyst estimate

Rogers Communications reported a 35 per cent increase in second-quarter net income on Thursday, beating analyst estimates with an especially strong performance from its key wireless division.
It's the first financial report issued by the Toronto-based telecommunications and media company on Joe Natale's watch since he became its CEO in April.
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What to drive on Mars? Rover to be displayed at D.C. museum

WASHINGTON -- The type of vehicle that could explore the surface of Mars is going on display in Washington.
The National Air and Space Museum is featuring the Mars rover concept vehicle on Friday and Saturday.
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