Slim Republican majority on U.S. tax bill under threat after Marco Rubio defects

The U.S. Republican Party's razor-thin margin for driving their sweeping tax package through the Senate was thrown into jeopardy Thursday when Republican Sen. Marco Rubio declared he will vote against it unless negotiators expand the tax credit that low-income Americans can claim for their children.
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Veterans brace for battle and disappointment as pension decision looms

The Liberal government's plan to give wounded ex-soldiers "the option" of a lifetime pension will be a complicated two-part rejigging of the current system, CBC News has learned.
A series of sources with knowledge of the file say the first component involves recognizing the pain and suffering of injuries with either the existing lump sum award, or a monthly tax-free payment to a maximum of $1,200 per month.
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Ivanka Trump store opening up in Trump Tower lobby

NEW YORK -- An Ivanka Trump-branded store is opening in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, selling handbags, jewelry and candles.
A representative for the first daughter's brand says the store opened Thursday on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue will add shoes and clothes next year.
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UN envoy says 'golden opportunity missed' as Syria talks wrap up

GENEVA -- The U.N. envoy for Syria said the latest round of Geneva talks ended without progress on Thursday after two fruitless weeks, calling it a "golden opportunity missed" and acknowledging that he needs to come up with new ideas to make headway toward ending Syria's nearly seven-year war.
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Scientists use AI to discover an 8th planet orbiting a distant star

Our solar system may not be that unique after all. Researchers have discovered a star that lies 2,500 light years away with at least eight planets orbiting it, just like our sun.
The Kepler-90 system was discovered back in 2013, and was initially thought to have just seven planets.
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Nephews of Venezuelan president's wife get 18 years in prison

A New York judge has sentenced two nephews of the Venezuelan president's wife to 18 years in prison for their conviction on drug conspiracy charges.
Judge Paul Crotty announced the sentences in Manhattan federal court after the men apologized for their crimes.
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RCMP looking anew at 284 sexual assault cases from 2016

OTTAWA -- The Mounties say they are going to take a new look at 284 sexual assault cases that they originally classified as unfounded.
The decision comes after the RCMP reviewed 2,225 sexual assault files from 2016 in which police concluded that no violation of the law had taken place or was attempted.
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Paul Ryan denies reports, says he's not leaving Congress soon

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he's not leaving Congress anytime soon, trying to squelch rumours that he will walk away in triumph after the Republicans' treasured tax bill is approved.
Politico and The Huffington Post published reports speculating that Ryan would make this two-year Congress his last or even resign after lawmakers approve the $1.5 trillion tax bill, which is expected next week.
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Ontario offers electric vehicle rebates of up to $75,000 for businesses

TORONTO - Ontario is offering businesses rebates of up to $75,000 for buying electric and other low-carbon vehicles.
Businesses that have purchased or will purchase eligible vehicles -- including electric and natural trucks -- after Sept.
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Britain First leader whom Trump re-tweeted arrested again in Belfast

A leader of a British far-right group, whose anti-Islamic posts were retweeted by U.S. President Donald Trump causing outrage in Britain, was arrested in Northern Ireland on Thursday minutes after being bailed over a separate incident.
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Bombardier on track to deliver on turnaround goals, CEO says

Bombardier Inc. says it's on track to deliver on its promised five-year turnaround in 2020 as its aerospace and railway divisions are projected to deliver better revenues and profits.
Chief executive Alain Bellemare told a New York investor day Thursday that the transportation giant has a strong runway for growth now that it is winding down heavy spending to develop the C Series and Global 7000 business jet.
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California police bust multimillion-dollar weed 'fortress'

LOS ANGELES -- Police in Southern California raided a weed "fortress" on Wednesday, seizing 35,000 marijuana plants and shutting down an operation they believe was bringing in millions of dollars a month.
Investigators first turned their sights on the illegal grow operation about two months ago after receiving complaints from neighbours.
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