Body of a Texas couple's son found in bucket of tar: police

MCKINNEY, TEXAS -- A Texas couple have been charged with evidence tampering and abuse of a corpse after authorities found their infant son dead in a bucket of tar.
Sheriff's deputies arrested Donna and Roland Grabowski late Saturday in the Dallas suburb of McKinney.
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Chris Evans hopes to shield democracy with politics website

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Evans became the most politically prickly "Avenger" a few years back with withering tweets about U.S. President Donald Trump and his Republican supporters.
But the "Captain America" actor is staying relatively quiet during this presidential campaign.
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TikTok and its employees prepare to fight Trump over app ban

TikTok and its U.S. employees are planning to take President Donald Trump's administration to court over his sweeping order to ban the popular video app, according to a lawyer preparing one of the lawsuits.
The employees' legal challenge to Trump's executive order will be separate from a pending lawsuit from the company that owns the app, though both will argue that the order is unconstitutional, said Mike Godwin, an internet policy lawyer representing the employees.
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Michigan considering making drones look 'less like seagulls' after eagle attack

The state of Michigan is considering making its drones look "less like seagulls" after losing one recently to an eagle attack.
"An Upper Peninsula bald eagle launched an airborne attack on a drone operated by a Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) pilot last month, tearing off a propeller and sending the aircraft to the bottom of Lake Michigan," EGLE said in a press release on Thursday, Aug.
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Thai scientists catch bats to trace virus origins

KANCHANABURI, THAILAND -- Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus.
Initial research has already pointed to bats as the source of the virus that has afflicted more than 20.5 million people and caused the deaths of over 748,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
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Canadiens head coach Claude Julien hospitalized with chest pain

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A smoking ban to curb coronavirus? Some areas in Spain are doing it

MADRID -- Two Spanish regions attracting tourists introduced outdoor smoking bans Thursday to curb the coronavirus as a top domestic medical body called for a more coordinated response and tougher punishment for rule breakers.
Under a law which came into force at midnight in the northwestern region of Galicia, smokers are forbidden to remove face masks -- which are mandatory -- to smoke in public if it is not possible to maintain a distance of two metres (6.7 feet) between people, in what is believed to be the first such restriction in Europe.
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U.S. seizes digital currency accounts used by militant groups

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department said Thursday it has seized millions of dollars from cryptocurrency accounts that militant organization abroad, including al Qaeda and the Islamic State group, relied on to raise money for violent operations.
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Daimler reaches deal to settle U.S. diesel emissions claims

BERLIN -- Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, says it has reached agreements in principle to settle U.S. claims over emissions from its diesel vehicles for over US$2.2 billion.
The Stuttgart, Germany-based automaker said late Thursday that the agreements with various U.S.
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Threats against PM and cabinet ministers increasing: RCMP

Threats against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his colleagues in the federal cabinet increased significantly between 2019 and 2020, according to RCMP data.
The force's protective policing unit opened 130 threat files targeting Trudeau and his ministers between this January and July, up from 100 during the same time last year.
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A new report released Wednesday details how 2019 was another year of extremes for Earth's climate, adding to a litany of evidence exposing the grim reality of our warming world.
Last year saw devastating wildfires burn through Australia; large regions including Europe, Japan, Pakistan, and India experienced deadly heat waves; almost 100 tropical cyclones created havoc; glaciers and sea ice continued to melt at worrying levels; and drought and floods destroyed vital crops and infrastructure.

Quebec records 104 new COVID-19 cases, six more deaths

MONTREAL -- There are now 5,715 people who have died of COVID-19 in Quebec, health authorities announced Thursday, as confirmed cases in the province reached 60,917.
That’s up six from the total of 5,709 deaths reported Wednesday; COVID-19 cases in Quebec rose 104 from the total of 60,813 announced a day earlier.
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