Asian stocks lower as investors examine company earnings

HONG KONG - Stocks retreated in most Asian markets on Thursday as investors assessed a fresh round of corporate earnings from major companies across the region.
KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.5 per cent to 17,303.27 while South Korea's Kospi rose 0.3 per cent to 2,019.09.
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Large protests fill streets protesting 'takeover of Venezuela' by Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela - Anti-government protesters filled the streets of Venezuela's capital and other major cities in a show of force against Presidential Nicolas Maduro, whose allies enraged the opposition by blocking a recall referendum against the socialist leader.
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South Korean man adopted and brought to U.S. to be deported

SALEM, Ore. — A South Korean man flown to the U.S. 37 years ago and adopted by an American couple at age 3 has been ordered deported back to a country that is completely alien to him.
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Judge rejects woman and girl's claims to Prince estate

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota judge ruled Wednesday that a woman and girl who claim to be Prince's niece and grandniece will not be considered heirs to the late music superstar's estate.
Carver County Judge Kevin Eide ruled that Brianna Nelson and her niece, Victoria Nelson, are excluded as Prince's heirs as a matter of law.
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Boston commuters break windows to escape after train’s motor overheats [Video]

BOSTON — A Boston commuter train’s motor has overheated, causing the train to fill with smoke and panicked passengers to break windows to escape.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority says the Orange Line train’s motor overheated during the Wednesday evening commute at Back Bay station.
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B.C. First Nation angered by federal response to downed tug

BELLA BELLA, B.C. - Members of a First Nation on British Columbia's central coast say they're angered and dismayed by a federal minister's response to a fuel spill in the area.
Fisheries and Oceans minister Dominic LeBlanc has issued a statement saying crews have finished pumping oil from a sunken tug boat near Bella Bella, B.C.
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Killer driver Ali Alejandro Montoya apologizes in emotional hearing [Video]

Describing himself as “stupid, irresponsible and extremely selfish,” a teary Ali Alejandro Montoya asked for forgiveness Wednesday for taking two lives in a horrific crash.
And the sister of one of Montoya’s victims said she’s ready to forgive Montoya for his tragic crime.
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Two earthquakes rattle Italy, crumbling buildings and causing panic [Video]

ROME — A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people.
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Chinese citizens rally behind farmer who killed official with nail gun

SHIJIAZHUANG, China - Two years after the leaders of his village razed his home to make way for new development, farmer Jia Jinglong took his revenge with a nail gun.
In a country that bans personal ownership of firearms, Jia modified a nail gun and used it to shoot and kill the local chief, who he believed ordered the demolition without adequately compensating him.
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Calgary woman not guilty in stabbing death of daughter over drug money

SASKATOON — A jury has found a Calgary woman not guilty in the stabbing death of her daughter in 2014.
The defence had argued Frances Sugar acted in self-defence when she stabbed 34-year-old Lindey during a fight at the side of a road just south of Saskatoon in June 2014.
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Drake 'corny as f---' Kid Cudi's manager responds to 'Two Birds, One Stone'

Kid Cudi’s manager has fired back at Drake, branding the Canadian rapper “corny” for mocking the troubled star’s mental health issues in a new song.
The Hotline Bling hitmaker, real name Aubrey Graham, faced a backlash from music fans this week after debuting a track titled Two Birds, One Stone on his Apple Music OVO Sound Radio show on Sunday.
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Justin Timberlake's voting booth selfie not under investigation

The District Attorney in Shelby County, Tennessee has dismissed reports suggesting Justin Timberlake is under investigation for his illegal voting booth selfie.
The SexyBack hitmaker took to Instagram on Monday and shared a photo of himself casting his early ballot back home in Memphis, Tennessee, after flying in from Los Angeles, where he had just premiered his new movie Trolls on Sunday.
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