Humans reshaping evolutionary history of species around the globe: paper

VANCOUVER -- Swallows are evolving smaller, more manoeuvrable wings to help them dodge buildings and vehicles.
Some fish are growing mouths that are smaller and harder to hook.
Large animals from caribou to tuna are disappearing.
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Incentives to Amazon could top US$2.8 billion in NYC

NEW YORK -- The total value of the incentive package New York is using to lure Amazon could top US$2.8 billion.
Amazon announced Tuesday that it would build new headquarters in New York City and Washington D.C.
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Two teens charged with second-degree murder in Montreal slaying of 17-year-old

MONTREAL -- Two teenagers appeared in Quebec Youth Court Wednesday on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 17-year-old whose body was found in a wooded area in Montreal.
The Crown asked that the accused -- a boy and a girl, both 17 years old -- be sentenced as adults in the event they are found guilty.
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Kevin O'Leary suing Elections Canada over fundraising limits

Failed Conservative leadership contender and reality TV star Kevin O'Leary is suing the federal elections commissioner and Elections Canada over fundraising rules that limit how much of his own money he can spend to clear up outstanding campaign debts — rules O'Leary says infringe upon his Charter rights.
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Chilly 'super-Earth' may orbit Sun’s nearest single star neighbour

The Sun’s nearest single star neighbour may have an icy exoplanet orbiting it, according to a newly released study.
Researchers say the potential planet, dubbed Barnard’s Star b, is an icy super-Earth planet – which means it’s greater in mass than Earth, but significantly smaller than ice giants like Neptune.
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'He's got a hold of me:' Woman says she was groped by Manitoba politician

WINNIPEG -- A longtime Manitoba Progressive Conservative party member and volunteer says she was groped by a legislature member ousted from government caucus last month over inappropriate remarks to female staff.
The woman, who asked not to be identified because she fears coming forward might hurt her career, said she was at a party function at Tavern United, which has a rooftop bar in downtown Winnipeg, in September 2017 when she saw Cliff Graydon and stopped to say hello.
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Outrage in Ireland after teenage girl's underwear used as evidence in rape trial

Women's rights campaigners in Ireland and beyond are outraged and organizing protests after a man was acquitted of raping a 17-year-old in a trial where the defence lawyer used the woman's laced thong underwear as evidence.
In her closing argument following the rape trial in Cork, Ireland, earlier this month, defence lawyer Elizabeth O'Connell urged the jury to take into account the underwear the teenager was wearing on the night she said she was raped in a laneway.
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Toronto edges higher on rise in gold while crude ends unprecedented slump

TORONTO -- Canada's main stock index edged higher Wednesday as geopolitical anxiety sent investors searching for safety in gold and the energy sector rose as the price of oil ended an unprecedented slump.
The backdrop was a series of geopolitical news from fresh anxiety about the status of the USMCA trade deal, trade talks between the U.S.
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Canada Post makes new offer to employees as eBay calls on Ottawa to end strikes

Canada Post has issued what it calls a "time-limited" contract offer to its employees in the hope of ending rotating strikes that have created a historic backlog of undelivered parcels.
The offer came just hours after online sales and auctioning giant eBay called on the federal government to legislate an end to the Canada Post contract dispute.
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Police investigate alleged sex assault at Toronto private school

TORONTO -- An investigation is underway into an alleged sexual assault at a prestigious private school in Toronto, police said Wednesday as the institution announced it had expelled students over two serious incidents.
Police released few details but said the investigation involved St.
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Probe of Conservatives' handling of sexual assault claim against ex-MP nearing its end

As questions loom about the inappropriate online behaviour of ex-Conservative MP Tony Clement, a third-party probe involving a former Conservative MP accused of sexual misconduct appears to be nearing its conclusion.
"The review is in the final stages and I expect a report will be issued in the near future," said Carol Nielsen, the Toronto-based lawyer the Conservative Party tasked with leading the investigation into the 2015 candidacy of Rick Dykstra.
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Ontario museum plans 'Dawn of Life' gallery to tell story of earliest life on Earth

Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum announced plans on Wednesday to create a "Dawn of Life" gallery that will tell the story of the earliest life on Earth.
The Willner Madge Gallery, Dawn of Life, which would be the first of its kind in North America, will contain a collection of fossils from across Canada.
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