The Pirate Party could sail to victory in Iceland, poll shows

The past few years have been stormy for Iceland, a country threatened by volcanoes and brought low by bankers. Now, Icelanders are thinking of putting their trust in pirates.
Polls suggest the party — formed in 2012 by a group of anarchists, hackers and internet-freedom activists — is supported by as many as one in five voters and could emerge from Saturday's parliamentary election at the head of a new government.
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Take a look: A 'Reading Rainbow' in the digital age

MIAMI -- Take a look, it's in a book -- and on a computer, tablet and phone: A "Reading Rainbow."
More than three decades after the program to encourage reading among children first aired on PBS, the show's longtime host, LeVar Burton, is now focusing his efforts to promote literacy in the digital realm.
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Man charged with child abduction heading back to Calgary for bail hearing

Calgary police are expected to be in Ontario on Friday, to retrieve a 49-year-old man charged with abducting six children and bringing them to the Toronto area.
Durham police found the children with their mother’s common-law partner in a parking lot in Bowmanville on Thursday.
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U.K. Uber drivers win case to get paid vacation, minimum wage

LONDON -- Uber drivers in Britain should get paid vacation days and be guaranteed a minimum wage, a tribunal said Friday, in a ruling that tests the limits of the so-called "gig economy," in which companies rely on individual to work as self-employed contractors without safety nets.
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Famous Lebanese singer, composer Melhem Barkat dies

BEIRUT -- Lebanon's state news agency says Lebanese singer and composer Melham Barakat, who was highly esteemed and popular across the region, has died.
National News Agency said Barakat, 71, died Friday at a Beirut hospital where he was admitted weeks earlier.
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Worked to death: why some stressful jobs may send you to an early grave

It can be very frustrating to be in a high-demand job where your boss allows you little control, and a new study suggests such constant stress might even shorten your life.
"We found that individuals in highly stressful jobs with little control die at a younger age than workers who have more control in their jobs," said study lead author Erik Gonzalez-Mule.
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Uber drivers are employees — not freelancers, British tribunal rules

Uber has faced many legal challenges in markets from a number of opponents. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)
Britain's more than 40,000 Uber drivers are entitled to sick days, vacation and other benefits, a labour tribunal said in a ruling the ride-hailing company says it will appeal.
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J.K. Rowling's Cormoran Strike series moving ahead with HBO

Move aside wizards, J.K. Rowling's private detective Cormoran Strike is headed to the screen.
HBO has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to a limited TV series based on the Harry Potter creator's bestselling trio of gritty, gruesome mystery novels about a war vet-turned-private detective.
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Whisky captures flavour of smoke from Fort McMurray fire

A distiller is working on the perfect drink to celebrate Fort McMurray’s road to recovery: a whisky made from barley flavoured by the fire’s smoke.
The Wood Buffalo Brewing Company is hosting a launch party for its specially crafted “The Beast” whisky on Friday, Oct.
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Prison for hacker who stole celebrities' nude photos, videos

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison for hacking into the email and online accounts of several female celebrities and stealing private information, including nude photos and videos.
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Family sues Amazon over hoverboard that burned $1M house

NASHVILLE -- A family is suing Amazon for selling a hoverboard blamed for starting a fire that burned their $1 million home in Nashville.
The Tennessean reports that the Fox family's lawsuit says Amazon had information about the dangers of the product before the Jan.
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Amy Schumer responds to Beyonce 'Formation' video backlash

Amy Schumer never intended her take on Beyonce’s Formation to be considered a parody.
The actress was joined by Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack and Wanda Sykes for the video, which was posted on Tidal last week.
The clip showed the women looking shipwrecked and covered in dirt in a jungle while dancing along to the track.
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