‘Inferno' director Ron Howard reveals why Tom Hanks is a great leading man

Ron Howard has spent his entire working life in the public eye.
A child actor, he made his film debut at age two and was famous by the age of six for playing Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show.
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Driver and owner of train in Lac-Megantic disaster added to class action lawsuit

MONTREAL -- A Quebec Superior Court judge is allowing changes to the class action lawsuit in the 2013 Lac-Megantic disaster.
Justice Martin Bureau ruled Monday the conductor as well as the owner of the runaway train that exploded and killed 47 people have been added as respondents.
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House of Horrors: Germany's Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka?

A German couple suspected of sickening crimes eerily similar to Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka have gone on trial.
The twisted twosome -- known only as Wilfried W., 46, and his 47-year-old ex-wife, Angelika W. -- are charged with murder by omission and bodily harm.
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Eight puppies discovered in garbage bag in Ontario: SPCA

The Ontario SPCA is urging anyone with information concerning the discovery of eight puppies in a garbage bag in Midland, Ont. to come forward.
According to a press release by the Ontario SPCA, a local resident discovered the puppies inside the bag in a ditch on Baseline Road South while they were outside doing yard work on Oct.
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Tip from psychiatric hospital led to probe into alleged nursing home murders: source

TORONTO -- The Canadian Press has learned that the investigation into the alleged murders of eight long-term care home residents was launched after police received a tip from a psychiatric hospital in Toronto.
A police source familiar with the investigation says officials from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health alerted the Toronto police that Elizabeth Wettlaufer, a nurse from Woodstock, Ont.
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Saturn goes from blue to gold

A cloud pattern above a portion of Saturn appears to have changed colour and NASA scientists don't know why.
The hexagonal jetstream, which hovers over the ringed planet's north pole, appeared blue when the Cassini spacecraft captured an image of it back in 2012.
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Earthquake rattles central Italy, including Rome

ROME -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 rattled a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome, on Wednesday, just two months after a powerful temblor toppled villages, killing nearly 300 people.
There were no immediate reports of damage.
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Young girl gets pills, not prize, from quarter toy dispenser

A 7-year-old girl who inserted coins into a toy dispenser at a pizzeria received a plastic capsule filled with medications for blood pressure and kidney stones instead, police said.
Rochester police Capt. Jason Thomas said Tuesday that the girl put a quarter into the machine for the third time Friday when it spit out a container that had at least three pills where the toy should have been.
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Mom found overdosed in car with baby in back seat: police

HOPE, Ind. -- Police in Indiana say a 25-year-old woman has been found passed out from an overdose with her baby in the back seat of the car.
Police in Hope, Indiana, have released a picture of Erika Hurt as they found her on Saturday afternoon.
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Apple struggling to keep up with demand for iPhone 7 Plus

Apple Inc's shares slipped as much as four per cent after the company said it was struggling to keep up with demand for its large-screen, higher-margin iPhone 7 Plus, potentially reducing sales and profits in the Christmas shopping period.
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General: Extremists plotting attacks on West from Raqqa

WASHINGTON -- U.S. intelligence has detected signs of Islamic State plotting against the West from their Syrian stronghold at Raqqa, adding urgency to coalition plans to encircle and eventually assault the city, a senior American general said Wednesday.
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OPP to text potential murder witnesses after carriers ordered to release numbers

The Ontario Provincial Police will be texting cellphone users who were in the vicinity of a murder victim last December, hoping someone can offer information to help solve the crime.
But one criminal lawyer says the police may be on shaky legal ground if the text canvass produces any evidence.
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