Six children allegedly abducted in Calgary found near Toronto: police

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. -- Police east of Toronto have found six children they say were allegedly abducted by a parent in Calgary earlier this week.
Durham regional police say an officer came across the children, who are between 18 months and 11 years of age, in Bowmanville on Wednesday afternoon.
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N.S. pair plead guilty to second-degree murder of young mother

HALIFAX -- Two people have admitted killing a young Halifax mother in 2014.
Jason James Johnson and Kelly Amanda MacDonald, who are both in their 30s and live in Lawrencetown, N.S., pleaded guilty this morning to second-degree murder and interfering with human remains in the death of Catie Miller.
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Megan Fox shares baby photo 2 months after giving birth

Megan Fox has shared a photo of her new baby boy.
Fox posted a picture on Instagram of her lying next to an infant Wednesday. The 30-year-old actress gave birth to Journey River in August.
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Waiter knocks off thumb of Roman statue at British Museum

LONDON -- If it weren't awful, it would simply be hilarious: A waiter preparing for a corporate event at the British Museum knocked the thumb off a priceless Roman statue.
The museum acknowledged the incident on Thursday, and said the 2,000-year-old Townley Venus has been completely restored.
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How does Canada's health-care system compare to other universal programs around the world?

Did Donald Trump get it right when he criticized Canada’s beloved health-care system?
During the third presidential debate, Trump said the Canadian system was “catastrophic” in some ways and that its citizens are known to head south for better care.
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Two-thirds of wild animals will disappear by 2020, and humans are to blame, WWF says

Worldwide populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have plunged by almost 60 per cent since 1970 as human activities overwhelm the environment, the WWF conservation group said on Thursday.
An index compiled with data from the Zoological Society of London to measure the abundance of biodiversity was down 58 per cent from 1970 to 2012 and would fall 67 per cent by 2020 on current trends, the WWF said in a report.
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Bette Midler revisits her star-making songs in 'Divine' re-release

NEW YORK -- Bette Midler is going back to the beginning of her career -- the divine beginning.
The Grammy- and Emmy Award-winner is re-releasing a deluxe version of "The Divine Miss M," her 1972 debut album that included the hits "Do You Want To Dance," "Chapel Of Love," "Friends" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.
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Abu Sayyaf got $7.3 million from kidnappings

MANILA, Philippines -- Abu Sayyaf pocketed at least 353 million pesos ($7.3 million) from ransom kidnappings in the first six months of the year and have turned to abductions of foreign tugboat crewmen as military offensives restricted the militants' mobility, a confidential Philippine government report said.
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P.E.I. singer Kinley Dowling recalls rape on new album

A Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter has released a song about being raped after her high-school prom, saying she hopes it encourages others to share their own stories.
"It's a letter to the guy that raped me," Kinley Dowling said of her new song, "Microphone.
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Somalia's al-Shabaab making comeback as Ethiopian troops withdraw

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Somalia's Islamic extremists, al-Shabab, appear to be making a comeback, having recently seized four towns and attacked a guesthouse in neighbouring Kenya, killing 12.
The resurgence of Al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaida, could affect Somalia's plans to hold elections next month and further destabilize what is already one of the world's most fragile states.
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Bryan Cranston delves into dark thoughts, inspirations in new memoir

NEW YORK -- Bryan Cranston seems so far apart from the murderous Walter White that one wonders how he was able to channel such darkness with Emmy-worthy ferocity in "Breaking Bad."
But in his new memoir, "A Life in Parts," Cranston details a real-life incident that helped him get in character: an unhinged ex-girlfriend who threatened his life and made him have violent thoughts about her.
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UN preps for possible chemical attack in Iraq’s Mosul

BAGHDAD — The U.N.’s public health agency said Thursday it has trained 90 Iraqi medics in “mass casualty management,” with a special focus on chemical attacks, as part of its preparations for Iraq’s operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group.
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