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Sia and filmmaker-husband Erik Anders Lang separate

NEW YORK — Grammy-nominated singer Sia and her filmmaker-husband, Erik Anders Lang, are separating.
In a statement released through a spokesperson Wednesday, Sia and Lang said “after much soul searching and consideration we have made the decision to separate as a couple.
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2 juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14

NASHVILLE — Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings in an iconic tourism spot at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains.
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Russell Crowe will not face charges over Azealia Banks altercation

Russell Crowe will not face charges over his altercation with rapper Azealia Banks.
The 212 star accused the actor of spitting on her, calling her derogatory names and carrying her out of his hotel suite in Beverly Hills following an incident at a dinner party in October, and when the Oscar winner refused to apologize, she filed a police report.
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Quick-thinking pig survives Tennessee wildfire by burying himself in mud

A quick-thinking pet pig survived the rampaging wildfires that laid waste to parts of Tennessee by burrowing himself in the mud.
Charles -- left behind by the Holmes family when the raging blaze surrounded their home -- were thrilled to find their beloved pet alive.
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Johnny Depp named most overpaid actor in Hollywood

Johnny Depp has ended 2016 on another low note after he was named and shamed as the most overpaid actor in Hollywood for a second consecutive year.
Fresh off his bitter divorce from actress Amber Heard, the Pirates of the Caribbean star has topped the annual Forbes poll, thanks to the lacklustre returns from his most recent releases, including the blockbuster Alice Through the Looking Glass.
 

Gifts for gamers: Everything from 'Star Wars' to 'Watch Dogs 2'

Picking a holiday gift for the video game lovers on your list can be as difficult as deciding on your starter Pokemon, your Skyrim character class or which augmentations to apply to Adam Jensen’s cybernetic body. (The gamers will understand those references, even if you don’t.
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The weather outside is frightful thanks to climate change and the polar vortex

With cold, blustering snowstorms battering the West Coast and the Prairies, you might be tempted to say "What global warming?"
But climate change may, in fact, be to blame for this oh-so-Canadian winter.
"Doesn't global warming mean that we're going to get warmer, shorter winters? Well, in some areas, yes, but it actually could mean we could see colder episodes," Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips told CBC News.
 

Teen accused of plotting Toronto school attack on Montreal massacre anniversary

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly plotting an attack on a Toronto high school on the 27th anniversary of the massacre at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, one of the worst mass murders in Canadian history.
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RCMP abandons body cameras -- for now

The RCMP announced Tuesday that it is indefinitely postponing the force-wide rollout of body-worn cameras.
In 2013, the RCMP launched a body-worn camera pilot project with its Contract and Aboriginal Policing division to determine the feasibility of mounting such devices on all frontline officers.
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Police treatment of witnesses shows systemic racism: expert

The actions of police in the minutes that followed the fatal shooting of an indigenous man in a low-income neighbourhood point to systemic racism, an expert witness testified Wednesday.
It’s troubling that after police shot Craig McDougall, 26, in Winnipeg that his father and two other witnesses were handcuffed and kept on the ground for 40 minutes, Jonathan Rudin told an inquest into the death.
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Ottawa officer demoted for three months for 'racist' Facebook post about dead Inuk artist

Sgt. Chris Hrnchiar, a veteran officer who works in the forensic identification unit, was demoted Wednesday to the rank of first-class constable and must take multicultural training within three months.
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Dow Jones, S&P 500 rallies to record highs; TSX racks up 100 points

TORONTO -- Major North American stock markets pushed higher, with the Dow Jones and S&P 500 hitting record levels, as anticipation builds over the corporate policies of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump.
In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average surged 297.84 points at 19,549.62, while the S&P 500 added 29.12 points at 2,241.35.
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