Bye, Bao Bao! Later, Mei Lun and Mei Huan! Pandas leaving U.S.

WASHINGTON -- The panda population in the United States is dropping by three.
Atlanta's zoo announced Thursday that its 3-year-old giant panda twins will leave the zoo Nov. 3. And the National Zoo in Washington said it will be saying bye-bye to panda cub Bao Bao in 2017.
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Tech issues mean no online literacy test for Ont. high school students

TORONTO -- Tens of thousands of Ontario high school students were unable to take their first online literacy test Thursday because of widespread technical issues.
The Education Quality and Accountability Office pulled the plug on the "voluntary" online test for which most of the province's 900 secondary schools had signed up Online literacy test cancelled in Ontario due to widespread technical issueso participate.
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Construction must begin on road after isolated reserve's ferry breaks down: chief

SHOAL LAKE, Man. -- The chief of an isolated reserve under one of Canada's longest boil-water advisories says construction on a road linking his community to the outside world must begin now.
Shoal Lake 40 First Nation straddles the Ontario-Manitoba boundary and was cut off from the mainland a century ago to build an aqueduct which supplies fresh water to Winnipeg.
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Judge calls for changes to pool supervision after boy drowns

EDMONTON -- An Edmonton judge says more changes are needed to protect children in swimming pools following the death of a seven-year-old boy.
A fatality inquiry report says there have been several improvements based on earlier investigations into the drowning at O'Leary Leisure Centre in July 2012.
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New head on statue of Jesus puts spotlight on Ontario church

A statue of baby Jesus got a facelift after it was vandalized in northern Ontario -- and the result is turning heads.
The Ste. Anne des Pins parish in Sudbury, Ont., says the statue, which was beheaded by unknown vandals a year ago, was recently fitted with a temporary clay head crafted by a local artist.
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Bank places 100 'lucky pennies' across U.S. worth $1,000 each

DETROIT -- Stopping to pick up a stray penny off the ground may not seem worth the effort, yet one bank is trying to change that mindset by placing 100 fake pennies across the country worth $1,000 apiece.
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Woman facing deportation issues plea to stay in Canada

HALIFAX -- A young mother facing deportation to the U.K. after spending much of her life in Canada issued a plea Thursday to be allowed to stay in the country she considers home, a day before her strange saga goes before a hearing that may determine her fate.
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Republican Donald Trump on Thursday said he would accept a "clear" election result but reserved the right to file a legal challenge, clarifying his stance a day after he refused to promise he would trust the outcome if he loses on Nov.
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Apple: Many 'genuine' Apple products on Amazon are fake

SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple says it has been buying Apple chargers and cables labeled as genuine on and has found nearly 90 per cent of them to be counterfeit.
The revelation comes in a federal lawsuit filed by Apple against a New Jersey company on Monday over what Apple says are counterfeit products that were sold on Amazon.
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Father of twin boys killed in bobsled crash speaks about 'dreadful idea'

CALGARY -- The father of twin brothers who died in an after-hours accident sliding down a luge-bobsled track calls it a dreadful idea that took shape when his sons were out with a youth group.
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The science of lying: Why dishonesty has been a major part of the 2016 election

In what will likely be remembered as the most surreal election campaign in modern American history, one word has been thrown around more than most — liar.
Whether it's Donald Trump accusing Hillary Clinton of being a "world-class liar" or Clinton saying that Trump's political career is "founded on [an] outrageous lie", dishonesty has been a major talking point of the 2016 presidential contest.

Postmedia: Layoffs possible if buyouts don't meet cost-cutting target

TORONTO -- Postmedia said Thursday it plans to reduce its salary costs by 20 per cent through voluntary staff buyouts, adding that layoffs are possible if that target isn't met as it announced net losses that nearly doubled in its most recent quarter.
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