Paul McCartney memoir due out in November

NEW YORK -- Paul McCartney is finally ready to write his memoirs, and will use music -- and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet -- to help guide him.
"The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present" will be released Nov.
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TORONTO -- Convicted drunk driver Marco Muzzo has expressed a wish to move back to the area where the crash that killed four members of the same family occurred nearly six years ago, despite his parole conditions specifically restricting him from doing so.
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PBO says mixed frigate fleet and alternate designs offer cheaper options to navy program

Canada's budget watchdog predicts construction of the navy's new frigate fleet could cost at least $77.3 billion — a number that could rise even higher if the frequently-delayed program faces any more setbacks.
Yves Giroux, the parliamentary budget officer [PBO], said the overall price tag for building 15 Canadian Surface Combatants could hit $82.1 billion in the event the program is delayed by as much as two years.
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Excessive isolation in Canada's prisons amounts to torture, criminologists report

OTTAWA -- A new report says too many federal inmates in isolation aren't getting a few hours a day out of their cells, pushing them into territory that could be described as inhuman treatment or even torture.
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From Apu to Aladdin, why white voices will no longer do

PARIS -- White actor Harry Shearer is stepping back from voicing the Black Dr. Hibbert on "The Simpsons" after more than 30 years.
While some fans are mourning his departure -- the latest white actor to think better of playing non-white parts -- others are shocked and surprised that Springfield's favourite medical professional was as white as his lab coat.
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Amnesty International revokes Kremlin critic Navalny's 'prisoner of conscience' status

MOSCOW -- Amnesty International no longer considers jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a "prisoner of conscience" due to past comments he made that qualify as advocacy of hatred, the group said.
Amnesty, however, still believes that Navalny should be freed from jail, that he has committed no crime and that he is being persecuted for his campaigning and outspoken criticism of President Vladimir Putin and his government, it said.
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Putin warns of unnamed foreign efforts to destabilize Russia

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his nation's top counterintelligence agency Wednesday to redouble its efforts to address what he described as Western attempts to destabilize Russia.
Speaking at a meeting of top officials of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, the main KGB successor agency, Putin pointed at the "so-called policy of containment of Russia," charging that it includes efforts to "derail our development, slow it down, create problems alongside our borders, provoke internal instability and undermine the values that unite the Russian society.
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Uber survey: 26 per cent of Canadian drivers rate company poor for dependable earnings

SAN FRANCISCO -- A new report from Uber Technologies Inc. says its Canadian drivers and couriers don't think they receive dependable earnings.
The survey of 23,428 people earning money through the company's platform says only 31 per cent rated Uber as “good” for dependable earnings.
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Psychologist tells Lionel Desmond inquiry that racist comments led to PTSD relapse

PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. -- A psychologist who treated Cpl. Lionel Desmond for post-traumatic stress syndrome in 2011 told a fatality inquiry today that the soldier also suffered from depression, but he appeared to respond well to therapy.
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Prosecutors drop drunken driving charge against Springsteen

The government has dropped drunken driving and reckless driving charges against Bruce Springsteen stemming from an incident in November, admitting that the rocker's blood-alcohol level was so low that it didn't warrant the charges.
Springsteen pleaded guilty to a third charge, consuming alcohol in a closed area.
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Federal grand jury hearing evidence in death of George Floyd

WASHINGTON -- Several witnesses have been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury considering charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is already facing state murder charges in the death of George Floyd, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
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Bell CEO's high-speed connected cottage in Lac-Sainte-Marie, Que., fuels bandwidth envy

In the municipality of Lac-Sainte-Marie, Que., about an hour's drive north of Ottawa, one of the easiest ways to rile up local residents is to ask them about their internet connections.
Whether it's through wireless service, satellite providers or copper lines, the usual response is that working out of home, having kids attend online classes or watching movies is a frustrating — and sometimes impossible — task.
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