A Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul? It would be surreal challenge

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of -- The spectacle and surprise on display at the three inter-Korean summits this year have been, at times, intense. The fourth one could be surreal -- if it happens.
Imagine North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rolling through South Korea's ultra-modern capital in an armoured limousine flanked by crew-cut bodyguards running in crisp, military formation -- the same streets where millions protested two years ago to bring down a corrupt government.
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Multiple people hurt in Syracuse, N.Y., shooting

Police in Syracuse, N.Y., said on Thursday they were responding to reports of a shooting with as many as five victims.
A spokesperson for the Syracuse Police Department said no other information was immediately available on the incident.
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Suspect in Ottawa hotel beating death surrenders to police

A suspect wanted in connection with the beating death of a 30-year-old man in Ottawa has surrendered herself to police.
Crystal Bastien, 32, turned herself in to Ottawa Police Service central division headquarters Wednesday night without incident, and made her first appearance in court Thursday.
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Search called off for small plane missing between Edmonton and Chilliwack

VICTORIA -- The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre says it has made the difficult decision to call off its search of a small plane that went missing in central British Columbia one week ago.
Over the last seven days, both military and volunteer civilian aircraft have spent about 320 hours flying in challenging weather conditions searching for the plane, its pilot and passenger.
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China distances children from families to subdue Muslim west

ISTANBUL -- Every morning, Meripet wakes up to her nightmare: The Chinese government has turned four of her children into orphans, even though she and their father are alive.
Meripet and her husband left the kids with their grandmother at home in China when they went to nurse Meripet's sick father in Turkey.
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It's high times for soaring marijuana stocks on Wall Street

NEW YORK -- Reefer Madness has gripped Wall Street.
Investors are craving marijuana stocks as Canada prepares to legalize pot next month, leading to giant gains for Canada-based companies listed on U.S. exchanges. Some experts are concerned that the ending will be a buzzkill.
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Quebec election debate: Coalition leader softens tone on immigration

MONTREAL -- Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault used the last leaders' debate before the Oct. 1 provincial election to soften his tone regarding his controversial position to expel immigrants who fail a French-language test.
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Former Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page finds a voice in political strife

TORONTO -- When Steven Page released an album a little over two years ago, the United States felt like a very different place. Barack Obama was president and many thought Donald Trump would never land in the Oval Office.
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Alberta against federal proposal to ban use of strychnine for killing gophers

EDMONTON -- The Alberta government is telling Ottawa it does not support a federal proposal to ban the use of liquid strychnine poison for killing prairie gophers.
Gophers, which burrow underground, can damage crops and hurt livestock.
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Homeless campers in B.C. provincial park allowed to stay indefinitely

LANGFORD, B.C. -- The camping area of a provincial park near Victoria was closed to the public Thursday as a group of homeless people were allowed to stay indefinitely while the British Columbia government tries to find them alternate housing options.
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As Manitoba police forces grapple with violent crime, the leader of the federal Opposition says the governing Liberals have introduced legislation that will weaken penalties for violent offenders while ineffectively tightening controls on law-abiding gun owners.
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California makes people ask for straws, sodas with kid meals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- If you want a straw with your drink or a soda with a kids' meal at a California restaurant, you'll need to ask for them starting next year.
A law signed Thursday by Gov.
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