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Joanna Cole, author of children's favourite The Magic School Bus, dead at 75

Author Joanna Cole, whose Magic School Bus books transported millions of young people on extraordinary and educational adventures, has died at age 75.
Scholastic announced that Cole, a resident of Sioux City, Iowa, died Sunday. The cause was idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
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TORONTO -- Ontario's police watchdog is investigating a fatal police-involved shooting in Haliburton County that started with a report about a man who was refusing to wear a mask at a grocery store.
The incident started at a Valu-mart on Highway 35 in the township of Minden, and ended around 40 kilometres away near a residence on Indian Point Road, east of the Village of Haliburton.
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Trump replaces campaign manager amid slide in opinion polls

U.S. President Donald Trump demoted his campaign manager on Wednesday, a move aimed at shoring up his re-election bid as he trails Democratic candidate Joe Biden in opinion polls less than four months before the Nov.
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Shamima Begum, the British teenager who left London with two schoolfriends in 2015 to join ISIS in Syria, should be allowed to return to the U.K. to challenge the deprivation of her British citizenship, judges ruled Thursday.
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U.S. saw its worst year yet for drug overdoses, CDC reports

Nearly 71,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, a new record, according to preliminary numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the CDC figures, the trend is driven by fentanyl and similar synthetic opioids, which accounted for 36,500 overdose deaths.
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Illegal groups in Colombia killing those who disobey lockdown orders

BOGOTA -- Illegal armed groups are imposing strict COVID-19 quarantines in parts of Colombia where the state has a weak presence, threatening and even killing those who don't comply, Human Rights Watch warned Wednesday.
At least nine people have been assassinated in recent months for either refusing to abide by the restrictions or actively opposing them.
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Zindzi Mandela tested positive for COVID-19 on the day she died, son says

Zindzi Mandela, South Africa's ambassador to Denmark and daughter of anti-apartheid leaders Nelson and Winnie Mandela, tested positive for COVID-19 on the day she died, her son Zondwa Mandela told South Africa's public broadcaster, SABC, Wednesday.
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Police in Moscow detained over 130 people during anti-Putin protests

MOSCOW -- Police in Moscow detained over 130 people during a protest against the constitutional reform that allows President Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036.
Moscow police said Thursday they detained 132 protesters.
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Twitter breach troubling, undermines trust, experts say

A breach in Twitter's security that allowed hackers to break into the accounts of leaders and technology moguls is one of the worst attacks in recent years and may shake trust in a platform politicians and CEOs use to communicate with the public, experts said Thursday.
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Siberia heat 'almost impossible' without climate change

A heatwave in Siberia that saw temperature records tumble as the region sweltered in 38-degree Celsius highs was "almost impossible" without the influence of man-made climate change, leading scientists said.
An international team of researchers found that the record-breaking warm period was more than 2C hotter than it would have been if humans had not warmed the planet through decades of greenhouse gas emissions.
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'Magic School Bus' author Joanna Cole dies at age 75

NEW YORK -- Author Joanna Cole, whose “Magic School Bus” books transported millions of young people on extraordinary and educational adventures, has died at age 75.
Scholastic announced that Cole, a resident of Sioux City, Iowa, died Sunday.
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Clashes resume on Armenian-Azerbaijani border

YEREVAN, ARMENIA -- Clashes resumed between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces on the South Caucasus nations' shared border Thursday morning, with both sides blaming each other for attacks that continue the worst outbreak of hostilities in years.
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