Mega Millions jackpot hits $654 million, fourth-largest in U.S. history

DES MOINES, Iowa -- After nearly three months without a winner, the Mega Millions lottery game has climbed to an estimated $654 million jackpot.
Unfortunately, even as the big prize for Tuesday night's drawing rises to the fourth-largest in U.S.
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Child dead after being hit by transit train in Calgary

CALGARY -- Police say a child who was hit by a light-rail transit train this morning in Calgary has died of her injuries.
The girl was rushed to Alberta Children's Hospital after being struck by the CTrain in the city's southwest during the rush hour.
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Jackpot bonanza: Gigantic lottery prizes up for grabs in Canada, U.S.

It’s a big week for lottery lovers on both sides of the border.
Friday night’s Lotto Max draw has a record-breaking prize total on offer.
The lottery’s top prize has not been won since Aug.
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TSX up slightly as loonie rises

Canada's main stock index was trading up slightly in mid-morning as gold and cannabis stocks traded up, while U.S. markets were mixed as technology stocks traded lower.
The S&P/TSX composite index was up 14.75 points at 15,429.04.
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Global warming could make beer scarcer and costlier, study finds

Add beer to chocolate, coffee and wine as some of life's little pleasures that global warming will make scarcer and costlier, scientists say.
Increasing bouts of extreme heat waves and droughts will hurt production of barley, a key beer ingredient, in the future.
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Friend honours promise to buy friend a Porsche after business sells for $53M

For Karan Walia, buying a luxury vehicle for a friend was far more than just a way to repay a favour. It was also a way to fulfill a long-forgotten promise.
Five years ago, the Toronto man was a university graduate with a dream.
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Online pot portals bracing for 'major onslaught' on legalization day

TORONTO -- As many as 100 locations across the country may be ready to sell cannabis on Wednesday when recreational pot is legalized across the country, but most Canadians' first purchase of legal pot will likely be at the click of a button.
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Woman who refused to let black neighbour into building fired

ST. LOUIS - A white woman who refused to allow a black neighbour into their downtown St. Louis apartment building because he wouldn't show her proof that he lived there has been fired.
Twenty-four-year-old D'Arreion Toles began filming as the woman repeatedly asked whether he lived in the building.
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Canadian businesses spent $14B on cybersecurity in 2017: StatCan

OTTAWA -- Statistics Canada says Canadian businesses reported spending $14 billion on cybersecurity in 2017 as they confront greater risks in the digital world.
The StatCan survey finds that more than one in five companies said they were impacted by a cyberattack last year, with large businesses more than twice as likely as small ones to be apparent targets.
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U.S gov't spent millions to guard Confederate cemeteries after Charlottesville

ALTON, Ill. -- After last year's deadly clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, the federal government quietly spent millions of dollars to hire private security guards to stand watch over at least eight Confederate cemeteries.
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With the legalization of cannabis just two days away, the Ontario government has launched a campaign to educate Ontarians about important information about the drug, including potential health effects, and where and when it can legally be purchased and used.
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'I don't think it's a hoax': Trump backs off climate change claim

U.S. President Donald Trump is backing off his claim that climate change is a hoax but says he doesn't know if humans are causing global warming, and he suggests that the climate will "change back again.
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