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Wild New Zealand rabbits surf on sheep to escape floodwaters

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Three wild rabbits managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard a flock of sheep and surfing to safety on their woolly backs.
Sixty-four-year-old Ferg Horne says he's been farming since he left school at age 15 and has never seen anything quite like it.
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Charlize Theron planning 'Atomic Blonde' sequel or prequel

Charlize Theron is in talks to reprise her Atomic Blonde character in a sequel or a prequel, even before the action film hits cinemas.
The Mad Max: Fury Road star portrays spy Lorraine Broughton in the movie, which is released on Friday, and admits Atomic Blonde is a passion project years in the making for the actress - and she’s already keen dive deeper into her character for another film.
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'Wonder Woman 2’ gets December 2019 release date

LOS ANGELES — “Wonder Woman 2” is set to storm theatres on Dec. 13, 2019.
Warner Bros. announced the date late Tuesday.
“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot is set to reprise her role as Diana of Themyscira.
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'Wonder Woman 2' sets December 2019 release date

LOS ANGELES -- "Wonder Woman 2" is set to storm theatres on Dec. 13, 2019.
Warner Bros. announced the date late Tuesday.
"Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot is set to reprise her role as Diana of Themyscira.
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Celgene Corp. to pay $280M to settle cancer drug fraud suit

LOS ANGELES -- Celgene Corp. has agreed to pay $280 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the pharmaceutical company committed fraud promoting a drug with a notorious history that was re-purposed to treat leprosy and another therapy for unapproved cancer treatments, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
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Orca whale repeatedly rams fishing boat, Alaska man says

SITKA, Alaska — An Alaska man said his boat was attacked over the weekend by an orca during a salmon fishing excursion with his 14-year-old son and two other people.
Victor Littlefield of Sitka said the killer whale repeatedly rammed the boat, yanked its anchor line and slapped the boat’s bow with its tail.
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U.S. authorities warn virtual kidnapping scams are on the rise

LOS ANGELES -- The caller who rang Valerie Sobel's cellphone had a horrifying message: "We have Simone's finger. Do you want to see the rest of her in a body bag?"
Then came the sound of her daughter, screaming in terror.
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Man accused of smuggling king cobras in potato chip cans

LOS ANGELES — A man was arrested on federal smuggling charges Tuesday after customs officers intercepted a shipment with three live king cobras hidden inside potato chip canisters that were being mailed to his California home, U.S.
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Europe rights court: Sex still important for older women

LISBON, Portugal -- Judges in Portugal were guilty of sexual discrimination in a medical compensation case when they decided that the importance of sex diminished with the age of a woman, Europe's human rights court ruled in a judgment published Tuesday.
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For many people with developmental disabilities, finding a full-time job that provides the necessary support is a major challenge.
It’s estimated that more than 70 per cent of Canadian adults with developmental disabilities are unemployed, according to Statistics Canada.
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Australia's highest-ranking Catholic in court to face sex charges

The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday in a scandal that has stunned the Holy See and threatened to tarnish the pope's image as a crusader against abusive clergy.
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First Nations treaties, revenue sharing top priorities with B.C. NDP government

VICTORIA -- British Columbia's new premier has placed First Nations issues near the top of his government's to-do list, committing his cabinet to transforming stalled treaty talks and negotiating revenue-sharing agreements.
The priority shift prompted a "hallelujah" Tuesday from one Indigenous leader.
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