Man's security clearance revoked after father found to be biker gang member

TORONTO - A Federal Court judge has ruled that the government was right to revoke an aircraft mechanic's security clearance because his father was a member of a motorcycle gang.
The ruling found that Mark Del Vecchio, who previously had clearance to work out of Toronto's Pearson International Airport, represented a potential safety risk in part due to his association with his father.
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Branson sells majority stake in Virgin Atlantic in broader tie-up

LONDON -- Richard Branson is selling his majority stake in Virgin Atlantic.
The billionaire entrepreneur's Virgin group announced Thursday that he was selling a 31 per cent stake to Air France-KLM for 220 million pounds ($287 million).
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U.S. Republican leaders announce end of border tax proposal

A Republican proposal in the House of Representatives to institute a border tax on imported items has been killed, party leaders said on Thursday, saying they did so as part of a tax overhaul deal struck between congressional and administration negotiators.
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U.S. Marine dog with cancer gets tear-filled farewell

MUSKEGON, Mich. -- Hundreds of people in Michigan came together to say a tear-filled final goodbye to a cancer-stricken dog who served three tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines.
Cena the 10-year-old black lab received a hero's farewell Wednesday before being euthanized at the USS LST 393, a museum ship in Muskegon, and carried off in a flag-draped coffin.
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Boy Scout leader apologizes for Trump's political rhetoric

NEW YORK -- The Boy Scouts' chief executive apologized Thursday to members of the scouting community who were offended by the aggressive political rhetoric in President Donald Trump's recent speech to the Scouts' national jamboree.
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Trump's border wall gets tentative approval for US$1.6B down payment

WASHINGTON -- The GOP-controlled House has given tentative approval to a US$1.6 billion down payment for U.S. President Donald Trump's long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The controversial wall money is being given a ride on legislation to give the Pentagon a massive spending boost and increase funding for veterans medical care.
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Judge approves plan for Charlie Gard to die in hospice [Video]

LONDON — Critically ill baby Charlie Gard will be transferred to a hospice to die Thursday unless his parents and a hospital agree on an end-of-life plan that could potentially keep the child alive for a bit longer, a British judge has ruled.
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Teenage Dream? Katy Perry to host MTV VMAs

Get ready to roar with Katy Perry at the MTV Video Music Awards: The pop star is hosting the show next month and will also perform.
MTV announced Thursday that Perry will host the Aug. 27 event at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
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Thousands of people in the Williams Lake, B.C., area have been given the go-ahead to return home Thursday after wildfires forced them to flee.
An evacuation order for the city and the surrounding area has been downgraded to an evacuation alert.
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'Dancing With the Stars' hoping to tango with Sean Spicer: Reports [Video]

WASHINGTON - So... does Sean Spicer know how to samba?
Now that the outgoing press secretary's days of tap dancing around tough questions in the White House press room have come to an end, word is that his next gig might be quite a change of pace: Spicer is apparently being courted as a celebrity contestant on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," the New York Post first reported.
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Police: Florida man robs bank, gets naked and throws money

Authorities in Florida say they arrested a man who robbed a bank, stripped naked and ran down the street throwing stolen money -- all because he woke up Tuesday and wanted to become a comedian.
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Mick Jagger releases 2 new songs in new audio-visual project

NEW YORK — Mick Jagger has released two songs which he says are urgent responses to the “confusion and frustration with the times we live in.”
The Rolling Stones leader released the songs and music videos Thursday.
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