Quebec region pays $30,000 Bitcoin ransom after servers hacked

MONTREAL -- On Sept. 10, municipal employees in a region between Montreal and Quebec City arrived at work to discover a threatening message on their computers notifying them they were locked out of all their files.
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Trump visits California as state grapples with twin tragedies

PARADISE, Calif. -- President Donald Trump acknowledged Californians suffering from twin tragedies, walking through the ashes of a mobile home and RV park in a small northern town all-but-destroyed by deadly wildfires and privately consoling people grieving after a mass shooting at a popular college bar outside Los Angeles.
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High winds raise fears in California fire fight

CHICO, Calif. -- Northern California crews battling the country's deadliest wildfire in a century were bracing for strong winds, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour, creating the potential to erode gains they have made in containing a disaster that has killed at least 76 and levelled a town.
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Pope says 'cry of the poor' drowned out by 'wealthy few'

VATICAN CITY -- Championing the cause of the poor, Pope Francis on Sunday lamented that "the wealthy few" enjoy what, "in justice, belongs to all" and said Christians cannot remain indifferent to the growing cries of the exploited and the indigent, including migrants.
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U.K.'s May warns ousting her won't make Brexit talks easier

Britain's besieged Prime Minister Theresa May warned Sunday that a leadership change wouldn't make Brexit negotiations easier, as opponents in her Conservative Party threaten to unseat her and the former Brexit secretary suggested she failed to stand up to bullying from European Union officials.
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Stepson of B.C. agriculture minister dies of overdose

VICTORIA -- British Columbia's agriculture minister says her stepson has died of an accidental drug overdose.
Lana Popham posted about Dan Sealey's death on Facebook.
She says her partner's 23-year-old son was caring and smart, and some who knew him may not have realized he struggled with addiction and mental health issues.
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No winning ticket for $9.3-million Lotto 649 jackpot

TORONTO -- No winning ticket was sold for the $9.3 million jackpot in Saturday night's Lotto 649 draw.
However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder somewhere on the Prairies.
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World leaders split over future of World Trade Organization

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea -- Disagreement over the body that resolves global trade disputes split Asia-Pacific countries at an international economic summit, leaving the annual gathering the victim of a trade war between the world's two biggest economies.
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Ford, in fireside chat, says PC government 'may' balance budget by year 4

Days after his government delivered its first major fiscal update, Premier Doug Ford said his government "may" balance the province's budget in the final year of its mandate.
Ford made the comments during a "fireside chat" with Toronto Sun editor in chief Adrienne Batra at the Ontario Progressive Conservative policy convention in Toronto on Saturday.
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Union calls on feds to appoint mediator in Canada Post talks

OTTAWA -- The Canadian Union of Postal Workers issued a request Saturday for the federal government to appoint a mediator in its contract talks with Canada Post, as it rejected the Crown corporation's latest offers.
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Antidepressant shortage alarms Saskatchewan patients with mental illnesses

A countrywide shortage of a common antidepressant medication has caused alarm among doctors, pharmacists and patients with mental illnesses.
Nearly a dozen pharmacies in Saskatoon and Regina have told CBC News that they have run out of bupropion— both the brand-name product Wellbutrin and its generic counterparts  — and can't get more from their suppliers.
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U.S. envoy hopes for peace deal with Taliban in 2019

The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan hopes to cement a peace deal with Taliban insurgents by April 2019, local media reported on Sunday.
Zalmay Khalilzad, in Kabul to lead talks between the United States, the Taliban and the Afghan government, told reporters he hopes "a peace deal is reached before April 20 next year.
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