Shawn Mendes, the serious, striking musician, emerges

NEW YORK -- When Shawn Mendes went into the vocal booth to sing "Mercy," the gravelly, deep, emotional rock song from his latest album, he discovered a new side of himself.
He found his voice.
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New images show crater created on Mars by European lander

BERLIN -- New images from a NASA satellite indicate that the European Space Agency's experimental Schiaparelli lander created a shallow crater on Mars when it plummeted to the surface last week.
ESA lost communication with Schiaparelli shortly before the probe was supposed to touch down on Oct.
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ABBA to reunite for mysterious 'virtual reality' time machine project

The members of ABBA are reuniting for a "new digital experience" next year.
The iconic Swedish pop band made the announcement Wednesday, but didn't offer much detail.
The Swedish pop group have not performed publicly since they split more than three decades ago.
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Texas tow truck driver takes pricey sports car for a spin

PE ARLAND, Texas (AP) — A tow truck driver found a $110,000 sports car just too tempting and decided to give it a spin after towing it from a Houston-area home.
But the driver was unaware the Nissan GT-R is equipped with a sophisticated system that records video, audio and speed.
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National Bank cutting 600 jobs as part of digital shift

National Bank announced Thursday it will eliminate about 600 jobs as it aims to speed up its transition to the growing digital economy.
At the same time, the Montreal-based bank said it will hire about 500 people, especially in sales and service and information technology functions.
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2 Yazidi women who escaped ISIS win human rights prize

BRUSSELS -- Two Yazidi women who escaped sexual enslavement by the Islamic State group and went on to become advocates for others have won the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights.
Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the European Parliament's liberal ALDE group, said Thursday that Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar are "inspirational women who have shown incredible bravery and humanity in the face of despicable brutality.
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Phil Collins on faux retirement, Genesis reunion rumours and working with Adele

TORONTO -- A few years ago, Phil Collins told everyone he was easing into retirement so he could take care of his health and reconnect with family.
But as time wore on, it became abundantly clear that saying goodbye to his influential music career wouldn't be so easy.
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Battlefield 1 review: An odd way to play with history

Battlefield 1942 made war into an irreverent sport. Released in 2002 after a burst of Second World War nostalgia driven by Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, and the Medal of Honor games, Swedish studio DICE designed a 64-person multiplayer shooter that would emphasize co-operation across enormous maps using the finicky weapons of the Second World War.
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Small brown pebble turns out to be 'pickled' dinosaur brain tissue

When fossil hunter Jamie Hiscocks came upon small brown pebble more than a decade ago in Sussex, England, he knew there was something weird about it.
Turns out he was right — his 2004 find marked the first ever discovery of fossilized dinosaur brain tissue.
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Crown urges Vader judge not to declare mistrial over error in murder verdict

EDMONTON -- A Crown lawyer says the judge who used an outdated section of the Criminal Code in a murder verdict can fix the mistake by finding Travis Vader guilty of manslaughter instead.
Court of Queen's Bench Justice Denny Thomas last month convicted Vader of second-degree murder in the deaths of missing Alberta couple Lyle and Marie McCann.
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The top 10 scariest horror movie villains of all time

Halloween is drawing near.
And who doesn’t like to be terrified at the movies?
You’ll need to get your scary mojo working, and we can help.
Here are 10 of the greatest horror movie villains for your consideration:
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Why Clinton cut Keystone from her book, according to stolen Wikileaks e-mails

WASHINGTON — A reference to the Keystone XL pipeline was chopped from Hillary Clinton’s memoir due to political considerations, according to the latest batch of stolen emails posted Thursday on Wikileaks.
While writing the book ”Hard Choices,” Clinton initially included a reference to the pipeline at the urging of her daughter, Chelsea, according to a 2014 email purportedly sent to her current campaign chair John Podesta.
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