Jon Stewart returning to HBO with standup special

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Jon Stewart is bringing his comedy to HBO.
The network announced Wednesday that Stewart will return to the network for his first stand-up special since 1996.
Stewart is also set to host the "Night of Too Many Stars" tribute in November benefiting Next for Autism, which will feature sketches, short film and standup comedy.
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Family disputes ruling that prominent judge's death was suicide

NEW YORK — A prominent judge found in the Hudson River died by suicide in a drowning, according to findings issued by the city’s medical examiner on Wednesday.
A police harbour unit recovered the body of 65-year-old Sheila Abdus-Salaam in April after she was reported missing.
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West Fraser Timber Co. to buy U.S. lumber business for US$430 million

VANCOUVER - Canadian forestry company West Fraser Timber Co. says it has agreed to buy a U.S. lumber business for about US$430 million.
B.C.-based West Fraser says it will acquire the operations of the Gilman Companies from the Howard Gilman Foundation and other shareholders.
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Mom, son sentenced to prison terms for sex trafficking

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A man and his mother were sentenced to prison Wednesday for running a sex-trafficking business, the first people to be convicted of such charges in South Carolina.
Samuel Pratt, 35, was sentenced to life after being convicted of eight counts of sex trafficking, child pornography, and firearm charges in December.
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Barrick Gold to talk with Tanzania about US$190-billion tax bill

TORONTO -- Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) said in its quarterly results that it will start discussions with the Tanzania government next week on a precious-metal export ban and other issues impacting its majority-owned Acacia Mining company.
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House Republicans works to deliver on border wall for Trump

WASHINGTON -- House Republican allies of U.S. President Donald Trump are intent on giving him a long-sought victory in Congress by finally making a down payment on his long-promised wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
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Angelina Jolie reveals health, marriage problems in new interview

Angelina Jolie revealed she developed high blood pressure and Bell's palsy last year.
The actress-director told Vanity Fair she credits acupuncture for her full recovery from the paralysis, which was caused by nerve damage and led one side of her face to droop.
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Trump donates first-quarter salary to Department of Education

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump is donating three months of his salary to the Department of Education.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump chose to give the department $100,000. His first quarter salary donation went to the Department of Interior.
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Facebook's ads just keep creeping into new apps

NEW YORK -- Scrolling through an ad-free Instagram is now a distant memory, much like the once ad-free Facebook itself. Soon, users of its Messenger app will begin to see advertisements, too -- and WhatsApp may not be too far behind.
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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded in a shooting at a baseball practice last month, has been discharged from a Washington hospital.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Wednesday that the six-term Louisiana Republican was released from the hospital on Tuesday and is beginning “intensive inpatient rehabilitation.
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Nebraska cops face assault charges in death of mentally ill man

OMAHA, Neb. — Two Omaha police officers will face assault charges in the death of a mentally ill man who was shocked with a stun gun a dozen times and repeatedly punched, even after he was on the ground, a Nebraska prosecutor said Wednesday.
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Airbnb partners with NAACP to combat alleged racism

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced on Wednesday that it has teamed up with Airbnb, the home-sharing company beleaguered by discrimination complaints, to expand the service to more minority communities.
The century-old civil rights organization touted the move as a "landmark partnership" that it hopes will spread the economic benefits of tourism.