Jury begins deliberating in Josh Duggar child porn trial

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. -- A federal jury in Arkansas has begun deliberations in the trial of former reality TV star Josh Duggar, who is accused of receiving and possessing child pornography.
The jury began its deliberations at midday Wednesday, a week after the trial began in northwest Arkansas.
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Half of Canadians under 30 have given up on owning a single-family home: survey

CANMORE, ALTA. -- For the vast majority of young Canadians, the dream of owning a home is no longer a given. In fact, for many, the likelihood of becoming a homeowner is becoming a more distant prospect the older they get.
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She might live in a different province, but regional borders won't stop Liza Camacho from coming to Hamilton for the first time ever to watch the city's Tiger-Cats face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the Grey Cup on Sunday.
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Instagram offers 'drug pipeline' to kids, tech advocacy group claims

Instagram says it prohibits drug sales, but accounts advertising the sale of Xanax, ecstasy, opioids and other drugs are still widespread and easy to find on the platform, including for young users, according to a report released by tech advocacy group the Tech Transparency Project (TTP) on Tuesday.
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U.S. sends first migrants to Mexico in reboot of Trump-era policy

CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO -- The United States has returned the first two migrants to Mexico since restarting a Trump-era program to remove asylum seekers from U.S. soil, officials said Wednesday, as the Biden administration grapples with pressure to curb immigration.
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Kenney touts 'Alberta is back' in first speech to Calgary Chamber since 2019

Premier Jason Kenney used his first address to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce since the start of the pandemic to tout the recovery of Alberta's economy amid high energy prices.
Saying that 'Alberta is back', he noted that in the first quarter next year the provincial GDP is expected to finally surpass the level it was in 2014 before a crash in oil prices pushed the province into recession.
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U.S. Coast Guard recovers body from submerged car near edge of Niagara Falls

A U.S. Coast Guard diver recovered a body from a submerged vehicle stuck in the rapids just metres from the brink of Niagara Falls on Wednesday.
The diver was lowered from a hovering helicopter, climbed into the car and pulled out the body of its lone occupant, a woman in her 60s, New York State Park Police officials said.
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Opioid-related emergency medical calls spike in Alberta's biggest cities

Alberta's public health agency is alerting the public about a sharp rise in opioid-related emergency medical calls in the province's two major cities.
Emergency medical services responded to 140 opioid-related calls in Edmonton and 85 in Calgary from Nov.
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'Everything Everywhere all at Once' to open SXSW Film Fest

After cancelling its 2020 edition and going virtual last year during the pandemic, the 2022 SXSW Film Festival will kick off with the premiere of the sci-fi adventure "Everything Everywhere all at Once."
SXSW announced Wednesday that its in-person Austin, Texas, festival will begin March 11 with the new film from directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the "Swiss Army Man" filmmakers collectively billed as "Daniels.
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'Jeopardy!' stays with hosts Bialik, Jennings for the season

LOS ANGELES -- Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will continue as tag-team hosts of "Jeopardy!" through the rest of this season.
"We're so pleased to have such an excellent and experienced team in front of and behind the camera as we head into 2022!" producer Sony Pictures Television said Wednesday.
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California could become an abortion 'sanctuary' if other states ban the procedure

With more than two dozen states poised to ban abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court gives them the OK next year, California clinics and their allies in the state Legislature on Wednesday revealed a plan to make the state a "sanctuary" for those seeking reproductive care, including possibly paying for travel, lodging and procedures for people from other states.
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Dollarama well-stocked for holidays but faces supply chain, inflation pressures

Dollarama Inc. says it's well-stocked for the busy holiday shopping period despite facing ongoing supply chain issues, inflationary pressure and a tight labour market across Canada.
"We entered the fourth quarter in a solid inventory position with well-stocked stores ahead of the important holiday season," Dollarama president and CEO Neil Rossy told analysts during a conference call on Wednesday.
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