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B.C. law targets condo flipping, tax evasion, rental home protection

VICTORIA -- British Columbia's government wants to crack down on tax evasion in the condominium market and gives municipalities more control over rental housing as it looks for ways of easing a housing crunch.
Finance Minister Carole James said legislation introduced Tuesday would require developers to collect and report buyer information on the purchase and sale of condos before they are built to ensure the proper amount of tax is paid.
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Madonna loses battle to prevent auction of love letter from Tupac

NEW YORK -- Pop star Madonna has lost her battle to prevent an auction of her personal items, including a love letter from her ex-boyfriend, the late rapper Tupac Shakur, a pair of worn panties and a hairbrush containing her hair.
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Trump's Veterans Affairs nominee fights for post amid reports of alleged misconduct

WASHINGTON -- His nomination in peril, Veterans Affairs nominee Ronny Jackson fought Tuesday to convince lawmakers of his leadership abilities as more details emerged over his alleged misconduct, ranging from repeated drunkenness to a toxic work environment, as he served as a top White House doctor.
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How Shania's Trump apology only made things worse

Shania Twain has apologized after saying she would have voted for U.S. President Donald Trump, but publicists say it would have been better if the Canadian music legend had simply kept quiet.
The controversy started Sunday when the Guardian posted an interview with Twain, in which she stated she would have voted for Donald Trump because "even though he was offensive, he seemed honest.
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Quebec mosque shooting suspect couldn't invoke NCR defence: psychiatrist

QUEBEC -- Alexandre Bissonnette was hoping for a defence of not criminally responsible when he faked having psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices, a forensic psychiatrist hired by the defence said Tuesday.
The Quebec City mosque shooter was also looking for a way of making his act more acceptable in the eyes of his parents, Sylvain Faucher added later as he was cross-examined by the Crown.
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U.S. woman wrongfully deported to Mexico not allowed to sue government

NEW ORLEANS -- A woman detained and deported to Mexico in 2013 despite being in the United States legally cannot pursue a wrongful arrest and false imprisonment lawsuit against the government, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
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University stands by Suzuki's honorary degree as donors withdraw

Backlash toward the University of Alberta is escalating, with donors pulling funding and rallies being planned, but the school's president says he won't compromise academic independence by reversing a decision to award David Suzuki an honorary degree.
Although some of the school's own faculty staff have spoken out against the decision, U of A president David Turpin confirmed Tuesday the university will go forward in awarding the controversial environmentalist an honorary doctor of science degree this spring.
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U of A stands by Suzuki honorary degree as donors withdraw, Albertans protest

Backlash toward the University of Alberta is escalating, with donors pulling funding and rallies being planned, but the school's president says he won't compromise academic independence by reversing a decision to award David Suzuki an honorary degree.
Although some of the school's own faculty staff have spoken out against the decision, U of A president David Turpin confirmed Tuesday the university will go forward in awarding the controversial environmentalist an honorary doctor of science degree this spring.
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Neil Young and Crazy Horse set to reunite for two concerts in May

TORONTO -- Neil Young is joining his legendary backing band Crazy Horse for a pair of special performances next month.
The "Heart of Gold" musician announced on his website that he'll play shows on May 1 and 2 at the Warnors Center in Fresno, Calif.
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Social media users were cautious with unverified info during van attack: experts

TORONTO -- Within minutes after a white van hopped the sidewalk and began mowing down pedestrians on a Toronto street, photographs and videos of the incident began pouring onto social media platforms.
Facebook and Twitter became some of the earliest sources for many Canadians looking for a glimpse into the havoc of a breaking news event, but social media analyst Bruce Cameron sensed a different tone to their reactions.
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'How sorry I am:' Teen guilty in fatal beating apologizes to victim's family

WINNIPEG -- A teenager who helped beat a young Manitoba woman and shared the footage of her bloody death apologized to the victim's family at a sentencing hearing Tuesday.
Serena McKay's body was found on the Sagkeeng First Nation last April and two teenage girls, who were 16 and 17, were arrested.
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