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Canadians set record with U.S. real estate shopping spree

New Brunswick's Joel Levesque had no idea he was helping set a record when he bought a home in Fort Myers, Fla., back in April.
The 63-year-old semi-retired public affairs professional wanted a place to escape for the winter and didn't feel like waiting around for the loonie to gain ground on the greenback.
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Debt got you down? Start a debt-destruction club

If you run, hide, or plug your ears every time the topic of money comes up, you're not alone. But as the era of ultra-low interest rates comes to an end, you need to force yourself to face your finances.
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Common genetic trait links human and doggy friendliness

We may be more like our dogs than we know.
Scientists studying the genetic basis for dog friendliness have found it comes from a portion of their genome that is similar to the area in the human genome that relates to sociability.
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Grand jury indicts U.S. soldier on terrorism charges

HONOLULU — A federal grand jury in Hawaii indicted a U.S. soldier Friday for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was arrested by an FBI SWAT team on July 8.
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Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner says Sansa is ‘woke now’

SAN DIEGO — Sansa Stark is woke now, Alfie Allen has a cute dog and everyone got sick of answering all those questions about whether Jon Snow was dead or alive, but little else was revealed at the annual “Game of Thrones” panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.
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Arctic exchange: Students from Toronto, Iqaluit swap places to tackle problems

A group of Toronto students traded lives with teens from Nunavut in an exchange designed to give them a glimpse of challenges facing northern Canadians and the chance to brainstorm creative solutions.
Daily difficulties were front-and-centre during the five-day visit in Iqaluit.
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Firefighters bring nearly dead dog back to life

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A California fire department says a little white dog named Jack is recovering after firefighters rescued him from a burning home and brought him back to life.
In a video posted to the Bakersfield Fire Department’s website that has been widely shared online, firefighter Matt Smith is shown carrying the nearly lifeless shih tzu from the house on Wednesday.
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White House threatens Iran over detained Americans

In this March 6, 2012 file photo, an FBI poster showing a composite image of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, right, of how he would look like now after five years in captivity, and an image, left, taken from the video, released by his kidnappers, in Washington during a news conference.
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Minneapolis police chief resigns in wake of officer shooting

Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau resigned Friday at the request of the mayor, who said she lost confidence in the chief following last week's shooting death of an unarmed Australian woman by a police officer.
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Ontario transit agency won't let Bombardier bid to operate commuter trains

MONTREAL -- Ontario's transit agency has decided not to appeal a court ruling favouring Bombardier but will exclude the Montreal-based company from bidding to continue operating GO Transit trains as it has done for decades.
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'We need him': Yazidi mother pleads for Canada's help to reunite with injured son

A Yazidi refugee who escaped Iraq with four of her six sons is pleading for Canadian officials to reunite her with her 12-year-old son Emad, whom she only recently learned is alive.
An Islamic State attack in August 2014 separated Nofa Mihlo Zaghla from two of her sons and her husband.
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Minneapolis police chief resigns in wake of Justine Damond shooting

Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau resigned Friday at the request of the mayor, who said she lost confidence in the chief following last week’s shooting death of an unarmed Australian woman by a police officer.
In a statement released Friday, Harteau said: “I’ve decided I am willing to step aside to let a fresh set of leadership eyes see what more can be done for the MPD to be the very best it can be.
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