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Michelle Obama extends book tour to Canada, Europe as 'Becoming' tops 3 million copies

NEW YORK - Sales for Michelle Obama's memoir have topped 3 million and the former first lady is extending her book tour into 2019.
"Becoming," published four weeks ago, is among the fastest-selling nonfiction books in history and already among the bestselling political memoirs of all time.
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Take my NAFTA, please: As Pelosi riffs, questions abound on fate of USMCA

WASHINGTON -- North of the border, Canada's hard-won free-trade deal with the United States and Mexico is considered a matter of existential importance, heavy with implications for workers, businesses and governments of all political stripes.
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Online sales, interactive displays as lottery agencies vie for customers

WINNIPEG -- Like many millennials, Sarah Rogalsky doesn't go out of her way to buy lottery tickets.
The 32-year-old is part of an office pool and chips in $2 a week at her Winnipeg workplace, primarily for the social aspect of playing with others.
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Condominium market still 'a lot better' than normal in Vancouver suburbs

VANCOUVER -- A tempting bright-red advertisement for a new condo development in a Vancouver suburb circulated online this fall, sparking excitement from first-time homebuyers and concern among long-standing real estate observers.
The developers of The Landing, a 78-unit complex in Langley, were offering to pay the mortgages for a year of the first 20 buyers and give remaining buyers a $10,000 discount.
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Appeal hearing today for Winnipeg woman convicted of hiding infant remains

WINNIPEG -- An appeal hearing is being held today for a Winnipeg woman who was convicted of hiding the remains of six babies in a rented storage locker.
Andrea Giesbrecht was sentenced in July to 8 1/2 years in prison for concealing the remains.
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Why Rachel Notley's refinery pitch won't solve the oilpatch's problem

Considering the recent oil price crash in Western Canada and the fact a provincial election is expected in the spring, the Alberta government is trying to pull out all the stops to lift the oilpatch out of the doldrums?.
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More than two years later, no Canadian Panama Papers charges have been filed

Two and a half years after the landmark Panama Papers leak of offshore financial information, the Canada Revenue Agency has yet to charge or convict anyone with offshore tax evasion.
"To date, no Canadian taxpayer or company has been charged with an offence as a result of information received from the Panama or Paradise Paper affairs," said Dany Morin, spokesman for the department.
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Heads up! Geminid meteor shower peaks this week

The most active meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, is set to reach its peak of activity this week.
Meteors — grains of debris that burn up in our atmosphere — can be spotted on any given night, but almost once a month, Earth plows through a collection of dust and particles left over from a passing comet or asteroid, causing what's known as a meteor shower.
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Dozens of child sex dolls seized by Canadian border agents

Canadian border officers have seized dozens of sex dolls with child-like dimensions and features — an emerging trend child welfare advocates fear could fuel exploitation of real children.
Records obtained by CBC News under access to information law show the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) intercepted at least 42 child-like dolls designed explicitly for sex between January 2016 and August 2018, seizing them as illegal child pornography.
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At least three Quebec group homes or rehabilitation centres for youth stand accused of discouraging Indigenous children from speaking their languages and, in some cases, punishing them for doing it, according to sources and public testimony — allegations that are flatly denied by the health boards overseeing the facilities.
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Trump's clash with Democratic leaders may be a glimpse into the next 2 years

The president of the United States. Rebuked in his own house by Democratic leaders. With the cameras rolling at his own invitation.
If Donald Trump wasn't feeling the effects of a new, post-midterms power realingnment in Washington before, he likely was on Tuesday afternoon during a remarkable standoff in the Oval Office with Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer.
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GPS bike-share program in China credited with reducing gridlock and smog

The main culprits are nearby steel factories and coal-burning heating plants.
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