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2 technicians killed at Antarctica science station

NEW YORK -- The National Science Foundation says two technicians working on a fire-suppression system at an Antarctica scientific station were found unconscious and died.
The foundation said Wednesday the two had been working in a building at McMurdo Station, which is on Ross Island.
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Firm says trees obstructing vision at Humboldt Broncos crash intersection

REGINA -- A consulting firm says sight lines are a safety concern at the rural intersection where the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash happened.
A 70-page safety review done for the Saskatchewan government says a stand of trees, mostly on private property, obstructs the view of drivers approaching from the south and east -- the same directions the bus and semi-trailer were coming from when they collided.
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'Emily Blunt on playing Mary Poppins: 'We need nostalgic moments'

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Emily Blunt loves a challenge, and in the world of movie musicals there's no greater trial than following in the footsteps of Julie Andrews to bring one of her most iconic, and beloved, roles to the screen for the first time in over half a century.
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Newfoundland to enjoy fastest-growing economy thanks to oil: report

A dramatic economic turnaround is being predicted for Newfoundland and Labrador next year, according to a new report by a national economic think tank.
The Conference Board of Canada says the province is expected to lead the country in economic growth, thanks to offshore oil royalties.
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The staggering scale of France's battle against terror, by the numbers

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Canadian maple syrup production plummets to three-year low

OTTAWA -- Statistics Canada says maple syrup and honey production this year fell to their lowest levels in three years.
The agency said Wednesday maple syrup production fell by 21.7 per cent to 44.5 million litres in 2018, while honey production was down 2.9 per cent to 42 million kilograms.
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Rumble strips, lights among changes coming to Humboldt Broncos bus crash intersection

The Saskatchewan government is promising to install rumble strips, lights, signs and road markers at the site where the Humboldt Broncos bus collided with a transport truck.
The changes planned for the intersection of Highways 35 and 355 also include removal of trees, limiting nearby access roads, and the relocation of the roadside Broncos memorial.
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Via Rail places $989-million train order with Siemens for key rail corridor

MONTREAL -- Via Rail has selected Germany's Siemens over Bombardier Inc. for a $989-million contract to build new rolling stock as the Canadian passenger rail service renews its fleet of locomotives and cars for the rail corridor between Quebec City and Windsor, Ont.
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Via Rail places nearly $1B train order with German company instead of Bombardier

Via Rail has selected Germany's Siemens over Bombardier Inc. for a $989-million contract to build new rolling stock as the Canadian passenger rail service renews its fleet of locomotives and cars for the rail corridor between Quebec City and Windsor, Ont.
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CALGARY -- A man accused of killing a Calgary woman and her daughter took the stand in his own defence at his first-degree murder trial on Wednesday.
Edward Downey, who is 48, has pleaded not guilty in the deaths of Sara Baillie and her five-year-old daughter Taliyah Marsman.
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Trudeau names four new senators — including a failed Liberal candidate

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's push to reconstitute the Senate and stack its benches with Independent senators continued apace today as he named four more people to the Senate — filling all the remaining vacancies in the Red Chamber.
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Dollarama launching online store, delivery service in Quebec

Beginning tomorrow morning, bargain hunters will be able to stock up on their favourite Dollarama merchandise when the discount retailer launches its first e-commerce website.
Although the pilot project will only offer deliveries to home addresses in Quebec, customers in the rest of the country will still be able to purchase items from the online store and pick up their orders from a third-party pickup site.
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