Quebec inn destroyed by fire; body found in rubble

RIMOUSKI, Que. -- A body has been found in the rubble of an old inn that caught fire Friday afternoon near Rimouski, Que.
The fire started at about 2 p.m. in the community of Saint-Gabriel-de-Rimouski, northeast of Quebec City.
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At least 45K homeless after Aceh quake in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- At least 45,000 people have been displaced by the powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia's Aceh province, authorities said Saturday, as the government and aid agencies pooled efforts to meet the basic survival needs of shaken communities.
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PM hails national climate change deal, but without Saskatchewan, Manitoba

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared victory Friday in his campaign to craft a national “framework” agreement on climate change — even though Saskatchewan and Manitoba refused to sign on to the deal and British Columbia claimed a major carve-out.
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Jeff Melanson calls for more balance in Canada's arts leadership

As Canadians, we must ensure we are participating in, celebrating and promoting our diverse arts, culture and spirit of innovation.
We are getting slowly better at honouring our diversity throughout the year through the attendance at various festivals and visits to the hundreds of local, provincial and national art galleries, museums, theatres and arts centres.
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White Helmets visit Montreal to discuss harrowing work in Syria

Amid Syria’s brutal civil war, a team of brave volunteers are risking their lives to provide life-saving emergency aid to those living through the chaos.
The White Helmets, also known as the Syrian Civil Defence, are a group of nearly 3,000 unarmed volunteers who work daily to rescue those injured in the country’s ongoing bombings.
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Nine suburban Dallas cops fired over false reports

ARLINGTON, Texas — Nine police officers in a Dallas suburb have been fired for reporting traffic stops they never conducted.
Arlington police said in a statement Friday that three other officers resigned before the investigation was finished.
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Giuliani removes himself from State Department consideration

WASHINGTON — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for a post in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration Friday, putting an end to his ill-fated bid to lead the State Department. Trump is now seriously considering Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the post.
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Reno boy shot by school cop had been bullied, beaten

RENO, Nev. — An emotionally distressed 14-year-old armed with a knife had been bullied and beaten and was trying to escape from a crowd of classmates this week who had gathered to capture video of an anticipated fight when a campus police officer shot the boy, his lawyer told The Associated Press on Friday.
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Supersized snowman delights Northern Ontario community

Drivers travelling along a rural backroad outside of Timmins, Ont., are doing double-takes over an unusual holiday greeting, a friendly wave from giant snowman that stands nearly six metres tall and wears a 45-gallon drum as a top hat.
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'Bad eating habits' in China lead to slaughter of rare sea turtle

BEIJING — Authorities in southern China have opened an investigation into the slaughter and sale of a protected leatherback sea turtle by local fishermen, media reported Saturday.
The case grew to national prominence after cellphone video circulated showing the 200-kilogram (440-pound) turtle being sliced into pieces and sold to eager villagers in a fishing village in the southern province of Guangdong.
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Tamara Lovett is 'morally innocent' in son's death: Lawyer [Video]

CALGARY — The lawyer for a Calgary woman who treated her son with holistic remedies before he died of a strep infection says his client was a good mother and is “morally innocent.”
Tamara Lovett, who is 47, is accused of failing to provide the necessaries of life and with criminal negligence causing death.
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Pearl Harbor survivor honoured with inflight hula, song

HONOLULU — A group of Hawaii musicians and a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant provided special inflight entertainment to a Pearl Harbor survivor flying home from a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack.
Ray Richmond, 97, and his family were the last passengers to board Thursday’s flight from Honolulu to San Diego, said flight attendant Lehua Beltrame-Tevaga, who is also the reigning Mrs.
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Calgary Zoo penguins may have panicked before drowning: Expert

A world expert on penguins — who reviewed the Calgary Zoo’s penguin enclosure in 2013 — said the drowning deaths of several Humboldt penguins on Thursday may have been the result of a natural response to a freak incident.
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