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Dick Gregory, comedian and civil rights activist, dead at 84

Dick Gregory, who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humour to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.
Gregory's son, Christian, told The Associated Press his father died late Saturday in Washington, D.C.
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Numbers drawn for Powerball jackpot, estimated at $535M

DES MOINES, Iowa - The numbers have been drawn for one of the biggest lottery jackpots in the United States.
Powerball announced Saturday night on its website that the winning numbers are: 17, 19, 39, 43, 68 and Powerball 13.
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Anti-racism demonstrators clash with alt-right rally at Vancouver City Hall [Video]

Protesters demonstrating against racism and Islamophobia began gathering at noon near Vancouver City Hall, well in advance of a planned anti-immigration rally at the same site.
The protesters planned to make their voices heard ahead of an "anti-Islam" rally, organized by a group spreading white-supremacist messages online, that was set to begin outside city hall at 2 p.m.
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Protesters demonstrating against racism and Islamophobia began gathering at noon near Vancouver City Hall, well in advance of a planned anti-immigration rally at the same site.
The protesters planned to make their voices heard ahead of an "anti-Islam" rally, organized by a group spreading white-supremacist messages online, that was set to begin outside city hall at 2 p.m.
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Wind fans B.C. wildfires, but growth of two largest blazes is limited

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. -- Two of British Columbia's biggest wildfires haven't grown much over the past few days despite being fanned by strong winds.
Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service says the winds arrived in the province on Friday as forecast but weren't as strong as feared.
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Researchers discover WWII-era USS Indianapolis wreckage

WASHINGTON — Civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese torpedoes.
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Knife-wielding man stabs seven in Siberian city of Surgut as ISIS claim disputed

MOSCOW — A knife-wielding man went on a stabbing rampage Saturday in a Siberian city, wounding seven people before police shot and killed him.
The Islamic State’s Aamaq news agency hours later claimed the attacker was “an Islamic State soldier.
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Small plane crashes near solar eclipse viewing party in Oregon leaving 2 dead

MADRAS, Ore. — Authorities say two people died in a small plane crash near a central Oregon airport where people are gathering to view the solar eclipse.
The Central Oregon Emergency Information Network says the pilot and a passenger were killed in the crash about 2 p.m.
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Duke University removes damaged Robert E. Lee statue

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University removed a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee early Saturday after it was vandalized amid a national debate about monuments to the Confederacy.
The university said it removed the carved limestone likeness before dawn from the entryway to Duke Chapel, where it stood among 10 historical figures.
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BOSTON — Conservative activists and leftist counterprotesters prepared for a confrontation on Boston Common that could draw thousands a week after a demonstration in Virginia turned deadly.
Police Commissioner William Evans said Friday that 500 officers — some in uniform, others undercover — would be deployed to keep the two groups apart on Saturday.
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Saskatchewan Party to vote for new leader January 27 following Brad Wall retirement

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Party will choose a new leader to replace Premier Brad Wall on January 27, saying the successor will be decided through a one-member, one vote system at a convention in Saskatoon.
“The Saskatchewan Party looks forward to a robust campaign, with many leadership candidates entering the race,” Saskatchewan Party president James Thorsteinson said in a news release following a meeting of the party’s provincial council in Regina.
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Two children and man killed after van collides with semi in Manitoba

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. -- A man and two children are dead after the minivan they were in collided with a semi in Manitoba.
RCMP say the van was heading east on the Trans-Canada Highway on Saturday afternoon and collided with the westbound semi while attempting to turn north onto Highway 16 west of Portage la Prairie.
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Hate in America never in short supply

Oozing like a dark slime from dark, primal crevices American fascism is a festering boil that needs to be popped every 20 years or so.
Its latest manifestation — fuelled by that conduit of intelligent discourse, social media — reared its head last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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