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As most parts of Canada are gradually reopening their economies following months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some provinces — including Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and New Brunswick — have released plans on how they aim to allow students to return to the classroom in September.
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Francesco Penzo stands straddling a sandolo, a low boat Venetians once used for shooting ducks. He manoeuvres a long paddle deep into the water, steering the vessel around the corner of a canal in the former working-class neighbourhood of Cannaregio, the only sound the creaking of wood and birdsong echoing above.
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Noose found at Johns Hopkins University construction site

BALTIMORE -- Johns Hopkins University is investigating the discovery of a rope tied into a noose at a construction site in a building it owns off its Baltimore campus.
Johns Hopkins officials also notified federal authorities about what the university calls a potential hate crime, the Baltimore Sun reports.
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For the thousands of protesters who marched through the streets of New York for more than 30 consecutive days demanding changes in policing, the headlines emerging from the city's budget debate should have signalled victory.
"New York Police Department's budget has been slashed by $1 billion," wrote CNN.
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Officials across the U.S. pleaded with Americans to curb their enthusiasm for large Fourth of July crowds Saturday even as U.S. President Donald Trump enticed the masses with a "special evening" of tribute and fireworks staged with new U.S.
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COVID-19 puts people with disabilities at higher risk, advocates say

TORONTO -- Before COVID-19 placed much of the country on lockdown, Blaine Cameron lived an independent and active life in Ottawa. But when the pandemic hit, he lost both.
Cameron, who has muscular dystrophy, lost his dedicated attendants who helped with daily tasks, and moved back in with his parents.
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Officials across the U.S. pleaded with Americans to curb their enthusiasm for large Fourth of July crowds Saturday even as U.S. President Donald Trump enticed the masses with a "special evening" of tribute and fireworks staged with new U.S.
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'Thousands and thousands' of moths invade Quebec small town

TORONTO -- While Quebecers are accustomed to shovelling in the winter, an eerie discovery in a small town in the province's northwest had some residents taking them out much earlier than expected.
The people of La Sarre, about eight hours outside of Montreal, found themselves cleaning up piles of moths, both living and dead.
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Barcelona's iconic La Sagrada Familia basilica has reopened its doors for visits exclusively for health workers after nearly four months of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The basilica invited a first group of health workers on Saturday to visit the temple designed by architect Antoni Gaudi.
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Mexico's COVID deaths pass 30,000, world's fifth highest total

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico topped 30,000 COVID-19 deaths Saturday, overtaking France as the country with the fifth-highest death toll since the coronavirus outbreak began.
Officials reported 523 more confirmed coronavirus deaths for the day, bringing the nation's total to 30,366 for the pandemic.
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Bolsonaro, others shun masks at U.S. July 4 celebration in Brazil

BRASILIA, BRAZIL -- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attended a U.S. Independence Day celebration in Brazil's capital Saturday at which participants declined to wear face masks, one day after he vetoed obligatory use of masks in private settings.
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REGINA -- During a year where two dozen people are confirmed to have died from drug overdoses in Regina so far, many families are left to deal with the aftermath of losing a loved one to addiction.
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Autopsy rules gas station assault as a homicide in Halifax

HALIFAX -- Halifax Regional Police say a 47-year-old man’s death has been deemed a homicide.
Around 10:20 p.m., police responded to reports of an assault with a weapon at the Esso Gas Station at 6020 Young Street in Halifax.
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