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Arkansas completes execution schedule, kills 4th person in 8 days

VARNER, Ark. - Arkansas wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule Thursday, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight days.
Kenneth Williams, 38, received a lethal injection Thursday night at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner for the death of a former deputy warden killed after Williams escaped from prison in 1999.
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China asked North Korea to stop nuclear tests, Tillerson says

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China has threatened to impose sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests.
"We know that China is in communications with the regime in Pyongyang," Tillerson said on Fox News Channel.
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Senators take Game 1 over Rangers thanks to captain Karlsson

Erik Karlsson was hoping for a good bounce and got a great one.
Karlsson's shot from an almost impossible angle beat Henrik Lundqvist with less than five minutes to go in regulation and snatched Game 1 for the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.
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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute.
"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea.
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TTC pulls bendy buses off the road over safety concerns

The Toronto Transit Commission is grounding its entire fleet of articulated buses after maintenance staff experienced a "full throttle," or unexpected acceleration, during routine maintenance Thursday afternoon.
The TTC says 153 of the 60-foot so-called bendy buses are now off the road.
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Taliban announce start of spring offensive in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan's Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive Friday, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on coalition and Afghan security forces.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced the launch of the offensive in an email statement that boasted Taliban control over more than half of the country, referencing a February report issued by Washington's special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction.
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Autistic man eating free cookies pepper-sprayed: Cops

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — A former security guard faces charges after allegedly pepper-spraying an autistic man who was eating free cookies at a Minnesota grocery store.
Timothy Knutsen of St. Paul is charged with two misdemeanour counts of fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct for the March incident at a Cub Foods in Roseville.
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Trump to sign order aimed at expanding offshore drilling

WASHINGTON -- Working to dismantle his predecessor's environmental legacy, President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Friday that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.
With one day left to rack up accomplishments before he reaches his 100th day in office, Trump will order his interior secretary to review an Obama-era plan that dictates which locations are open to offshore drilling, with the goal of the new administration to expand operations.
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Star Trek inspired licence plate deemed offensive in Manitoba

Manitoba’s public insurance company has revoked a Star Trek inspired custom licence plate after receiving complaints that it’s offensive. Nick Troller’s two-year-old plate reads “ASIMIL8.”
Troller keeps it inside a licence plate holder that says: “WE ARE THE BORG.
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Sagkeeng First Nation holds vigil for Serena McKay

Members of Sagkeeng First Nation in northern Manitoba gathered around a sacred fire on Thursday to mark the loss of yet another woman to violence.
Serena McKay, 19, was found dead on Sunday. Two teens girls, ages 16 and 17, have been charged with second-degree murder.
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Customer pepper-sprays man with autism for eating cookies: police

ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- A former security guard faces charges after allegedly pepper-spraying an autistic man who was eating free cookies at a Minnesota grocery store.
Timothy Knutsen of St. Paul is charged with two misdemeanour counts of fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct for the March incident at a Cub Foods in Roseville.
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Protesters swarm cars outside dinner event hosted by Sask. Premier Brad Wall

Hundreds of people from more than a dozen organizations rallied outside the Premier's Dinner venue in Saskatoon Thursday night, where Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall gave a keynote address.
Protesters outside the event showed their opposition to cuts outlined in the 2017-2018 provincial budget.
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$300K posh public potty pops up in New York [Photos]

NEW YORK — In a park amid skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork.
The free-of-charge, air-conditioned splendor, inspired by visits to the city’s priciest hotels, is open to everyone.
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