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Consortium expects to finish Montreal's Champlain Bridge project on time

MONTREAL -- The consortium building Montreal's bridge over the St. Lawrence River is saying it can deliver the new structure on time by December 2018 but it will cost more than the original estimate.
Members of the consortium along with representatives from the federal government and the Crown corporation that manages two of Montreal's bridges gave an update today on the progress of the project.
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A glance at the alleged victims of Bruce McArthur, charged in six deaths

TORONTO -- Here is a glance at the alleged victims of Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old Toronto landscaper charged with six counts of first-degree murder:
MAJEED KAYHAN
The 58-year-old Toronto man was reported missing in October 2012.
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Backlash against NRA, gun industry spreads in wake of Florida shooting

The National Rifle Association and the firearms industry are facing backlash in the wake of the deadly Florida high school shooting, with calls to boycott the big lobby group spreading from social media to businesses.
Over the past week, several notable businesses have either cut ties with the NRA or demanded measures from the association to address gun violence in the U.S.
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Caroline Mulroney ramps up attacks on rivals in Ontario Tory leadership race

TORONTO - Caroline Mulroney is sharpening her attacks on her rivals in the race to lead Ontario's Opposition even as she urges them to support her calls for the party's former leader to back out of the contest.
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Court rejects former child refugee's request to pause deportation proceedings

HALIFAX -- A former Somali child refugee's request to temporarily halt his deportation proceedings has been rejected by the Federal Court.
Abdoul Abdi, who never got Canadian citizenship while growing up in foster care in Nova Scotia, was detained by the Canada Border Services Agency after serving five years in prison for multiple offences, including aggravated assault.
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Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley under snowfall warnings

The winds of winter are whipping up a fresh blast of snow to hamper Friday evening commutes in B.C., according to Environment Canada.
The weather agency has issued snowfall warnings for several parts of the province, including Metro Vancouver, Prince George, the Fraser Valley and the Sunshine Coast.
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Vatican's abuse investigator released from hospital in Chile

In this Jan. 12, 2018 file photo, members of the movement Laity of Osorno hold up images showing the Rev. Fernando Karadima, left, and his protege Juan Barros, bishop of Osorno, with a message that reads in Spanish: 'A bishop who covers up cannot be a priest,' during a protest in front of the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago, Chile.
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California parents of 13 due in court over torture charges

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- A California couple charged with torturing their children by starving, beating and shackling them is due in court on Friday.
David and Louse Turpin are scheduled to appear in a Riverside courtroom for a conference about their case.
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Twin car bombs explode in Somali capital, killing at least 18

Two car bomb blasts rocked Somalia's capital on Friday evening, followed by gunfire, killing at least 18 people, an ambulance service says.
The explosions shattered a months-long period of calm in Mogadishu, which is often the target of attacks by the al-Shabaab extremist group.
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Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates agrees to guilty plea in Russia probe

A former top adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign is scheduled to plead guilty on Friday to alleged offences discovered during the special counsel's Russia investigation.
Rick Gates is set to appear at 2 p.m.
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Que. universities launch UNESCO anti-radicalization chair

MONTREAL -- Three Quebec universities are launching a UNESCO chair on the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism.
Universite de Sherbrooke, Universite du Quebec a Montreal and Concordia University inaugurated the new research centre in Sherbrooke today.
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After facing criticism over arguments its lawyers made in court, the federal government is moving to settle proposed class action lawsuits filed by members of the Canadian Armed Forces who allege rampant sexual misconduct, racism and gender discrimination within the military.
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U.S. imposes tougher sanctions targeting North Korean shipping

The Trump administration hit more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses with sanctions Wednesday in its latest bid to pressure North Korea over its nuclear program.
The administration billed it as the largest installment of North Korean economic restrictions to date.
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