Epic ‘Planet Earth II’ offers creatures’-eye view of nature
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Epic ‘Planet Earth II’ offers creatures’-eye view of nature

LONDON (AP) — From jungles to deserts to mountains, the BBC’s epic nature series “Planet Earth II” takes viewers around the world — and around many genres of television. The fortitude of a penguin family tugs heartstrings like a love story. The snail’s-pace courtship of a three-toed sloth is soothing comfort TV. And a life-or-death … Continue reading

Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending
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Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year’s end or the Trump administration will “moderate its commitment” to them. He did not detail what the United States might do if NATO members failed to fall in … Continue reading

Kevin O’Leary to run for Conservative leadership in Canada
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Kevin O’Leary to run for Conservative leadership in Canada

TORONTO (AP) — Canada is getting its own reality show politician. “Shark Tank” cast member Kevin O’Leary announced Wednesday, Jan. 18th, that he is running for the leadership of Canada’s opposition Conservative Party. O’Leary is a businessman and television commentator who has drawn comparisons to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. He said the party needs a … Continue reading

Virginia agencies to help states impacted by hurricane
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Virginia agencies to help states impacted by hurricane

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency to ensure Virginia agencies can help the states bearing the brunt of Hurricane Matthew. Forecasters say Virginia will be spared the worst of the storm that scraped Florida’s Atlantic coast early Friday. Virginia could still see some heavy rain from the Hurricane … Continue reading

Iran releases Canadian-Iranian professor held since June
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Iran releases Canadian-Iranian professor held since June

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A Canadian-Iranian retired professor was released from prison on “humanitarian grounds” and flown out of Iran on Monday, state media reported, ending her months of detention alongside other dual nationals swept up by hard-liners in the security services. Homa Hoodfar returned to Canada via Oman, a brief report on the state-run … Continue reading

Police evacuate all schools on Canada’s Prince Edward Island
Canada & the Atlantic

Police evacuate all schools on Canada’s Prince Edward Island

TORONTO (AP) — More than 19,000 students on the small Canadian province of Prince Edward Island have been evacuated because of a “potential threat.” The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Wednesday that students at more than 60 English language and French language schools are being taken to safe locations by staff outside the schools, where … Continue reading

‘La La Land’ wins Toronto Film Festival audience award
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‘La La Land’ wins Toronto Film Festival audience award

TORONTO (AP) — Damien Chazelle’s modern-day musical “La La Land” received the top award from the 41st Toronto International Film Festival. “La La Land” was honored Sunday with the festival’s People’s Choice award, which is determined by audience voting. The film stars Emma Stone as an aspiring actress and Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist. … Continue reading

Parker, cast argue for ‘Birth of a Nation’ despite scandal
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Parker, cast argue for ‘Birth of a Nation’ despite scandal

TORONTO (AP) — In a carefully stage-managed press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival, Nate Parker and the cast of his Nat Turner slave revolt drama “The Birth of a Nation” argued for focusing on their film and not on the years-old rape allegation against Parker that has enveloped the film in a scandal … Continue reading