Police evacuate all schools on Canada’s Prince Edward Island
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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

In festival-hit ‘Moonlight,’ growing up black and gay
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In festival-hit ‘Moonlight,’ growing up black and gay

TORONTO (AP) — The shimmering glow of Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” a poetic coming-of-age tale told across three chapters about a young gay black kid growing up in a poor, drug-ridden neighborhood of Miami, has lit up this year’s fall film festival circuit like no other film. Following its much-lauded debut at the Telluride Film Festival … Continue reading

UK-Canada WestJet plane declares emergency, lands in Iceland
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UK-Canada WestJet plane declares emergency, lands in Iceland

LONDON (AP) — A WestJet flight from London to Edmonton diverted to Iceland on Saturday after the crew discovered a “potential mechanical issue,” the Canadian airline said. The pilots aboard the Boeing 767 declared an in-flight emergency about two hours after taking off from Gatwick Airport. It landed safely at Keflavik airport, and the airline … Continue reading

Frontman of Canada’s Tragically Hip launches new project
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Frontman of Canada’s Tragically Hip launches new project

TORONTO (AP) — The lead singer and songwriter of Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip will release a new solo album with an accompanying graphic novel and animated film. Gord Downie’s latest endeavors come just weeks after the band performed its final concert after he announced earlier this year that he has terminal brain cancer. … Continue reading

Canadian man and his wife kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012
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Canadian man and his wife kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Tuesday it is evaluating a video released by the Afghan Taliban showing a Canadian man and his American wife warning that their Afghan captors will kill them and their children unless the Kabul government ends its executions of Taliban prisoners. The video, which has not been independently verified … Continue reading

Workers evacuated from Alberta oil camps due to wildfire
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Workers evacuated from Alberta oil camps due to wildfire

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — Some 8,000 workers at oil camps north of the fire-ravaged Canadian city of Fort McMurray were ordered to evacuate late Monday, May 16 as authorities continued the battle to bring wildfires under control. The mandatory evacuation zone was extended to 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the city, whose 80,000 … Continue reading

Rapid response on NATO agenda during Norfolk, Virginia conference
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Rapid response on NATO agenda during Norfolk, Virginia conference

By Mahogany Waldon, Antonio Garland and Richelle Hammiel The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) brought its annual Chief of Transformation Conference to the Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, Virginia from Tuesday, Dec. 8, through Thursday, Dec. 10.  The conference highlighted the goals and plans for NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (ACT), which is one of two NATO … Continue reading

Leaders of warming Earth meet in Paris to cut emissions
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Leaders of warming Earth meet in Paris to cut emissions

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — The largest group of world leaders ever to stand together kicked off two weeks of high-stakes climate talks outside Paris on Monday, saying that striking an ambitious deal to curb global warming can show terrorists what countries can achieve when they are united. “What greater rejection of those who would … Continue reading

Obama to meet with leaders of China, India at climate summit
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Obama to meet with leaders of China, India at climate summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is hoping to generate early momentum for international climate talks in Paris next week by holding one-on-one meetings there with the leaders of China and India. While in Paris, the president also will meet with the leaders of island nations at risk from the effects of global warming, the … Continue reading

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Markets roiled by downing of Russian jet by Turkey

LONDON (AP) — European stock markets slid Tuesday as jitters about instability in the Middle East intensified following the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey over Syria. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France’s CAC 40 was down 1.8 percent at 4,801 while the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares fell 1 percent to 6,240. … Continue reading

For Hank Williams, Hiddleston had to exorcise his Englishman
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For Hank Williams, Hiddleston had to exorcise his Englishman

TORONTO (AP) — Rest assured, in the course of playing country music legend Hank Williams in the biopic “I Saw the Light,” it was brought to Tom Hiddleston’s attention that he is British. The 34-year-old actor has taken on plenty of roles with weighty expectations, from his Marvel Comics villain Loki to Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” on … Continue reading

Madonna kicks off ‘Rebel Heart’ tour in Montreal
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Madonna kicks off ‘Rebel Heart’ tour in Montreal

  MONTREAL (AP) — Pole dancers dressed like nuns, Mike Tyson and nonstop theatrics. Welcome to the church of Madonna. The pop star kicked off her “Rebel Heart” tour in Montreal on Wednesday night September 9th, belting out a mix of her iconic hits and new music from her recently released album, also titled, “Rebel … Continue reading

Obama buys out cinnamon rolls at Anchorage cafe
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Obama buys out cinnamon rolls at Anchorage cafe

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — How many cinnamon rolls does it take to feed a presidential entourage? If you’re President Barack Obama and you’re unsure, you err on the safe side and take the whole bunch. Obama paid a surprise visit Tuesday to Snow City Cafe, a hopping brunch spot in downtown Anchorage with a bit … Continue reading