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Wednesday Jul 30, 2014

High court warns against 'Mr. Big' stings, says they're presumed inadmissible

TileOTTAWA - Confessions extracted through so-called Mr. Big police sting operations tend to produce unreliable confessions, are open to abuses and must be presumed inadmissible in court, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday. The decision by the country's highest court calls into question the convictions of Canadians behind bars across the...

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Wednesday Jul 30, 2014

Gas blast kill 24, injure 271 in southwestern Taiwan, gouging huge trenches in streets

Story ImageKAOHSIUNG, Taiwan - At least 24 people were killed and 271 injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as a search for the cause began.

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Wednesday Jul 30, 2014

Tropical Storm Bertha forms in the Atlantic; storm warnings for Barbados, Dominica

Story ImageMIAMI - Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

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Wednesday Jul 30, 2014

Toronto-bound lanes of QEW shut down due to dump truck collision

BURLINGTON, Ont. - A 34-year-old man faces impaired charges after a dump truck hit scaffolding on a key bridge linking the Hamilton-Niagara region to the Toronto area.

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Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Days of hardball negotiating, cajoling and phone calls finally yield short truce in Gaza

Story ImageNEW DELHI - Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day in fact, for more than a week and nailing down a final agreement was proving elusive.

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Thursday Jul 31, 2014

B.C. chief's pay and expenses nears $1 million: online documents

VANCOUVER - Newly posted documents show a dramatic disparity in the salaries and travel expenses paid to a handful of Canada's First Nations chiefs, ranging from thousands of dollars to almost $1 million.

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Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Rain hampers rescue as death toll rises to 51 from landslide that buried remote Indian village

Story ImageMALIN, India - Heavy rains hampered efforts Friday by hundreds of rescue workers digging through heavy mud and debris, as the death toll from a landslide that engulfed an entire village in western India rose to 51.

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Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Sudanese woman who wouldn't recant Christian faith while facing death arrives in United States

MANCHESTER, N.H. - A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence arrived Thursday in the United States, where she was welcomed first by the mayor of Philadelphia as a "world freedom fighter" and later by cheering supporters waving American flags in New...

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Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Florida man found guilty of killing ex-girlfriend's infant by throwing boy out of car window

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida man was convicted of murder Thursday for tossing a 3-month-old boy out a moving car window along an interstate, killing the infant instantly.

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Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Michigan prosecutor files murder charges against couple who owned dogs that attacked runner

Story ImageLAPEER, Mich. - Prosecutors have filed second-degree murder charges against a couple they say owned two dogs that fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger on a rural Michigan road.

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Thursday Jul 31, 2014

US, UN announce Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

Story ImageJERUSALEM - Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin Friday morning, the United Nations and United States announced, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were "no guarantees" the lull in violence would bring an end to the 24-day-old Gaza war.

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Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Chicago police: Demoted worker shoots, critically wounds CEO before killing self

Story ImageCHICAGO - A demoted worker shot and critically wounded his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a downtown Chicago office building in the bustling financial district, police said.

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Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Convicted serial killer Charles Kembo loses appeal in B.C.'s highest court

VANCOUVER - A government-sponsored refugee who was found guilty on four counts of first-degree murder has lost his appeal in British Columbia's highest court.

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Thursday Jul 31, 2014

FactBox: Some prominent cases featuring Mr. Big stings

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday that confessions extracted through so-called Mr. Big police sting operations tend to produce unreliable confessions and are open to abuses. The investigative technique involves undercover police officers who recruit a suspect to a fictitious criminal...

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