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Some Texas professors say guns in classes could chill debate

HOUSTON – Some faculty members at the University of Houston say sensitive subjects may become taboo in their classrooms because of a law allowing Texas public university students to bring guns to class.Jonathan Snow, president of the faculty senate at the university, told University of…

Those born in leap years face hassles

TORONTO – It’s rare for Laura Pedersen to celebrate a birthday on the day she was actually born. The only thing less common for her is hassle-free paperwork.Her status as a leap year baby ensures that genuine birthday festivities are only possible once every four…

Canadian filmmaker Colin Low has died

MONTREAL – Colin Low, a prolific and pioneering force in Canadian cinema who earned two Oscar nominations and inspired the likes of Stanley Kubrick, has died.The National Film Board of Canada says the Alberta native died Wednesday in Montreal. He was 89.The director and producer…

Old letters returned to gunner’s grandkids

RIMBEY, Alta. – Letters dating back to 1944 that were recently recovered in a stolen truck have been returned to the family of the original writer.Early last month, Mounties in Rimbey, Alta., tracked down and arrested a female driver in a stolen vehicle and inside,…

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Five things about leap year

TORONTO – Ever wondered why we have leap year? Or exactly what it means for people born on that day? Here are five fun, if complicated, facts to bring you up to speed on the most unusual day of the year:Why does leap year exist?Leap…

Bob Ezrin sparks social media war with Kanye West

TORONTO – Kanye West is firing back at veteran Canadian music producer Bob Ezrin after he published a scathing takedown of the rapper’s career.Earlier this week, the longtime Toronto-born producer — who has worked with artists including Pink Floyd, Taylor Swift, Lou Reed and Nine…

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt freed from jail in weapons case

NEW DELHI – Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt said freedom was “the most amazing thing” after he left prison Thursday upon completing his five-year sentence for illegal weapons possession in a case linked to the 1993 terror attack in Mumbai.Dutt’s wife Maanyata and noted filmmaker Rajkumar…

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Bantleman acquittal overturned

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said the Canadian government “is deeply dismayed and shocked” by an Indonesian Supreme Court decision to overturn the acquittal of Canadian schoolteacher Neil Bantleman.In its decision, the high court also ordered both Bantleman and an Indonesian teaching…