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August 13, 2018 2:06 AM India prepares to fight hate speech in world’s biggest election

Holding elections in world’s second most populous country is a complex and daunting task. The Election Commission has already begun preparations on logistic and security arrangements in the country of 1.3 billion, scheduled to elect their new federal government in April and May 2019. About 875 million voters are eligible to cast their votes, or more than the combined 9

August 10, 2018 10:13 PM Battling one of the worst fire seasons, Ontario commits millions more to the fight

Dry conditions and frequent lightning have led to one of the province’s worst fire seasons, prompting the Ontario government to spend an extra $100 million to battle the blazes. “This is an additional amount of money to be injected into our fire system,” Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Jeff Yurek told the Star in a telephone interview Friday 9

August 9, 2018 5:10 PM Pence outlines plans to have new U.S. Space Force by 2020

WASHINGTON—Faced with growing competition and threats from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday said it will create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020. U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence told a Pentagon audience that the plan fulfils U.S. President Donald Trump’s vow to ensure America’s dominance in space — a domain 10

August 8, 2018 3:53 PM Maxime Dufour-Lapointe announces retirement from Canadian women’s moguls team

MONTREAL—Maxime Dufour-Lapointe, the eldest of three freestyle skiing sisters, has announced her retirement from the Canadian moguls team. The 29-year-old from Montreal competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics, three world championships and 104 World Cups during a decade representing Canada. Younger sisters Justine, 24, and Chloe, 26, won gold and silver 12

August 7, 2018 8:30 PM Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita dead at 78

He was named one of the top 100 NHL players of all time by The Canadian Press in 2017. Mikita remains the only NHL player in history to win the Art Ross (scoring champion), Hart (MVP) and Lady Byng (sportsmanship) trophies in the same season, and he accomplished the feat in consecutive years in 1967 and 1968. He became the first player to have his jersey 12

August 7, 2018 6:26 PM ‘Brady Bunch’ house sold to HGTV for home improvement show

“I’m excited to share that HGTV is the winning bidder and will restore the Brady Bunch home to its 1970s glory as only HGTV can,” Discovery chief executive officer David Zaslav said on a conference call Tuesday. “More detail to come over the next few months, but we’ll bring all the resources to bear to tell safe, fun stories with this beloved piece of American 10

August 3, 2018 2:53 PM A hidden Amazon fortune: Jeff Bezos’ parents could be worth billions, a stake that could be worth $30 billion today

In 1995, Jackie and Mike Bezos plowed $245,573 into their son’s fledgling e-commerce website, according to a prospectus two years later. It was a big gamble, Mike Bezos, the stepfather of Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, recalled onstage during a 2015 event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. “I want you to know how risky this is,” the son told his parents 12

August 3, 2018 4:00 AM In tennis, sometimes it’s a war of words

Tennis is, generally speaking, a polite sport. Its non-contact, etiquette is as important as the rules of play, and sometimes spectators wear fascinators. When it comes to player relations, however, things aren’t always so genial. Some of the rivalries have become the stuff of legend, battled on and off the court, both with racquets and words 9

August 3, 2018 1:22 AM Wild plains bison reintroduced to Banff National Park roam free for first time in decades

Plains bison are an iconic part of Canada’s history, having freely roamed in the Rockies, filling an important need for the livelihoods of First Nations people and early settlers. They disappeared from the area due to overhunting before the national park was created in 1885. Sixteen plains bison from Elk Island National Park were reintroduced as part of a $6.4-million 13

August 2, 2018 2:38 AM MLS all-stars fall in penalties for a second straight year

ATLANTA—Josef Martinez thrilled another record crowd in Atlanta by scoring in the Major League Soccer all-star game, but Italian powerhouse Juventus prevailed on penalty kicks after the match ended in a 1-1 draw Wednesday night. Juventus scored on all five of its penalties before 72,317, winning when Mattia De Sciglio drilled one into the upper left corner 12