WATERLOO, Ont. - As the three main political parties continue courting votes from middle-class families, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau surrounded himself with children Monday and promised help for parents who need more child care before and after regular school hours.

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NEW YORK - Ric Ocasek, The Cars frontman whose deadpan vocal delivery and lanky, sunglassed look defined a rock era with chart-topping hits like "Just What I Needed," was discovered dead Sunday afternoon in his Manhattan apartment.

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NEW YORK - Between an offensive tweet and a significant revision, the New York Times' handling of a new sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh attracted almost as much attention as the accusation itself.

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DETROIT - More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers went on strike Monday against General Motors, bringing more than 50 factories and parts warehouses to a standstill in the union's first walkout against the No. 1 U.S. automaker in over a decade.

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FARMINGTON, Maine - A fierce propane explosion levelled a newly constructed building after fire crews arrived to investigate the smell of gas Monday, killing one firefighter and injuring at least eight other people, including fellow firefighters, officials said.

NEW YORK - "Saturday Night Live" has rescinded its invitation to a cast member who posted a video last year in which he used a racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to learn English.

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - A teenage boy who died after gunfire erupted outside an apartment complex west of Toronto over the weekend was a caring and responsible sibling who loved playing video games, a family friend said Monday as she tried to raise money for his burial.

OTTAWA - Military police have laid sexual-assault charges against two senior members of the Canadian Armed Forces, including a lieutenant-colonel working as a reservist with the Canadian Armed Forces' recruiting group in Ontario.

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KIGALI, Rwanda - Friends of Albert Nabonibo, a well-known gospel singer in Rwanda who recently came out as a gay man, do not want their names revealed. It is too shameful, one says. Another says he is anguished because his family knows he often used to socialize with Nabonibo.

WASHINGTON - Tensions are flaring in the Persian Gulf after President Donald Trump said the U.S. is "locked and loaded" to respond to a weekend drone assault on Saudi Arabia's energy infrastructure that his aides blamed on Iran.

LITHONIA, Ga. - Rapper Kanye West brought his collection of choir singers and musicians to an Atlanta-area megachurch for his religious popup performance called "Sunday Service."

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LOS ANGELES - It wasn't quite enough to take down Pennywise the clown, but Jennifer Lopez and the scheming strippers of "Hustlers" topped even the high expectations they brought to the weekend box office.

The chief of Neskantaga First Nation said he is appalled by the response from the federal government to his request for emergency evacuations due to a water crisis in the community.

The Wake the Giant Music Festival was held Saturday, featuring double-digit Indigenous and non-Indigenous music acts to close out the three days of Wake the Giant events.

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Members of the Lakehead University Thunderwolves men’s basketball team were part of the approximately 400 participants that came out to support The Walk to End ALS in Thunder Bay at Boulevard Lake on Saturday ending with lunch at St. Ignatius High School. Featuring two-kilometre and five-kil…

OTTAWA - The party leaders' scheduled public appearances on Monday, Sept. 16. All times are local. Will be updated as details are released.

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OTTAWA - What police were calling an "ambush-style" shooting in the Toronto area that left one teenager dead and five other people injured saw federal party leaders swiftly move to offer condolences Sunday but little in the way of new ideas to address gun violence in Canada's cities.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people.

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ALGIERS, Algeria - Algeria's interim leader has announced Dec. 12 as the date for the presidential election, in line with the army chief's demand to fill the vacancy left when longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika was pushed from office more than five months ago.