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Toronto Raptors bizarre pre-game ritual inspired by former teammate's catchphrase and 'Angels in the Outfield'

TORONTO — As Jonas Valanciunas prepared for the tip-off against Houston’s Joey Dorsey on Monday evening, four of his teammates stood up at the far corner by the Toronto Raptors’ bench. 791 more words

Sports

Helen Mirren makes a royal departure in The Woman in Gold

Dame Helen Mirren is in a class all by herself, but she still pursues egalitarian roles. Last year, Mirren played a French restaurateur in The Hundred-Foot Journey… 621 more words

Arts

No, Ontario's deficit isn't really down. In fact, current projections show it's grown by $400 million

Ontario’s treasurer has some good news for the debt-burdened province: its deficit is down.

Well, the projected deficit for the fiscal year ending Monday is less than what they thought it might be, down about $1.6 billion to $10.9 billion, Finance Minister Charles Sousa announced Tuesday. 785 more words

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Goodluck Jonathan concedes defeat to opposition candidate Muhammadu Buharis in Nigerian election

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigerian opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign says President Goodluck Jonathan called to concede defeat, paving the way for a peaceful transfer of power in Africa’s richest and most populous nation. 960 more words

World

Mexican civil-defence officer may face federal charges in assault-rifle killing of crocodile

MEXICO CITY — A Mexican civil-defence officer faces a criminal complaint for killing a crocodile with extended bursts of automatic fire from an assault rifle in the northern state of Sinaloa. 222 more words

World

Hotel employee tells newspaper how hard it is to live on minimum wage, then manager fires her

Shanna Tippen was another hourly worker at the bottom of the nation’s economy, looking forward to a 25-cent bump in the Arkansas minimum wage that would make it easier for her to buy diapers for her grandson. 593 more words

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Ontario's 2013/14 deficit down to $10.9 billion, finance minister announces slight drop

TORONTO — Ontario’s finance minister says the province’s deficit is $10.9 billion — lower than the previously projected $12.5 billion.

Charles Sousa made the announcement today during a pre-budget speech to the Toronto Region Board of Trade. 500 more words

Canadian Politics