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Six stories in the news for today, Oct. 3


Six stories in the news for Tuesday, Oct. 3

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TWO CANADIANS AMONG 57 DEATHS IN LAS VEGAS MASSACRE

Two Canadians, a mother of four and a man just days away from his 24th birthday, were among dozens of people killed in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at an outdoor country music festival Sunday night. Jessica Klymchuk, of Valleyview, Alta., and Jordan McIldoon, 23, of Maple Ridge, B.C., were among the 59 people who died in the horrific attack that also left more than 500 others injured, including at least six Canadians.

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NO ANSWERS YET IN LAS VEGAS SHOOTING

Investigators in Las Vegas still have no idea why Stephen Craig Paddock opened fire on a large crowd of people attending an outdoor country music festival on Sunday night.  Authorities say 59 people were killed and more than 500 wounded when Paddock opened fire from a hotel window.  Police say they found 23 firearms in the hotel room and another 19 firearms in Paddock's home in Mesquite, Nevada. The owner of a gun shop in Mesquite says Paddock bought guns there and never gave any indication that he might have been unstable.

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EDMONTON TERROR SUSPECT DUE IN COURT TODAY

Mounties say they are holding off on terrorism charges for now against a Somali refugee alleged to have attacked an Edmonton police officer and run down pedestrians with a truck on the weekend. Superintendent Stacey Talbot says the investigation of Abdulahi Sharif is still in its infancy. The 30-year-old is to make his first court appearance today on 11 charges, including five counts of attempted murder.

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PREMIERS TO TALK TAX CHANGES WITH BILL MORNEAU

The Liberal government has been fielding a lot of complaints about its proposed tax reforms — and now the premiers are poised to have their say in a meeting today in Ottawa with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  The provincial and territorial leaders will also hear Finance Minister Bill Morneau explain his tax proposals. Those changes have led to an outcry from doctors, farmers, small business owners and even some premiers who fear the effect they would have on their provincial economies.

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LAC-MEGANTIC CRIMINAL TRIAL BEGINS IN QUEBEC

A trial continues today in Sherbrooke, Que., for three men in connection with the Lac-Megantic, Que., rail disaster in 2013 that killed 47 people and destroyed much of the town core. The trial began yesterday with train driver Thomas Harding saying he knows he's partly at fault for the disaster but that he was following procedure. Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre each face one count of criminal negligence causing death. The trial is expected to last until December.

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LEGAL DISPUTE DELAYS AMANDA LINDHOUT TRIAL

A legal dispute about secret information is delaying the trial of a man accused of taking Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout hostage in Somalia nine years ago. An Ontario Superior Court judge is slated to rule today whether the criminal trial will begin Thursday or remain on hold — possibly for months — while the wrangling over classified files play out.  Ali Omar Ader faces a criminal charge of hostage-taking.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:

— United Conservative Party leadership candidates hold a debate in ed Deer, Alta.

— Former U.S. president Bill Clinton discusses leadership at a Toronto event hosted by Toronto St. Francis Xavier.

— A panel discussion on the future of Canadian food production will be held in Halifax.

— Hudson's Bay will unveils the Team Canada collection for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 

The Canadian Press

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