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Iran’s quick release of American sailors applauded by John Kerry

Iran releases detained U.S. sailors

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry thanked Iran Wednesday for quickly releasing 10 American sailors detained after their boats drifted into Iranian territorial waters Tuesday. “That this issue was resolved peacefully and efficiently is a testament to the critical role diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe, secure and strong,” Kerry said …

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Powerball lottery: Questions about legitimacy of online ticket brokers not stopping Canadians

Robert Charbonneau, from St-Donat, Que., holds up $1,000 worth of Powerball tickets for himself and his friends at a convenience store on Tuesday in the border town of Champlain, N.Y. Those who don't want to wait in line are using websites like TheLotter.com, which buys tickets on their behalf, even though some lottery officials and Powerball organizers warn against using such unregulated services.

Websites like TheLotter.com aren’t regulated but are attracting ‘thousands’ of Canadians Canadians are using any means necessary to get their hands on Powerball lottery tickets in the U.S. — and with good reason. The jackpot for tonight’s draw is $1.5 billion US, which the organizers say is the largest jackpot in history. …

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Black U.S. citizen Kyle Canty denied refugee status in Canada

U.S. citizen Kyle Canty says he fears for his life in his home country because of his race

A U.S. citizen has been denied asylum in Vancouver after asking Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board to grant him refugee status because he feared police in his home country would kill him because he’s black. Kyle Lydell Canty, 30, crossed into B.C.’s Lower Mainland in early September 2015, telling border agents that he was just visiting, but once …

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