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Charges withdrawn for four men arrested in police investigation linked to Rob Ford

TORONTO — Charges have been dropped against the man who reportedly tried to broker the sale of an infamous video in which Toronto Mayor Rob Ford appears to smoke crack cocaine.

Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General says it has also withdrawn charges against three other individuals arrested during a gang, drugs and weapons investigation known as Project Traveller. READ

Wife of Canadian teacher detained in Jakarta pleads for husband’s release

The wife of a Canadian teacher detained in Indonesia on allegations of child sexual assault is pleading for her husband’s release. READ

Manitoba orders independent investigation into police shooting at ball tournament

Manitoba is bringing in an independent investigator after a man was shot by the RCMP during a baseball tournament on a First Nation. READ

Pen Canada hit with political-activities audit by Canada Revenue Agency

The Canada Revenue Agency has launched a political-activities audit of Pen Canada, a small charity promoting freedom of expression that has criticized the Harper government in the past. READ

Not in the brochure: Special federal site would warn of terror risks abroad

The federal government is looking at creating a special web page that underscores the risks of travelling to parts of the world where there is a high risk of terrorist activity. READ

Duffy accused of charging for travel to funeral, ceremonies in Ottawa

Sen. Mike Duffy is now accused of charging taxpayers for personal travel to funerals and giving money to three people under the guise of a consulting contract. READ

Mayor of Montreal-area community dies after being stung by wasps

The mayor of a Montreal-area community has died after being stung by wasps. READ

Baird calls on Russian-backed rebels to leave plane crash site and allow probe

Likening sanctions against Russia with the West’s past efforts to stamp out apartheid and bring democracy to Myanmar, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced further punishments Monday aimed at ending the crisis in Ukraine. READ

Joy of 24 hours of fame seems to be attraction of Twitter parodies

TORONTO — Meet Matt McGuire: software developer, activist and for one day in 2012, the Canadian penny. READ

Teacher detained in Indonesia on accusations of child sexual assault

The family of a Canadian teacher detained in an Indonesian jail on allegations of child sexual assault has been trying to enlist Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to help win his release. READ

Report questions Ukraine election monitoring

OTTAWA — A new internal government report has once again raised questions about the Harper government’s penchant for sending large teams of Canadian election monitors to Ukraine. READ

Wildfires dying down in parts of B.C.

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. — About 2,400 of the 2,500 people displaced by a wildfire near West Kelowna, B.C. were allowed back into their homes on Sunday, but were cautioned to be ready to leave again. READ

Farmers disappointed Ottawa not offering special help for flooded fields

Ottawa is not offering Prairie farmers any immediate, special help to recover from this year’s flood, which some peg at costing producers $1 billion in lost revenue. READ

Bar is high for prosecutors in proving Duffy bribery charge: experts

The bribery provision used to criminally charge Sen. Mike Duffy carries a high threshold of proof because prosecutors will have to show he intended to behave corruptly, legal experts say. READ

More wildfire evacuations in B.C.

Firefighting resources are being juggled and reassigned as British Columbia’s Wildfire Management Branch handles several blazes, including one that forced about 2,500 people from their homes. READ

Canadian tour bus rolls over in New York state: one Quebec teen dead

A would-be fun-filled weekend in New York City for more than 50 Quebecers turned tragic Friday when their tour bus rolled over in upstate New York, killing one teenage girl and injuring many other passengers. READ

Wynne expresses concern over marketing stunts like fake Lake Ontario shark video

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne expressed concern Thursday about a marketing stunt that had people thinking a shark may be lurking in Lake Ontario. READ

Native leaders reaffirm call on feds to drop aboriginal education legislation

First Nations leaders have reaffirmed their demand that the federal government drop a controversial proposal to reform aboriginal education. READ

Magnitude-6.0 earthquake near Yukon-Alaska border

A magnitude-6.0 earthquake rattled parts of Yukon early Thursday morning. READ

Weather change could bring help, or hell, for fire-threatened B.C. community

Only a handful of residents remain in the northeastern British Columbia district of Hudson’s Hope, hours after an evacuation order was issued for the community about 90 kilometres west of Fort. St. John. READ

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