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Study: 'Biggest Loser' contestants have slower metabolisms

CHICAGO — A new study has found that many competitors on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" leave the show with a slower metabolism, making it more difficult to keep off the pounds.

The National Institutes of Health study finds that participants come out of the weight-loss reality competition burning about 500 fewer calories a day than expected. What's more, the contestants who drop the most weight see the greatest slowing of their metabolisms. READ

Animal hall of fame pooches save owners from fire, bear, heart attack

A tenacious German shepherd cross who pulled his sleeping owner to the door amid a house fire is among five heroic hounds being inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame. READ

Love at first Skype: Bride's father officiates Bolivian marriage in Nova Scotia

A couple who fell in love over long distance were married the same way: Over Skype. READ

Winnipeg serial killer who targeted homeless men gets life sentence

A man has admitted to killing three men in a case that sent chills through Winnipeg's homeless community. READ

B.C. Mountie says sexual harassment settlement still means RCMP need policies

A British Columbia Mountie whose sexual harassment lawsuit against the RCMP prompted similar cases across the country has reached an out-of court settlement with the force. READ

Teen who killed Reena Virk asks for parole 19 years after murder

A British Columbia woman who murdered 14-year-old schoolgirl Reena Virk near a Victoria-area bridge in 1997 is asking for release from prison. READ

Terror group releases video of Canadian hostage's beheading in the Philippines

Muslim militants in the Philippines have a released a video showing the beheading of Canadian hostage John Ridsdel, an American group that monitors jihadi websites reported Tuesday. READ

Liberals get leadership lecture from high-powered panel of ex-politicians

They were there to talk about foreign policy and defence, but three former political heavyweights ended up giving the Trudeau government some unsolicited advice on leadership and trade issues. READ

Arms Trade Treaty won't stop controversial arms deals, says UN disarmament chief

The Arms Trade Treaty won't mean an immediate end to controversial arms deals like Canada's $15 billion sale of light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, says the United Nations disarmament chief. READ

Government needs to cancel torture directives, says torture victim

A prominent Canadian victim of abuse behind bars in Syria is calling on the government to cancel controversial directives that allow for the sharing of intelligence that could lead to torture. READ

Pot problem: Auditor urges Veterans Affairs to rein in medical pot use, costs

The latest report from the federal auditor general urges Veterans Affairs to get a grip on its medical marijuana program for injured ex-soldiers, which is expected to cost taxpayers a startling $25 million this year. READ

French court sentences `horror dentist' who was extradited from Canada

A French court has found a man dubbed the "horror dentist" guilty of assault and fraud and sentenced him to eight years in prison. READ

Vancouver medical marijuana businesses must close by Friday if breaking rules

Vancouver medical marijuana businesses that are operating without a licence must close by Friday. READ

Mountie denies tying up 11-year-old son during Florida family vacation

A boy at the centre of a horrific abuse case lied when he told investigators he had been tied up in a hotel room during a family vacation, his father testified Tuesday at his trial on charges including assault and forcible confinement. READ

Father charged with murder in death of five-year-old girl recovered from home

A Newfoundland father has been charged with the first-degree murder of his five-year-old daughter after her body was found in a burned-out home. READ

Harper lawyer: former PM didn't impact RCMP decision to charge Duffy

Stephen Harper's lawyer says the former prime minister played no role in the decision by the RCMP and Crown attorneys to charge and prosecute Sen. Mike Duffy. READ

Aboriginals overrepresented in youth justice system — data

Figures from the Justice Department paint a dark picture of the state of indigenous incarceration, with aboriginals seriously overrepresented in the youth criminal justice system. READ

CN Rail warns Ottawa not to impose or extend regulations on railways

Canadian National Railway is calling on Ottawa to refrain from imposing or extending service regulations on the country's railways that it fears will stifle innovation and discourage investment. READ

Pensions should brace for new normal of lower neutral interest rates: Poloz

Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz is recommending pension funds get ready for a new normal: neutral interest rates lower than they were before the financial crisis. READ

Hillary Clinton suggests she'd replicate Canada's gender-balanced cabinet

Justin Trudeau's gender-equal cabinet could soon be replicated in the United States, depending on the outcome of the current American election. READ

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