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Larry Coryell, virtuoso jazz fusion guitarist, dead at 73

Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, known as the “Godfather of Fusion,” has died in New York City. He was 73. His publicist, Kurt Nishimura, said Coryell died Sunday in his hotel room of natural causes. Nishimura says he had just performed two shows at the Iridium on Friday and Saturday. Coryell grew up in the Seattle area. After taking up the ...

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Tom Petty, 50 Cent, Toby Keith coming to Ottawa Bluesfest in July

The 2017 edition of the Ottawa Bluesfest music festival is bringing some big names to the capital who have been away for a long time or will be playing for the first time ever. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are coming to LeBreton Flats July 16, a show organizers are billing as their first Ottawa appearance since 1981. “He’s toured regularly, ...

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Loblaw resets passwords after security breach of its loyalty program

Loblaw has reset passwords for all its PC Plus rewards collectors’ online accounts after points were stolen from some members’ accounts. The company posted a warning on its website saying it requires all members to create new passwords — regardless of whether or not they changed them following the recent security breach. Earlier this month, Loblaw urged members to create ...

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Former teen idol David Cassidy says he has dementia

Former teen idol David Cassidy said on Monday he was suffering from dementia, a day after weekend performances in California in which he forgot his words and appeared to fall off stage raised concern about his health. The former Partridge Family singer and actor, 66, told People magazine he was fighting dementia, a disease that his mother also suffered from. “I was in ...

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Publisher cancels book deal for Breitbart editor

Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos’ publisher has cancelled his planned book, Dangerous. Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint announced Monday that “after careful consideration” they had pulled the book, which had been high on Amazon.com’s bestseller lists as a pre-order publication and was the subject of intense controversy. The announcement came hours after the Breitbart editor was disinvited to this year’s Conservative ...

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Canadian troops in Iraq mount pressure on ISIS around Syrian border

Canadian special forces have shifted their operations in northern Iraq to put pressure on ISIS in places outside the strategic city of Mosul — including along the border with Syria. Rather than firing, now they’re mainly scrutinizing. High atop a rocky hilltop Monday, two Canadian soldiers sat in a makeshift bunker located more than a kilometre behind the frontline between ...

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Boreal forest starting to bounce back from Fort McMurray wildfire

The drumming of black-backed woodpeckers is a sure sign the boreal forest is slowly bouncing back from the devastation caused by last spring’s wildfire near Fort McMurray. Woodpeckers are busy in the roughly 5,900-square-kilometre area in northern Alberta that was torched. The birds gorge on bugs that have been attracted to dead and dying trees. Flames that killed birds and ...

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Maxime Bernier latest Conservative leaderhip candidate to vow end to Indian Act

Conservative party leadership candidate Maxime Bernier is the latest to say the Indian Act “should be abolished.” At a stop in Whitehorse on Sunday, Bernier said he believes the current act keeps people in poverty. “I think there’s a way to be more efficient,” he said to a group of about 25 people at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre. “And there’s a way to bring more economic ...

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U.S. teen suicide attempts fell as same-sex marriage became legal

Teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study found. The research found declines in states that passed laws allowing gays to marry before the U.S. Supreme Court made it legal nationwide. The results don’t prove there’s a connection, but researchers said policymakers should ...

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