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Topfinds: Shooting in Ottawa; new tractor beam invented

A brazen attack near Ottawa parliament kills solder Nathan Cirillo. Physicists invent a powerful new reversible tractor beam. What your face shape says about how aggressive you are. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

Nigerian drug mule dies at Madrid Airport over Ebola fears

Madrid - A drug smuggler of Nigerian origins was left to die at Madrid-Barajas airport, after the bags of cocaine inside his body burst, over fears he might be suffering from Ebola. An emergency alert was activated but the man died.

India 'love jihad' claims fuel Hindu-Muslim tensions

New Delhi - When a Hindu woman tearfully claimed to national media recently she had been kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted to Islam, India's religious hardliners seized the chance to hike their "love jihad" fears.

Easter Islanders also made voyages to the New World

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is one of the world's most remote inhabited islands. The closest continental land mass is Chile, 2,182 miles away. Yet, science has proven the Rapa Nui people met with early South Americans, well before Europeans came visiting.

Op-Ed: Will Canadians sacrifice liberty in the name of security?

Ottawa - Soon after the deadly terrorist attacks earlier this week, most people were terrified (once again) of the possible threat of more terrorist attempts in Canada.

Op-Ed: Allegations of inappropriate affair in Russ Faria murder case Special

Explosive allegations surfaced this week alleging that Lincoln County, Missouri, prosecutor, Leah Askey, was having an affair with one of the lead detectives in the Russ Faria murder case during the time of Faria’s arrest, trial, and conviction.

UN: Detroit’s water disconnections ‘discriminate’ against poor

Detroit - You may find it hard to believe that in 2014, failure to pay off a water bill would result in the household being disconnected.

Grateful for US strikes, Syrian Kurds name baby 'Obama'

Suru - Sultan Muslim, a Syrian Kurd, had no doubt what to name her seventh child when he was born, safely in Turkey, after a harrowing month-long flight from her home in Kobane: Obama.

Junk food banned in schools in Poland

Lawmakers in Poland decided to ban junk food in schools in an effort to reduce the obesity rates among children. The ban will go into effect next school year.

Two dead in US school shooting after online warnings

Los Angeles - A US student who had issued chilling warnings on Twitter opened fire in a school cafeteria on Friday, killing at least one person and critically injuring three before taking his own life.

Betting line for Mayweather-Pacquiao bout shows imminent face-off

A betting line for the long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao has been established in at least two hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada, indicating that the fight could happen as early as May next year.

GrowlTap, a way to keep craft beer fresh

Robert Scott, from Denver, has invented a handy device that turns a glass growler into a mini keg. This allows beer lovers to drink their craft beer at their own pace, which means that the beer does not need to consumed in one sitting.

Lebanon army attacks gunmen in historic Tripoli market

Tripoli - Lebanese troops attacked Islamist gunmen holed up in the historic market of the northern city of Tripoli Saturday, after deadly clashes rocked the longtime tourist attraction, an AFP correspondent reported.

Botswana ruling party leads in early election results

Gaborone - Botswana's ruling party was leading in most local council constituencies as general election results trickled in Saturday, but opposition parties made a strong showing in the capital, the electoral commission said.

Nebraska students permitted to pose with firearms

Omaha - Graduating seniors from one Nebraska high school will be permitted to prominently display firearms in their senior pictures, following a unanimous vote from the board of education.

Relax — marijuana doesn't lower IQ after all

Oxford - Despite several hyped headlines to the contrary, a large new study proves that marijuana use does not lower IQ in teens one bit.

J.K. Rowling to release new Harry Potter story on Halloween

Though the last Harry Potter book came out in 2007 and the last film in 2011, the wizarding universe is still very much alive. J.K. Rowling will release a new Harry Potter short story on Oct. 31.

WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015

Geneva - Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to West Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said, after a new case of the virus was reported in New York and a two-year-old girl died in the first case in Mali.

Two US states order tough Ebola quarantine rules

New York - New York and New Jersey ordered mandatory quarantine for medics who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa, after the deadly virus spread to America's largest city.

Man arrested after asking his probation officer for weed via text

A man was arrested after he accidentally sent his probation officer a text message asking if they had any weed that he could buy.
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