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Canada's Harper vows tighter security after Parliament attack

OTTAWA - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged to boost security forces' surveillance and detention powers on Thursday, a day after a gunman killed a soldier and raced through parliament before being shot dead. | Video

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Sears to close stores, lay off about 5,500: Seeking Alpha

- Sears Holdings Corp is shuttering more than 100 stores and laying off at least 5,457 employees, investor website Seeking Alpha reported on Thursday, indicating the struggling retailer may be stepping up store closures.

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South Carolina house speaker pleads guilty in ethics case, to resign

CHARLESTON S.C. - South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminal ethics charges and agreed to immediately resign from the legislature.

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U.N. rights watchdog calls for open elections in Hong Kong

GENEVA - The United Nations Human Rights Committee called on China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, stressing that included the right to stand for election as well as the right to vote.

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U.S. jobs market holds firm; factory activity slows a bit

WASHINGTON - New claims for U.S. unemployment benefits held below 300,000 for a sixth straight week last week, suggesting the labor market was shrugging off jitters over a slowing global economy.

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Six in quarantine in Connecticut as U.S. steps up Ebola checks

WEST HAVEN, Conn. - Connecticut placed six West Africans who recently arrived in the United States under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure, a move that comes as the United States starts new restrictions on those coming from the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus.