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Turbulent stock market spooks some older workers, retirees

CHICAGO — The recent turbulence in the U.S. stock markets is spooking some older workers and retirees, a group that was hit particularly hard during the most recent financial crisis.

There’s no indication, though, that the recent volatility has brought about large-scale overhauls in retirement planning.

Caregivers ‘glue’ holding health system together, but need more support: report

TORONTO — They come from all walks of life, young and old: millions of Canadians who are unpaid caregivers for aging parents, children with a disability or a sibling with a chronic illness. Yet a survey reveals many are struggling, often in isolation, trying to fulfil a critical role with not enough support from the health-care system.

Kid ride-ons explode with cars, tractors, monster trucks

NEW YORK — Mercedes or Mustang? John Deere or Jeep? Electric ride-ons for kids are busting out all over this holiday season.

Target will add nearly a quarter-million square feet of new space for toys across more than 500 stores. Some of that real estate will show off a broad selection of ride-ons and other large toys.

Life expectancy in Canada could follow falling trend in U.S.

TORONTO—A paper published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests life expectancy in Canada could be threatened by the same factors that are causing it to fall in the United States.

“There are some signs which are pointing in the same direction,” said Juergen Rehm of Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, a large teaching and research hospital.

'Unimaginable destruction' from Hurricane Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla.—Search-and-rescue teams fanned out across the Florida Panhandle to reach trapped people in Michael's wake today as daylight yielded scenes of rows upon rows of houses smashed to pieces by the third-most powerful hurricane on record to hit the continental U.S.

At least two deaths were blamed on Michael—and it wasn't done yet.