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Ford succumbs to cancer

TORONTO—Rob Ford, the pugnacious, populist former mayor of Toronto whose career crashed in a drug-driven, obscenity-laced debacle, died today after fighting cancer, his family says.

He was 46.

Ford rode into office on a backlash against urban elites. He cast an image sharply at odds with Canada’s reputation for sedate, unpretentious politics.

Boy causes police chase

DODGE CENTER, Minn.—Authorities in Minnesota say an 11-year-old boy is in custody after stealing a cement truck from a contractor and leading officers on a chase.

Sheriff’s officials say the chase started about 3 p.m. Sunday in Dodge Center when the boy drove the truck onto Highway 14 toward Byron.

A State Patrol helicopter tracked the truck by air.

UN refugee chief lauds program

OTTAWA—The head of the United Nation’s refugee agency says he’d like to see Canada’s private sponsorship program exported around the world.

Filippo Grandi said while it is important for governments to show leadership by resettlement programs, having private citizens also engaged encourages a feeling of solidarity for the world’s most vulnerable.

Many dim lights for ‘Earth Hour’

MONTREAL—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was one of many Canadians who joined millions around the world Saturday night in turning off their lights for “Earth Hour.”

Government buildings and monuments across the country also went dim from 8:30-9:30 p.m. local time, including Toronto’s CN tower, the cross on Montreal’s Mount Royal, and Edmonton’s High Level bridge.

City bus hijacked

TORONTO—Toronto police say they have arrested a man in his 20s after a transit bus was hijacked by a man possibly jonesing for Tim Hortons.

Investigators said the suspect boarded the bus just before midnight yesterday in York Region, north of Toronto.

He then forced the driver at knifepoint to bypass several stops before eventually demanding to be dropped off at a Tim Hortons.