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Life a ‘drag’ for thieves

ST. LOUIS, Sask.—The RCMP has found an automated teller machine that thieves literally dragged out of a Saskatchewan community after they were unable to lift it into the back of a stolen pickup truck.

Mounties said the ATM that was taken from a credit union in St. Louis early Sunday morning was found later that day in some bush, about 150 km northeast of Saskatoon.

MP slams comic over photo

Comedian Mark Critch has removed a photo mocking former prime minister Stephen Harper from his Instagram account following a barrage of tweets from a Conservative MP that included obscenities.

Calgary MP Michelle Rempel posted on Twitter that she has since apologized to Critch “that he got flamed,” and she said that he, too, told her he was sorry.

Firefighters face charges

SYDNEY, N.S.—Two Cape Breton volunteer firefighters are facing multiple charges of arson after a series of blazes in rural areas near Sydney, N.S.

Cape Breton Regional Police said today they’ve charged 49-year-old Stephen Tremblett of North Sydney and 24-year-old James Clayton MacDonald of Bras d’Or in connection with 16 fires.

Harper resigns Commons’ seat

OTTAWA—Nearly a year after his federal election defeat, former prime minister Stephen Harper finally resigned his House of Commons seat toay—ending a career in politics that spanned more than two decades.

The former Conservative leader announced he was stepping down as MP for the riding of Calgary Heritage in a statement and video that was posted to his social media channels.

Lotto win kept secret

REGINA—A woman who has won the largest lottery prize ever in Saskatchewan knew something was up the morning she went to check her ticket.

Mary Wernicke of Neville said she had “a feeling” the day she learned she had won the Lotto Max $60-million jackpot of Aug. 12.

Five days had passed since the draw and Wernicke said she woke up with a strong urge to check her numbers.

HIV disclosure law is unfair: advocates

TORONTO—The recent arrests of two men accused of failing to disclose their HIV status to their sexual partners have renewed calls for changes to the current legislation that advocates say contributes to the fear and stigma surrounding the disease.

Canadians with HIV legally are required to disclose their status to their partner before engaging in sexual activity.