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Tot had drowned

AUSTIN, Man.—RCMP say an autopsy has confirmed that a Manitoba boy whose body was found in a creek Saturday drowned.

Chase Martens walked away from his family home near Austin last Tuesday—prompting an extensive search involving hundreds of people.

An autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed the cause of death, police said today.

U.S. town for sale


CAL-NEV-ARI, Nev.—Buying your own town is as easy as buying 500 acres of vacant land located just 70 miles south of Las Vegas from the founder of a place called Cal-Nev-Ari.

Nancy Kidwell is offering the entirety of her town for just $8 million.

Jury out on project to bridge ‘word gap’ in poor children

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—When former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his foundation was awarding $5 million to launch Providence’s high-tech idea to improve the vocabularies of the city’s youngest children, he said he hoped the pilot could take root in Rhode Island and spread across the U.S.

Shakespeare’s skull missing from grave

LONDON—Archeologists who scanned the grave of William Shakespeare say they have made a startling discovery: His skull appears to be missing.

The researchers used ground-penetrating radar to explore beneath the playwright’s tomb in Stratford-upon-Avon’s Holy Trinity Church. Kevin Colls, who led the study, said the team found “an odd disturbance at the head end.”

Wynne says $100,000 a lot of money to earn

TORONTO—Premier Kathleen Wynne says the Liberal government has no plans to raise the $100,000 threshold for Ontario’s so-called sunshine list of public sector workers.

The list comes out later today, and will provide salaries and benefits for tens of thousands of workers, including police, firefighters, nurses, teachers, librarians and civil servants.