Haunted houses are not for everyone, but there is a market for them

There’s a house that was involved in an exorcism to rid its spaces of ghosts. There’s a house that, according to local lore, has a piano that repeatedly plays one note by itself. Several other residences have infamous histories associated with them. If you have a taste for the offbeat and creepy, here’s a way to keep the Halloween mood going year-round: You can buy a purportedly haunted house — or one that looks like it is. A haunted house, obviously, is not for everyone. But they do appeal to…

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Canada’s Justin Trudeau wins a minority government – what next?

Trudeau’s Liberals could work with the New Democratic Party in an ad hoc way to form a government, analysts say. Toronto, Canada – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term on Monday, but he lost his majority in Canada’s parliament. Now Canadians are watching closely to see what he’ll do next. Speeches in the early hours of Tuesday morning saw party leaders speaking over one another and striking a victorious tone. “I have heard you, my friends,” Trudeau said. “You are sending our Liberal team back to work,…

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Prisons to photocopy inmate mail to curb drug smuggling

Bureau of Prisons to stop delivering original parcels in bid to stop smuggling of synthetic drugs, officials say. The United States Bureau of Prisons has started photocopying inmate letters and other mail at some federal correctional facilities across the US instead of delivering the original parcels, in an attempt to combat the smuggling of synthetic narcotics like K-2, officials told The Associated Press on Monday. The programme is being implemented at a “number of Bureau facilities impacted by the increased introduction of synthetic drugs,” the agency said in a statement…

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‘Just too much’: Meet the uber-rich who want a wealth tax

Twenty people, including one who remained anonymous, signed a letter this summer essentially asking to be taxed more. When the grand vacation homes of Newport Beach were empty on a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, Molly Munger decided it was time for the United States to consider taxing wealth. As her family’s boat moved through the harbour a few years ago, Munger, whose father is a billionaire investor, saw that many of her neighbours’ houses were sitting dark and vacant. She knew why: the owners now controlled enough money to holiday…

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Democrats’ 2020 race has a new shadow: Hillary Clinton

Her recent fracas with Gabbard and other headlines signal the former first lady remains a political lightning rod. Some Democrats are putting up caution signs for Hillary Clinton as she wades back into presidential politics by casting 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard as a “Russian asset”, mocking President Donald Trump‘s dealings with a foreign leader and drawing counterattacks from both. Bernie Sanders, who lost the 2016 nomination to Clinton and is running again in 2020, took to Twitter with implicit criticisms of his erstwhile rival. “People can disagree on issues,” Sanders…

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