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World's longest undefended border may get a fence

'Fencing and other barriers' on the 49th parallel would help manage trouble spots where terrorists and criminals might pass, says U.S. report.

Cheryl Cole better than Nicole Scherzinger on The X Factor, critics say

British singer Cheryl Cole apparently got booted from The X Factor -- reportedly, her strong accent is to blame-- however, critics think she is better than Nicole Scherzinger.

Ottawa tells US to back off tax attack on Canadians

US is sowing distress and fear among dual citizens who have innocently failed to file a U.S. return and owe no taxes, finance minister says.

Cathedral High School student apologizes after shooting himself on school grounds

A  high school student was hospitalized after shooting himself in the abdomen outside Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, U.S., according to the Indianapolis Star.  Police and school...

Get out of my pocket, Uncle Sam

U.S. tax law hits Canadians with a sledgehammer.

Conrad Black heads back to jail

Media baron's year of bail ends, he's back for up to 13 months for fraud convictions.

For Muslim Canadians, the fallout from 9/11 was personal

The oddest thing was having to prove her community didn't approve of madmen, terrorists and bombings, one young woman recalls.

CIA closely tied to Ghadafi regime, Libyan documents show

News that terror suspects were sent to Ghadafi regime for questioning touchy news for country's rebel leaders.

Starbucks' CEO orders up a venti agenda for citizen engagement

Business leaders back push to trade citizenship for political partisanship, end "crisis of confidence".

Uncomfortable questions after another NHL suicide

Ex-NHLer Wade Belak apparently hanged himself, the third enforcer to die this year. Debate rages over the blows tough guys take.