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Five stories in the news today, April 17

04/17/2015 05:05 EDT | Updated 07/02/2015 12:59 EDT
Five stories in the news today, April 17, from The Canadian Press:

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INDIAN PM ENDS THREE-DAY CANADIAN VISIT

India's prime minister pronounced his three-day visit to Canada a success Thursday night, expressing hope in a parting toast that a new partnership has begun. Narendra Modi's trip ushered him through Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. He signed pledges to co-operate on civil aviation, education and health and buy 3,000 tonnes of Saskatchewan uranium.

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CONTRACTORS TESTIFY AT MIKE DUFFY TRIAL

Various contractors took centre stage in an Ottawa courtroom Thursday as the trial of suspended Sen. Mike Duffy reached the eight-day mark. Court heard the contractors were paid through a taxpayer-funded account that Duffy allegedly used to get around Senate finance rules. Duffy faces 30 charges of fraud and breach of trust charges and a single count of bribery. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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BELL FACES $750 MILLION LAWSUIT OVER DATA TRACKING

A national class-action lawsuit has been filed against Bell Canada over alleged breaches of privacy arising from its recently discontinued target ads program. The suit against subsidiaries of Bell alleges that the defendants used the program to track, collect and sell the sensitive account and Internet browsing information of their customers to advertisers. The allegations have not been proven in court.

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FIVE PEOPLE SHOT, FOUR ARRESTED IN TORONTO

One person was in hospital with life-threatening injuries following a shooting in northwest Toronto Thursday. Four other people were also wounded and one of them was shot during an "interaction with police." Four people were taken into custody. Ontario's police watchdog was called in to investigate, as it is whenever police are involved in incidents that result in death or serious injury.

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FUNERAL TODAY FOR CARDINAL JEAN-CLAUDE TURCOTTE

A funeral will be held in Montreal's Mary Queen of the World Cathedral today for Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, who died April 8 after a lengthy illness at the age of 78. Several people attended a public visitation Thursday at the cathedral for Turcotte, who served as the archbishop of Montreal for 22 years.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY ...

— Trial continues in Wetaskiwin, Alta., for Sawyer Robison, who is charged with the attempted murder of two Mounties at his family's farm in February 2012.

— Statistics Canada releases Canada's international transactions in securities for February, retail trade for February and the consumer price index for March.