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Five stories in the news today, May 19

05/19/2015 04:35 EDT | Updated 05/18/2016 05:59 EDT
Five stories in the news today, May 19, from The Canadian Press:

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PRELIMINARY HEARING BEGINS TODAY FOR MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING CALGARY BOY, GRANDPARENTS

A preliminary hearing is to begin today for a man accused of killing a five-year-old Calgary boy and his grandparents. Douglas Garland faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Alvin and Kathy Liknes and one charge of second-degree murder in the death of Nathan O'Brien. The trio vanished from the Liknes home last June.

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KEY TESTIMONY EXPECTED TODAY FROM WITNESS AT TORONTO MURDER TRIAL

Key testimony is expected today at the trial of a man accused of stabbing a Toronto hotel worker to death as she walked home on a rainy morning nearly three years ago. David Hughes, who fended off the person who attacked 55-year-old Nighisti Semret, is to take the stand. Adonay Zekarias has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the case.

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MUNICIPAL STUDY CALLS FOR HELP FROM FEDS ON HOUSING

A report from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities says the country has a housing problem that will require action from all levels of government. The study says the long, steady decline in federal subsidies for social housing has left provinces, territories and municipalities struggling against market forces that are making it increasingly difficult for low- and modest-income renters.

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SPACE TRAVEL EXPECTED TO BE HOT TOPIC AT TORONTO CONFERENCE

Space travel to Mars and beyond will be a hot topic at a five-day international space development conference in Toronto this week. It's the annual conference of the National Space Society which brings together engineers, scientists, educators, and business representatives from the civilian, military, commercial and other space sectors.

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BUSH PROMPTS REPUBLICAN FLIP-FLOP ON IRAQ WAR

It's perhaps fitting that a member of the Bush family has achieved in a few days something that seemed unattainable for years: getting Republicans to declare that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was, after all, a big mistake. Republican presidential candidates have been lining up all week to call it an error. And it was all triggered by an apparent flub by Jeb Bush.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY ...

— Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne continues a visit to Washington, D.C.