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Seven stories in the news today, Aug. 25

Seven stories in the news today, Aug. 25 from The Canadian Press:

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DUFFY TRIAL ROLLS ON IN OTTAWA

The final week of testimony before another break in the Mike Duffy trial in Ottawa continues today. Monday saw perhaps the most hostile confrontation yet between witness and lawyer over the continuing question of who among Prime Minister Stephen Harper's staff knew about the $90,000 secret repayment of the embattled senator's expenses.

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LAWYER SEEKS TO CHALLENGE CYBERBULLYING LAW

A judge is expected to issue a ruling today on Nova Scotia's groundbreaking anti-cyberbullying law. The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has been asked by a Halifax lawyer to approve his bid to challenge the Cyber-safety Act under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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CAUSE OF FATAL QUEBEC PLANE CRASH UNKNOWN

The Transportation Safety Board and Quebec provincial police are investigating a seaplane crash on Sunday that claimed the lives of the pilot and five passengers. The Air Saguenay plane crashed on Quebec's North Shore in a wooded area near Les Bergeronnes, about 250 kilometres northeast of Quebec City. All six bodies have been recovered from the scene.

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CHRISTIAN LAW SCHOOL ARGUES FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

A Christian university returns to B.C. Supreme Court today to challenge a decision by the province's law society. The Law Society of British Columbia originally accredited the proposed law school at Trinity Western University in April 2014 but reversed that decision last October. At issue is the university's community covenant that prohibits sexual intimacy outside heterosexual marriage.

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SMOKE FROM U.S. WILDFIRE ACTUALLY HELPING B.C. FIRES

Smoke from wildfires burning in Washington state has caused visibility and air quality problems in British Columbia, but it's also helping to keep the province's own fires in check. A thick haze blanketing many communities in southern B.C. is acting like cloud cover and calming fires, said fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek.

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BEER BATTLES GOES TO COURT

A New Brunswick man is preparing to launch a constitutional challenge over the right to buy his beer in Quebec, a case the defence says could have wider implications for interprovincial trade. Gerard Comeau, 62, will appear in court Tuesday for the start of a four-day hearing in Cambellton, N.B., after being charged with illegally importing alcohol into his home province.

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MORE STUDENT BUYING BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES ONLINE

Students are flocking online for their back-to-school buys — and they're starting early. Google consumer surveys found that 26 per cent of post-secondary-aged Canadian students said they'll be shopping more for back-to-school items this year compared to 2014. What's more, 20 per cent planned to be finished the task a month before school starts.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS ...

— BMO Financial Group will release its third-quarter earnings.

— Bank of Canada deputy governor Lawrence Schembri will give a speech in Kingston, Ont.

The Canadian Press

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