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California Democrat Nancy Pelosi has become the first woman in history to be elected for a second time as Speaker of the U-S House of Representatives.

The near party-line majority vote makes her the country's most powerful Democrat as the party begins two more years of confronting U-S President Donald Trump -- but now with more powers as it controls the House.

The vocal critic of Canada's new trade agreement with the United States and Mexico will preside over a diverse collection of legislators that includes a record 102 women, and a new generation of Muslims, Latinos, Native Americans and African-Americans.

Academics say the Democrats are more aligned with the population of the United States than the Republican side of the House, which is still made up mostly of white men. (12)

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The captain of Canada's world junior hockey team says the abuse being hurled at him on social media shows that cyber bullying is a real problem.

Nineteen-year-old Maxime Comtois has been the target of vicious attacks since he missed a penalty shot last night that cost Canada a chance at getting a medal in the tournament.

The Roy Sports Group, which represents Comtois, says it is -- quote -- "shameful and incomprehensible that a few cowards who can hide behind social media could make such vicious attacks on these young men's character after they have battled their hearts out for their country.''

A Quebec politician says the insults against the Longueuil native are anti-francophone racism. (12)

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Rising suicide rates and depression among teens and young adults have prompted U-S researchers to ask if the same devices that some blame for contributing to worsening mental health can be used to detect it. …

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