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by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

The future was a recurring theme on our blog this week, from Web 2.0 to software (including video games). Get a peek at the rest of the 21st century:

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John McCain returning to Arizona after cancer treatment, could miss tax bill vote
Republican Sen. John McCain is returning home to Arizona after being hospitalized to deal with the side effects of his brain cancer treatment and likely will miss a crucial vote on the Republican tax package, President Donald Trump says.
Power outage halts flights at Atlanta international airport
A sudden power outage brings the world's busiest airport to a standstill, grounding scores of flights in Atlanta days before the start of the Christmas travel rush. Authorities said that electricity should be restored at Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by midnight.
Sebastian Pinera, conservative billionaire and former president, wins Chile election
Conservative billionaire and former president Sebastian Pinera has easily won Chile's presidential run-off election, moving the world's top-copper producing country back to the right in the footsteps of other Latin American nations.
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Updated Homicide investigators take lead in Barry and Honey Sherman case
Homicide detectives have now taken over the investigation into the deaths of two pharmaceutical billionaires that police have deemed "suspicious."
Christmas cards from across Canada lift spirits of Winnipeg boy with fatal disease
People across the country are pitching in to make the holiday season a little brighter for a 10-year-old Winnipeg boy.
Long sentences for killers likely to face top court challenge, say lawyers
The federal government enacted legislation in 2011 that allows a judge to order a multiple murderer to serve consecutive periods of parole ineligibility for each offence.
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The Interview Beverley McLachlin on her controversies, activism, Supreme Court legacy
Beverley McLachlin was instrumental in the most important legal decisions in Canada for nearly three decades, helping to shape the laws of the land, the powers of the government and the constitutional rights of every Canadian. Here's what she remembers most as she steps down.
Analysis Rising pessimism has Mexico exploring world of post-NAFTA possibilities
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the New York Times in June there was no need to find a Plan B because NAFTA talks would succeed. Mexico's government has said it only believes there's a 50/50 chance of saving the deal. So it's looking for a Plan B, C, D ...
Bill Morneau is CP's business newsmaker of the year
Finance Minister Bill Morneau's challenges in the second half of 2017 kept him in the news for months, making him an easy choice for journalists who voted him Canada's 2017 Business Newsmaker of the Year in the annual poll of the country's newsrooms by The Canadian Press.
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Health »

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens with $220M US, 2nd best weekend of all-time
Star Wars: The Last Jedi rocketed to a debut of $220 million US at the box office, landing the second-best opening weekend ever in North America and slotting in behind only its predecessor, The Force Awakens.
Actresses call out Matt Damon for sexual harassment comments
Actresses Alyssa Milano and Minnie Driver are among the women criticizing Matt Damon for comments about sexual misconduct that he made during an interview this week.
National Arts Centre cuts scenes from play after First Nations man alleges cultural appropriation
Ottawa's National Arts Centre has issued an apology and deleted scenes from a play following accusations of cultural appropriation by a Saskatchewan First Nations man.
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Technology & Science »

Q&A David St-Jacques ready for 'ultimate trek' into space
Next November, David St-Jacques will have a whole new perspective on the world — he will be floating 400 kilometres above Earth aboard the International Space Station.
U.S. health agency's reported word ban on 'fetus' and 'transgender' alarms experts
Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation's top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including 'fetus,' 'transgender' and 'science-based.'
Let's scale the e-waste mountain
Our discarded devices are a valuable resource worth billions.
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Bill Morneau is CP's business newsmaker of the year
Finance Minister Bill Morneau's challenges in the second half of 2017 kept him in the news for months, making him an easy choice for journalists who voted him Canada's 2017 Business Newsmaker of the Year in the annual poll of the country's newsrooms by The Canadian Press.
WestJet once again gives passengers 'erroneous information' about why it cancelled flights
WestJet says it provided "erroneous information" to passengers by telling them it cancelled flights to Santa Clara, Cuba because the airport was closed until 2018. The airport actually reopened on Sept. 25.
Analysis Rising pessimism has Mexico exploring world of post-NAFTA possibilities
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the New York Times in June there was no need to find a Plan B because NAFTA talks would succeed. Mexico's government has said it only believes there's a 50/50 chance of saving the deal. So it's looking for a Plan B, C, D ...
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Analysis Canadian men's Olympic hockey team a work in progress
A handful of candidates have distinguished themselves, but with exactly 60 days remaining until Canada opens up the men’s hockey tournament at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Feb. 15, general manager Sean Burke has more questions than answers to work through as he constructs roster.
Creating his own legend: Vince Carter's role continues to evolve video
As the season progresses, Kings rookie Harry Giles says it's been eye-opening to see firsthand the impact Carter has had on people. He knows how lucky he and his young teammates are to have a resource like Carter and they are soaking in every moment alongside him.
Recap Hellebuyck stymies Blues as Jets regain winning tune
Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves and Patrik Laine scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season as the Winnipeg Jets ended a two-game losing skid with a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.
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