Appeal Court convicts Calgary man who attacked woman while he was high on mushrooms

Matthew Brown, seen here at the Calgary Courts Centre on March 3, 2020, has been convicted by the Alberta Court of Appeal. (File) Matthew Brown, seen here at the Calgary Courts Centre on March 3, 2020, has been convicted by the Alberta Court of Appeal. (File)

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German vote nearly even for Merkel's bloc, Social Democrats

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats were locked in a very close race Sunday with outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's bloc in the country's parliamentary election, a vote that will determine who succeeds the long-time leader after 16 years in power, exit polls showed. Officials from both parties said they hope to lead the next government.