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MINNEAPOLIS – Target is testing the online grocery delivery waters in the United States.

The Minneapolis-based discounter has teamed with Instacart, the online grocery delivery service that started in 2012, to let shoppers in the Minneapolis area order fruits and other perishables, as well as household, pet and baby products, and have them delivered to their homes in as little as an hour.

The service starts Tuesday. Target says it’s exploring plans to expand to other markets.

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Target’s move comes as the discounter aims to bolster its online business under CEO Brian Cornell, who came on board in August 2014 and is reshaping its business. The launch also comes as the online grocery delivery market is heating up.

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Online retail king Amazon苏州纹眉 Inc. began testing Amazon Fresh grocery delivery in Seattle in 2007 and has since expanded that service to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia and parts of New York.

Meanwhile, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation’s largest food retailer, is testing online grocery delivery and pickup in five markets. However, a national rollout for both retailers is still elusive.

San Francisco-based Instacart, which works with other retailers including Whole Foods Market, Costco and Petco, said that Minneapolis is its 18th market.

How it works

Customers go online to 苏州纹眉按摩论坛苏州纹眉instacart苏州纹眉 or open the Instacart mobile app on their iPhone or Android device, click on the city and store, add items to their cart and then chose a delivery window. Shoppers can choose a one- or two- hour window, or some scheduled time in the future.

The first delivery is free and future orders cost $3.99 for a two-hour delivery or $5.99 for a one-hour delivery for orders over $35.

Target said it will be watching which grocery items shoppers put in their virtual cart.

“There is certainly growth opportunity for this type of business, and we want to learn more about it,” Target Corp. spokesman Eddie Baeb said.

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis will deliver only four out of his 18 speeches in the U.S. in English, using his native Spanish for the vast majority of his homilies, greetings and other speaking engagements in his three-city U.S. tour, the Vatican said Tuesday.

Francis has polished his English during recent trips to Asia, but the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the 78-year-old Argentine pope simply finds it easier to express himself in Spanish.

He said there was no symbolic significance to the pope’s decision.

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Two of Francis’ major speeches will be in English: his remarks at the White House and speech to Congress, the first ever by a pope.

READ MORE: Pomp, protocol and red carpet await Pope Francis on historic White House visit

Francis will also deliver English greetings to U.N. staff and benefactors in Philadelphia. But his homilies at a canonization in Washington, his big Mass in Madison Square Garden and at the Catholic Church’s world family conference in Philadelphia will be in Spanish, as will his address to the U.N.

Francis leaves Saturday for Cuba and arrives in the United States on Sept. 22 for a five-day visit. Lombardi said a meeting with Fidel Castro in Havana was “likely” but hadn’t yet been scheduled.

WATCH ABOVE: New York  prepares ahead of the Pope Francis’ visit 

Lombardi said security would be tight on the U.S. portion of the trip, especially in New York, since Francis’ arrival coincides with the U.N. General Assembly gathering of world leaders.

He said Francis would only have a few limited occasions to greet the crowds from his open-sided popemobile.

READ MORE: Vatican takes in refugee families as Pope Francis calls for Europe to do the same

“Maybe these aren’t long stretches like we saw in the Philippines or Sri Lanka,” he said. “But the pope intends to move around as he usually does.”

Lombardi also confirmed that Francis has never been to the U.S. or Cuba. Lombardi said Francis had once changed planes in Cuba but had never visited.

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Thanks to Facebook, you can no longer use the line “I didn’t see the invite” as an excuse for missing your friend’s baby shower, engagement party, or the dreaded karaoke night.

The social network is beginning to roll out read receipts for Facebook Events, in its latest mission to complicate your social life.

According to The Daily Dot, event read receipts will allow hosts the ability to see who has opened their invitation and even see which guests have seen updates on the event page. The read receipts can be seen on both mobile and desktop versions of Facebook.

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Facebook already uses read receipts on its Messenger platform, to alert the person you are chatting with as to whether you have seen their last message. It also uses these notifications in group chats, using an indicator to show when each person has opened and seen the message.

READ MORE: 1 billion people used Facebook in a single day on Monday

Read receipts are a useful feature – say, when you’re trying to get a hold of someone – but, if you’re trying to avoid someone, they can be a bit of a pain.

Facebook doesn’t allow users to disable read receipts – unlike services like Apple’s iMessage, where you can choose to turn off the feature.

Of course, there are some unofficial workarounds to prevent your Facebook friends from seeing if you have read their message, including a browser extension called “Facebook Unseen” that prevents users from seeing your read receipts on the desktop version.

Sadly, there is no such workaround for Facebook Events yet.

But, as The Daily Dot points out, “It’s not hard to imagine a similar feature being included for friend requests, Wall posts, and comments as Facebook continues its ceaseless mission of telling everyone about everything their friends do.”

Is nothing sacred anymore, Facebook?

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WATCH ABOVE: Canada’s tech sector is going to get a big influx of cash to allow those interested to improve their skillset if Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is elected as Prime Minister.

WATERLOO, Ont. – The Liberals took to traditional NDP terrain Tuesday, waving the labour flag as they promised $750 million in skilled trades funding.

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Party leader Justin Trudeau addressed a local plumbers’ union in Waterloo, Ont., where he said he would give $500 million to the provinces while spending another $200 million on training for workers who can’t get federal training.

Trudeau also said his party’s resolve to strengthen the middle class is a testament to the Liberal commitment to workers’ rights.

“Labour movements in this country are an essential part of that – part of fighting for good wages for Canadians,” he said.

He accused Conservative Leader Stephen Harper of being out of touch with the concerns of workers and said his announcement Tuesday would undo the damage caused by cuts to the Labour Market Agreements last year.

WATCH: Trudeau appeals to Waterloo’s tech industry, says Harper predates Windows 95

“You’ve seen your personal debt rising as your job prospects sink. You want to seek out better opportunities but you can’t access the training you need,” Trudeau said.

“Stephen Harper doesn’t know what that’s like. When he was first elected, Windows 95 was still two years away … (and) the cutting-edge way to apply for a job was to send in your resume by fax.”

Another $50 million in the Liberal plan would go to help aboriginal people improve their skills and employability.

Trudeau made the announcement in a riding where the Liberals lost to the Conservatives by only a handful of votes in 2008, followed by a close second-place finish in 2011.

He was also asked when the Liberals would provide a fully costed platform. He declined to address the question, pointing instead to his party’s fiscal framework that he says shows Canadians where the Liberals would spend money.

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WestJet has announced it will launch non-stop service between Vancouver and London, Gatwick, beginning May 6, 2016.

And fares are going to start at $299.

“Canadians have been paying far too much to fly to Europe for far too long and today, as we have throughout our history, we’re going to fix that,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet executive vice-president, commercial, in a release. “We are offering non-stop flights at very low prices and we’re proud to once again lower airfares and make travel more affordable.”

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The base fare to fly to London will start at $244, with $55 in taxes, fees and air transportation charges.

These rates are subject to change at any time.

WestJet will also be offering introductory pricing that adds an additional $20 one-way to connect from select airports into the six cities serving London, Gatwick.

“It’s a market that heretofore has had pretty high airfares,” Gregg Saretsky, chief executive of WestJet said in an interview after the announcements. “We’re always attracted to markets that have high airfares because we can come in with our brand of low fares.”

Flights from Vancouver will depart six times a week at 5:50 p.m. and arrive at 11:24 a.m. GMT the following day in London. Flights from London to Vancouver will depart six times a week at 12:55 p.m., arriving in Vancouver at 3:40 p.m. These time slots are in effect from May 6, 2016, to Oct. 21, 2016.

All London flights from Vancouver will be operated by one of WestJet’s four 767-300ERW extended range aircraft, seating 262 guests.

WATCH: WestJet introduces new service to London with #DaveTheDog video

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WATCH ABOVE: Stephen Harper’s home province has traditionally been a Conservative stronghold. But, that changed dramatically in the last provincial election. No one saw May’s NDP sweep coming and now there’s a sense Alberta might be ready for a change on a federal level too. Vassy Kapelos reports.

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is continuing a multibillion-dollar health spending spree ahead of the economic debate on Thursday in Calgary.

He is promising to establish a $100-million mental health innovation fund for children and youth.

Mulcair says the four-year fund would include $15 million a year for health- care providers and community mental health associations.

The NDP said it would also include $10 million a year for research and information-sharing among health care providers across the country.

WATCH: Mulcair says he won’t be using EI surplus to pay for his plan and balance budget

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“Canada’s next prime minister will face significant challenges … among them, more than 6.7 million Canadians, including children, who are living with a mental health illness or mental health condition,” Mulcair said.

The NDP leader said addressing mental health issues early in life is important for families and the health-care system.

“Helping just one child with a mental illness can not only improve quality of life for that child, but also provide a lifetime of health-care savings that can be directed to helping others,” Mulcair said.

WATCH: Tom Mulcair says he’s not going to do what Stephen Harper did and he’s going to sit down with the provinces and territories to roll out their health care plan and get back to being partners with them.

Mulcair has been rolling out big-ticket spending promises this week on health.

WATCH: NDP leader Tom Mulcair aims to improve the mental health care system by establishing $100 million health innovation fund for children and youth with special emphasis for those in high risk communities.

They include a $40-million commitment for a national strategy on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, $500 million to build medical clinics and hire more health care professionals and $1.8 billion to expand home care and palliative services.

The NDP leader has faced pressure to explain how he plans to pay for his costly promises while maintaining his commitment to balance the books.

Mulcair says the NDP will put forward a financial breakdown ahead of Thursday’s debate in Calgary.

He is calling on Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to do the same.

The NDP is hopeful about its electoral chances in Alberta, where voters flocked to support the provincial New Democrats and elect a majority government under Rachel Notley.

“People here in Alberta, and in Lethbridge in particular, are looking for another option,” Mulcair said.

Mulcair said he “loves nothing more” than being told that something is a fortress for the other parties.

“I remember in 2007 people thought I was foolhardy running in the Liberal fortress of Outremount in Quebec and we took it … I’ve been elected there three times now,” Mulcair said.

“Watch us go, people want change.”

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It looks like Microsoft is gearing up to go head-to-head with Apple.

On Monday, the software giant sent out invitations to a press event on October 6, where the company is expected to unveil its highly anticipated Surface Pro 4 two-in-one tablet.

The invite sent to media doesn’t provide much information about the event, but simply reads, “We have some exciting news to share about Windows 10 devices.” The event kicks off at 10 a.m. ET in New York City.

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The announcement of the event comes less than a week after Apple’s annual fall press event, where the company unveiled a new tablet dubbed the iPad Pro.

The new device is the largest, most powerful tablet the company has ever created, with a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally and full-sized software keyboard for more capable typing. The iPad Pro will also get its own line of accessories, including the Apple Pencil that will allow users to draw and write on the screen, and the Smart Keyboard cover, which folds out to reveal a full keyboard.

Of course, Apple’s latest tablet drew immediate comparisons to Microsoft’s Surface Pro lineup, which had its own fold-out keyboard long before the iPad. But Apple’s latest unveiling may draw more interest to Microsoft’s event, as consumers look to compare the latest tablet models.

READ MORE: How Apple’s new iPad Pro compares to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3

Here’s what to expect from Microsoft’s October 6 event:

Surface Pro 4

Microsoft’s flagship tablet-laptop hybrid is due for an update and although the majority of the rumours surrounding the Surface Pro 4 say the device will look the same, it’s likely to get some sizable internal upgrades.

According to The Verge, Microsoft may increase the display size and resolution of the next Surface Pro tablet – a move that would make it more competitive with the impressive retina display on Apple’s iPad Pro.

Many reports have also suggested that the tablet-laptop hybrid could have Windows Hello – the software giant’s new facial recognition and fingerprint scanning login technology.

However, recent reports suggest that the Surface Pro 4 will only have fingerprint scanning technology.

There has also been talk of a 14-inch version (the current model, Surface Pro 3, has a 12-inch screen).

Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL

Microsoft is also widely expected to unveil two new smartphones during its event – the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.

The Lumia 950 XL is expected to be the next flagship phone for Windows 10 and is rumoured to support Microsoft’s Surface Pen technology, allowing users to incorporate a stylus into their smartphone use, and a new smart cover.

The phones are rumoured to have a 5.2-inch and 5.7-inch screens and include a 20-megapixel camera, according to The Verge.

Windows 10 mobile

While Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system was rolled out to desktop and tablet users last month, the company has yet to announce a date for the mobile version of its flagship OS.

Windows 10 mobile – just one of the seven different versions of Windows 10 – will run on smartphones and smaller tablets, to replace Windows Phone 8.1.

“It boasts the same, new universal Windows apps that are included in Windows 10 Home, as well as the new touch-optimized version of Office,” reads Microsoft’s website.

This will be a free upgrade for users running Windows Phone 8.1.

Shipping date for HoloLens

Another rumour – or perhaps hope – for Microsoft’s upcoming event is that the company may finally announce a shipping date for its HoloLens augmented reality headset.

The headset allows users to interact with and see 3D digital holograms in their own environment.

READ MORE: Microsoft’s HoloLens headset is getting lots of buzz, but will it take off?

Microsoft first unveiled the device in January during a Windows 10 event and has since been busy showing off how it works; however, we have yet to hear an official launch date.

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HALIFAX – The parents of a missing Truro Police officer are appealing to the public for help in finding their daughter.

36-year-old Catherine Campbell was last seen at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 10 in Dartmouth.

She moved to the Albro Lake area three months ago, and was commuting to Truro for work.

Dwight and Susan Campbell said they’re worried for their daughter’s safety, and are asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact Halifax Regional Police.

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“She’s usually right on time for work and everything,” said Dwight Campbell. “She enjoys her job and she liked being up here.”

“It’s not like her, it’s not her character to be gone for any length of time,” said Susan Campbell.

The couple came to Dartmouth today to talk to investigators.

Campbell is described as a white woman with a medium build, blonde hair and blue eyes.

In a statement issued today, Truro Police Chief Dave MacNeil said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Catherine and her family and obviously we are hoping for a positive outcome.”

This afternoon, Truro Police and RCMP members hung a yellow ribbon outside of the Truro Police station.

Halifax Regional Police are leading the investigation into Catherine Campbell’s disappearance. Const. Stacey Opalka said there have been no solid leads so far. “It’s early in the investigation. We don not have any evidence to suggest foul play. It’s now just considered a missing persons case,” said Opalka.

Anyone with information on Catherine Campbell’s whereabouts to call Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020.

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LAWRENCETOWN, NS – RCMP are investigating an attempted child abduction that happened this morning in Lawrencetown.

Halifax District RCMP said they received a call at 7:45 am to Atlantic View Elementary School to investigate an attempted child abduction that occurred at around 7 am at a bus stop near Maple Drive and Highway 207- less than two kilometres from the school.

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Police said a 10-year-old boy was waiting at a bus stop when a black pickup truck drove past him and stopped at the community centre. A man got into the passenger side of the truck, which then drove to the Lawrencetown Grocery store across from the bus stop. The passenger got out of the truck and waved at the boy to come over. The boy ignored the man. The driver got out of the truck, and yelled at the boy to, “come over here and get in my truck.” The boy ran to a relative’s home, then went home to tell his father what happened. The boy and his father went to the school to report what happened.

The driver and passenger of the truck are described as white men in their 20’s. The truck is described as a 2003-era black Chevrolet pickup truck with a red pinstripe running down the side. It had a red fuel door, five amber marking lights on the roof, and a broken tailgate handle.

Anyone with information on the incident is being asked to call Halifax District RCMP at 902-244-7208. Information can also be shared via Nova Scotia Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by texting TIP202 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or by Secure Web Tips at crimestoppers.ns苏州纹眉.

WINNIPEG — Design culture will be celebrated in various ways across the city over the next few days. The 5th annual Winnipeg Design Festival kicks off on Wednesday and aims to draw thousands through Winnipeg’s art galleries, creative spaces and downtown core.

Design Fest 2014

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The theme for this year’s festival explores how design is all around us.

“Many people don’t realize that everyone interacts with designed objects, spaces, and experiences hundreds of times, every single day, said Monica Derksen, festival coordinator. “This is an opportunity to show how great design can positively impact the life of the individual, the city, and the environment.”

Over the course of three days there will be over 20 events for people of all ages to enjoy. Organizers want Winnipeggers to know that you don’t have to be a creative professional to participate in the events, which range from kite making for kids to a pop up print shop where you can design your own postcard. Many of the activities are interactive and educational.

Design Fest 2014

Leif Norman / 2014

The festival wraps up Saturday evening with a back alley party in the Exchange District, which was a huge success last year. Many of the events take place in the downtown area which the WDF hopes will encourage people to stay downtown after their work days.

“Let’s bring Winnipeg’s creative thinkers, doers, makers, and designers together with the city to celebrate what is and let’s inspire and encourage what is to come,” said Derksen.

You can find a full schedule of events here.

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