• B.C. woman falsely labelled a terrorist sues Canada for multimillion award

    Perienne de Jaray is suing the Canadian government for at least $21 million for what the court documents say was "extreme and outrageous conduct" that saw her lose her home, her health and her business after enduring years of baseless and aggressive investigations on both sides of the border. Also named in the civil action filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle are the Canadian Border Services Agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Global Affairs Canada and several civil servants. John Babcock, a spokesman for Global Affairs, wrote in an email that the government is reviewing the details of the case before deciding its next steps.

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  • Woman gives birth on plane, names baby after airline company

    A pregnant woman who received some much needed help during a flight decided to show her appreciation by naming her newborn son after the airline company who assisted her. 

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  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spends a day on troubled reserve, hauls water

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hauled large jugs of drinking water and spoke with school children Thursday as he was immersed in the daily struggles of an isolated reserve that has been under a boil advisory for 19 years. Trudeau spent seven hours on Shoal Lake 40 First Nation — a man-made island near the Manitoba-Ontario boundary, cut off from the mainland a century ago during construction of an aqueduct that carries fresh water to Winnipeg. It was a day for him to see and feel it, our daily struggles here," Chief Erwin Redsky said afterward.

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  • Brother, others related to San Bernardino shooters arrested

    Also arrested in the marriage-fraud case were Syed Raheel Farook's wife, Tatiana, and her sister, Mariya Chernykh. Prosecutors say Mariya's marriage to Enrique Marquez Jr., the only person charged in the shootings, was a sham designed to enable her to obtain legal status in the U.S. after overstaying a visitor visa in 2009. Marquez confessed to the scheme when authorities questioned him about the shootings, and he acknowledged getting $200 a month to marry Chernykh, according to his criminal complaint.

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  • North Korea sends another US citizen to prison

    North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison with hard labour after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year. Kim Dong Chul was sentenced after a brief trial in Pyongyang by North Korea's Supreme Court, which found him guilty of espionage and subversion under Articles 60 and 64 of the North's criminal code. North Korea regularly accuses Washington and Seoul of sending spies in an attempt to overthrow its government.

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  • Two boys kidnapped, forced to play Russian roulette, Toronto police say

    Two Toronto teenagers allegedly caught up in one of the city's gang wars were kidnapped, beaten, forced to play Russian roulette and sexually assaulted over two harrowing days, police said Thursday. Mike Earl said the kidnapping took place hours after members of one gang tried to crash a party held by one of their rivals. Earl said the event that led to the kidnappings was an April 18 party held by members of the Young Buck Killers in a downtown condo they rented through Airbnb.

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  • Norway oil-rig helicopter crash kills 13; flying ban issued

    A helicopter carrying Statoil workers from an offshore rig in the North Sea crashed Friday on an island off western Norway, killing all 13 people on board, rescuers said. The Airbus EC-225 helicopter shattered into pieces as it slammed just after noon into the rocky shoreline of Turoey, a tiny island outside Bergen, Norway's second-largest city. "We do not believe anyone can be found alive," said Boerge Galta of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center.

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  • In U.S. visit, Alberta's new premier begins reputation-rehab effort for oilsands

    Alberta's new premier began her campaign to rehabilitate the reputation of her province's oilsands in the United States, where it was battered by the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline. "I'm sure you've heard a lot about our province, especially the oilsands," Notley told an audience from Johns Hopkins University on Thursday. Notley said previous Conservative governments in Ottawa and Edmonton didn't help matters by foot-dragging on the climate file.

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  • Earls faces backlash after dropping Alberta beef for Certified Humane U.S. meat

    A decision by Earls restaurants to ditch Alberta beef in favour of U.S. meat that is free of added hormones has prompted a backlash from cattle ranchers and threats to boycott the Canadian chain. The company announced this week that it would become the "first restaurant chain in North America" to serve only beef with the U.S.-based Certified Humane designation, raised without the use of antibiotics, steroids or added hormones. Earls spokeswoman Cate Simpson said as the company's commitment to "conscious sourcing" deepened, it spent nearly three years searching for a Certified Humane producer in Canada that could meet its large supply needs.

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  • Accused in Bosma slaying asks ex girlfriend to tamper with witness, trial hears

    The former girlfriend of a man accused of murder in the death of Tim Bosma says she was asked to tamper with evidence through secret letters he sent her from jail. Christina Noudga told a Hamilton court she exchanged many letters with Dellen Millard while he was in jail awaiting trial. Millard, 30, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, 28, of Oakville, Ont., have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Bosma's death.

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  • Protesters get rowdy at California hotel before Trump speech

    Several hundred protesters opposing Donald Trump gathered Friday outside the hotel where he was scheduled to speak to Republicans, and some broke through a steel barricade and approached the venue's entrance. The crowd chanted anti-Trump slogans in a rowdy scene reminiscent of protests that grew out of hand following a Trump rally in Southern California the night before. On Friday, a man wearing a Trump campaign "Make America Great Again" red hat was struck while being jostled by a group of shouting protesters.

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  • American Airlines apologizes to musician for barring violin

    A concert musician who was not allowed to board a flight with her violin says she hopes the incident will raise awareness of regulations that permit violins and other small instruments as carry-on luggage. Rachel Barton Pine was told by a flight attendant and captain of an American Eagle flight that she could not bring her 18th century violin on board the plane Thursday from Chicago to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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  • Hawaii police make arrest in attack on endangered seal

    Authorities in Hawaii have made an arrest in connection with an attack on an endangered monk seal that was caught on video. The Department of Land and Natural Resources says that 19-year-old Shylo Akuna of Eleele, Kuaui, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon. The department says in a statement late Thursday that the video, supported by witness accounts, led to Akuna's arrest.

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  • Police confirm remains found is that of murdered Toronto woman

    Thu, Apr 28: Toronto police have confirmed human remains found at a park in the city’s northwest belong to 2013 homicide victim Rigat Ghirmay. Kris Reyes has the latest.

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  • The K in K-tel: Phil Kives was king of catchy commercials on television

    Phil Kives, the tireless and optimistic pitchman who pioneered the television infomercial, died Wednesday after being hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. Kives, who was 87, grew up in poverty and made his riches after founding marketing company K-tel International. Through it all, he remained in Winnipeg and always balanced his work with family life, his daughter, Samantha Kives, said Thursday.

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  • Quebec beekeeper stung by theft of five million bees from field worth $200,000

    Quebec beekeeper Jean-Marc Labonte said on Thursday that he's in a sticky situation after thieves buzzed off with about five million of his bees. The bees and hives are worth about $200,000, he said, adding he thinks they were stolen sometime between April 24-26. "To have hives stolen like that, it's not funny at all," said the president of the family company, Miel Labonte.

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  • Bioethicist says Stephan conviction highlights a need for reporting of neglect

    Alberta's Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act says anyone with "reasonable or probable grounds to believe that a child is in need of intervention" must report it, and that anyone who fails in their duty can be fined up to $2,000 or jailed for up to six months. University of Calgary bioethicist Juliet Guichon said she wonders if the provision could apply in the death of Ezekiel Stephan. David and Collet Stephan were found guilty this week of failing to provide the necessaries of life for their son Ezekiel.

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  • Punishments but no criminal charges in US attack on hospital

    A U.S. aerial gunship attack on a hospital in Afghanistan that killed 42 people occurred because of human errors, process mistakes and equipment failures, and none of the aircrew or U.S. ground troops knew the target was a hospital, a top U.S. general said Friday. "This was an extreme situation" complicated by combat fatigue among U.S. special operations forces, Gen. Joseph Votel told a Pentagon news conference. Votel headed U.S. Special Operations Command at the time of the tragic attack last fall.

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  • Strike-hit Verizon makes 'final' contract proposal to unions

    Verizon Communications Inc said it had presented a revised and "final" contract proposal to unions representing nearly 40,000 striking workers, who walked off their jobs in mid-April after talks over a new labor agreement hit an impasse. "We are putting our last, best final offer on the table," Verizon's Chief Administrative Officer Marc Reed said in a statement. "The ball is now in the unions' court to do what's right for our employees." Verizon 's proposal comes ahead of the expiration on Saturday of healthcare coverage for striking employees.

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  • Expedia posts surprise profit as acquisitions pay off

    (Reuters) - Expedia Inc, the world's largest online travel services company by bookings, posted a surprise quarterly profit as a string of acquisitions helped boost revenue. The company also moved to ramp up competition with apartment-sharing startup Airbnb by purchasing vacation rental site HomeAway Inc for $3.9 billion, its biggest acquisition. Expedia plans to push HomeAway, which has primarily marketed beach and ski rentals, into cities such as Paris and San Francisco where Airbnb holds sway.

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  • Australia blocks farm sale to Chinese over national interest

    Citing national interest, the Australian government on Friday blocked a Chinese-led consortium from buying the nation's largest private land holding, a collection of Outback cattle ranches bigger than South Korea. Treasurer Scott Morrison said he was concerned that the land owned by a pioneering dynasty is more than 1 per cent of Australia's total land area and 2 per cent of agricultural land. The refusal to sell to the Chinese-based Dakang Australia Holdings and Australian-listed company Australian Rural Capital is only a preliminary decision and Dakang has until Tuesday to respond.

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  • 11 nuke facility workers checked for chemical vapour exposure

    Eleven workers at a nuclear facility who reported headaches were sent for medical evaluations Thursday after working near an area where waste from a leaking tank was being transferred, U.S. Energy Department officials said. The first two workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to be medically evaluated were wearing oxygen respirators because they were in an area where work was being done that could increase the risk of chemical vapours in the air, The Tri-City Herald reported (http://goo.gl/YkjFII). Two other workers reported odours while walking the transfer line for the waste pumped from the leaking double-shell tank.

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  • Canadian economy contracts in February, first monthly decline since September

    Statistics Canada said Friday that real gross domestic product edged down 0.1 per cent in February compared with growth of 0.6 per cent in January. The decline followed four consecutive months of growth and matched the expectations of economists, according to Thomson Reuters. "While a decline in monthly GDP is never great news, this one was largely expected and doesn't fully detract from the pleasant surprise in growth around the turn of the year," Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter said.

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  • Postal union celebrates court victory over 2011 strike

    The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is crowing about a legal victory stemming from its labour dispute in 2011 that ended with government legislation. The union says an Ontario court has ruled the former federal Conservative government violated its members' constitutional rights by using legislation to block them from striking. CUPW president Mike Palecek says the decision shows that post office management can't ignore union demands at the bargaining table and expect to be bailed out by the government.

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  • Experts caution about use of unmonitored mental health app forums

    Thousands of apps claim to offer help to people struggling with mental-health illnesses but experts warn the so-called e-therapy can pose risks, especially when professionals are not involved. Dr. Kimberley Da Silva, a psychologist with North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic in North Vancouver, says it's important mental-health professionals monitor, support and add their voices to these conversations. Someone in a dark place might be sharing ineffective coping strategies through the apps, Da Silva says.

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