Activists seeking to recall a judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman say they believe voters will still support the effort even if it appears on the ballot two years after the trial. The case drew national attention when critics decried the sentence as too lenient. The activists, led by Stanford University law professor Michele Dauber, filed paperwork Monday with the Santa Clara County registrar — the first formal step toward winning the removal of Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky.
The dress that Marilyn Monroe was famously stitched into before she sang Happy Birthday to John F. Kennedy in 1962 is making what's believed to be its Canadian debut in rural Saskatchewan. The sequined gown will be on display in the community hall in Luseland, about 200 kilometres west of Saskatoon on July 10. The dress was purchased for $4.8 million by Jim Pattison and is being put on public display in his hometown of about 500 residents.
Settlement talks have broken down between the organizers of two pop-culture conventions in California and Utah known for guests' elaborate costumes, Salt Lake Comic Con officials said Tuesday. Both sides are asking a judge to decide the contest over naming rights, said Bryan Brandenburg, co-founder of Salt Lake Comic Con. "They want us to change our name," Brandenburg said.
By David Ingram SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Tuesday that 2 billion people are regularly using its flagship service, marching past another milestone in its growth from a college curiosity in the United States to the world's largest social media network. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg disclosed the number to his followers in a Facebook post. Facebook defines a monthly active user as a registered Facebook user who logged in and visited Facebook through its website or a mobile device, or used its Messenger app, in the past 30 days.
European "self-hire" boat company Le Boat is setting up shop in Smiths Falls, Ont., with a fleet of vessels designed for multi-day outings along the Rideau Canal starting next year. Parks Canada announced the agreement today, saying 16 boats equipped with a kitchen, bathrooms and sleeping quarters would be available for rent from Smiths Falls in 2018. Le Boat lets renters captain their own crafts, as long as they have the right boating licence and take an orientation course.
Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans will get two more years on the job. The Peel Regional Police Services Board approved a two year contract extension that had been previously requested by Evans. "This was a decision of the Board, and we look forward to working with Chief Evans for the next 2 years as we continue to modernize policing in Peel," board chair Amrik Singh Ahluwalia said in a statement.
A Tennessee man is asking an appeals court to overturn a decision awarding a guitar once owned by Elvis Presley to the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota. The museum bought the guitar from Robert Johnson in 2012 as part of a collection of instruments worth $250,000. It was damaged during a show in St. Petersburg, Florida, where Elvis gave it to a fan.
Curling Canada officials say they've "managed to resolve things with Bell Media" regarding what would have been hefty cable fee increases in curling clubs across Canada. In an email to CBC Sports, Curling Canada said it "won't get into specifics" regarding the details of the resolution and that they are is still in communication with Rogers Media. "We have had positive discussions with Curling Canada and look forward to resolving this issue in a timely fashion," said Jordan Kerbel, Sportsnet's director of communications.
According to president Peter Stoicheff, the University of Saskatchewan is in an unsustainable situation. On Tuesday, the U of S announced its board had approved a $16.7-million deficit budget to deal with a funding shortfall from the provincial government. "Following the substantial cut in our provincial grant, we must make strategic, deliberate decisions that provide sustainable answers to the serious financial challenge we currently face," Stoicheff said in a press release.
Closing a portion of Wellington Street a few days early in preparation for this year's Canada Day has snarled traffic in downtown Ottawa during rush hour, as detouring Ottawa and Gatineau buses clogged the downtown. Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill is usually closed the morning of Canada Day, but this year the street closed on Tuesday so that security checkpoints for the Canada 150 celebrations could be set up on the road. Just one block of Wellington was closed — from Bank Street to O'Connor Street — with the westbound lanes opening up in the afternoon.
By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Software maker BlackBerry Ltd's long-running recovery effort has been slowed by a dearth of salespeople to promote its revamped and more complex products, with CEO John Chen pledging to hire more sales specialists to help achieve its growth target. While BlackBerry's traditional customers were security executives in top global companies, its reboot from smartphone maker to seller of everything from automotive software to cyber security consulting and asset tracking for the trucking industry has seemingly moved faster than its sales force can keep up. BlackBerry's revenue started declining in 2013 after Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc wrested control of the smartphone market from the Canadian company.
Fraser Health's two supervised consumption facilities, in Surrey, B.C., will no longer be restricted to injections.
There are disputed claims over whether former Nalcor CEO Ed Martin saw a report in 2013 detailing potential cost overruns and delays to the project, warnings that proved to be accurate. In a written statement Monday Martin insisted he never saw the report, but premier Dwight Ball says SNC-Lavalin, which produced the report, has a very different story. "There was a meeting, and the CEO was in the room when this report was discussed," Ball told reporters Tuesday.
Independence Day traditions in one small Connecticut town are clashing with an effort to protect an iconic symbol of the United States. Authorities in Columbia are asking residents this year to forgo shooting off fireworks for the sake of a family of bald eagles. The bird is not yet old enough to fly and Brian Hess, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said there is a real concern that the noise of fireworks could be enough to scare the eaglet out of the nest before it is ready.
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - SpaceX wants to expand facilities in Florida to refurbish and store its reusable rocket boosters as it increases the pace of launches, documents filed with authorities show. The privately owned rocket company, operated by entrepreneur Elon Musk, proposes building a 67,222-square-foot (6,245-square meter) hangar just south of its Cape Canaveral launch sites to prepare recovered Falcon boosters for reflight, according to the documents. The Port Canaveral Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider SpaceX's proposed lease on Wednesday.
By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk , which handles one out of seven containers shipped globally, said the Petya cyber attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world on Tuesday. The attack came as computer servers across Europe and in India were hit by a major ransomware attack. "Global cyber-attack Petya is affecting multiple businesses," Maersk said on Twitter.
The site of Mississauga home explosion that rocked a quiet neighbourhood has been sold, officials said one year after the blast that's left some 25 families still displaced.
Kirk and Charmaine Godard were some of the first people to try out Essex County's first pedestrian crossover, a new crosswalk design that aims to make roadways safer. The crosswalk on Walker Road — between Highway 3 and South Talbot Road — was officially opened with speeches from Essex County Warden Tom Bains and Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara. Tom Bateman, director of transportation services for the County of Essex said the county is willing to install more crossovers, if the locations call for it.
Pilar Abel, the woman claiming to be Salvador Dali's daughter, said Tuesday she wanted to recover her identity more than anything else, a day after the artist's exhumation was ordered. For a decade, the 62-year-old who long worked as a psychic in the northeastern region of Catalonia where Dali was born, has tried to prove she is the painter's child. Abel told AFP a judge's decision on Monday to exhume Dali's remains was "a big victory" though she acknowledged there was still a long way to go.
The first phase of a developer's plan to transform one of Surrey's most notorious corners into the so-called "Yaletown of Surrey" now has the green light from council. Over the next decade, Charan Sethi plans to replace those buildings with condo towers, shops and restaurants. "I'll be glad to see some of [those old businesses] gone," Mayor Linda Hepner said Monday night before she voted in favour of Sethi's proposal.
Famed defence lawyer F. Lee Bailey has filed for bankruptcy again to tie up loose ends following his bankruptcy filing last year. The attorney, whose high-profile clients have included O.J. Simpson, discharged more than $4 million in debt to the Internal Revenue Service in the previous case, Bailey's attorney, John Molleur, said Tuesday. The new filing aims to resolve IRS liens on Bailey's Maine home, personal property, pensions and book royalties and to set up a payment plan, Molleur said.
A grieving couple in North Sydney, N.S., is grateful for the support of the community and from an expert in adolescent mental health the province sent to Cape Breton in the wake of their child's suicide. Madison Wilson, 13, took her own life earlier this month. Her father, Chris Royal, said she was bullied in school and on the social media site Snapchat. Her mother, Amylynn Wilson, said she's still "trying to process" everything that's happened. Two other middle-school children in Sydney also took their own lives in the last six months.
A Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., teenager suffered swelling and burn marks around her eyes after a painful allergic reaction to eyelash extensions. Alexis Bizuk had the extensions applied last Friday by a woman who, halfway through the procedure, told her that she was still training to receive her certification. Eyelash extensions are individual lashes made of polyester, silk or even mink fur that are glued to the base of a wearer's natural lashes.
Tue, Jun 27: With a potential thunderstorm fast approaching, Toronto firefighters had to work quickly to rescue a tower rigger who was trapped over 100 feet on top of a cellphone tower for three and a half hours. Ashley Carter reports on the rescue.