Presidential contenders fight for minority voters
Presidential contenders fight for minority voters

DENMARK, S.C. - 2016 Democratic presidential hopefuls fighting for black voters looked for an edge in South Carolina on Friday as Republicans crisscrossed the state in search of a path out of Donald Trump's long shadow. Democrat Hillary Clinton stepped up her hammering of rival Bernie Sanders for

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  • Alabama woman convicted in girl's running death dies

    An Alabama woman convicted of capital murder in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter died Friday less than a year into her life-without-parole sentence for the killing. Joyce Hardin Garrard, 50, died five days after being stricken at the state's women's prison, prison spokesman Bob Horton said. The cause of death wasn't immediately available, but defence attorney Dani Bone said Garrard apparently suffered a heart attack Sunday minutes after visiting relatives at the state women's prison.

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  • Toronto man‘s spoof ad for used car he can’t sell goes viral, gets him hundreds of offers

    Rob Comeau had been trying to get rid of his 2012 Nissan on Craigslist for over a year. The typical ad on the site didn’t seem to be working, so he wrangled a few co-workers from his job at Know Hau Media to film a spoof highlighting the used car’s features. “Honestly he’d been complaining about the car for quite a while now,” Lucy Martin, who handles Know Hau Media’s strategy, told CBC News.

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  • Woman develops potentially life-threatening infection after pedicure in Winnipeg spa

    A Winnipeg woman who developed a life-threatening infection after a pedicure wants Manitoba to toughen up its regulation of spas and salons. In July 2014, Lisa Cefali got a pedicure at a Winnipeg salon before she was supposed to leave on a dream vacation to Europe with her sons.  A week later, her leg became so badly infected paramedics transported her to hospital from the Toronto airport moments before she was to board a flight to Italy. Cefali was admitted to hospital with a severe staphylococcal infection. Cefali's lawyers agreed to the interview with the CBC I-Team under the condition CBC not name the business as the matter is currently being negotiated with the spa's insurance companies.

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  • Extreme cold warning issued for much of Ontario

    Fri, Feb 12: Ontarians are expected to get a big blast of winter this weekend. Meteorologist Ross Hull explains how long the system will hang around.

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  • Cut your cellphone bill in half? Here's how

    When Nancy Hebert's phone kept shutting off randomly, that was only the beginning of her frustration. Canadians pay some of the highest rates in the world for cellphone service, and all three major companies have raised their rates this year. In fact, frustration with customer service has spawned its own industry, companies that will call cellphone providers to handle problems with service and billing on your behalf.

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  • 2 15-year-old girls fatally shot at Arizona school

    Police announced that a suicide note was found at the shooting scene near the cafeteria area of Independence High School in Glendale. "Information gathered by detectives reveal the two girls were very close friends, appeared to also be in a relationship," Glendale police spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said in a statement Friday afternoon.

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  • Canada’s pursuit of UN Security Council seat comes at a cost

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will take another shot at a seat on the UN Security Council, a move experts say is difficult but needed if Canada wants to re-assert its place in the international system. The last attempt by the Canadian government to join the UN’s top body ended in defeat in 2010 as the country lost out to Portugal for a two-year term on the council. John Trent, who heads University of Ottawa’s political science department, said in an email that despite a shifting international order, a seat on the security council is a great way for Canada to make its mark on the world stage.

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  • Autopsy reports found from 1929 Valentine's Day massacre

    Written by hand, the autopsies on the seven bullet-riddled bodies vividly describe why the Valentine's Day massacre of 1929 is still considered Chicago's most infamous gangland killing. The reports were recently unearthed with inquest transcripts from a warehouse after eight decades, and the Cook County medical examiner's office is now considering how best to preserve and display them. Executive officer James Sledge, a local history fan and a Chicago native, said he felt a chill down his back when he first read the documents outlining the attack at a Lincoln Park garage that left seven men dead and more than 160 machine-gun casings littering the scene.

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  • Victim of attempted murder falls in love with first responder

    Four years ago, through the ashes of a horrible attempted murder case where her ex-boyfriend stabbed her 32 times, Melissa Dohme met Cameron Hill. “I think that’s fate,” Dohme said. Ten months later the two met again when Dohme decided it was time to tell her story and Hill was in the crowd.

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  • House sends NKorea sanctions bill to president for signature

    Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Friday that hits North Korea with more stringent sanctions for refusing to stop its nuclear weapons program. House Republicans and Democrats joined together to overwhelmingly approve the bill by a vote of 408-2 less than a week after North Korea launched a rocket carrying a satellite into space. Pyongyang conducted its fourth underground nuclear test last month.

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  • NYC officer convicted of manslaughter in stairwell shooting

    A rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man dead in a darkened public housing stairwell was convicted Thursday of manslaughter in a case closely watched by advocates for police accountability. The courtroom audience gasped and Officer Peter Liang, who had broken into tears as he testified about the 2014 shooting of Akai Gurley, buried his head in his hands as the verdict came after 17 hours of jury deliberations. Liang is the first New York City police officer convicted in an on-duty death since 2005.

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  • Boy, 7, called a 'hero' after saving classmate who was dangling from ski lift

    A seven-year-old boy is being called a hero after he held onto a classmate dangling from a ski lift at a hill north of Toronto until rescue workers arrived with a net below. Durham Regional Police Sgt. Bill Calder said the boy's classmate lost a ski while on a chairlift at Lakeridge Ski Resort in Uxbridge, Ont., around noon Thursday and the boy slipped off the chair when he turned around to look for it. The boy then dropped about 10 metres to four ski resort staff members who had rushed out after noticing the problems, said John Tustian, the director of outside operations at Lakeridge.

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  • Dog with large growths found in Abbeydale, owner sought by Calgary Humane Society

    The Calgary Humane Society is looking for the owner of a brown-and-white female dog that was running loose in Abbeydale and is in need of surgery to remove several large growths from its hind end. - A photo of the dog's growths is below. "The condition of this dog is concerning," Brad Nichols, the humane society's senior manager of animal cruelty investigations, said in a release.

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  • 'Didn't mean for it to happen:' sentencing hearing for couple in girl's death

    "I didn't mean for it to happen," Tammy Goforth sobbed in the courtroom where sentencing submissions were made. Goforth, who was convicted of second-degree murder, stood in the prisoner's box next to her husband. Kevin Goforth was convicted of manslaughter.

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  • George and Amal Clooney meet Merkel to discuss refugees

    Actor George Clooney and his lawyer wife Amal had a private meeting Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the crisis in Syria and Europe's efforts to help refugees. The Clooneys were accompanied by David Miliband, the former British foreign secretary who now heads the aid group International Rescue Committee. "We (...) talked about the responsibilities of all states, not just European states but states around the world to deal with what is a global problem, not just a Syrian problem or a German issue," Miliband told The Associated Press after the 40-minute meeting at Merkel's office.

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  • Syrian refugee children settle in Halifax for dialysis treatment at IWK

    Halifax's newest arrivals of Syrian refugees are a family of six redirected here because two of their children need specialized medical treatment at the IWK Health Centre. "For what this family's endured and the arduous journey they had to make from Syria to Turkey, you know, we can't say no," said Ben John, one of the board members of the BLT group. John was among about 20 people who showed up Thursday at Halifax Stanfield Airport with balloons, toys and handwritten signs for the Alis.

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  • Inside the revolt against Uber in Canada and abroad

    Earlier this week, hundreds of taxi drivers slowed down early morning traffic around Montreal’s international airport to protest ride-hailing company Uber. It was the latest action by taxi drivers riled up about its UberX service. UberX is available through downloadable apps for smartphones and allows private car owners to effectively act as taxi drivers by picking up and dropping off customers at locations much like traditional taxi cabs.

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  • Distressed dog rescued from freezing pond in Lake Echo

    Keith Deveau says it appeared the dog broke through the ice but she refused to budge when he and his partner tried to coax her out with food. The dog wasn't happy to see the rescuers, either. Police took the dog to a clinic for examination and say the dog has arthritis.

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  • Bail granted to Calgary man convicted of fatally stabbing new neighbour

    A Calgary man who was found guilty of stabbing his neighbour 37 times has been granted bail while he appeals his manslaughter conviction and sentence. Nicholas Rasberry, 32, was sentenced to seven years minus time served for the May 2013 death of school teacher Craig Kelloway. Lawyers for Rasberry have cited eight grounds for appeal, including an unreasonable verdict and a harsh and excessive sentence.

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  • Federal court rules Parks Canada can mull tent cabins in Jasper park

    Parks Canada can consider new developments in national parks even if they go against management plans, the Federal Court has ruled. "I see no reason in law or logic why Parks Canada cannot invite Maligne Tours to proceed with Phase 2 of the concept review," wrote Justice James Russell in his decision, released earlier this week. In 2014, Jasper National Park management decided it would allow the company to move forward with a proposal for 15 overnight tent cabins at the much-loved lake.

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  • Clinton says Sanders making promises that 'cannot be kept'

    Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial support of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night's Democratic debate, a polite but pointed contest that marked a shift in the primary toward states with more minority voters. After splitting the first two states in the state-by-state primary contest with Sanders, Clinton also deepened her assertion that her unexpectedly strong rival was energizing voters with promises "that cannot be kept." And she continued to closely align herself with President Barack Obama, who remains popular particularly with black Democrats.

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  • Garden View restaurant owner loses appeal in oil leak insurance case

    A property owner in Dartmouth has learned the hard way to be very clear about what kind of coverage insurance provides after furnace oil spills. The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision that found Portage La Prairie Mutual Insurance did not break its contract by refusing to pay for soil remediation after a furnace leaked onto a rental property owned by Garden View Restaurant Ltd. in Dartmouth. "There's really nothing more I can do," said Greg Fong, who owns Garden View Restaurant.

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  • Statistic professor gets creative with hilarious extra credit questions

    Knowing how tough university exams can be, one statistics professor decided to lighten the mood by adding some original bonus questions to his tests. 

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  • Court gunman's widow sentenced to life in prison

    Lenore Matusiewicz, 69, learned her fate while lying in a bed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. A federal judge scheduled the emergency sentencing after attorneys agreed it needed to take place in the hospital to ensure that Matusiewicz receives essential medical care. David, his mother, and his sister, Amy Gonzalez, were convicted of conspiracy and cyberstalking resulting in the 2013 death of David's ex-wife, Christine Belford.

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  • From airlines to telecom to beer, oil price pain seeps into other sectors

    From airlines to beer-makers to wireless providers, withering crude prices have been a drag on businesses seemingly far removed from the oilpatch. "Sometimes — outside of Alberta, particularly — there's some skepticism or even some derision against the petroleum sector," said Todd Hirsch, chief economist at ATB Financial. WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA), based in Calgary, is shuffling around its schedules to reflect lower demand for flights to and from energy-focused destinations in Western Canada.

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  • B.C. ministry bars Metis toddler from attending cultural event in her honour

    A foster mother fighting to adopt a Metis toddler she has raised since birth says she's outraged that British Columbia's Children's Ministry has barred the girl from attending a cultural event in her honour. The Vancouver Island woman, who cannot be identified, said the ministry has told her the girl will not be allowed to attend a fundraiser and potluck hosted by the B.C. Metis Federation on Saturday. The ministry is fighting the adoption because it plans to move her to Ontario to live with her older siblings, who she has never met.

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  • Edgar Latulip case 'nothing short of amazing,' says woman behind missing persons website

    When Lusia Dion received a call from a Waterloo Regional Police officer this week telling her Edgar Latulip had been found after nearly 30 years, she was shocked and thrilled to hear the news. The Ottawa woman does not know Latulip or any of his family members.

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  • Oak Bay Marine sale of Ucluelet property means end for floating lodge

    The sale of a group of fishing lodges on Vancouver Island will mark the end of an era in Ucluelet's harbour. The community has been told arrangements are being made to remove the 1930s-era Canadian Princess ship, said Ucluelet Mayor Dianne St. Jacques. "It will be a real change in our landscape to not have her there," said St. Jacques.

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  • Scientists stop calling out to comet lander as hope fades

    European scientists said Friday that they have stopped sending commands to the Philae space probe, which became the first to touch down on a comet more than a year ago. The German Aerospace Center, or DLR, said it last made contact with the lander July 9, but efforts since then have failed. Conditions on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko have become so cold — falling below minus 180 degrees Celsius (minus 292 Fahrenheit) at night — that the washing-machine-sized probe couldn't function.

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  • Japanese musician strangled during Trinidad's Carnival

    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - A Japanese musician who flew to Trinidad to participate in a well-known steel percussion competition was strangled to death during the island's annual Carnival celebration, authorities said Friday. An autopsy concluded that Asami Nagakiya, whose body was found Wednesday in a Port-of-Spain park, had been manually strangled. Japanese Embassy spokesman Shoichi Ueda said in a phone interview Friday that Nagakiya was in her 30s and her family lives in Japan.

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  • Cuban violinist sponsored to come to Nova Scotia to train

    People are throwing around the word violin prodigy when it comes to Alison Enriquez. The young Cuban violinist will soon call Nova Scotia home and she hopes the province's finest violin teachers can help her continue to grow as a musician. Enriquez performed in the gym at Armbrae Academy in Halifax Thursday night at an event to help fundraise money for her education fund.

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  • Suspect in violent Victoria kidnapping disappears

    Thu, Feb 11: It was a violent kidnapping that we are only learning about now. And one of the suspects is missing in action, and could be hiding out in the lower mainland. Kristen Robinson explains.

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  • City auditor flags unreliable buses and safety concerns on ETS

    Edmonton transit riders are enduring long waits for buses that don't show up on time, and it's getting worse every year, according to the city auditor. In his report to council, auditor David Wuin said the reliability of the transit system has been dropping steadily since 2012.

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  • Airdrie Food Bank serves record 26,000 people in 2015

    The Airdrie Food Bank says it saw a record number of people coming to them for help last year, and many believe that's linked to the downturn in the oil patch. There was a 77 per cent increase in clients during the last half of 2015, according to food bank general manager Quinn Donaldson.

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  • Urbanization leads to change in type of bacteria in the home

    Whether it's a jungle hut or a high-rise apartment, your home is covered in bacteria, and new research from the Amazon suggests city dwellers might want to open a window. "Very little is known about the microbes of the built environment," microbiologist Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello of New York University, who led the pilot study, said at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Everyone carries a customized set of microbes on the skin, in the nose and in the gut, a microbial zoo that starts forming at birth and help with such things as digestion and immune development.

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  • Liberal government misfires on promised gun-marking measures

    The Liberal government has broken a promise to immediately implement firearm-marking regulations to help police trace guns used in crime. On the eve of the Trudeau government's Friday milestone of 100 days in office, the pledge had not been fulfilled. Just before the August federal election call, the Conservative government quietly published a notice deferring the firearm-marking regulations until June 1, 2017 — the seventh time the measures had been delayed.

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  • Metro Vancouver health officials warn of syphilis outbreak

    Thu, Feb 11: Health authorities in Metro Vancouver are warning about an outbreak of syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease. Linda Aylesworth explains which segment of the population is being particularly hard hit. Today's News Hour on Global BC Health Matters is brought to you by Pharmasave.

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  • Texas 1st state to recommend court ban on bite mark evidence

    Texas became the first state Friday to call for banning bite mark analysis in criminal cases, dealing a major credibility blow to a technique that critics rebuke as junk science and will now likely encounter greater skepticism in courtrooms across the U.S. Although the Texas Forensic Science Commission doesn't have the power to enforce an outright ban, its recommendation for a moratorium on bite mark evidence is expected to weigh heavily on the minds of judges statewide and beyond. At least two dozen men convicted or charged with murder or rape based on bite marks have been exonerated nationwide since 2000.

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  • Nunavut still has highest infant mortality rate in Canada

    Nunavut remains the territory with the highest infant mortality and the youngest mothers, according to 2012 data released by Statistics Canada this week. 

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  • Quebec clarifies pot remarks, says it's willing to discuss matter with Ottawa

    Quebec's finance minister has softened his tone with regard to the role his government will play if and when marijuana is legalized and regulated by Ottawa. Carlos Leitao said Thursday that Quebec wanted nothing to do with selling marijuana and that Ottawa "should figure out on its own" how to eventually distribute pot on Quebec territory. "The choice regarding means of distributing (marijuana) in Quebec is a debate that is very premature," he said.

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  • Earthquake detection and advanced early-warning system? There's an app for that

    Smarthphone technology is shaking up earthquake research with a new app that may soon connect millions of users around the world to create an early-warning network. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have released a crowdsourcing Android application called MyShake that uses data from a smartphone's built-in vibration sensor to detect the presence of a quake. The program uses a smartphone's accelerometer to detect the shaking.

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  • Gilmour Street fire causes burns to half of man's body, paramedics say

    A man was taken to hospital in critical condition after suffering burns to about half of his body during a fire on Gilmour Street on Thursday night, paramedics say. The fire broke out in a fifth floor unit at 379 Gilmour St., a seven-storey apartment building between Bank and O'Connor streets, at about 10 p.m. Thursday. Paramedics took over care of the patient and took him to hospital in critical condition.

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  • Ethics to pose difficult challenge for self-driving, Audi executive says

    It's the ethical decisions made behind the wheel — and not technological hurdles — that will pose one of the most difficult challenges to automakers assembling self-driving cars, a senior Audi executive said Friday. Markus Auerbach, who heads up the Audi Innovation Research office in San Francisco, said developing self-driving technology is only one component of the shift towards autonomous driving. The bigger challenge will be the ethical decisions that robots will have to make while driving, Auerbach said.

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  • Education 'cut to the bone': federation of school councils

    There's no way to find more savings in Newfoundland and Labrador's education sector, according to the president of the Federation of School Councils, even after the group was asked by the minister of Education to do so. The Liberal government has asked all departments and agencies to come up with a 30 per cent savings via budget cuts. Whittle said the previous cuts have resulted in a education system that doesn't have enough guidance counsellors, mental health specialists and other support staff.

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  • Petition calls for STM to lift age limit on student rate

    An online petition asking the STM to lift its age limit on student rates is gaining momentum. The petition has more than 13,000 signatures on it. The reduced rate for a monthly student pass is $49 for people 25 and under compared to $82 for a regular monthly pass.

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  • Quebecer in notorious incest case signs peace bond after arrest this week

    A convicted Quebec pedophile who served prison time for sexually assaulting his own daughter for many years was arrested this week on suspicion of attempting to lure a minor. Renald Cote was detained briefly Thursday and released after signing a peace bond, Magog police said Friday. Lt. Sylvain Guay said Cote, 64, allegedly offered candy to a nine-year-old girl on Jan. 7 in front of his home and invited her inside.

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  • Gunman dies after killing Almonte councillor, shooting ex-partner, source says

    Travis Porteous is dead after he fatally shot a municipal councillor and seriously injured his former partner before turning the gun on himself, a source told CBC News. Porteous, 33, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after the shooting inside the councillor's mansion in the eastern Ontario community of Mississippi Mills, southwest of Ottawa, provincial police said. Sarah Cameron, a 28-year-old mother of two who had been involved with Porteous, also suffered life-threatening injuries but was in stable condition Friday morning, the Ottawa Hospital confirmed.

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  • Spanish vessel arrives to fill Canada's naval supply ship gap on the East Coast

    When the Royal Canadian Navy's East Coast fleet goes to sea for exercises later this month, it will be accompanied by a Spanish navy supply vessel. SPS Patino sailed into Halifax harbour on Friday to fill the hole left last year when the last of the RCN's supply vessels was taken out of service. SPS is the abbreviation for Spanish naval ship.

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  • Charlottetown man urges city to step-up snow-clearing for those with disabilities

    A Charlottetown man who uses a prosthetic leg wants the city to step up its efforts snow-clearing efforts after storms.

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  • Event that pampers Winnipeg sex trade workers for a night needs help

    Organizers of a sleepover event that pampers Winnipeg sex trade workers for a night are looking for donations and volunteers. Safe Night Off Winnipeg streets (S.N.O.W. night) will allow women, including transgender women, to escape the streets for a night filled with movies, haircuts, hairstyling, makeup, food, movies, crafts, photos, gift bags and door prizes on Feb. 18.

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  • Boy, 13, in critical condition after snowmobile crash on Northern Peninsula

    ​Police say a 13 year-old-boy remains in hospital in St. John's in critical condition, after the snowmobile he was driving collided with a vehicle near the community of Anchor Point on the Northern Peninsula Thursday afternoon, closing a portion of Route 430. The RCMP said the boy was transported from the scene to the hospital in St. Anthony, and then airlifted to St. John's, but have not specified the nature of his injuries. Traffic was diverted away from the highway after the accident, through the town of Anchor Point.

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  • Doctor shortage concerns pack meeting in eastern P.E.I.

    Concerns over a doctor shortage in eastern P.E.I. drew about 500 people to a public meeting held by a health-care lobby group in Souris Thursday night. Islandwide Hospital Access presented a report it has been working on for years, saying its findings point to a health-care crisis in Kings County. "We have 4,000 who have no doctor, or who have to travel out of region for a doctor," said Alan MacPhee, chairman of Islandwide Hospital Access.

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  • EU is poised to restrict passport-free travel

    European Union countries are poised to restrict passport-free travel by invoking an emergency rule to keep some border controls for two more years because of the migration crisis and Greece's troubles in controlling its border, according to EU documents seen by The Associated Press. The switch would reverse a decades-old trend of expanding passport-free travel in Europe. Since 1995, people have been able to cross borders among Schengen Area member countries without document checks.

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  • Researcher finds Queen Hatshepsut artifacts in U of Winnipeg ancient Egypt collection

    A University of Winnipeg researcher has discovered artifacts that likely belonged to one of the first female Egyptian pharaohs in a 450-piece collection at the university. Luther Sousa found hieroglyphs that represented Queen Hatshepsut's throne name — Maatkare — on a hoe that's about a 30 centimetres long and a wooden rocker about 15 cm long. "It was very exciting," Sousa said of his discovery.

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  • N.W.T. health superboard launch delayed until August

    The N.W.T. government is delaying its launch of a single health and social services authority for the territory by a few months. Glen Abernethy, N.W.T.'s health and social services minister, says last fall's territorial election caused some delays, particularly for appointing members to the regional wellness councils that will advise the new Territorial Health and Social Services Authority. Sometimes you have to get extra needles," said Abernethy.

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  • Ex-Quebec doctor who killed his kids wants to appeal parole eligibility ruling

    A Quebec man sentenced to life for fatally stabbing his two young children is seeking permission to appeal the minimum length of time he must serve before he can make a request to be released. Guy Turcotte's lawyers filed a motion before the Quebec Court of Appeal on Friday, hoping to challenge the trial judge's ruling he must spend at least 17 years behind bars before being able to apply for parole. In mid-January, Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Vincent ruled that Turcotte, 43, must serve at least 17 years before he can apply to be released.

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  • Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

    Diplomats trying to secure a cease-fire for the civil war in Syria fell short early Friday in organizing a truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in a week's time. The deal appeared to be the result of a compromise between the United States, which had wanted an immediate cease-fire, and Russia, which had proposed one to start on March 1. Although foreign ministers from the International Syria Support Group managed to seal an agreement to "accelerate and expand" deliveries of humanitarian aid to besieged Syrian communities beginning this week, their failure to agree on a cease-fire leaves the most critical step to resuming peace talks unresolved.

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  • Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

    Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary. Volkswagen AG is recalling about 850,000 Audi and VW vehicles in the U.S. from model years 2006 to 2014.

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  • California gas leak under control

    A massive gas leak near Los Angeles that forced thousands from their homes for months was brought under control, a utility official said. The methane leak, the biggest in California's history, has been deemed an environmental disaster by several outside experts. More than 4,500 families living in the affluent Porter Ranch area were forced to relocate after the leak was detected in October as residents reported getting ill from the noxious fumes spewing out of a damaged pipe.

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  • South Africa revives 'extinct' zebra subspecies

    In a spectacular valley less than two hours' drive north of Cape Town, a small herd of animals provides the chance to travel back in time over more than a century. The animals roaming over a wide plain encased by jagged mountain ranges look like quaggas, a subspecies of the plains zebra -- but quaggas are extinct. Now, a small group of scientists and conservationists believe they have recreated the quagga, which is distinct from other zebra mainly through the lack of the characteristic black and white stripes on its hindquarters.

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