• Wilderness Committee preparing new legal challenge to stop pipeline
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    Wilderness Committee preparing new legal challenge to stop pipeline

    A Vancouver-based environment charity is readying itself to go back to court if — or they believe when — the federal government re-approves the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion next year. Peter McCartney, climate campaigner for the committee, says the timelines are so short it underscores his belief the government is doing this just to fulfil the Federal Court of Appeal's concerns with the original review, rather than to seriously reconsider the approval given to the project. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said many times the pipeline is going to be built.

  • Venezuelan migrants hit Peru's street, dancing to survive
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    Venezuelan migrants hit Peru's street, dancing to survive

    The three Venezuelan migrants eke out a living 90 seconds at a time in a busy intersection of Peru's capital. When the traffic light flashes red, the acrobatics and break dancing starts. With a captive audience of pedestrians and commuters packed inside city buses, the dancers' headstands, dizzying spins and fast-paced steps on a good day net up to $20 in pocket change — nearly three times the monthly minimum wage in Venezuela.

  • Kroger starts use of unmanned vehicles for delivery in Arizona
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    Kroger starts use of unmanned vehicles for delivery in Arizona

    U.S. supermarket chain Kroger Co said on Tuesday it has started using unmanned autonomous vehicles to deliver groceries Scottsdale, Arizona in partnership with Silicon Valley startup Nuro. The delivery service follows a pilot program started by the companies in Scottsdale in August and involved Nuro's R1, a custom unmanned vehicle. The R1 uses public roads and has no driver and is used to only transport goods.

  • Northern Alberta bus monitor removed for writing letter 'expressing his feelings' to minor
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    Northern Alberta bus monitor removed for writing letter 'expressing his feelings' to minor

    Northland superintendent of schools Gord Atkinson would not release the name of the bus monitor or specify if he was fired, citing it was an internal human resources matter. Atkinson said he was stunned by the news of the bus monitor's actions.

  • AP analysis: Unemployment, income affect life expectancy
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    AP analysis: Unemployment, income affect life expectancy

    Even your lifespan can be local. Researchers have long said that health disparities are heavily influenced by where you live. New data from the National Center for Health Statistics show just how much your neighbourhood can impact the length of your life.

  • Bone marrow match found for Ellie White
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    Bone marrow match found for Ellie White

    A bone marrow match has been found for 6-year-old Hampstead girl Ellie White. Her grandmother joined Global’s Laura Casella by phone to discuss the promising news.

  • 'It just kind of acted like the family dog': Saskatoon man remembers pet crow
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    'It just kind of acted like the family dog': Saskatoon man remembers pet crow

    When most children had dogs or cats, Harold Pexa had a pet crow. Pexa and his brother adopted the one they nicknamed Peter, while his cousin took in the other crow, Paul. Pexa said the crow was generally well-behaved, and he does not recall it destroying drapery or furniture.

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    Arm Holdings unveils chip aimed at self-driving car sensors

    Arm's newest chip design is called the Cortex-A65AE, expected to hit markets in 2020, and is designed around the idea of being able to handle the stream of data from a self-driving car's sensors in near real-time, but with new safety features intended to make the chips better suited to cars, where glitches that are minor annoyances in consumer electronics could lead to crashes. Arm is best known a supplier of chip technology to mobile phones.

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    Messy weather leads to car crashes and school closures

    Messy weather led to a handful of crashes across the Halifax region Tuesday, including an early-morning one that shut down Highway 107 near Mineville and Lake Echo for about an hour. Dal Hutchinson said there were no serious injuries in the Highway 107 crash, which involved two cars. Tuesday's snowfall caused slow driving conditions on all the major routes. There were also a handful of flights cancelled or delayed at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

  • Keillor back in spotlight after sexual misconduct allegation
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    Keillor back in spotlight after sexual misconduct allegation

    Garrison Keillor looked comfortable on the small stage as he sang Christmas lullabies, told off-colour limericks and spun a tale about a lutefisk dinner at the fictitious Lake Wobegon. Starting off with his familiar opener "Tishomingo Blues," Keillor offered up a warm, nostalgic take on his former public radio show "A Prairie Home Companion," minus his hard-boiled Guy Noir, Private Eye and Lives of the Cowboys skits. Fans laughed, applauded and sang along throughout Sunday night's two-hour show — the second of back-to-back, sold-out Keillor performances at Crooners , a jazz nightclub in a northern Minneapolis suburb not far from where Keillor grew up.

  • How Newfoundland Power was shut out of the Muskrat Falls debate
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    How Newfoundland Power was shut out of the Muskrat Falls debate

    The CEO with Newfoundland Power Inc. was a late addition to the witness list at the Muskrat Falls inquiry, but Peter Alteen delivered some of the harshest criticism yet of the controversial hydroelectric project. "We believe the government was motivated by political, not public utility concerns," Alteen said during a scathing condemnation of the process by which Muskrat Falls was reviewed by the utility regulator, the public utilities board, in 2011-12. Alteen testified Monday morning, and quickly served notice he was anything but friendly toward the project.

  • Holiday baked good bracket: It's down to the semifinals
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    Holiday baked good bracket: It's down to the semifinals

    Columnists and members of The Homestretch team have each chosen the one holiday treat they would feel lost without during this time of year. In the quarter-finals, Terri Campbell, The Homestretch's producer, won out over vinarterta, or Vienna cake, with a Canadian staple: butter tarts. Click here to vote for butter tarts vs. sugar cookies.

  • Fire engulfs 600 stilt homes in Brazil city Manaus; thousands flee
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    Fire engulfs 600 stilt homes in Brazil city Manaus; thousands flee

    SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A fire raced through a neighborhood in the Brazilian jungle city of Manaus early on Tuesday, engulfing at least 600 wooden houses built on stilts due to seasonal floods and sending thousands fleeing from their homes. No deaths were reported from the blaze, which authorities said may have been triggered by a pressure cooker explosion. Four people were injured, and more than 2,000 people were forced to flee, Amadeu Soares, head of the Amazonas state security ministry, told reporters at the scene. ...

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    EU approves state aid for six broadband networks in Bavaria

    The European Commission approved on Tuesday state aid for a project to build very high capacity Internet networks in six cities in the German region of Bavaria. "The aid will bring very fast broadband to customers in areas where the market does not provide them, in line with the EU broadband connectivity goals," the Commission said in a statement. The Commission said the new network will be capable of offering speeds of 200 megabits per second for households and 1 gigabit per second for companies and public institutions -- far above those that users currently have in the target areas.

  • Deadly pesticide in temple food that killed 15 in India
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    Deadly pesticide in temple food that killed 15 in India

    More than 100 also had to go to hospital after devotees consumed portions of tomato rice blessed at the Hindu temple in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. A senior police officer told Reuters laboratory tests showed the presence of monocrotophos - a pesticide which attacks the nerves - in food and vomit samples. "We are trying to find out how the food got contaminated and not ruling out foul play.

  • New Brunswick pioneer Molly Kool honoured by Coast Guard
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    New Brunswick pioneer Molly Kool honoured by Coast Guard

    The Canadian Coast Guard has named the first of three new icebreakers after New Brunswick trailblazer Myrtle "Molly" Kool. The Alma native, born in 1916, was the second woman in the world — and first in North America — to become a licensed ship captain. The CGCS Captain Molly Kool, measuring 93.7 metres long by 18 metres wide, is the first new icebreaker floated in 25 years.

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    CBS denies former CEO Les Moonves $120 million severance

    CBS announced Monday that former CEO Les Moonves will not receive his $120 million severance package after the board of directors concluded he violated company policy and was unco-operative with an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. The decision, which came after a five-month outside investigation, capped the downfall of one of television's most influential figures, the biggest entertainment powerbroker to see his career derailed amid the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct. A lawyer for Moonves said the board's conclusion "are without merit" but did not say whether the former CEO would challenge it in arbitration.

  • 'You are not welcome here' messages greet residents of new homes built on old Calgary golf course
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    'You are not welcome here' messages greet residents of new homes built on old Calgary golf course

    New residents of homes built on an old golf course in northeast Calgary have been greeted with hateful Facebook posts and even a note left on one person's windshield, which the developer describes as upsetting. Real easy,'" Ollenberger said of the online messages. The redevelopment of the Harvest Hills Golf Course was controversial when it was proposed, with many area residents speaking out against the project.

  • Former P.E.I. NDP leader turns his focus to Ghana
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    Former P.E.I. NDP leader turns his focus to Ghana

    Mike Redmond, former leader of the NDP on P.E.I., has been in Africa for the last four months working with Veterinarians without Borders. Redmond and his partner, Aleida Tweten, have been working at a local university and helping create a system to collect rainwater. Women in the community spend half their waking day gathering water, said Redmond, so systems that help gather water are extremely valuable.

  • Chicago police: 2 officers die after being struck by train
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    Chicago police: 2 officers die after being struck by train

    Two Chicago police officers were fatally struck by a train as they investigated a report of gunshots on the city's far South Side. Eduardo Marmolejo, 37, and Conrad Gary, 31, were pursuing a person heading toward the train tracks when they were hit shortly after 6 p.m. Monday as the commuter train passed through the area, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. Marmolejo had been with the department for 2 1/2 years and Gary for 18 months, Johnson said.

  • Breath of fresh air: East Coast looks to international students to revive region
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    Breath of fresh air: East Coast looks to international students to revive region

    Gunny Brar has watched Sydney, Nova Scotia, transform since he first arrived at Cape Breton University in 2015. The school's small student body of around 4,000 students is now made up of about half international students.

  • Good boy! Service dog gets honorary diploma
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    Good boy! Service dog gets honorary diploma

    Whenever Brittany Hawley went to class, her loyal service dog Griffin was there. "I pushed for him to graduate from Day One," Hawley said Monday. The board of trustees of the Potsdam, New York, school honoured the 4-year-old golden retriever at a recognition ceremony Saturday, saying he demonstrated "extraordinary effort, steadfast commitment and diligent dedication to the well-being and student success" of Hawley.

  • Milan to showcase da Vinci to mark 500 years since his death
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    Milan to showcase da Vinci to mark 500 years since his death

    The Ambrosian Library in Milan is planning a series of exhibitions to commemorate the 500-year anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death, including the display of the most important pages of the Renaissance genius' Atlantic Codex. The 1,119-page Atlantic Codex is an encyclopedia of technical knowledge from the Renaissance, representing Leonardo's own inventions but his representations of technology as it existed.

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    EU okays $2 billion microelectronics project by France, Germany, Italy, UK

    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - France, Germany, Italy and Britain secured EU approval on Tuesday to grant 1.75 billion euros ($2 billion) in state aid to a joint microelectronics project aimed at encouraging investments in internet-connected devices. Twenty-nine companies and research bodies will take part in the project, among them Robert Bosch [ROBG.UL], Infineon , STMicroelectronics , Osram , Carl Zeiss [CZTOP.UL], GlobalFoundries and Murata. The European Commission said the public support is expected to attract an additional 6 billion euros from private investors. ...

  • People forced from their homes during overnight fires in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
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    People forced from their homes during overnight fires in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

    It took some 80 firefighters from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and surrounding municipalities to bring two fires there under control Monday night. The fire department's chief of operations, Louis-Philippe Trahan, told Radio-Canada that his team first responded to a fire in a vacant building on Champlain Street at around 8:15 p.m. Firefighters ensured all five people inside were brought to safety.