• Police: Woman rams squad car while taking topless selfie

    Police say a 19-year-old Texas A&M University student who rear-ended a squad car told an officer she was taking a topless selfie. Miranda Kay Rader posted $200 bond after she was charged with drunken driving and possessing alcohol as a minor.

    The Canadian Press
  • Mark Lindsay to serve life sentence with no chance of parole for 16 years

    Mark Lindsay, the son of a former Edmonton police chief, has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 16 years in the horrific 2011 killing of his former girlfriend, Dana Turner. Lindsay sobbed in the prisoner's box as he listened to victim impact statements read aloud by members of Turner's family, including her mother and her sister. Lindsay was convicted earlier this year of second-degree murder.

  • “Alien” life lay be hiding inside Ontario mineshaft

    The age of the waters was first identified by scientists in 2013, reports the National Post, when researchers ran tests in a mine near Timmins, Ont. and discovered that the water had been isolated from the earth’s surface for up to 2.7 billion years. This discovery suggests that the waters may contain organisms that, although not technically alien to Earth, could be similar to what scientists hope to one day find on Mars. The research team, made up of scientists from University of Alberta and McGill University, found that the waters contained far less of the element sulphur than was expected.

    The Daily Buzz
  • With the world on track to lose two-thirds of global wildlife, Canada has a huge responsibility

    The world has lost nearly 60 per cent of the global wildlife population since 1970 due to human activity and is on track to lose more than two-thirds by 2020, says the World Wildlife Fund in a shocking report. Canada is faring better than many countries but it has an enormous share of the world's biodiversity and it's falling short of protecting it, says the report by the conservation group. James Snider, vice-president of science at WWF Canada, says the global trends are very drastic. "In Canada the reductions may be not quite as severe and I think that is evidence of the unique role that Canada can play on a global stage, given the vast natural resources and wildlife that we do have," Snider told Yahoo Canada News. "But that is not to say there are not individual concerns here in Canada." This country has about 20 per cent of the world's freshwater supply and one quarter of the world's remaining wetlands. Globally, freshwater wildlife populations have declined 81 per cent over the past four decades. In Canada, seven of eight species of freshwater turtle are at risk, along with freshwater mussels in southern Ontario, Snider points out, along with several species of fish. Yet there is not a consistent monitoring program for freshwater species, he said. This country protects about 1.05 million square kilometres of land and freshwater habitat - covering about 10.6 per cent of the total, according to Environment Canada. It's a big number but falls far short of the 17 per cent target laid out in the international Convention on Biological Diversity, says WWF Canada. Canada is home to 10 per cent of the world's remaining forests, a "global responsibility," Snider said. It also has the longest coastline of any nation on Earth. Around the world, there has been a 36 per cent decline in ocean species since 1970, due mainly to overfishing, habitat loss and climate change. ALSO READ: Researchers say the near total destruction of a massive starfish is changing the ocean off the B.C. coast This country is not immune. Cod stocks off of Newfoundland collapsed three decades ago and today the WWF warns that forage stocks such as capelin, herring and mackerel are in trouble and are not being properly monitored. "Canada has not done a very good job in terms of protecting our oceans," Snider said. About 0.9 per cent of Canadian ocean territory is protected - far short of the 10 per cent target in the international Convention on Biological Diversity. Species such as beluga and North Atlantic right whales ply Canadian waters, Snider points out. "These populations, really kind of majestic species, would benefit from increased levels of marine protection," he said. This country is home to about 70,000 species, 739 of which are deemed at risk by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. The report says habitat loss is the biggest threat, citing the decline in caribou. Once found in 80 per cent of the country, some herds have declined more than 95 per cent. In the Arctic, Canada is already experiencing some of the most dramatic effects of climate change. Even if the nations of the world manage to hold the global temperature increase to between 1.5C and 2C, that will mean between 3.5C and 5C warming in the Arctic. David Miller, president of WWF Canada, said the report is a reminder that people are pushing the planet into dangerous new territory. "We know that here in Canada, our wildlife and their habitats are under increasing pressure from climate change and other human activities," he said in a statement. "We have a unique responsibility to help protect the world's biodiversity."

    Yahoo Canada News
  • Filipino mayor among 10 dead in clash with anti-drug police

    Philippine anti-narcotics officers gunned down a town mayor and nine of his men in a clash Friday in one of the bloodiest operations since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a crackdown on illegal drugs. Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom of Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, who was killed with the nine others, has been publicly named by Duterte among many politicians he accused of involvement in illegal drugs as part of a shame campaign. In August, Duterte read out the names of more than 150 officials allegedly linked to illegal drugs.

    The Canadian Press
  • Cranberries squashed as folk remedy for urinary infections

    Cranberry capsules didn't prevent or cure urinary infections in nursing home residents in a study challenging persistent unproven claims to the contrary. The research adds to decades of conflicting evidence on whether cranberries in any form can prevent extremely common bacterial infections, especially in women. Many studies suggesting a benefit were based on weak science, but that hasn't stopped marketers and even some health care providers from recommending cranberry juice or capsules as an inexpensive way to avoid these uncomfortable and potentially risky infections.

    The Canadian Press
  • 911 caller helps police solve case of missing backup dancer

    After days of police work revealed no leads in the case of the missing backup dancer, it was a 911 caller who helped locate the New Jersey woman who performed with the likes of Beyonce and Rihanna. The caller told police that a woman was wandering in and out of traffic in New York City on Tuesday afternoon, NJ.com reported (http://bit.ly/2eKmPEz). The woman, 32-year-old Shirlene Quigley, was picked up by authorities and admitted to a hospital in New York under a false name she had given.

    The Canadian Press
  • Trump hits 'corrupt' Hillary Clinton; Mrs. Obama hugs her

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Trailing with time running out, Donald Trump denounced both Hillary and Bill Clinton Thursday as creatures of a corrupt political system who would use another pass at the Oval Office to enrich themselves at the expense of American families. Clinton turned to popular first lady Michelle Obama to rally voters in North Carolina, a state that could deliver a knockout blow to Trump. Trump seized on newly public emails in which longtime Bill Clinton aide Doug Band describes overlapping relationships of the Clintons' global philanthropy and the family's private enrichment.

    The Canadian Press
  • Frequent fatal casino bus crashes draw attention from feds

    Rosa Ruiz returned from a gambling jaunt to San Diego before dawn Saturday and was back on another bus that evening, headed for a desert casino. Ruiz was killed along with 12 others, including the bus driver who also owned the USA Holiday bus. Fatalities involving casino buses have become so frequent that the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates major crashes, is studying them for common patterns, said Earl Weener, an NTSB board member overseeing the crash probe of the USA Holiday bus.

    The Canadian Press
  • Cold Case Files: Toronto police searching for killer linked to 2 murders from 1983

    Thu, Oct 27: Twenty-two-year-old Erin Gilmour was on the cusp of starting her adult life. She had her own apartment in Yorkville and was just breaking into the fashion industry, but her life was unexpectedly cut short just five days before Christmas in 1983.

    Global News
  • 2 men arrested in separate border jumping incidents

    RCMP in Langley, B.C., say two incidents of motorcyclists jumping the U.S.-Canada border Thursday afternoon were unrelated.  

  • Long-time Leaf Reimer returns to Toronto as foe for first time; Griffith debuts

    As former Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer prepared for his first game at Air Canada Centre in almost nine months, he wondered what it would be like in the visitors' dressing room. "I'm walking in here I have no idea where anything is," Reimer said on Thursday morning. "I'm asking the guys like 'Where's the change room? "He carried us that year and was unbelievable for us," said centre Tyler Bozak, who played with Reimer throughout his Toronto tenure.

    The Canadian Press
  • Vancouver real estate: Lawsuit claims $6.7M house deal tied to private school entry

    In a notice of civil claim, Mei Han claims an acquaintance who owned a home opposite York House offered to broker an "alternative arrangement" which would see Han buy the property in order to lend or lease it to the school. As a quid pro quo, Han claims the acquaintance — Lili Song — told her Han's daughter Olivia would get a much-coveted spot in York's Grade 4 class. "Lili never discussed with York House, or its official or representative, with regard to the alternative arrangement, and York House never agreed to same," the notice of claim says.

  • RCMP arrest taxi driver accused of groping woman

    A Charlottetown taxi driver charged with sexually assaulting a passenger in his cab is now in police custody. Paramveer Singh Bhurjee, 31, was scheduled to appear in P.E.I. Provincial Court on Oct. 12, but failed to show up.

  • Canada's Patrick Chan adds another quadruple jump to his repertoire

    Launching a comeback after an 18-month hiatus, Patrick Chan had been frustrated to find his sport had become figure skating's version of a slam dunk contest. The three-time world champion from Toronto will attempt three quadruple jumps in his long program for the first time at this week's Skate Canada International, in an effort to be more competitive with the world's top skaters. "He is the epitome of what skating has become," Chan said.

    The Canadian Press
  • Abu Sayyaf got $7.3 million from kidnappings

    Abu Sayyaf pocketed at least 353 million pesos ($7.3 million) from ransom kidnappings in the first six months of the year and have turned to abductions of foreign tugboat crewmen as military offensives restricted the militants' mobility, a confidential Philippine government report said. The joint military and police threat assessment report seen by The Associated Press on Thursday said the offensives have reduced the number of Abu Sayyaf fighters slightly, although the group remains capable of launching terrorist attacks. Government offensives have reduced the number of militants to 481 in the first half of the year from 506 in the same period last year but they managed to carry out 32 bombings in that time — a 68 per cent increase — in attempts to distract the military assaults, the report said.

    The Canadian Press
  • Parole considered for Charles Manson's 'right-hand man'

    California parole officials were considering Thursday whether Charles "Tex" Watson, the self-described right-hand man of murderous cult leader Charles Manson, should be released from prison 47 years after he helped plan and carry out the slayings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people. The next night, he helped kill grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary. Watson was initially sentenced to death in the stabbing and shooting rampage, but the sentence was later commuted to life when the California Supreme Court ruled in 1972 that the death penalty was unconstitutional.

    The Canadian Press
  • Sens goalie Anderson granted leave of absence for 'personal matter at home'

    Anderson has a 4-1-0 record with a 2.94 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage with a shutout this season. The Senators recalled Chris Driedger from the American Hockey League's Binghamton Senators to tend goal along with Andrew Hammond in Anderson's absence.

    The Canadian Press
  • Charges laid after 3 teen girls brought from Toronto area to work in Ottawa sex trade

    A man and a woman from Toronto face charges after three teen girls were brought from the Toronto area to work in Ottawa's sex trade, Ottawa police say. Sgt. Jeff LeBlanc of the Ottawa police human trafficking unit said patrol officers got a call from someone concerned about a young woman who may have been in the Centretown area early Monday morning. As they investigated, officers went to a hotel and found "what appeared to be an operation being run out of a few hotel rooms that involved the advertisement and sale of sexual services involving underage females," Leblanc said.

  • Premier doesn't rule out 2nd Fort McMurray highway

    Premier Rachel Notley hasn't ruled out supporting a $1.5-billion highway that could serve as a second evacuation route out of Fort McMurray. Notley said Wednesday her government would consider the need for a second major north-south roadway as it reviews the response to the May wildfire that forced a mass evacuation.

  • Grenades found in Scarborough home forces neighbourhood evacuation

    Thu, Oct 27: A Toronto neighbourhood was evacuated overnight after police located grenades inside a home after conducting a search warrant.

    Global News
  • 'Taking down the saltwater mafia': Fish harvesters move towards new union

    The process to formalize a breakaway fish harvesters union began at the Albatross Hotel in Gander Thursday morning. It's in every corner of the province," said the leader of the Federation of Independent Seafood Harvesters (FISH-NL), Ryan Cleary, in his opening address. "We don't have a lot of money, but we have a lot of will, we have a lot of determination to move this forward, so your being here means a lot," Cleary told harvesters.

  • Parties diverge on how to tackle drunk drivers with blood alcohol below .08

    The Yukon New Democratic and Liberal parties say they're supporting proposals that MADD Canada says have saved lives in other parts of Canada while the Yukon Party says it's still committed to education and fines as the best tools to deter drunk drivers, according to MADD's Whitehorse chapter. The Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter sent out questionnaires to the three parties after the territorial election campaign began asking if they support vehicle impoundments, longer licence suspensions and other measures for drivers caught driving with between .05 and .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

  • Lane opens on section of Trans-Canada highway buried by B.C. rock slide

    Parks Canada confirms an alternating single lane opened at 8 p.m. MT Thursday. "Motorists should expect heavy traffic congestion, a reduced speed zone of 30 km/h and travel on a 200-metre stretch of gravel surface through the rock slide site," Parks Canada officials said in a press release. The highway has been closed in both directions since the slide happened about 16 km west of Field, B.C., while contractors were preparing holes for rock blasting.

  • Yukon NDP slip-up promises 'something something'

    Denise MacDonald, the Yukon NDP's communications manager says the party's web team made an error in trying to publish an interactive feature. Some mockup graphics were published without the finally-approved text.



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