• Police use 'fake news' in sting aimed at California gang

    Police investigating a notorious gang in a city on California's central coast issued a fake press release that the chief credited with saving two men by deceiving gang members who wanted to kill them, but the ruse was criticized by news organizations who reported it as fact. Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin defended the rare tactic this week when it came to light, saying he had never done such a thing in his 43-year career, but he wouldn't rule out doing it again. The daily newspaper and local television stations were unaware the information in the release was false when they reported that two men, Jose Santos Melendez, 22, and Jose Marino Melendez, 23, had been picked up for identity theft and handed over to immigration authorities.

    The Canadian Press
  • 'Butterbox babies' maternity home survivors still search for birth families

    Every morning when Riva Barnett opens her bedroom closet she looks down at a small, wooden butter box that serves as a stark reminder of what could have been her fate. The half-metre pine grocery crates served as unmarked wooden coffins for infants who died at the Ideal Maternity Home in East Chester, N.S., and were buried on the property and at a cemetery in nearby Fox Point. It was a dark chapter in Nova Scotia's history.

    CBC
  • Nurse guilty for complaining on Facebook about grandparents' care

    A Saskatchewan nurse has been found guilty of professional misconduct for a Facebook post she made critical of the quality of care her grandfather received. In February 2015, Carolyn Strom, a registered nurse, voiced her displeasure on social media. The Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association charged that she used her status as a registered nurse for personal purposes and violated the confidentiality of her grandparents.

    The Canadian Press
  • Family of missing Saskatoon man looking for the public’s help

    Fri, Dec 2: A family is calling on the public to help them find 29-year-old Ryan Coulinear, who is vulnerable because of a medical condition. Jacqueline Wilson reports.

    Global News
  • Mining deaths criminal trial a 'first' in Canada, expert says

    The fatal accident at Métanor Resources's Bachelor Lake mine seven years ago was the worst in Quebec in the last 35 years.

    CBC
  • Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan call

    President-elect Donald Trump is unapologetic about roiling diplomatic waters with his decision to speak on the phone with Taiwan's leader, a breach of long-standing tradition that risks enmity from China. The U.S. severed diplomatic ties with the self-governing island in 1979 but has maintained close unofficial relations and a commitment to support its defence . Trump's conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen drew an irritated, although understated, response from China, as Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday that the contact was "just a small trick by Taiwan" that he believed would not change U.S. policy toward China, according to Hong Kong's Phoenix TV.

    The Canadian Press
  • New real estate rules leave some first-time buyers in the cold

    For four years, Jasbeen Lallbahadoor saved for a down payment on a new home. Since new real estate regulations in Canada passed this October, however, she no longer qualifies for the $350,000 townhouse in Montreal's Mile Ex neighbourhood she was considering for purchase. New real estate measures introduced by the federal government on Oct. 17 put buyers' finances against a stress test to make sure a borrower can pay their mortgage on a higher rate.

    CBC
  • Friendly moose befriends 2 cows on Vermont farm

    A Vermont couple has chased off a moose that appeared to be bonding with their two cows on a Sheldon farm because they didn't want it to get injured, stuck in their barn or damage their fences. Sharyn Abbott and her husband Tim returned to their home recently and found a female moose in the pasture with their two Belted Galloway cows, Precious and Primrose. The Abbotts told NECN (http://bit.ly/2gVTfMD) the moose, dubbed "Molly," looked healthy.

    The Canadian Press
  • Human embryo repair experiment swaps out faulty mitochondrial DNA

    Mitochondrial replacement therapy, colloquially known as the three-parent baby procedure, is designed to prevent diseases rooted in bad or mutant DNA in the mitochondria. Mitochondria are the power plants or batteries in our cells that provide energy. When there are defects in mitochondrial DNA, progressive diseases can result that affect our energy-intensive organs, such as the brain, heart, muscles and liver.

    CBC
  • Guy Turcotte gives up guilty verdict appeal, no chance of third trial

    Guy Turcotte, who was found guilty of second-degree murder of his two children last December, has given up on his appeal of the verdict. In his first trial, a jury found Turcotte not criminally responsible. But two years later, Quebec's Court of Appeal ordered a second trial. On Jan. 15, Quebec Superior Court Justice André Vincent sentenced Turcotte to life in prison with no chance of parole for 17 years.

    CBC
  • Professor fatally stabbed on USC campus, student arrested

    David Jonathan Brown, a 28-year-old brain and cognitive science student, was arrested in the Friday afternoon attack in the heart of the Los Angeles campus. Nathaniel Kwok, who recently finished working 18 months in the lab, said graduate students like Brown work in the lab 40 to 60 hours a week and develop their own projects that are required in order to graduate.

    The Canadian Press
  • 'Comfort women' documentary highlights 'the human spirit and their resilience'

    A new Canadian documentary called The Apology follows the journeys of three former "comfort women," as they were known, and will screen in Vancouver this weekend. "The film really highlights and focuses on the human spirit and their resilience and strength through all these years after surviving such atrocities," filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung told On The Coast host Stephen Quinn. While many "comfort women" have never told their stories, a number of them have spoken out, demanding justice from the Japanese government.

    CBC
  • Calgary-area mall cop assaulted in attempted theft

    A loss prevention officer was assaulted in an attempted theft from a Calgary-area shopping centre Friday evening, police said in release.

    CBC
  • Deliberations by Texas jury prompts missing person report

    One juror in a Central Texas robbery trial apparently forgot to tell her family she'd be working late deliberating in the case, prompting relatives to file a missing person report. The juror had been working late Thursday evening with fellow jurors in the McLennan County Courthouse and apparently had failed to let her family know about it, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported (http://bit.ly/2fWSJgi ) Saturday. Judge Ralph Strother said in his 21 years in the criminal justice system, this was the first time someone had filed a missing person report for someone on jury duty.

    The Canadian Press
  • Abortion services not needed on P.E.I., protesters say

    Protesters outside Prince County Hospital on Saturday were holding out hope the province will change its plans and not provide abortion services at the hospital. The work won't be complete until 2018, but Health PEI says it will start phasing in some services, which could include  "pregnancy termination," at temporary locations in the hospital as early as January. Nicole Dupuis, executive director of PEI Right to Life Association, says she was at the rally to show Health PEI there is no need to go ahead with abortion services, and that pregnant women shouldn't have to feel alone or vulnerable.

    CBC
  • Brash or bully? Meet Sarnia's locked-out 'Mayor Mike'

    For a man who has been locked in a fierce political battle — and locked out of city hall on nights and weekends — Sarnia, Ont., Mayor Mike Bradley is surprisingly popular. 

    CBC
  • Highway 4 west of Port Alberni remains closed after road wash out

    A major washout is cutting off access to the west coast of Vancouver Island. The washout has closed off traffic in both directions about five kilometres from the Ucluelet Junction since Friday afternoon. The highway is the main access road connecting Tofino and Ucluelet with the rest of the island, and no detour route has yet been made available.

    CBC
  • Police continue search for nine-year-old girl last seen in Welland, Ont.

    Niagara Regional Police say Layla Sabry and her mother Allana Haist were last seen Thursday at 6 p.m. in Welland, Ont. Earlier reports indicated the Amber Alert ended early Saturday, but Niagara police say that is not the case. Staff Sgt. Paul Rogers says Amber Alerts are rebroadcast every five hours when there is new information.

    The Canadian Press
  • Fire tears through Oakland dance party, killing at least 9

    Firefighters struggled to get to bodies in the rubble Saturday after a fire tore through a converted Oakland warehouse during a late-night electronic music party, killing at least 9 people and making the charred structure unsafe for emergency crews to enter. Officials described the scene inside the warehouse, which had been illegally converted into artist studios, as a death trap that made it impossible for many partygoers to escape the Friday night fire. Oakland officials said they had opened an investigation just last month into the warehouse after numerous complaints filed by neighbours who said trash was piling up outside the property and people were illegally living in the building, which was zoned as a warehouse.

    The Canadian Press
  • Ever lower vacancy rate puts squeeze on Victoria renters

    Morgan Besant knows exactly how hard it is to find a house to rent in Victoria right now. A number of units, particularly in Victoria's James Bay neighbourhood have also recently been removed from the rental supply for renovations and upgrades, the CMHC noted.

    CBC
  • Police: stolen Nazi camp gate probe could be complicated

    The investigation into how an iron gate stolen from the Nazis' Dachau concentration camp in southern Germany ended up in western Norway may be complicated because "no useable evidence" has been found, police said Saturday. Police spokeswoman Kari Bjoerkhaug Trones says the gate with the cynical slogan "Arbeit macht frei" — "Work sets you free" — was found Nov. 28 under a tarpaulin at a parking lot in Ytre Arna, a settlement north of Bergen, Norway's second-largest city. The concentration camp near Munich was established by the Nazis in 1933.

    The Canadian Press
  • 600 clinicians report seeing threats, intimidation in Canadian operating rooms

    Around 600 surgeons, nurses and other operating room clinicians reported witnessing or experiencing bullying behaviour in Canadian operating rooms in the past year, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Manitoba. "It has been a well-known fact that operating rooms are high-stress environments, and particularly in a bygone era were an environment where bad behaviour amongst clinicians and how they treat one another, how they interact with the team, almost became an accepted part of operating room behaviour," said Dr. Eric Jacobsohn, the principal investigator on the study and a professor at the U of M. Jacobsohn is also a practicing anesthesiologist and intensive care physician with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

    CBC
  • 'They caught me': Harvest helps former addict pick up the pieces after husband's death

    Andrew Hermkens and Rina Morris are addicts. When I first met them we were in a little nondescript office at Winnipeg Harvest and they sat side by side smelling of smoke and looking defeated by the street. Every year at CBC Manitoba we devote a day to Harvesting Hope -- a day the station spends sharing stories of people in our community who have been helped by the Winnipeg Harvest food bank and its member agencies.

    CBC
  • Man arrested after hidden camera found in men's change room at U of A hospital gym

    Edmonton police have arrested a man after a hidden camera was found in the men's shower stall of a gym at the University of Alberta hospital. According to a notice posted by management, a hidden camera was found the morning of Nov. 28 in a shower stall in the men's locker room at the Pulse Generator Fitness and Recreation Club, a private, staff-only gym within the hospital. According to the notice from gym management, the Edmonton Police Service determined the camera was in the shower stall from Nov. 27 after 5 p.m. to Nov. 28 at around 9 a.m.

    CBC
  • Italians set to vote in high-stakes referendum on constitutional change

    If long-standing supporters of Italy's Democratic Party are half as angry at their leader as Ermanno Gizzi, the tenure of the once-promising Prime Minister Matteo Renzi may come to an unceremonious end early next week. It may also put the future of Italy, the European economy and Renzi himself at risk of downward spiral. The vote will reduce the power of Italy's Senate, streamline the legislative process and give more power to the party that wins a majority.

    CBC

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