• A KTVU news crew that was reporting on a homicide were robbed at gunpoint. (Twitter/@4cast4you)A KTVU news crew that was reporting on a homicide were robbed at gunpoint. (Twitter/@4cast4you)

    What happens when those who cover the news become the news?

    A KTVU news crew that was reporting on a homicide at San Francisco’s Pier 14  were confronted by that scenario yesterday.

    At 6:03 a.m. PST, robbers held the news crew at gunpoint, stole camera equipment and even pistol-whipped the camera operator. All this took place during a live "hit."

    In the studio, KTVU anchor Brian Flores was preparing to go live to reporter Cara Liu, as usual, when suddenly she appeared startled and said, “Hold on, hold on, wait,” before disappearing off screen, SFGate reports.

    Her colleagues Kris Sanchez and camera operator Alan Waples were being robbed at gunpoint.

    As Waples was adjusting Sanchez’s lighting, one of the three men who took part in the attack came up behind him and put a gun to his head.

    “Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot!” Sanchez pleaded.

    Waples, who recalled later that he was waiting to “hear a click” from the gun, tried to reason with the robbers by telling them to “take the camera!”

    The man

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    A WestJet aircraft is pictured on the tarmac in Ottawa on Thursday. The airline has suffered a rash of threats over the past week, grounding several flights and affecting travel for passengers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean KilpatrickA WestJet aircraft is pictured on the tarmac in Ottawa on Thursday. The airline has suffered a rash of threats over the past week, grounding several flights and affecting travel for passengers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
    It hasn’t been smooth sailing for crew and passengers aboard WestJet and Air Canada domestic flights this week. Investigations are underway into five bomb threats that forced a series of emergency landings in four cities across the country. In one incident, St. John's airport officials were also forced to evacuate a building.

    But one security expert says passengers shouldn’t be nervous to fly, despite the slew of flight diversions that have taken place across the country since June 25.

    “If a terrorist wants to blow up an airplane, they put the bomb on the airplane, they don’t keep calling in,” says Andre Gerolymatos, a history professor at Simon Fraser University who specializes in security and terrorism. “Every time they call, they make the authorities more aware of it and make them much sharper.”

    With this past week’s spike in disturbances, WestJet has managed to reduce the time it takes to confirm the hoax. The first, incident, a June 27 WestJet flight from Edmonton to Halifax

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  • The undo send button is shown on a Gmail account as employees work on their computers in Toronto on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Gmail has implemented a new feature that allows people to undo a sent email. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan DenetteThe undo send button is shown on a Gmail account as employees work on their computers in Toronto on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Gmail has implemented a new feature that allows people to undo a sent email. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

    Last week, Google made some news by giving users an easier way to undo sent emails on Gmail. For most, the ability to undo a sent message was a thing of legend, despite being available for several years. The fabled feature was buried beneath menus and wasn't all that easy to find unless you thoroughly explored the settings.

    But Google isn’t the only one with secrets, there are many popular apps and social media sites that boast little-used settings and features that could prove convenient in a jam.

    Facebook

    If you ever wanted a complete rundown of everything you've ever posted to Facebook, you can do that with the simple click of a link. At the top right of the Facebook home page, click the settings icon and then click on 'See More Settings'. Hit the 'General Settings' tab on the left and scroll down to find the 'Download a copy of your Facebook data' link. Now you'll have a comprehensive treasure trove of pictures, posts and other stuff which will make for a fun walk through memory

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  • Woman stranded in California woods for three days gives birth, starts a forest fire

    “I was looking at Marisa and was like, ‘I think mommy just started a forest fire.’”

    Amber Pangborn delivered her own daughter in the back seat of her car. (Photo: CBS)Amber Pangborn delivered her own daughter in the back seat of her car. (Photo: CBS)

    This is an incredible story about survival, new life, and the worst case of bad timing that you could possibly imagine. 

    Amber Pangborn of Oroville, California, was driving to her parents house when she decided to take a short cut to save time. She would up getting lost and promptly ran out of gas while driving through a forest. 

    Just a little detour, no big deal, right?

    But Pangborn was also nine and a half months pregnant, and you can probably guess what happened next. Pangborn was forced to give birth to her daughter, Marisa, in her car, on her own, in the middle of nowhere. 

    But wait, it gets worse.

    Shortly after giving birth to a healthy baby girl, swarms of bees and mosquitos came to attack the pair, the LA Times reports.  

    Pangborn told KCRA TV, “I thought we were going to die…And there was no cell service, there was no, there was nothing…I tried to not get them to sting her.” Pangborn also said that the bees were after the placenta and that she was stung a number of times

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  • Rachel DolezalRachel Dolezal

     We’ve always been a self-centered bunch. How could we not be? After all, there’s nothing more egotistical than being human, tethered to your own mind with only guesses at what others may actually be thinking.

    Social media has bolstered this view of the world, made it easier to justify this self-centricity, to curate our identities and present ourselves to the world in the way we want to be seen. That used to be a privilege reserved for public figures and celebrities, now we can make ourselves whoever we would like to be.

    Unfortunately, the are limits to the identities we curate, especially if we build them on lies as in the case of Rachel Dolezal, a former chapter leader at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People who was outed for being white.

    Dr. Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar, associate professor of sociology and academic coordinator of Caribbean Studies at Ryerson University likens Dolezal’s case to Grey Owl, a British-born Canadian immigrant who adopted a First

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  • This mysterious sea creature has scientists scratching their heads. (Photo: Sakhalin Media)This mysterious sea creature has scientists scratching their heads. (Photo: Sakhalin Media)

    Scientists are baffled after the remains of an mysterious sea monster washed up on the shores of Sakhalin Island in Russia. 

    Pictures of the carcass were taken by locals and posted online, where it created a stir on social media.

    Images of the unidentified sea animal show the carcass ripped apart with its bones popping out. It has fur on its tail and its huge — twice the size of a human being. It also has a very large nose that looks like a bird’s beak.

    According to The Siberian Times, scientists have said that the remains are similar to a dolphin.

    “Judging by the appearance of the head, this is clearly some big dolphin,” Nikolay Kim, from the department of the Sakhalin Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, told the news outlet. “According to a characteristic of the skin, it is a rare species.”

    Another expert from Essex University told The Daily Mail that the sea animal could be “pre-historic specimen frozen in the permafrost,” like a mammoth.

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  • Timmins Public Library has reversed a decision that only allowed boys to participate in a robotics summer program after a nine-year-old girl started an online petition.Timmins Public Library has reversed a decision that only allowed boys to participate in a robotics summer program after a nine-year-old girl started an online petition.

    When nine-year-old Cash Cayen tried to sign up for a summer robotics session at the Timmins Public Library, she was told it was for boys only.

    So, with the help of her mom, she started a Change.org petition asking the library to let girls participate too — and it worked thanks to the public's support.

    “She will be allowed in the program, as will any others wishing to take part,” Timmins Mayor Steven Black told Yahoo Canada News.

    The controversy began when Cash, an avid participant in local library activities, tried to sign up for a July 20 robotics event, but was turned away because of her gender.

    The library's summer newsletter describes the event, hosted by Science Timmins, as "Robotics For Boys ONLY!"

    “Even after speaking to the Assistant Library Director Elaine De Bonis, where I explained that I have been participating in library programming since I was only a few months old I was still turned away,” she explained in her Change.org petition, which netted more than 9,000 signatures

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  • When given an ultimatum by his girlfriend, 'Getzen' had no choice but to put an ad up on Craigslist with a title that read: FREE TO ANY WILLING HOME.When given an ultimatum by his girlfriend, 'Getzen' had no choice but to put an ad up on Craigslist with a title that read: FREE TO ANY WILLING HOME.

    Little did he know, however, just how much she despised his dog Molly.

    When his girlfriend gave him an ultimatum – either she goes or the beagle goes – Getzen had no choice but to put an ad up on Craigslist with a title that read: FREE TO ANY WILLING HOME.

    “My girlfriend does not like my beagle Molly,” he wrote in his ad. “So I have to re-home her.”

    The Redditor goes on to explain how she’s “a purebred from a wealthy area,” how she “likes to play games,” but isn’t “totally trained.”

    She’ll also “never greet you at the door after a long day or give you unconditional love when you’re down,” and “does not bite but is mean as hell!”

    Any dog lover would think this is a little harsh to say about a doe-eyed beagle, but in an epic plot twist, he’s not talking about his dog. He’s talking about his girlfriend.

    “So… anyone interested in my 30-year-old, selfish, wicked, gold-digging girlfriend?” he wrote. “Come and get her! Me and my dog want her re-homed ASAP!”

    Lost at E Minor reports that the

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  • WARNING: This viral video is not for the faint of heart.

    A local woman from Shandong Province, China, purchased a slab of meat and when she took it home, it appeared to be pulsating like a beating heart, CCTV News reports.

    The woman was obviously disturbed by her discovery, but instead of eating her throbbing dinner (smart choice) she decided to film it in action, leaving horrified viewers one step closer toward going vegan.

    However, despite how unusual this appears to be, health experts say the meat is certainly edible and the twitching is caused by nerve endings that had not yet died. 

    Fair enough, but there seems to be no stopping those who've seen the video from cutting out meat altogether.

    More from Yahoo Canada News:

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  • Mulcair’s NDP edge ahead in poll

    NDP Leader Tom Mulcair asks a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 15, 2015. A report published online by Maclean's magazine says NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was in discussions in 2007 to join the Conservative party as a senior adviser on the environment to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean KilpatrickNDP Leader Tom Mulcair asks a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 15, 2015. A report published online by Maclean's magazine says NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was in discussions in 2007 to join the Conservative party as a senior adviser on the environment to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

    If Canadians were casting ballots today, parliamentary staff might have to change the letterhead to Prime Minister Thomas Mulcair.

    For the first time since Mulcair became leader, the New Democrats are leading in polls with an average of 32.4 per cent support, says an aggregation site tracking federal polling data.

    The Conservatives, meanwhile, have dropped slightly to 28.9 per cent, says the latest analysis from ThreeHundredEight.com.

    The Liberals have dropped less than a point to 27.4 per cent support – better than they’ve been faring lately – while the Bloc Québécois has 5.2 per cent and the Green Party of Canada, 4.9 per cent.

    In terms of seats — which is all that matters — the site projects the NDP would win between 113 and 140 seats. The Conservatives would win between 99 and 141 seats and the Liberals between 71 and 106.

    With the Tories at a lower low, the site’s more precise projection says the NDP would win 127 seats to the Conservatives’ 114.

    “This is the first time that the

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