• SpiderMable: Edmonton girl rescues "kidnapped" Oilers captain Andrew Ference

    Children's Wish Foundation gives young cancer patient a heroic day

    A six-year-old woke up Monday to find her city looking to her to help save a local hero.

    A breaking newscast was broadcast in Edmonton, with Sgt. Steve Sharpe explaining that Oiler’s team captain Andrew Ference had been "kidnapped."

    “If SpiderMable is out there, and you get this message, come down to the mayor’s office and be a part of that team and lead us towards safety and getting our captain back,” Sharpe pleaded.

    Of course, Ference was not in danger and the newscast was staged. Ference was actually hanging out at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, waiting to be saved by his biggest fan and soon to be hero. Here's a recap of SpiderMable's incredible journey.

    The whole scenario was cooked up by the Children’s Wish Foundation – with help from Edmonton Police, Mayor Don Iveson’s office and other community groups – to help Mable fulfill her dreams of helping others and fighting crime, all in a leotard.

    Even Ference’s kids were in on the heroic rescue.

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  • Everyone likes getting a surprise care package, but a nearly 24 pound case of marijuana crashing through the roof of your carport is probably not the ‘care’ most people would be hoping for.

    That’s exactly what happened to one family in Nogales, Arizona three weeks ago.

    Maya Donnelly said she woke up early on the morning of September 8 to what sounded like thunder but went back to sleep when her husband dismissed the sounds as just that, thunder, according to the Associated Press.

    Donnelly said when she finally got out of bed later in the morning and went to her carport she got quite the surprise – first seeing wood splinters on the ground, and then a case with 23.8 pounds of marijuana valued at more than $13,000 CAD sitting in her dog’s crate, according to the Nogales International.

    “I went out to investigate, and sure enough, I looked up to see the hole, and then my eyes trailed down and the big dog’s house was destroyed,” she told the paper. “It made a hole in that hard plastic

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  • Tory strategist Lynton Crosby shares rare analysis of 2015 general electionTory strategist Lynton Crosby shares rare analysis of 2015 general election

    The three main federal parties are in a statistical dead heat, with a little more than three weeks left to woo voters.

    So brace yourselves. The campaign trail is about to get rough, says one pundit.

    “We saw that in the French debate. There were some personal attacks, which probably might become more [frequent] because the three parties are so close together right now and trying to get ahead,” says Cara Camcastle, a political science professor at Simon Fraser University.

    “That might take more dirty politics.”

    Dirty or not, it will take a lot more politicking.

    The latest polls aggregated by ThreeHundredEight.com put the Conservatives at 30.8 per cent of decided voters, Liberals 30.7 per cent and the NDP 28.7 per cent. The poll roundup released Friday gives the Green Party 4.9 per cent and the Bloc Québécois4 per cent.

    Last week the NDP averaged 30.7 per cent, the Tories 30 per cent and the Liberals 29.8 per cent — tied for all intents and purposes.

    With so little daylight between the

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  • Fitbit plays the long (battery) game with update to Surge activity trackerFitbit plays the long (battery) game with update to Surge activity tracker

    Halfway through the current federal election campaign, Liberal volunteer AJ Sivma decided to invest in a Fitbit.

    Canvassing door-to-door was keeping him on his feet for hours a day, so he figured he’d start recording the amount of energy he was expending using the fitness-tracking device.

    So far, the most steps he’s taken in a day was 18,000 during a five-hour canvas. The general goal for most people using a fitness-tracker is 10,000.

    “I’ll keep using it after the election,” he tells Yahoo Canada News. “But I know my numbers won’t be as strong then as they are now. My steps will definitely go down after the election.”

    It seems Sivma is one of many on the election trail, from volunteers to candidates, who are using fitness trackers and fitness apps as a push to keep active and keep track of the ground they’ve covered during the whirlwind  78-day campaign.

    Conservative candidate Michelle Rempel has taken to Twitter to express her enthusiasm for the device, even suggesting she used it to

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  • You know the drill.

    You wake up with the sniffles – maybe the light, raspy shadow of a mild sore throat.

    You cough. It seems a little deep.

    You think you’re catching a cold. You don’t want or need to catch a cold.

    So – maybe you reach for the vitamin C.

    Hold that thought.

    Throughout the panoramic sweep of human history, the cure for the common cold has proved elusive. But a compromise wisdom has emerged. A broad consensus feels that if you can’t cure a cold, vitamin C might at least be able to head one off.

    At least one well-informed author disagrees.

    Short answer: it does not appear to,” says Catherine Price, the author of Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Natural Perfection, an overview of how vitamins revolutionized the way we think about food.

    “The big meta-analyses of vitamin C have concluded that when it is taken as a preventative measure, it doesn't help prevent colds in the general population. While there's always a chance that you'll benefit from the placebo effect,

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  • NDP leader Tom Mulcair speaks during the French-language leaders debate September 24, 2015. (Reuters)NDP leader Tom Mulcair speaks during the French-language leaders debate September 24, 2015. (Reuters)

    In Thursday night’s French leaders’ debate, NDP leader Tom Mulcair was the top target of the other party leaders, challenging him on issues like pipelines and national unity, and the niqab. Mulcair fought hard on all those issues, and continues to maintain his position on other issues central to the NDP platform, like a national daycare plan and a $15 minimum wage.

    Mulcair recently spoke with Yahoo Canada and explained in greater detail exactly what his party aims to do if they end up in power after the October 19 election, and how he feels about leading a party that has never been in charge federally before.

    Yahoo Canada: Apart from the daycare plan, what would an NDP government do to improve the lot of Canadian families?

    Thomas Mulcair: We’re also bringing in a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour for people on the low end of the spectrum who come under federal jurisdiction. So that would include things like ports, radio stations, call centers, banks and the like.

    And we’ve got

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  • A four-year-old boy was kept from school on Monday because his mother was concerned after he was told writing with his left hand is “evil.”

    Oklahoma native Alisha Sands was appalled with an article she received from her son Zayde’s teacher last week, which called left-handedness “unlucky” and “evil,” she tells Oklahoma’s KFOR news.

    While the young boy was doing homework last week, Alisha noticed he was writing with his right hand, instead of his natural left, which she is as well.

    “I just asked ‘is there anything his teachers ever asked about his hands?’ And he raises this one and says this one’s bad,” Sands tells KFOR.

    This prompted Sands to write to Zayde’s teacher, with his teacher responding with the article.

    Sands tells KFOR that it’s heartbreaking to think that someone actually believes her child is evil because of the hand he writes with.

    She went to the superintendent with the article, but no action was taken towards the teacher.

    KFOR tried to get in touch for a comment and

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  • Pope Francis waves to school children as he walks towards them after arriving at the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, after an address to a joint meeting of Congress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)Pope Francis waves to school children as he walks towards them after arriving at the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, after an address to a joint meeting of Congress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    In imploring U.S. lawmakers to show compassion to refugees, Pope Francis once again acknowledged the brutal treatment of the Indigenous peoples in the settlement of North America.

    But the Catholic pontiff did not agree to a request from Canadian and American native leaders to meet during Francis’s first visit to the United States this week.

    And he proceeded to canonize a Catholic missionary whose elevation to sainthood was strongly opposed by many First Nations.

    “We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners,” Francis said in his speech at the U.S. capitol on Thursday.

    “Tragically, the rights of those who were here long before us were not always respected.”

    The leader of the Catholic world offered his “highest esteem and appreciation” to those people.

    “Those first contacts were often turbulent and violent, but it is difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present,” Francis said, urging his audience not to repeat the

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  • Despite the rising concerns over inactivity and obesity among children, one Washington school district has decided to ban a favourite recess past time, in an attempt to squash any physical and emotional harm and encourage team sports.

    “The Mercer Island School District and school teams have recently revisited expectations for student behavior to address student safety. This means while at play, especially during recess and unstructured time, students are expected to keep their hands to themselves,” the district’s communications director Mary Grady explained via email to Fox News.

    “The rationale behind this is to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all students.”

    “Good grief, our kids need some unstructured playtime,” one mother, Kelsey Joyce, told Fox News.

    “I totally survived tag,” she said, laughing. “I even survived red rover, believe it or not.”

    Melissa Neher has two kids at public schools on Mercer Island. After finding out not from the school board, but from her kids

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  • If you pride yourself on all those early morning dashes to the bus stop, Hidekichi Miyazaki, a 105-year-old from Japan, just may make you feel not quite so accomplished.

    The centenarian set a new world record this week, as the world’s oldest sprinter, completing the 100-metre dash in 42.22 seconds, reports Reuters.  

    Outfitted in tiny red shorts and red t-shirt, Miyazaki missed his previously set record of 34.2 seconds, which he set at the age of 103. 

    “I’m not happy with the time,” Miyazaki told AFP.

    “I started shedding tears during the race because I was going so slowly. Perhaps I’m getting old.”

    The recently turned 105-year-old started running at 93, after his friends started passing away, he told the Guinness Book of World Records.  

    His nickname, the “Golden Bolt,” is derived from his lightening bolt pose, copied from Jamaican Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, whom he longs to race against.

    Miyazaki trains every day in a nearby park, his daughter told CNN. Only skipping practice

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