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Tuesday, April 24: United CEO Oscar Munoz is skipping his annual bonus after rough 2017, United chairman steps down; “Uber of China” Didi Chuxing plans IPO; Google and SoftBank invest in big round for “Uber for trucks” Manbang

  • All aboard: Hong Kong bullet train signals high-speed integration with China
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    All aboard: Hong Kong bullet train signals high-speed integration with China

    While the $11 billion rail project has raised fears for some over Beijing's encroachment on the Chinese-ruled city's cherished freedoms, passengers at the sleek harbourfront station were full of praise for a service that reaches mainland China in less than 20 minutes. "Out of 10 points, I give it nine," said 10-year-old Ng Kwan-lap, who was traveling with his parents on the first train leaving for Shenzhen at 7 a.m. "The train is great. It's very smooth when it hits speeds of 200 kilometers per hour." Mainland Chinese immigration officers are stationed in one part of the modernist station that is subject to Chinese law, an unprecedented move that some critics say further erodes the city's autonomy.

  • Canada's capital region reeling after intense tornado rips through communities
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    Canada's capital region reeling after intense tornado rips through communities

    Parts of Canada's national capital were still reeling Saturday after a powerful tornado carved paths of destruction through residential neighbourhoods — snapping huge trees, tossing cars and obliterating homes along its way. The tornado inflicted heavy damage late Friday as it churned across pockets of Ottawa's west and south ends, as well as densely populated sections of the neighbouring Quebec city of Gatineau. Hydro Ottawa CEO Bryce Conrad compared the magnitude of the damage to the power grid to the debilitating ice storm of 1998.

  • Teck's $20B Frontier oilsands project heads to joint review hearing
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    Teck's $20B Frontier oilsands project heads to joint review hearing

    If it's true that the era of mega oilsands projects is coming to an end, one proposed project stands as an outlier. On the heels of the grand opening this month of Suncor's $17-billion Fort Hills facility, another proposed mega-mine promises to employ thousands, invest billions and challenge prevailing views that the big mine is dead. Teck Resources Ltd.'s Frontier mine project undergoes its first day of public hearings in Fort McMurray on Tuesday before a joint review panel established by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the Alberta Energy Regulator.

  • Corporate welfare, the Koch brothers and being 'authentic': Maxime Bernier in conversation
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    Corporate welfare, the Koch brothers and being 'authentic': Maxime Bernier in conversation

    Maxime Bernier is hoping his new People's Party will usher in a conservative revolution in Canada. For years, Bernier has been championing the cause of smaller government, lower taxes and reduced immigration — but now the Quebec MP who finished a close second to Andrew Scheer in the last Conservative Party leadership race thinks these ideas can win the next Canadian election. A recent Nanos survey found that 17 per cent of Canadians would be open to supporting Bernier's new party, something  he credits to his principled policies.

  • Israel sets October deadline to evacuate Bedouin village in West Bank
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    Israel sets October deadline to evacuate Bedouin village in West Bank

    KHAN AL-AHMAR, West Bank (Reuters) - Israel on Sunday told residents of Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank slated for demolition, to clear their houses by Oct. 1. Israel plans to demolish the village and relocate its 180 residents - Bedouins who scrape a living by raising sheep and goats - to a site 12 kilometers (7 miles) away, near the Palestinian village of Abu Dis and adjacent to a landfill site. The move has drawn criticism from Palestinians and some European states, who cite the impact on the community and prospects for peace.

  • Tracking scammers behind fake CRA calls: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet
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    Tracking scammers behind fake CRA calls: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

    It might be because the world's largest box office has been recruiting professional scalpers. CBC News and the Toronto Star went undercover and found Ticketmaster allows scalpers to defy ticket-buying limits and use fake identities to resell at inflated prices (with a cut for Ticketmaster). Ticketmaster issued a statement to CBC News saying it was "categorically untrue that Ticketmaster has any program in place to enable resellers to acquire large volumes of tickets." It also said it had already begun an internal review of professional reseller accounts and employee practices before the CBC News story came out.

  • Federal workers cited 3,075 times for lapses in document security
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    Federal workers cited 3,075 times for lapses in document security

    Office workers at Public Services and Procurement Canada were cited 3,075 times last year for failing to lock up documents, USB keys and other storage devices containing sensitive information, says a new security report. "In 2017, we identified six employees who exceeded maximum offences and we are doing review for cause interviews," says a June 2018 briefing note, obtained by CBC News under the Access to Information Act. The results of the sweep, which included after-hours inspections of workers' desks and filing cabinets for sensitive documents and for storage devices left unsecured, are the first since the program was tightened and standardized on April 1, 2017.

  • Cosby sentencing is new milestone for #MeToo movement
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    Cosby sentencing is new milestone for #MeToo movement

    When the comedian, once known as "America's Dad," is sentenced to what could be up to 10 years in prison this week for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, it will be perhaps the starkest evidence yet that the #MeToo movement has permanently altered the way the country reckons with sexual misconduct by powerful men. "I'm hoping that's a permanent change – that there isn't the idea that you get to a point of success that you can do whatever you want," said Aviva Orenstein, a law professor at Indiana University who has studied sexual assault cases. Sexual favors are expected, and genius is recognized as an exception to decency." Cosby, once the beloved star of the 1980s television comedy "The Cosby Show," eventually faced accusations from some 60 women stretching back decades, some of which had long been known but previously failed to gain traction.

  • PM May, EU leaders need to look at room for movement on Brexit: UK lawmaker
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    PM May, EU leaders need to look at room for movement on Brexit: UK lawmaker

    Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit proposals seem to have no life left in them and the government and European leaders need to look at what room for movement there is in negotiations, a senior pro-EU lawmaker from her Conservatives said on Sunday. "I am not sure there is life left in Chequers ...," Nicky Morgan, chair of parliament's Treasury Select Committee and a former government minister, told Sky News.

  • Hay River councillor on why he's stepping away, and why so few people are running for office
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    Hay River councillor on why he's stepping away, and why so few people are running for office

    Municipal elections are taking place in several communities across the N.W.T. on Oct. 15, but a few familiar faces will be missing from the race for council in Hay River. Current town councillor Kandis Jameson was acclaimed as mayor after no other candidates stepped up to the plate. Vince McKay, who serves on council now, isn't one of them.

  • New website to showcase great N.W.T. musicians of the 60s and 70s
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    New website to showcase great N.W.T. musicians of the 60s and 70s

    The history of Northwest Territories musicians of the 1960s and 1970s will soon be showcased in a new website set to launch next week. Pat Braden is publishing Musicians of the Midnight Sun, an online history website focused on the territory's great musicians of the last 50 years. "It's a way of recognizing these Northern musicians, many of whom helped me along when I was just a snotty-nosed bass player," Braden said.

  • Lauther's late FG gives Riders wild victory over Argos
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    Lauther's late FG gives Riders wild victory over Argos

    Brett Lauther bailed Zach Collaros out Saturday night. Lauther's 56-yard field goal with 1:14 remaining earned the Saskatchewan Roughriders a wild 30-29 road win over Toronto. Lauther's boot came after Collaros was penalized for intentional grounding, moving the ball back 11 yards to the Argonauts' 48-yard line.

  • Aretha Franklin exhibit debuts with eye toward her legacy
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    Aretha Franklin exhibit debuts with eye toward her legacy

    The Detroit museum that hosted Aretha Franklin's public visitations after her death is again holding space for her — this time with an exhibit featuring photographs, videos and the red shoes she wore at the first funeral viewing that drew global attention. Billed as a "tribute to the Queen of Soul," ''THINK" opens to the public Tuesday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and runs until Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "My aunt used to always talk about having a Franklin family museum," Franklin's niece, Sabrina Owens, told The Associated Press.

  • Hudson jogger struck by car in 2015 finds her stride doing CrossFit
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    Hudson jogger struck by car in 2015 finds her stride doing CrossFit

    For Tina Adams, the phrase, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" is no cliché. Adams is living proof that not giving up is half the battle. "I kept my head up high the whole time and look where I am today," she told CBC Montreal's Daybreak.

  • Ferragamo brings Tuscan countryside to Milan with new collection
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    Ferragamo brings Tuscan countryside to Milan with new collection

    (This refiled version of the story adds dropped word 'men's' to second paragraph.) By Giulia Segreti MILAN (Reuters) - The Tuscan countryside sprung in the heart of Milan on Saturday as Italian fashion designer Salvatore Ferragamo showed its spring-summer 2019 collection, full of soft hues and rich leather. Creative director of women's collections, Paul Andrew, and Guillame Meilland, head of the group's men's ready-to-wear, said the collection was inspired by the colour palette of Tuscany's rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves. It was a continuation of the Florence-based maison's autumn-winter collection, which was also created by the two designers.

  • Young Indigenous artists paint their stories on big paper heads
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    Young Indigenous artists paint their stories on big paper heads

    Matthew Cardinal's big papier mâché head represents an Indigenous warrior, with a traditional Pendleton pattern on one side of his face and red stripes on the other. "Any form of artistry, I believe, should spark emotion," Cardinal told CBC in an interview this week.

  • Double-headed snake surprises homeowner
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    Double-headed snake surprises homeowner

    Scientists hope to find a new home for a rare copperhead snake found in Virginia. The double-headed creature was discovered in a garden and is unlikely to survive in the wild.

  • Calgary Veterans Food Bank shuts down 4 months early
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    Calgary Veterans Food Bank shuts down 4 months early

    The Calgary Veterans Food Bank has shut its doors four months earlier than planned. The local Poppy Fund's board of directors said it would close the food bank in January 2019 in order to reallocate resources to other veterans' services. Melanie Mitra, with the Canadian Legacy Project, said the early closure is unfortunate.

  • Body of missing fisherman Glen DesRoches found
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    Body of missing fisherman Glen DesRoches found

    The body of Capt. Glen DesRoches has been recovered, but his family members say they won't rest until the body of Moe Getson, the other fisherman lost at sea when their boat capsized off North Cape, P.E.I., has also been found. A vigil was held Sunday afternoon in Tignish for the DesRoches family. Desroches's body was found earlier in the morning about half a kilometre west of the North Cape Lighthouse.

  • Lumsden corn maze honours 'heroes' that saved family business
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    Lumsden corn maze honours 'heroes' that saved family business

    A wildfire almost destroyed their home and took a bite out of their business, but the owners of Happy Hollow corn maze say the maze is back, with a special design that honours those that helped them when they needed it. In April, a massive grass fire swept through the Lumsden valley, burning across five hundred hectares and requiring fire crews from Lumsden, Craven and Regina to respond. "We were lucky," said Tiffany Schaefer, explaining despite the damage, they soon could see the most important assets of their business had been saved from the blaze.

  • Calgary MLA Michael Connolly doesn't plan to seek re-election
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    Calgary MLA Michael Connolly doesn't plan to seek re-election

    NDP MLA MIchael Connolly announced Saturday that he does not plan to seek re-election in 2019. Connolly, who represents the riding of Calgary-Hawkwood, was one of the first three openly gay MLAs to be elected in the province, alongside Ricardo Miranda and Estefania Cortes-Vargas, and one of the first two to be elected in Calgary. Connolly was also the second-youngest elected MLA, at 21.

  • Ontario researchers use 3D-printing tech to replace part of dog's skull
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    Ontario researchers use 3D-printing tech to replace part of dog's skull

    Researchers at an Ontario university have used 3D-printing technology to replace the majority of a dog's cancer-ridden skull, a novel procedure they say marks a major advancement in veterinary medicine. Michelle Oblak, a veterinary surgical oncologist with the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College, said she believes the procedure is the first of its kind in North America and a substantive leap from one other known case. "Our hope is this is something that could be more widely available on a broad scale," Oblak said.

  • Tanzania ferry death toll rises to 224, ship's managers detained
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    Tanzania ferry death toll rises to 224, ship's managers detained

    Tanzanian authorities said on Sunday the number of people who died in a ferry that capsized in Lake Victoria had risen to 224 and the vessel's managers had been detained for questioning. The ferry, MV Nyerere, sank on Thursday evening just a few meters from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake's biggest island. Works, Transport and Communication Minister Isack Kamwelwe told state broadcaster TBC the death toll had risen to 224 as of Sunday afternoon.

  • Panama revokes registration of last migrant rescue ship in central Mediterranean
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    Panama revokes registration of last migrant rescue ship in central Mediterranean

    The Panama Maritime Authority has revoked the registration of search and rescue ship Aquarius 2 in a move that means there will be no charity rescue ships off the Libyan coast in the near future unless the vessel can find a new flag to sail under. Aquarius 2, the one remaining charity rescue vessel still operating in the Central Mediterranean area, is currently at sea with 58 survivors on board. The decision by the Panama Authority (PMA) means that once the ship comes into port it will be deflagged and will not be allowed to operate again unless it can find a new flag.