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Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre waves after being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at the fifth annual NFL Honors at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in San Francisco. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision for NFL/AP Images)

Kindred-spirit QBs Favre, Stabler voted into Hall of Fame

The first NFL game Brett Favre ever attended, as a teenager growing up in Mississippi, was the final home game of Ken "The Snake" Stabler's career. Favre, a New Orleans Saints fan, travelled the hour-or-so drive from home to the Superdome on that Sunday in 1984 with his father, older brother and uncle — and it was a thrill to watch a guy who electrified a stadium the way Favre himself would one d…

  • FILE - In a Sept. 23, 2003 file photo, the real Linus, artist Linus Maurer, cuts a ribbon after unveiling a statue of Linus of "Peanuts" comic strip fame during a ceremony at his hometown of Sleepy Eye, Minn. Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend Charles Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown’s sidekick in his “Peanuts” comic strip, has died. Maurer’s longtime partner Mary Jo Starsiak said Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, that Maurer died Jan. 29 in Sonoma, California. He was 90. (John Cross/The Free Press via AP)
    Man who gave name to "Peanuts'" Linus dies at age 90 The Canadian Press - Sat, 6 Feb, 2016

    Linus Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend and colleague Charles M. Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown's blanket-wielding best friend Linus … More »Man who gave name to "Peanuts'" Linus dies at age 90

    FILE - In a Sept. 23, 2003 file photo, the real Linus, artist Linus Maurer, cuts a ribbon after unveiling a statue of Linus of "Peanuts" comic strip fame during a ceremony at his hometown of Sleepy Eye, Minn. Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend Charles Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown’s sidekick in his “Peanuts” comic strip, has died. Maurer’s longtime partner Mary Jo Starsiak said Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, that Maurer died Jan. 29 in Sonoma, California. He was 90. (John Cross/The Free Press via AP)

    Linus Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend and colleague Charles M. Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown's blanket-wielding best friend Linus in his "Peanuts" comic strip and cartoons, has died at age 90. Maurer died Jan. 29 in Sonoma, California, his longtime partner Mary Jo Starsiak told …

  • A couple kisses during the "Carmelitas" block party, during Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Top Brazilian Health officials said this Friday that the active Zika virus has been found in urine and saliva samples, cautioning that further study is needed to determine whether the mosquito-borne virus in those body fluids is capable of infecting people. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
    In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to … More »In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

    A couple kisses during the "Carmelitas" block party, during Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Top Brazilian Health officials said this Friday that the active Zika virus has been found in urine and saliva samples, cautioning that further study is needed to determine whether the mosquito-borne virus in those body fluids is capable of infecting people. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present. U.N. officials also called on many Catholic-majority countries …

  • Laurinaldo Alves adjusts the pacifier of his daughter Luana Vitoria, who suffers from microcephaly, during a physical stimulation session at the Altino Ventura foundation, a treatment center that provides free health care, in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Brazil is in the midst of a Zika outbreak and authorities say they have also detected a spike in cases of microcephaly in newborn children, but the link between Zika and microcephaly is as yet unproven. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
    Brazil considers reforming biosecurity law amid criticism The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    Brazilian officials will soon decide whether to amend the South American nation's rigid procedures for sharing Zika samples, the Cabinet chief's spokeswoman said Friday, … More »Brazil considers reforming biosecurity law amid criticism

    Laurinaldo Alves adjusts the pacifier of his daughter Luana Vitoria, who suffers from microcephaly, during a physical stimulation session at the Altino Ventura foundation, a treatment center that provides free health care, in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Brazil is in the midst of a Zika outbreak and authorities say they have also detected a spike in cases of microcephaly in newborn children, but the link between Zika and microcephaly is as yet unproven. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Brazilian officials will soon decide whether to amend the South American nation's rigid procedures for sharing Zika samples, the Cabinet chief's spokeswoman said Friday, as officials announced that they were sending a set of samples to U.S. researchers amid complaints of hoarding. The developments came on the heels of …

  • Bighorn sheep in B.C. dying from domestic sheep pneumonia CBC - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    A bighorn sheep herd in B.C.'s interior is in trouble after coming into contact with domestic sheep and the contagious disease they carry. The Chasm herd near Clinton, … More »Bighorn sheep in B.C. dying from domestic sheep pneumonia

    A bighorn sheep herd in B.C.'s interior is in trouble after coming into contact with domestic sheep and the contagious disease they carry. The Chasm herd near Clinton, B.C. has lost more than two-thirds of its members since 2013, with the population decreasing from 110 to 28 members at last count. Scientists say bighorn …

  • Lululemon founder steps down from board of directors
    Dumb things CEOs say out loud Yahoo Finance Canada - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    Chip Wilson, the Lululemon founder who has a chronic case of foot-in-mouth disease, was at it again this week More »Dumb things CEOs say out loud

    Lululemon founder steps down from board of directors

    Chip Wilson, the Lululemon founder who has a chronic case of foot-in-mouth disease, was at it again this week

  • 8 ambulances added to Lower Mainland service
    8 ambulances added to Lower Mainland service CBC - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    Eight ambulances and the equivalent of 34 full-time paramedics have been added to the Lower Mainland emergency services as part of a plan to increase efficiency and respond … More »8 ambulances added to Lower Mainland service

    8 ambulances added to Lower Mainland service

    Eight ambulances and the equivalent of 34 full-time paramedics have been added to the Lower Mainland emergency services as part of a plan to increase efficiency and respond to changing needs. Health Minister Terry Lake says the province is facing increased demand from an aging population and growing rates of complex chronic …

  • This January 2016 microscope image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the Zika virus. On Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, U.S. health officials said men who have been to a Zika outbreak region should use condoms if they have sex with a pregnant woman — for the entire duration of the pregnancy. (Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC via AP)
    CDC: Men who were in Zika areas should use condoms The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    U.S. health officials issued guidelines Friday to prevent the sexual transmission of the Zika virus, telling men who have been to outbreak areas to use condoms during … More »CDC: Men who were in Zika areas should use condoms

    This January 2016 microscope image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the Zika virus. On Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, U.S. health officials said men who have been to a Zika outbreak region should use condoms if they have sex with a pregnant woman — for the entire duration of the pregnancy. (Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC via AP)

    U.S. health officials issued guidelines Friday to prevent the sexual transmission of the Zika virus, telling men who have been to outbreak areas to use condoms during sex with pregnant women. The guidance also suggests the men might consider abstaining or using condoms even with a partner who isn't pregnant. The Centers …

  • CDC abstinence recommendation under fire from women's health expert CBC - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    The U.S. Centre for Disease Control is being criticized for a report that called on women who are sexually active and not using birth control to stop drinking altogether … More »CDC abstinence recommendation under fire from women's health expert

    The U.S. Centre for Disease Control is being criticized for a report that called on women who are sexually active and not using birth control to stop drinking altogether to prevent the risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in unexpected pregnancies. The report says about half of all U.S. pregnancies are unplanned …

  • FILE - In this July 7, 2003 file photo, Philip Bailey, from left, Maurice White, and Ralph Johnson, of Earth Wind & Fire hold up the plaques from their induction at the Hollywood Rock Walk at a ceremony in Los Angeles. White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, died at home in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, said his brother, Verdine White. He was 74. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
    Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74 The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," … More »Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74

    FILE - In this July 7, 2003 file photo, Philip Bailey, from left, Maurice White, and Ralph Johnson, of Earth Wind & Fire hold up the plaques from their induction at the Hollywood Rock Walk at a ceremony in Los Angeles. White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, died at home in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, said his brother, Verdine White. He was 74. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

    Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said. White, who was 74, suffered from Parkinson's Disease and had retreated from the …

  • Zika virus warning issued to New Brunswick travellers
    Zika virus warning issued to New Brunswick travellers CBC - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    The outbreak of the Zika virus in Central and South America is now starting to impact on the travel plans of some New Brunswickers. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick's … More »Zika virus warning issued to New Brunswick travellers

    Zika virus warning issued to New Brunswick travellers

    The outbreak of the Zika virus in Central and South America is now starting to impact on the travel plans of some New Brunswickers. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick's acting chief medical officer of health, is warning potential travellers about the disease. "Anybody that is pregnant, or choosing to become pregnant in the …

  • Canadian Cancer Society pushes palliative care as Sask. election issue CBC - Thu, 4 Feb, 2016

    Most critically ill Canadians are not receiving adequate end-of-life care, according to a recent report by the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Saskatchewan chapter of … More »Canadian Cancer Society pushes palliative care as Sask. election issue

    Most critically ill Canadians are not receiving adequate end-of-life care, according to a recent report by the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Saskatchewan chapter of the organization is launching a campaign asking that more be done help people dying of chronic disease. The report says there's a lack of standards, training …

  • Rio Olympics: 5 controversies looming over the Games CBC - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    As Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the world for the 2016 Olympic Games, the lead-up to the global sporting event has already faced its fair share of controversy. Back … More »Rio Olympics: 5 controversies looming over the Games

    As Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the world for the 2016 Olympic Games, the lead-up to the global sporting event has already faced its fair share of controversy. Back in 2014, International Olympic Committee vice-president John Coates called the preparations for the Games the "worst" he's ever experienced. An outbreak …

  • Tonga declares Zika epidemic after 5 confirmed cases The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga - The tiny South Pacific kingdom of Tonga said Friday it has a Zika epidemic after five people tested positive for the virus and another 265 are suspected … More »Tonga declares Zika epidemic after 5 confirmed cases

    NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga - The tiny South Pacific kingdom of Tonga said Friday it has a Zika epidemic after five people tested positive for the virus and another 265 are suspected of having it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in addition to Tonga, the Pacific islands of American Samoa and Samoa have also reported …

  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, holds a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at the at the Hillsborough County Health Department after his decision to declare a state of emergency in five counties affected by the Zika virus. Scott explains his plan moving forward and the risk of pregnant women contracting the virus. (Zack Wittman/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)
    Florida readies for a fight with Zika virus The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    Florida's history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus. In 2014, chikungunya, … More »Florida readies for a fight with Zika virus

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, holds a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at the at the Hillsborough County Health Department after his decision to declare a state of emergency in five counties affected by the Zika virus. Scott explains his plan moving forward and the risk of pregnant women contracting the virus. (Zack Wittman/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)

    Florida's history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus. In 2014, chikungunya, a virus spread by the same species of mosquito as Zika, infected a million people in the Caribbean. While 452 travel-related cases were documented in Florida …

  • Houston Texans Defensive End J.J. Watt appears at a Super Bowl event promoting the Verizon Virtual Reality Game Winner Experience on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. Watt said he’s knows concussions are part of the risk of playing football. (AP Photo/John Carucci)
    J.J. Watt feels concussions are an expected injury The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt says he knew concussions were a risk when he decided to play football, so he's not any more alarmed by the studies of prolonged … More »J.J. Watt feels concussions are an expected injury

    Houston Texans Defensive End J.J. Watt appears at a Super Bowl event promoting the Verizon Virtual Reality Game Winner Experience on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. Watt said he’s knows concussions are part of the risk of playing football. (AP Photo/John Carucci)

    Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt says he knew concussions were a risk when he decided to play football, so he's not any more alarmed by the studies of prolonged head trauma suffered by NFL players. "I think there's this big perception that players have been shocked by the concussion news that has come out," Watt …