Prince William visits pregnant Kate

Media gather outside the King Edward VII hospital in central London as Prince William visits his wife Kate. The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted with a severe

form of morning sickness and is expected to stay in hospital for several days.

  • Police officer 'gave himself the space and time' in high-stakes arrest: experts
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    Police officer 'gave himself the space and time' in high-stakes arrest: experts

    Experts say the powerful video of Alek Minassian's arrest reveals a textbook case of an officer defusing danger through a series of life-and-death choices based on training and a calm mind. "This is exactly the type of de-escalation ... and response to these types of confrontations that we hope to see," said Ontario ombudsman Paul Dube.

  • 'Anyone with a pulse' can pass: Semi-trailer driving tests in Canada too easy, instructors agree
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    'Anyone with a pulse' can pass: Semi-trailer driving tests in Canada too easy, instructors agree

    Reg Lewis says it's time to expose the "dirty secret" of the trucking industry. Lewis says he and other driving instructors are knowingly sending hundreds of ill-prepared semi-trailer drivers onto Canada's highways, grid roads and city streets every year. The rules are similar in nearly every province, according to the to Canadian Trucking Alliance, including Saskatchewan, site of the recent collision between a semi and the Humboldt Broncos bus that left 16 dead.

  • Nearly half of Albertans have trouble paying their bills. Only one-quarter think NDP can get a pipeline built.
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    Nearly half of Albertans have trouble paying their bills. Only one-quarter think NDP can get a pipeline built.

    Albertans answered. Forty-seven per cent of people in Alberta think pipelines or the economy are the most important issues facing the province. Despite the end of the recent recession and economic indicators pointing to a rebound, many Albertans remain nervous about their financial futures.

  • Opposition motion calls for action to stop the flow of illegal border crossings
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    Opposition motion calls for action to stop the flow of illegal border crossings

    As an influx of illegal border crossings by asylum seekers continues to cause pressures in Quebec, the issue is creating mounting tensions between the Liberals and Conservatives in the House of Commons. The Trudeau Liberals and the Opposition Conservatives blamed each other Tuesday for problems caused by a spike in refugee claimants entering Canada illegally from the U.S. — an influx that does not appear to be slowing down. "This has been an issue for well over a year, but this prime minister has failed to take any concrete steps to address the situation," Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said.

  • Inuit worry about toxic splash from rocket debris in Canada's arctic waters
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    Inuit worry about toxic splash from rocket debris in Canada's arctic waters

    Inuit and politicians in Nunavut are raising concerns that debris from a European rocket being launched today could contain toxic fuel when the space junk falls back to Earth in the High Arctic. The Sentinel-3B rocket and an attached satellite are expected to blast off from northern Russia to monitor Earth's oceans, land and ice. The rocket is fuelled by hydrazine — an extremely toxic substance — that "only specialists dressed in bulky astronaut-like suits" can be around, according to the European Space Agency's website.

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    Russian envoy plays down tensions with Israel over Syria strikes

    Russia's ambassador to Israel on Wednesday played down tensions between the countries over Israeli attacks in Syria, saying they were not the reason for Moscow's proposed supply of an advanced air defense system to Damascus. Since intervening in Syria's civil war on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad in 2015, Russia has generally turned a blind eye to Israeli air strikes there against suspected arms transfers and deployments by his Iranian and Hezbollah allies.

  • Exclusive: Russian civilians helping Assad use military base back home - witnesses
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    Exclusive: Russian civilians helping Assad use military base back home - witnesses

    By Maria Tsvetkova and Anton Zverev MOLKINO, Russia (Reuters) - The Kremlin says it has nothing to do with Russian civilians fighting in Syria but on three recent occasions groups of men flying in from Damascus headed straight to a defense ministry base in Molkino, Reuters reporters witnessed. Molkino in southwestern Russia is where the Russian 10th Special Forces Brigade is based, according to information on the Kremlin website. The destination of the Russians arriving from Syria provides rare evidence of a covert Russian mission in Syria beyond the air strikes, training of Syrian forces and small numbers of special forces troops acknowledged by Moscow.

  • Unjust dessert? Japan demands Koreans wipe map off summit dinner mousse
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    Unjust dessert? Japan demands Koreans wipe map off summit dinner mousse

    Japan has demanded that South Korea rethink a mango mousse dessert it plans to serve at a North-South summit dinner on Friday which features a map of the Korean peninsula, including islands disputed with Japan, a recurring irritant for Tokyo. The mousse, subtitled "Spring of the People" in a publicity photo, features islands known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in Korea, which lie about halfway between the East Asian neighbors in the Sea of Japan, which Seoul refers to as the East Sea. "It is extremely regrettable," a Japanese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday, adding that Japan had lodged a protest.

  • 2 climbers rescued from B.C. avalanche after placing call to Poland for help
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    2 climbers rescued from B.C. avalanche after placing call to Poland for help

    B.C. emergency dispatchers were surprised to get a call from the Polish Embassy in Ottawa, urging them to send rescuers to a mountain in the B.C. Rockies where two climbers had been caught in an avalanche. 

  • Supreme Court upholds legality of patent review process
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    Supreme Court upholds legality of patent review process

    By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday gave its stamp of approval to a government review process prized by high technology companies as an easy and cheap way to combat "patent trolls" and others that bring patent infringement lawsuits. The justices ruled 7-2 that a type of in-house patent review at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office does not violate a defendant's right under the U.S. Constitution to have a case adjudicated by a federal court and jury. The court ruled against Oil States International Inc , a Houston-based oilfield services company that had challenged the legality of the process, called inter partes review (IPR).

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    Creator says Deadpool character by far his most popular ahead of Calgary Expo appearance

    The creator of the hugely popular, unorthodox superhero Deadpool says the character and Ryan Reynolds' portrayal seems to connect with a fans across the board, ahead of a second film instalment coming next month. "When Deadpool first appeared, Marvel called me and said, 'Rob, this is the most mail we've gotten on a new character in 20 years,' and I mean, he was in the book for 10 pages," Rob Liefeld told The Homestretch on Tuesday. Liefeld will be on hand at the 2018 Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo this weekend to interact with and answer fan questions, and he's got some idea what to expect.

  • Edmonton council sends speed limit review back to drawing board
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    Edmonton council sends speed limit review back to drawing board

    A report from administration recommended lowering the speed limit in residential neighbourhoods. Currently, only playground zones have 30 km/h speed limits and there are about 400 of those zones in the city. Tim Cartmell suggested during Tuesday's meeting that the city reevaluate its approach and gather more concrete information before making a decision.

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    Manfred encouraged by impact of mound visit rules

    Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is encouraged by pace-of-play changes that have limited mound visits and reduced the time between innings at major league games this season. Speaking in Toronto on Tuesday before the Blue Jays hosted the Boston Red Sox, Manfred said the new rules have sped up games without any disruption. "Whenever you change a rule in baseball, people predict all sorts of dire outcomes, and we have avoided even the smallest of incidents related either to the mound visit rule or the shorter inning breaks," Manfred said Tuesday.

  • LG Display books first operating loss in 6 years as panel prices drop
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    LG Display books first operating loss in 6 years as panel prices drop

    By Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd reported its first operating loss in six years, hit by a sharp drop in panel prices as Chinese rivals flooded the market and sluggish sales of liquid crystal displays for TVs. "The market situation has changed more rapidly than expected," Don Kim, CFO of LG Display, said in a statement. Chinese panel makers, bolstered by government subsidies, have ramped up production and caused panel prices to drop even further, analysts have said.

  • Windsor undergoing yearly checkup, survey exploring city's 'vital signs'
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    Windsor undergoing yearly checkup, survey exploring city's 'vital signs'

    How do you rate the city's air quality, educational opportunities and public transportation? The WindsorEssex Community Foundation wants to know. The Vital Signs survey was launched Tuesday for the fifth consecutive year and examines key areas of the Windsor-Essex region like housing, safety and the environment.

  • 7-year-old food critic dishes on P.E.I.'s Burger Love
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    7-year-old food critic dishes on P.E.I.'s Burger Love

    Seven-year old Jack Pickering is P.E.I.'s newest — and possibly youngest — food critic. 

  • Toronto van attack suspect charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder
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    Toronto van attack suspect charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder

    Alek Minassian has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder after Monday's rampage through Toronto. Catherine McDonald reports from outside Minassian's home in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

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    Volunteer, college student, grandmother, foreign nationals among van attack victims

    A Toronto woman with a love of volunteering, an 80-year-old grandmother, a Jordanian man visiting relatives, a college student and two South Korean nationals were among those who died in a horrific van attack that sent shock waves through Canada's largest city. Tennis Canada said D'Amico had volunteered at its marquis Rogers Cup tournament every summer since the age of 12, starting out as a "ball girl" and eventually heading its stadium control committee. The organization also said she worked at Invesco Canada, a U.S.-based investment firm with offices near the scene of the attack.

  • Council invests in goose droppings sweeper to combat messy paths
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    Council invests in goose droppings sweeper to combat messy paths

    Jack Salmons walks his dogs along the riverfront almost everyday. He enjoys the scenic view but not stepping through the mess left behind by all the geese.

  • To beat porch thieves, Amazon slips packages in car trunks
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    To beat porch thieves, Amazon slips packages in car trunks

    Not content to stop at slipping packages inside customers' front doors, Amazon.com Inc on Tuesday started a new program to deliver packages to its members' parked cars. All that is required to have packages delivered to a car is downloading an app from Amazon and linking it to the vehicle's so-called connected car service, such as General Motors Co's OnStar system or Volvo Car Group's On Call service. Since 2011, Amazon has offered secure lockers for urban customers.

  • Yukon Quest bars past champ Hugh Neff, cites 'lack of dog care'
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    Yukon Quest bars past champ Hugh Neff, cites 'lack of dog care'

    Longtime Yukon Quest musher Hugh Neff won't be allowed to run in next year's race — after it was discovered that his dead dog was infested with parasitic worms and its muscles were wasting away, among other health conditions. Yukon Quest officials say the decision to bar Neff, who has competed in the sled dog race 17 times and won it twice, is related to the death of one of his dogs during the 2018 race in February. "When the necropsy report came back, we felt that there were enough issues in there that we needed to take action," said Kathleen McGill, chair of the race's rules committee.

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    B.C. researchers get patent to develop potential vaccine for syphilis

    Researchers at the University of Victoria have been granted a patent to develop a potential vaccine against syphilis as rates for the sexually transmitted disease soar worldwide. Microbiologist Caroline Cameron said a vaccine would complement current treatment with penicillin. The infectious disease often goes undetected and is increasing in epidemic proportions among some populations, including men who have sex with men, she said.

  • Rogersville monks bid farewell to dairy farming tradition
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    Rogersville monks bid farewell to dairy farming tradition

    The last North American monastery in the dairy business is selling its cows. Facing a financial crunch, the monks of the Cistercian-Trappist Monastery in Rogersville, N.B., have voted to liquidate their business. Brother Stephan Hewitt arrived at the monastery from Cape Breton at the age of 24.

  • Cluck N Cleaver co-owner loving every morsel of Iron Chef Gauntlet experience
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    Cluck N Cleaver co-owner loving every morsel of Iron Chef Gauntlet experience

    Popular Calgary chef Nicole Gomes has made it a little closer to becoming the winner of Iron Chef Gauntlet, which airs on the U.S.-based Food Network, and it could be a first. "I've been watching Iron Chef since I was a kid, when it was still in Japanese with English subtitles," Gomes told The Homestretch on Tuesday. Gomes runs a catering company and is co-owner of fried chicken destination Cluck N Cleaver.

  • Islanders must be 'utterly destitute' to receive social assistance, say Greens
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    Islanders must be 'utterly destitute' to receive social assistance, say Greens

    Prince Edward Island says it's reviewing its social assistance program as the Green Party says most employment income is clawed back and that applicants must be down to their last $50 to receive benefits. The news came as Green MLA Hannah Bell took the MacLauchlan government to task over social assistance policies that she said force Islanders to become "utterly destitute" before they can receive help. Bell also said the programs make it more difficult for Islanders to avoid becoming dependent on social programs.