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Experts use facial reconstruction technology to bring ancient Peruvian queen back to life
FCC votes to undo 'net neutrality' rules in 3-2 vote
‘A terrible tragedy’: Four killed in helicopter crash near Tweed, Ontario: OPP
Four children dead after train collides with school bus in France
Dellen Millard denied a mistrial in Laura Babcock case
Bank of Canada more confident less stimulus needed as economy enters sweet spot: Poloz
Former 'Apprentice' star Omarosa denies White House firing
Squeaky Wheels: Buses don't have snow tires, but still have traction
2017-12-14 21:37:20 Q: After the most recent snowstorm saw hundreds of buses stuck in the snow, it got me wondering: do Société de transport de Montréal buses have snow tires, or any other form of traction aids available, like chains, that can help them navigate the streets, especially the hilly terrain in parts of the city, during a snowstorm? A: This question was asked last year, but considering all the reports about buses stuck in the snow during the snowstorm this past week, it’s worth revisiting the answer   Read More ...
Global warming boosted Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall by at least 15 per cent, studies find
2017-12-14 21:33:43 NEW ORLEANS — There’s a theme lurking under the giant science meeting here along the Mississippi River: Extreme weather really is getting more extreme because of climate change. The human influence on hurricanes and wildfires is increasingly obvious. For years this has been a subject clouded in uncertainties. But now scientists say they have hard numbers. Wednesday morning two independent research teams, one based in the Netherlands and the other in California, reported that the deluge from Hurricane Harvey was significantly heavier than it would have been before the era of human-caused global warming   Read More ...
Toronto Raptors’ Norman Powell needs to relax; Jonas Valanciunas becomes a secret weapon
2017-12-14 21:33:36 PHOENIX – What has happened to Norman Powell and where does he fit in once Delon Wright is able to return to the lineup? Powell went 0-for-6 with three fouls and two turnovers in 10 minutes during Wednesday’s win over the Suns. He went 1-for-6 in 12 minutes the game before and played only nine minutes against Sacramento, shooting 1-for-3. His outside shot has abandoned him (1-for-14 in December), he is driving without a purpose, resulting in turnovers or misses and generally doesn’t look comfortable while on the court   Read More ...
Here are the three things that keep Bank of Canada’s Stephen Poloz up at night
2017-12-14 21:33:33 There are three main financial issues that worry the head of the Bank of Canada enough to keep him up at night.In a speech Thursday on the state of the Canadian economy Stephen Poloz noted that while the country’s is the fastest-growing among the Group of Seven economies, there were still three “slower-moving, nagging issues” that he worries about: high house prices and household debt, cyber threats and the difficult job market for young people   Read More ...
Hydro One helicopter crash in Ontario kills four people
2017-12-14 21:33:27 TWEED, Ont. -- Four Hydro One employees were killed Thursday in a helicopter crash in eastern Ontario, police and the utility reported. The crash occurred about noon in Tweed, north of Kingston, provincial police said. Homeowner Kim Clayton said hydro crews had been working on her property for weeks and she was used to hearing them fly back and forth. The loud crash shook the house, sending her to a window, where Clayton said she saw part of the chopper in the trees in the distance by an open field   Read More ...
New infrastructure agency names interim executive to oversee investments
2017-12-14 21:33:22 OTTAWA -- A board director for the new federal infrastructure financing agency is temporarily stepping down from his post to take on a top executive job in the organization. Bruno Guilmette was appointed last month to the board of directors of the Canada Infrastructure Bank. The agency says Guilmette will become interim chief investment officer to oversee officials reviewing project proposals and crafting deals -- essentially letting the agency start doing what the federal government envisioned it would   Read More ...
EU hails 'historic' joint defence agreement, but many questions remain
2017-12-14 21:06:39 Financing and co-ordination with NATO efforts are among biggest issues still to work out Related Stories European Union nations, now unfettered by Britain's decision to quit, achieved a 70-year-old ambition on Thursday to integrate their defences, launching a pact between 25 EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together. European Council President Donald Tusk deemed the move "bad news for our enemies   Read More ...
4 dead in Hydro One helicopter crash near Tweed, Ont.
2017-12-14 21:06:35 Four people are dead after a Hydro One helicopter crashed northeast of Tweed, Ont., this afternoon. The crash happened in the Township of Addington Highlands in eastern Ontario just before noon ET, according to Ontario Provincial Police. The identities of the victims have not yet been released. Air ambulance landing near scene of helicopter crash north of Tweed. Numerous emergency responders attending   Read More ...
'It broke me': Six months later, witnesses to London's Grenfell Tower fire still have flashbacks
2017-12-14 21:06:31 Grenfell Tower caught fire June 14, killing 71 people Margaret Evans is a correspondent based in the CBC News London bureau. A veteran conflict reporter, Evans has covered civil wars and strife in Angola, Chad and Sudan, as well as the myriad battlefields of the Middle East. Related Stories To step out of a taxi or off a bus onto the streets that lie in the shadow of the burnt-out Grenfell Tower is to enter another world   Read More ...
Canadians owe $1.71 for every dollar of disposable income they have — a new record high
2017-12-14 21:06:28 Canadian households owed more than $2.1T at end of September, up 1.4% from summer levels Related Stories Canadians owe $1.71 for every dollar of disposable income they had in the third quarter of 2017, the highest amount on record. Statistics Canada reported Thursday that Canadian households owed more than $2.1 trillion at the end of September, up 1.4 per cent from the summer   Read More ...
Canada's electronic spy agency and military get new orders to prevent sharing information gained by torture
2017-12-14 21:06:24 Exception allowed when information is 'absolutely necessary' to prevent death or significant injury The Liberal government has issued a new directive to restrict Canada's electronic spy agency, the military and foreign ministry from using — or passing along — information that may have been derived from torture. The only exception would be when the information is "absolutely necessary to prevent loss of life or significant personal injury" and that the person involved is "someone is about to commit a terrorist act   Read More ...
FCC votes to roll back U.S. net neutrality protections
2017-12-14 21:06:21 Federal regulator votes 3-2 to roll back internet rules implemented under Barack Obama Related Stories The Federal Communications Commission voted to roll back U.S. laws designed to ensure a free and open internet, a controversial but expected decision that critics say hands control of web traffic to a small number of billion-dollar companies. The five-member panel voted three votes to two to roll back rules implemented in 2015 under then-president Barack Obama aimed at ensuring internet service providers have to treat all data equally along their networks, a principle known as net neutrality   Read More ...
Judge refuses Dellen Millard's request for mistrial at Laura Babcock murder trial
2017-12-14 21:06:16 A judge swiftly quashed co-accused Dellen Millard's request for mistrial at the Laura Babcock murder trial in Toronto today. Millard, 32, who is acting as his own lawyer, put forward a 10-page application for mistrial Thursday morning complaining the lawyer for co-accused Mark Smich tried to pin Babcock's alleged murder on him. Justice Michael Code rejected the argument, and the plea for a mistrial   Read More ...
Explosion that shook houses in Thunder Bay, Ont., may have been from a meteorite, police say
2017-12-14 21:06:08 A loud explosion that shook houses in a semi-rural part of Thunder Bay, Ont., Wednesday evening may have been caused by a meteorite that landed on the outskirts of the northwestern Ontario city, according to local police. Patrol officers were dispatched to the area of Highway 61 and Mount Forest Boulevard Wednesday around 11 p.m., to investigate, police said in a written release   Read More ...
These are the things that Bank of Canada's Poloz says keep him awake at night
2017-12-14 21:06:04 Central bank exploring circumstances for issuance of its own digital currency, Poloz says Related Stories You might forgive Stephen Poloz if he has a lot on his mind. As governor of the Bank of Canada, he has to worry about the state of our economy, and how things like the NAFTA renegotiations might affect it, how technological change might impact inflation, and how the housing market will react to new mortgage rules   Read More ...
4 children dead after school bus, train crash in southern France
2017-12-14 21:05:59 Four children were killed and seven seriously injured after a train smashed into a school bus, splitting it in two, outside the town of Perpignan in southern France on Thursday, the interior ministry said. "Emergency and public services are fully mobilized," Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Twitter. The Interior Ministry said seven people in the bus, which was carrying young people between ages 13 and 17, were seriously injured among the 16 aboard   Read More ...
Top baby names of 2017 include new entries for boys and girls
2017-12-14 21:02:25 If the last few years have proved anything, it’s that top baby names don’t seem to change much over time. In fact, a name like Sophia has been on trend for at least eight years, according to BabyCenter. This year, both Nameberry and BabyCenter released their annual top baby names of 2017, a list of 400 names that have intrigued parents around the world   Read More ...
Defiant Bannon under siege from GOP after Alabama failure
2017-12-14 21:02:19 NEW YORK -- Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is catching blame from fellow Republicans for coughing up a safe Senate seat in deep-red Alabama and foisting damaging political advice on U.S. President Donald Trump. But in the aftermath of this week's stinging Alabama defeat, Bannon is showing no signs of abandoning his guerrilla war against the GOP establishment. Bannon wholeheartedly backed Roy Moore, the insurgent conservative who faltered in Tuesday's special election amid allegations that he had preyed on underage girls decades ago   Read More ...
Why I didn't get a PhD – and why you shouldn't either
2017-12-14 20:36:47 Euphoria ran through my veins as I read the offers. Earlier this year, political science departments from some of Canada’s finest universities offered me a spot in their PhD programs. Each was accompanied with guaranteed four-year funding packages; some even added enticing scholarships. As someone who loves learning, getting paid to do it while transforming myself into a doctor was a no-brainer   Read More ...
Experts use facial reconstruction technology to bring ancient Peruvian queen back to life
2017-12-14 20:33:29 How do you go about bringing a 1,200-year-old Peruvian queen back to life? As reported in National Geographic, that was the task undertaken by archaeologists Milosz Giersz and Roberto Pimentel after they discovered the so-called Huarmey Queen in El Castillo de Huarmey, Peru, in 2012. Thought to have been at least 60 when she died, the noblewoman was found buried in her own special tomb near 57 other presumed aristocrats from the Wari people, who dominated before the arrival of the Incas   Read More ...
Four dead in Hydro One helicopter crash in eastern Ontario
2017-12-14 20:33:16 Hydro One says four of its employees were killed following a helicopter crash near Tweed, Ont., on Thursday.Ontario Provincial Police say the crash happened at about noon in Addington Highlands.Officials say emergency crews were dispatched to scene, including Ontario’s air ambulance service.In a statement, Hydro One said the safety of its employees is “paramount” and said the crash will be investigated by the appropriate agencies   Read More ...
Could playing Pokemon Go improve your social skills?
2017-12-14 20:21:01 New Canadian research has found that those who are more extroverted tend to make better players when it comes to augmented reality games that require interaction with others, such as Pokemon Go. Carried out by the University of British Columbia, the study is the first to look at how players’ personalities, social competence, and social anxiety can affect their success at the game   Read More ...
Callous crooks rob 96-year-old woman in her Toronto home
2017-12-14 20:10:41 TORONTO — A 96-year-old woman was helpless to stop a couple who broke into her Don Mills home last week, ransacked the place and took off with her jewelry. Now cops have released photos hoping to catch the culprits. Toronto Police say the elderly woman was alone in her home near Lawrence Ave. E. and Leslie St. when the frightening robbery unfolded around 3 p   Read More ...
Cat named D-O-G is star trainer for support dogs
2017-12-14 20:10:38 ST. LOUIS — A cat with an unlikely name has an important job at a training centre for dogs. Support Dogs, Inc. in St. Louis took in the black and white cat over the summer and named him D-O-G. He’s more than a mascot – officials say he plays a key role getting the dogs comfortable around other animals. Assistance dogs need to be well-behaved and not be distracted in their job helping people who are deaf or have mobility problems   Read More ...
Four dead in helicopter crash near Tweed
2017-12-14 20:10:33 By Steph Crosier, Kingston Whig-Standard. Ontario Provincial Police have confirmed that four individuals have been killed in a helicopter crash in the municipality of Tweed. Emergency services first responded to a helicopter crash northeast of Tweed, a rural community north of Belleville, at approximately noon, Sgt. Tina Hunt said. Hunt confirmed that four people have died. Air ambulance landing near scene of helicopter crash north of Tweed   Read More ...
Dennis Rodman: Kim Jong Un just ‘more of a kid’
2017-12-14 20:10:28 Dennis Rodman has defended his unlikely friendship with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. The retired professional basketball player, who is known for his facial piercings and flamboyant dress sense, has attracted global media attention for his visits to the secretive East Asian nation, and his subsequent befriending of the controversial ruler after a meeting in 2013. Rodman has travelled to North Korea at least five times over the last four years, and during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday he explained that he wants to use his connections to smooth tensions between the leader and U   Read More ...
BRIEF-Merck Says Prevymis To Be Available In Canada By End Of December
2017-12-14 20:07:50 Dec 14 (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc: * MERCK & CO SAYS RECENTLY APPROVED PREVYMIS (LETERMOVIR) IS EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE IN CANADA BY END OF DECEMBER 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: Our Standards:   Read More ...
Who is Alphonso Davies? The MLS teen sensation invited for a trial by Man Utd
2017-12-14 20:05:11 VANCOUVER — On the pitch, Canada international Alphonso Davies is a chaotic blur. Blink and you might miss him. A cannon in the open field, the 17-year-old striker possesses natural end-to-end speed while simultaneously maintaining meticulous ball control. Perhaps faster than his feet has been the Canadian soccer sensation’s sudden ascension into international glory, which has reportedly resulted in a trial with Manchester United   Read More ...
FCC votes to undo 'net neutrality' rules in 3-2 vote
2017-12-14 20:04:14 In a vote along party lines, the federal government has ended sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. The Thursday vote at the Federal Communications Commission will likely usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight. The move not only rolls back restrictions that keep broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from blocking or collecting tolls from services they don't like, but bars states from imposing their own rules   Read More ...
Louisiana delays parole hearing for 71-year-old jailed as a juvenile more than 50 years ago
2017-12-14 20:04:07 BATON ROUGE, La. — In 1963, Henry Montgomery killed a sheriff’s deputy less than two weeks after his 17th birthday. A half-century later and nearly two years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favour, he’s still waiting for his first chance at freedom. Louisiana’s parole board postponed Thursday’s scheduled hearing for the 71-year-old inmate, whose case enabled roughly 2,000 other inmates to argue for their release after receiving mandatory life-without-parole sentences as juveniles   Read More ...
‘A terrible tragedy’: Four killed in helicopter crash near Tweed, Ontario: OPP
2017-12-14 20:03:58 Ontario Provincial Police have confirmed that four individuals have been killed in a helicopter crash in the municipality of Tweed, about 90 kilometres west of Kingston. Emergency services first responded to a helicopter crash north east of Tweed, south of Flinton near Upper Flinton Road at approximately noon, Acting Sgt. Tina Hunt, of the OPP, said. Hunt confirmed that four people have died, she did not know how many people in total were on board the aircraft   Read More ...
Multiple fatalities after helicopter crash in eastern Ont.
2017-12-14 20:03:54 ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS, Ont. - Ontario Provincial Police say four people have been killed in a helicopter crash today north of Kingston, Ont. Police say the crash happened at about noon in Addington Highlands. Officials say emergency crews are arriving on scene, including Ontario's air ambulance service. More to come... Deploys team of investigators to a helicopter accident near Tweed, ON https://t   Read More ...
Four children dead after train collides with school bus in France
2017-12-14 19:35:01 PARIS - A school bus and a regional train collided in southern France on Thursday, killing four children and critically injuring seven other people on the bus, the French interior ministry said. Photos from the scene tweeted by a local television station showed the train derailed and the bus shorn in half. Nine other people on the school bus and three on the train had less severe injuries   Read More ...
Four people dead in helicopter crash near Tweed, Ont.
2017-12-14 19:34:56 Four people are dead after a helicopter crashed near the town of Tweed in eastern Ontario on Thursday. OPP Acting Sgt. Tina Hunt told CTV News Toronto the aircraft went down near the hamlet of Flinton, sometime before 12 p.m., approximately 70 kilometres northeast of Belleville. Images posted online by witnesses indicate at least one ORNGE air ambulance was dispatched to the scene   Read More ...
FCC repeals U.S. net neutrality rules
2017-12-14 19:34:52 The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape.The 3-2 vote overturned net neutrality rules that barred broadband providers from blocking or slowing access to content or allowing websites to pay for “fast lanes” to get their content more quickly to consumers   Read More ...
As U.S. net neutrality vote looms, some brace for long fight
2017-12-14 19:34:49 NEW YORK – As the federal government prepares to unravel sweeping net neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet, advocates of the regulations are bracing for a long fight. The Thursday vote scheduled at the Federal Communications Commission could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight   Read More ...
NASA and Google AI find star that ties ours with 8 planets
2017-12-14 19:34:45 NASA’s Kepler telescope and a Google neural network have identified a distant star system orbited by eight planets, tying it with our own solar system for the most known planets orbiting a star. The discovery was made with help from a machine learning neural network at Google AI. Machine learning involves training an artificial intelligence to evaluate complex situations based on a number of factors and inputs   Read More ...
FCC votes to undo 'net neutrality' rules in 3-2 vote
2017-12-14 19:34:42 The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted on party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era "net neutrality" rules that guaranteed equal access to internet. The agency's Democratic commissioners dissented in the 3-2 vote Thursday. The FCC's new rules could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet. The agency got rid of rules that barred companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from playing favourites with internet apps and sites   Read More ...
World junior camp: Dominant Hart picking up where he left off
2017-12-14 19:09:19 ST. CATHARINES — Carter Hart has been too busy stopping just about every puck coming his way that he has not stopped to glance at his statistics. “I don’t like to look at my stats,” Hart said with a smile on Wednesday night. “I don’t want to get caught up in them.” They’re eye-popping, to be sure. Before he departed Everett of the Western Hockey League to take part in Canada’s world junior selection camp, Hart, a Philadelphia Flyers prospect, had put together a lofty   Read More ...
School bus ‘cut in two’ in crash involving train in southern France
2017-12-14 19:09:13 PARIS — The French Interior Ministry says four children have died and seven people are seriously hurt following a collision between a train and a school bus in southern France. Twelve people were more lightly injured. The accident occurred at a railway crossing at about 4 p.m. close to the village of Millas as the children were being taken home at the end of school   Read More ...