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Man killed by NSA police after refusing orders to leave property had history of theft

3 hours 34 min ago

Court documents show that a cross-dressing man killed during a violent encounter at the National Security Agency had a history of theft and assault, and was mistaken at least once for being a woman. The FBI has identified Ricky Shawatza Hall as the person who was killed Monday after the NSA said he failed to obey orders to drive away from a heavily guarded gate leading into the highly secure NSA campus. An NSA police officer was treated for minor injuries and released.

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Making sense of the Duffy trial: A primer on the four principal chapters

4 hours 28 min ago
When the trial for Mike Duffy gets underway Tuesday, Crown prosecutors will lay out their case against the suspended senator in four key areas. Duffy declared his longtime home in Kanata, Ont., as his secondary residence, and filed living expenses for living away from P.E.I. A 2013 independent audit estimated Duffy spent 30 per cent of his time at the residence on the island.
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Nigeria's president congratulates Muhammadu Buhari on electoral victory, says Cabinet minister

4 hours 30 min ago

Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday it was time "to heal wounds," a day after Nigeria's president conceded defeat in a bitterly fought election. Buhari was the sole candidate of a coalition of the major political parties that formed two years ago and transformed Nigeria's political landscape by offering the first real challenge to the governing party that has been in power since 1999. Because of decades of military rule — Buhari himself ousted a democratically elected government in the 1980s — this is only the eighth election in Nigeria's history and the fifth since democracy was restored in 1999. "You voted for change and now change has come," said Buhari, who describes himself as a convert to democracy.

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UN rights chief: retreating Boko Haram fighters murdered women and girls they held as 'wives'

4 hours 30 min ago
The U.N.'s human rights chief says his office has received reports that Boko Haram fighters fleeing advancing military forces murdered women and girls they had taken as "wives," along with other captives. Zeid said there also are "persistent and credible reports" of serious rights violations by Nigerian and other security forces responding to Boko Haram.
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Six stories in the news today, April 1

4 hours 47 min ago
Six stories in the news today, April 1, from The Canadian Press:
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William Shatner continues to boldly go everywhere he possibly can

5 hours 8 min ago
There are a few constants in William Shatner's career: he will always be working, he will always be mocked — not least by himself — and he will always be James T. Kirk, captain of the Starship Enterprise. The series originally ran for three seasons from 1966 to 1969 before NBC cancelled it because of low ratings.
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The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, dies a few weeks after celebrating 117th birthday

5 hours 57 min ago

The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, died Wednesday, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday. Misao Okawa died of heart failure and stopped breathing as relatives and nursing home workers stood by her side and praised her for achieving a long, healthy life, said Tomohiro Okada, an official at her Osaka nursing home. A 116-year-old American woman, Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas, is now the world's oldest person, according to Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which keeps records of supercentenarians. Okawa, born in Osaka on March 5, 1898, was recognized as the world's oldest person by Guinness World Records in 2013.

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Gary Dahl, creator of the Pet Rock, dies at 78 in Oregon

7 hours 23 min ago

Gary Ross Dahl, the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, has died at age 78 in southern Oregon. Dahl's wife, Marguerite Dahl, confirmed Tuesday that her husband of 40 years died March 23 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The Pet Rock required no work and no time commitment. Born Dec. 18, 1936, in Bottineau, North Dakota, Dahl was raised in Spokane, Washington.

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Coroner says death of oil heir Andrew Getty appears to be from natural causes or accident

7 hours 38 min ago

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Los Angeles County coroner's investigators say the death of Getty oil heir Andrew Getty is most likely via natural causes or an accident.

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Leslie A. Williams, former member of the Tuskegee Airmen, dies in California at age 95

7 hours 51 min ago

Leslie A. Williams, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen, which broke the military colour barrier during World War II, has died in California. Williams died Monday of natural causes at his home in Patterson, said his daughter Penny Williams. A native of San Francisco, Williams was drafted into the Army in 1939 and trained for nine months at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. The Tuskegee Airmen were an elite group of African-American fighter pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps who trained during the time of government-sanctioned Jim Crow laws.

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3-D print technology provides cheap, lightweight 'robohand' to 7-year-old California girl

7 hours 52 min ago

Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought much about putting a prosthetic limb where her missing left hand had once been. With family members occasionally shouting "Be careful" and "Watch out for that car," Faith firmly placed her new hand's bright blue and pink fingers on her bike's left handlebar and took off for a seemingly endless sojourn around the Build It Workspace on Tuesday morning. When Faith outgrows it in six months or a year, a replacement can be made just as cheaply and easily, said Mark Muller, a prosthetics professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills, who helped with the design.

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Gunman arrested after several shots fired in Grande Prairie

8 hours 40 min ago
A 58-year-old man has been arrested after several gunshots were fired Tuesday evening near a Halliburton oilfield services building just north of Grande Prairie.
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Indiana governor wants to clarify religious-objections law; Arkansas passes similar bill

9 hours 2 min ago
Indiana's governor said he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state's new religious-freedom law which has triggered a nationwide outcry does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Meanwhile in Arkansas, lawmakers defied criticism and followed Indiana's lead to pass a similar law. It now goes to Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who has said he will sign it into law. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday defended the Indiana measure as a vehicle to protect religious liberty but said he has been meeting with lawmakers "around the clock" to address concerns that it would allow businesses to deny services to gay customers.
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Edmonton transit 'cautiously optimistic' LRT will open in May ... or June

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 23:35
In January, city officials gave an update on the status of the long-delayed Metro LRT line, and said they were "cautiously optimistic" it would open this May. In March, another update, where city officials said they were still "cautiously optimistic" the line would open by the May deadline. On Tuesday, came the most recent news, when LRT construction manager Wayne Mandryk said the city is now "cautiously optimistic" the new line will open … in either late May or early June. Mandryk called reporters together to tell them there were "a few issues" found among the 100 documents the city needs before the contractor, Thales Rail Signalling Solutions, can complete the "handover" on the project.
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TTC investigating after Union Station brawl video surfaces

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 23:29
Toronto's public transit authority has launched an investigation after an ugly incident where two TTC special constables were filmed fighting with two men at Union Station. The six-minute long video, which was posted on both YouTube earlier this month and started spreading quickly online Tuesday night, purportedly shows an incident from the evening Jan. 29, 2015, as the downtown subway station fills up with fans leaving a Toronto Maple Leafs game. Two men, who were later arrested by police, struggle with a pair of TTC special constables and a fare collector as crowds look on. Everyone involved appears to struggle or throw a punch at some point, but at one moment where the situation appears to be calming down one of the special constable punches one of the men hard in the face twice.
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Daniel Blier steps down from Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau after report

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 23:22

The executive director of Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau, Daniel Blier, has resigned following a scathing report from Montreal's corruption watchdog. Inspector-general Denis Gallant uncovered serious problems with several contracts awarded in connection with a project to spruce up Parc Jean-Drapeau for Montreal's 375th anniversary in 2017. In a report issued on March 23, Denis Gallant said the Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau — the publicly funded body that runs the park — ignored or incorrectly applied rules for awarding several contracts over the last two years. At the time, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said Blier should be fired.

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Police investigating death of man at Hollywood Hills home of oil fortune heir Andrew Getty

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 23:04

A man was found dead Tuesday in the Hollywood Hills home of Getty oil fortune heir Andrew Getty, but officials didn't say if the body was that of J. Paul Getty's grandson. A woman calling to report that someone had died sent officers to the gated home on Montcalm Avenue shortly after 2:15 p.m. They found the man dead in a bathroom, police spokesman Jack Richter said. Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said the woman was co-operating with the investigation. Getty is one of four sons of Gordon Getty, a San Francisco multibillionaire who is among the richest men in the United States.

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Police: Man, woman found dead after shooting at Fresno, California, medical office building

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 22:08

A man stormed into a medical office building in downtown Fresno and fatally shot the mother of his five children before he killed himself, police in central California said Tuesday. Arriving officers heard one gunshot, Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez said. Fresno Deputy Police Chief Pat Farmer said there are two businesses in the building — a pediatric clinic and an eye clinic. Gomez identified the shooter as Neng Moua, 43, of Clovis.

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Authorities: 2 found dead in home after boy reports finding parents with cuts from chain saw

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 22:06
Authorities say two people were found dead in a Philadelphia-area home after a boy reported finding his parents with cuts from a chain saw. Montgomery County prosecutors and Lower Moreland Township police say they are investigating one of the deaths as an apparent homicide. Prosecutor Kevin Steele tells The Lancaster Intelligencer-Journal that a chain saw was found in the home.
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Mom who blamed baby son's death on toddler daughter gets maximum prison term in Pennsylvania

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 22:03
An Alabama woman who blamed the death of her infant son on her toddler daughter has been sentenced in Pennsylvania to 15 to 30 years in prison. Thirty-two-year-old Wendi Stanford, of Florence, wept in Lehigh County court Tuesday as she again professed her innocence in the November 2003 death of 2-month-old Christopher Harbin, in Allentown.
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