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Fiancee of ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez due to be called to stand in murder trial

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FALL RIVER, Mass. - The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is due to be called to testify in his murder trial.


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Prosecutors: No murder charge for Colorado woman accused of cutting baby from woman's womb

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:48
A Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder, prosecutors said Thursday night. Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said prosecutors won't bring the charge in the baby's death. Investigators say Lane lured Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her Longmont home March 18 with an ad on Craigslist offering baby clothes.
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CRTC unveils proposal to make TV service contracts more consumer friendly

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:43

Broadcast service providers would also have to more clearly spell out fees and policies surrounding early contract cancellations and adding or removing individual channels under the code. In issuing the proposed code, the CRTC also said it expects closed captioning services for Canadians with disabilities, already available through regular television programming, to be included free of charge when those programs are broadcast online and on mobile devices. "Canadians will have access to compelling television content, the freedom to choose the content that meets their needs and tools to navigate a dynamic marketplace," Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said. The CRTC received more than 13,000 submissions from individuals, interest groups and industry players since it launched a wide-ranging consultation process called Let's Talk TV in 2013.


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Obama discusses drug war, changing criminal justice system with 'The Wire' creator David Simon

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:07

Talk of overhauling the criminal justice system is serious business — but before diving into the subject, President Barack Obama had something else he wanted to say. Obama told David Simon, creator of the acclaimed HBO series "The Wire," that he was a huge fan of the program about life in drug-plagued Baltimore. Obama and Simon sat down this week at the White House for a 12-minute discussion about the need to reduce the incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders and steps to make cities safer.


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Filing: Detroit girl says mother killed her siblings, made her put sister's body in freezer

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:06

A teenager told authorities that her mother killed two siblings and forced her to put one of the bodies in the freezer of their Detroit home where both were found by an eviction crew. Details of death and extreme abuse emerged Thursday as Mitchelle Blair appeared in court, two days after the bodies of a 9-year-old son, Stephen Berry, and 13-year-old daughter, Stoni Blair, were discovered. Blair, 35, is charged with child abuse, but she could face murder charges when the bodies thaw and autopsies are performed, prosecutors said. The Michigan Department of Human Services is taking steps to end Blair's rights to two other children, a 17-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son.


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Accused B.C. terrorist laments missed chance to kill soldiers, families: trial

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:03

"I could have killed 225 Canadian soldiers coming back from Afghanistan, and all their families," says John Nuttall about an event at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in Victoria, B.C., that supposedly took place in early May 2013. Imagine the damage I could have done," he says, gesturing excitedly to the undercover officer in a covert police video taken in May 2013. In audio and video recordings taken in May of that year and played for the jury on Thursday, Nuttall tells the undercover officer of applying alongside his brother to join the Canadian military years earlier and feeling "dejected" after he was refused admission for health reasons. Despite having referred to him as "habibi," or my beloved in Arabic, Nuttall has repeatedly expressed doubt about trusting the undercover officer, who was posing as an Arab businessman.


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B.C. airport evacuated over suspicious package that turned out to be a painting

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:55
A rolled-up painting stored inside a tube is the latest suspicious-looking package to force an evacuation in Western Canada. Kamloops, B.C., airport manager Fred Legace (legacy) says an employee noticed a suspicious looking package Thursday afternoon and sounded an alert. An Air Canada flight scheduled to leave for Vancouver at 5:50 p.m. was cancelled, while the carrier's 6:20 flight departed.
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Wisconsin trooper's killer had been convicted in white supremacist brawl nearly 20 years ago

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:28
A Michigan man killed in a shootout that also left a rookie Wisconsin state trooper dead was part of a group of skinheads who attacked black and Hispanic people nearly 20 years ago, court records show. Steven Timothy Snyder was convicted in 1996 of disorderly conduct in Fond du Lac, the same city where he killed Trooper Trevor Casper on Tuesday.
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'Downton Abbey' to end its saga of the Crawley clan with upcoming 6th season

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:22

A grand manor will close its doors to millions of weekly guests after "Downton Abbey" concludes next year. "Our feeling is that it's good to quit while you're ahead," executive producer Gareth Neame said. He said the decision to wrap was made by him and Julian Fellowes, who created the series and has written every episode, in conjunction with the cast. He said there are no plans in place for a rumoured "Downton Abbey" feature film or a series spinoff.


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Japan core consumer inflation grinds to halt, keeps BOJ pressured

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 21:55

By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's annual core consumer inflation ground to a halt in February, the first time it has stopped rising in nearly two years, keeping the central bank under pressure to expand monetary stimulus later this year. Other data published on Friday didn't offer much solace with household spending slumping even as job markets improved, underscoring the challenges premier Shinzo Abe faces in steering the economy toward a solid recovery. While the Bank of Japan has stressed it will look through the effect of slumping oil prices, the soft data will keep it under pressure to expand stimulus to jump-start inflation toward its 2 percent target. Stripping out the effect of last year's sales tax hike, the core consumer price index was flat from a year ago, moving further away from the BOJ's price goal.


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Official: 1 pilot apparently locked out of cockpit before Germanwings plane crashed

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 21:19

An official with knowledge of the audio recordings from the Germanwings flight that crashed in the Alps says one of the pilots apparently was locked out of the cockpit when the plane went down.


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RadioShack rescue deal dogged by fights, demands for new auction

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 21:16

RadioShack Corp's rescue deal to keep 1,740 stores open was attacked on Thursday by the bankrupt retailer's top creditor, a failed bidder who called the auction a sham and sought a new sale. RadioShack, which filed for bankruptcy last month, told a U.S. Bankruptcy judge it had selected the Standard General hedge fund as the winning bidder in the private four-day auction, which ended just before Thursday's hearing. While RadioShack's attorney told the court the deal saved 7,500 jobs and was $23 million more than a bid by liquidators, the deal provided little cash. An attorney for Salus Capital Partners, which is owed $150 million and is RadioShack's largest creditor, blasted the auction process and called for the auction to be reopened.


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Cheryl Hardcastle wins NDP Windsor-Tecumseh federal nomination

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 21:10

Cheryl Hardcastle will represent the NDP in the riding of Windsor-Tecumseh in the upcoming federal election.


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Oil and gas industry has low impact on health in northeastern B.C.: report

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 20:45
Health risks associated with oil-and-gas activity in northeastern British Columbia are low, according to a newly released report from the provincial Health Ministry. Health Minister Terry Lake said Thursday the report concludes that existing regulations protect public health. "Protecting the health and safety of British Columbians is one of our government's top priorities, and that's why we undertook this comprehensive study," Lake told reporters on a conference call. Intrinsik Environmental Sciences Inc. conducted the research, which represents the final phase of an evaluation of human-health risks related to the oil-and-gas industry.
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Turmoil in Yemen grows as Saudi Arabia leads airstrikes against Shiite rebels

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 20:32

The turmoil in Yemen grew into a regional conflict Thursday, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials said a ground assault will follow the airstrikes. Iran denounced the Saudi-led air campaign, saying it "considers this action a dangerous step," and oil prices jumped in New York and London after the offensive. The military action turned impoverished and chaotic Yemen into a new front in the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Yemen's U.S.-backed President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled the country Wednesday as the rebels known as Houthis advanced on his stronghold in the southern port of Aden, reappeared Thursday.


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Exclusive: Builders FirstSource in talks to acquire ProBuild - sources

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 20:18
Builders FirstSource Inc , a U.S. supplier of residential building products, is in discussions to acquire peer ProBuild Holdings Inc for approximately $1.5 billion, including debt, three people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The negotiations between Builders FirstSource and privately held ProBuild are ongoing and may not lead to an agreement, the people said. Other bidders for ProBuild could also emerge, they added. Builders FirstSource and ProBuild representatives declined to comment.
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Mary Spencer to carry Pan Am Game torch for Windsor

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 19:57
Windsor's Mary Spencer, one of Canada's boxing champion, will be carrying the Pan Am Games torch when it passes through the city in June. 
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University of Toronto strike over as CUPE 3902 workers enter binding arbitration

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 19:53
Striking University of Toronto teaching assistants and other unionized workers will be back at work Friday after voting overwhelmingly to enter binding arbitration. CUPE 3902 Unit 1, which represents the some 6,000 U of T workers, said its members voted 942 for and 318 against entering binding arbitration at a Thursday evening vote.
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Japan February core CPI flat year on year excluding tax hike effect

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 19:42

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's core consumer price index was flat in February compared with a year earlier when excluding the effect of last April's sales tax hike, government data showed on Friday, the first time since May 2013 that it has stopped rising. The data could keep the Bank of Japan under pressure to ease monetary policy further with inflation moving further away from the central bank's 2 percent target. (Reporting by Leika Kihara; Editing by Chris Gallagher & Shri Navaratnam)


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