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Cree woman from Alberta crowned Mrs. Universe 2015 in Minsk, Belarus

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 19:59
An aboriginal woman from Alberta has won an international pageant for married women. Ashley Burnham, 25, was crowned Mrs. Universe 2015 in Minsk, Belarus, on Saturday. Burnham is from the Enoch Cree Nation west of Edmonton and is an actress, model and motivational speaker.
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Turner Field US flag at half-staff, players' families deal with grief after fan dies in fall

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 19:43

The U.S. flag flew at half-staff at Turner Field on Sunday, one day after a fan died following his fall from the upper deck into the lower-level stands during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. Mary Beth Hauptle, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner, identified the victim as Gregory K. Murrey, 60, of Alpharetta, Georgia. Murrey was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.


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Man in hospital after motorcycle hits train

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 18:57
A man is in life-threatening condition after his motorcycle collided with a train on a rural road east of Edson Sunday afternoon. Edson RCMP were called to the scene, at Range Road 154 near Township Road 542, at around 12:30 p.m.. It was the second motorcycle injury in northern Alberta Sunday.
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Obama moves to change name of North America's tallest mountain; Mount McKinley, to Denali

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 18:29

President Barack Obama will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, bestowing the traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of a historic presidential visit to Alaska. By renaming the peak Denali, an Athabascan word meaning "the high one," Obama is wading into a sensitive and decades-old conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio. Alaskans have informally called the 20,320-foot (6,194-meter) mountain Denali for years, but the federal government recognizes its name evoking the 25th president, William McKinley, who was born in Ohio and assassinated early in his second term.


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Slain television reporter and cameraman remembered at Roanoke interfaith ceremony

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 18:18

Community religious leaders gathered Sunday to remember 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward, the two television journalists who were shot and killed while working last week. The interfaith service at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke was filled with sombre prayers across several religions, along with music from the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and others. The ceremony began with a slideshow of the WDBJ-TV journalists wearing warm smiles as they worked as a tag-team on stories.


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Obama moves to change name of North America's tallest mountain from Mount McKinley to Denali

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 18:15

President Barack Obama will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, bestowing the traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of a historic presidential visit to Alaska. By renaming the peak Denali, an Athabascan word meaning "the high one," Obama is wading into a sensitive and decades-old conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio. Alaskans have informally called the 20,320-foot mountain Denali for years, but the federal government recognizes its name invoking the 25th president, William McKinley, who was born in Ohio and assassinated early in his second term.


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Southwest home invasion being investigated

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 18:11
Calgary police are investigating a home invasion in the 99 hundred block of 26 Street in southwest Calgary.
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Hawrelak Lake cleared for triathlon after algae scare

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 18:06

This year's world triathlon championships will remain an actual triathlon, following fears that algae might sink the swimming portion of the race.


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Harper should take a break from campaign to help jailed Canadian Fahmy: NDP, Liberals

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 17:16

Stephen Harper's political opponents are calling on the prime minister to take time off the campaign trail and concentrate on securing the release of jailed Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy. An Egyptian court sentenced Fahmy to three years in prison on Saturday and the foreign affairs critics for both the New Democrats and the Liberals lashed out at Harper for failing to intervene earlier in the case. "Very concretely, we are asking Stephen Harper to put aside the election campaign for a moment and call President al-Sisi directly and ask him to send Mr. Fahmy home," NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar told The Canadian Press.


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Egyptian Foreign Ministry summons British ambassador to protest comments on Al-Jazeera verdict

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 17:15

The court sentenced the Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohammed on Saturday, reigniting international criticism over the long-running case and highlighting authorities' crackdown on free speech. "I am concerned that today's ruling will undermine confidence in the basis of Egypt's stability, both in Egypt and abroad," he said. Casson's comments were posted on the British Embassy's Facebook page and met with a wave of negative reaction in Arabic and English.


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Viral video shows skirmish between Palestinian women, youth and Israeli soldier

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 16:35

A video showing an Israeli soldier scuffling with Palestinian youths and women at a West Bank protest has been viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook, shining a light on Israeli military policies in the territory. In the edited video, the masked soldier is seen holding a 12-year-old boy, his arm in a cast, in a chokehold in an attempt to arrest him. The original video, which was provided to The Associated Press by its creator, local activist and the boy's relative Bilal Tamimi, showed the same footage.


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Liberals and Tories attack NDP platform as Mulcair campaigns in Nova Scotia

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 15:41

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair was the only major party leader on the campaign trail Sunday as he took his election campaign to the Maritimes, but the other two parties weren't completely out of the spotlight as they both took aim at the New Democrats' platform. Mulcair campaigned in Halifax on Sunday, the largest urban centre in a part of the country that once was the exclusive preserve of the Conservatives and Liberals. The New Democrats currently hold three seats in Nova Scotia _ they have a fourth in New Brunswick.


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Ashley Madison hack: Longueuil man to act as lead plaintiff in Quebec lawsuit

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 15:24
A 49-year-old Longueuil bachelor has agreed to be named as a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against the parent company of the adultery website Ashley Madison. Serge Saumur is representing Quebecers whose information was exposed after the website was hacked in a class action suit brought by Ontario lawyers. The class action, led by firms Charney Lawyers and Sutts, Strosberg LLP, is being brought against Avid Dating Life Inc. and Avid Life Media Inc., the corporations that run the infidelity website.
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Ashley Callingbull, First Nations woman, crowned Mrs. Universe

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 15:19
A 25-year-old from Alberta's Enoch Cree Nation has become the first First Nations woman — and the first Canadian — to win the Mrs. Universe pageant.
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