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Hops research could aid beer industry

15 hours 55 min ago

A pair of Agriculture Canada research scientists on P.E.I. are scanning the Maritimes for wild hops, and are looking for help. Aaron Mills and Jason McCallum hope to cultivate some of these plants at the research farm in Harrington with the goal of finding new, hardier varieties. Hops used for brewing in the Maritimes now come either from Europe or Oregon, and are not very pest or disease resistant in the Maritimes.

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Commemorative toonie with McCrae's likeness to mark war poem's centenary

17 hours 8 min ago

The man who penned one of the most memorable poems in Canadian history is getting not one, but two commemorative coins. The federal cabinet has approved the creation of commemorative toonies and two 25-cent coins depicting Lt.-Col. John McCrae writing "In Flanders Fields" to mark the poem's 100th anniversary. "It is one of the First World War's most recognized poems and an integral part of Canadian culture," the Royal Canadian Mint explains in a notice published in the Canada Gazette.

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Six stories in the news today, July 3

17 hours 21 min ago
In one case, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service got the green light from a high-level internal committee to interview a Canadian detained abroad as long as captors gave "proper assurances" the person would not be abused. Forest fires and thick smoke have now forced more than 5,000 people from their homes in northern Saskatchewan. The Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students are seeking an interim injunction against a key voter identification provision in the Fair Elections Act, passed last year.
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A look at some of the mayors leading a 'new way of thinking' in the West

17 hours 37 min ago
WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman calls it "a wave from the West" — a cohort of hip, western big-city mayors who have risen to power on plans to rid the cobwebs from city hall and re-make the level of government that is closest to the people. "There's a number of mayors that have brought in what I call new-generation leadership," he says. "It's really looking at a new way of thinking — long-term, more pragmatic, open and accessible and a little bit more technology literate." Here's a look at some of the mayor's in major western Canadian cities:
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Close your doors: nuisance bears find trouble across country

17 hours 38 min ago
Nuisance bears: they raid fridges, help themselves to trash and even crash parties. This year, the hungry mammals have forced trail closures in Alberta, ripped through screen doors to steal food inside Ontario cabins, settled for eating cake out of the garbage near Ottawa, and one cub broke into a parked car in Manitoba. Mike McIntosh of the Bear With Us sanctuary in Sprucedale, Ont., said Canada's natural berry season is still a couple of weeks away, so bears are wandering around searching for food left out by humans.
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Iraqis revive traditional music, hoping to defy extremists and drown out war

18 hours 16 min ago

In a Baghdad workshop plastered with black-and-white photos from a more peaceful time, Mahmoud Abdulnabi hand-carves a wooden oud, a string instrument with ancient roots that has fallen silent in much of the war-torn country. "The oud is different than other musical instruments," said Abdulnabi, who has crafted ouds played by some of Iraq's best known musicians, many of whom look down from headshots on the walls. The Islamic State group has banned music in the third of Iraq under its control, but in Baghdad a growing number of musicians and other artists are defying the extremists, hoping to revive a rich culture smothered by decades of war.

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Russian cargo ship lifts off to International Space Station, vital success after 2 failures

19 hours 5 min ago
A Russian booster rocket on Friday successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions. A Soyuz-U rocket blasted off flawlessly from Russia-leased Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan, placing the Progress M-28M ship into a designated orbit, safely en route to the station. On Sunday, it's set to dock at the station currently manned by Russians Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko and NASA's Scott Kelly.
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Death toll from accident to Pakistan army train rises to 17 as divers recover more bodies

19 hours 15 min ago

Pakistan's military said Friday the death toll from an accident to a special train that plunged into a canal because of a bridge collapse has risen to 17. Civil authorities and commandos and divers from the army retrieved 80 passengers, five of whom had been injured. Pakistani army spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, tweeted Friday that so far 17 bodies had been recovered and that the rescue work was still in progress.

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Explosion at a chemical plant in South Korea kills 6 workers

19 hours 16 min ago

An explosion at a chemical plant in South Korea killed six workers on Friday, fire officials said. The victims were doing welding work when the blast tore down a waste storage facility at a chemical plant run by Hanwha Chemical Co. in the southeastern city of Ulsan, according to the officials.

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Edmonton man charged with 2 counts of murder at Alberta oil industry work camp

20 hours 12 min ago
An Edmonton man has been charged in the deaths of two people at a work camp in northwestern Alberta. RCMP say a 37-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman were stabbed early Tuesday morning at the oil industry camp near Fox Creek, Alta. The camp is operated by Canada North Group Inc., which issued a statement on behalf of one of its companies called DJ Catering Ltd., expressing condolences.
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Warning of 2016 consequences, Hispanic leaders call on Republicans to condemn Donald Trump

20 hours 34 min ago

Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party's presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who's refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers. Trump's comments, delivered in his announcement speech last month, have haunted the party for much of the last two weeks and dominated Spanish-language media. It's bad timing for a Republican Party that has invested significantly in Hispanic outreach in recent years, given the surging influence of the minority vote.

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Bodies from capsized Philippine ferry raises death toll to 38; 15 missing, 134 rescued

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:44

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least three more bodies have been recovered from a ferry that capsized in choppy waters in the central Philippines, raising the death toll in the accident to 38 with 15 others missing, the coast guard said Friday. At least 134 people from the M/B Kim Nirvana were rescued by fishing boats and coast guard personnel or swam to safety off Ormoc city on Leyte Island on Thursday, said coast guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo. Balilo said two passengers initially listed in the manifest did not board the ferry, lowering the total number of people on board to 187 from 189 earlier reported by the coast guard.

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Alberta poll suggests support growing for Wildrose party

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:30

A new poll suggests the Wildrose Party would garner the most votes if a provincial election was held right now. The poll by Mainstreet Technologies gives Wildrose 33 per cent support, followed by the NDP at 26 per cent and the PCs in third place with 20 per cent. But when it comes to party leaders, NDP Premier Rachel Notley still leads the pack, with an approval rating of 50 per cent. Wildrose Leader Brian Jean, who was attending the party's western-themed barbecue on Thursday night, said the results weren't surprising.

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Hunting trip in Arctic ends with rescue after boat runs out of gas

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:26
Three people in their mid-20s and 30s left Salluit, Que., on Monday in a seven-metre boat bound for an island to hunt. Capt. Jean Houde, air co-ordinator at the centre, says two Hercules aircraft, a Transport Canada plane that was in the area, and a Canadian Coast Guard ship with a helicopter aboard were all dispatched to conduct a search. On Thursday at about 8 p.m. local time, the boat with the three people aboard, was spotted on a shore about 100 kilometres east of Salluit in the Hudson Strait.
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Ocean City retains title as New Jersey's most popular beach in annual vote, Wildwood runner-up

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:01

The winner and still champion of New Jersey's Top Ten Beaches contest is ... Ocean City! The southern New Jersey beach town that bills itself as "America's Greatest Family Resort" was named the state's most popular beach for the second straight year Thursday. Ocean City is known for its popular boardwalk, amusement rides and mini golf courses, restaurants and bayfront boating and water sports.

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Church fires not usually arson or racially motivated; investigators find weather cause in SC

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:00

As social media buzzed about church fires in the South, investigators announced Thursday that weather caused a destructive blaze at a predominantly black church in South Carolina. The State Law Enforcement Division said in a statement that investigators found no evidence of criminal intent in the fire at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, about 50 miles north of the "Mother Emanuel" church in Charleston where nine people were killed June 17. The pastor at the rural black church targeted by the Ku Klux Klan 20 years ago had said he suspected lightning was to blame.

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Federal report: Polar bears unlikely to recover unless humans reverse global warming

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:00

Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don't reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said. "The single most important step for polar bear conservation is decisive action to address Arctic warming," the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a draft recovery plan, part of the process after the agency listed the species as threatened in 2008. Halting Arctic warming will require a global commitment, said Jenifer Kohout, the Fish and Wildlife Service's regional program manager and a co-chair of the polar bear recovery team.

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Reigning Miss Universe rebukes Trump for disparaging migrants, but won't give up crown

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:57

The reigning Miss Universe says Donald Trump, the beauty pageant's owner, was "hurtful and unfair" in his comments about Mexican migrants. Vega has been under pressure at home and from abroad to renounce her title over Trump accusing Mexico of sending rapists and drug traffickers into the U.S. In her first public comments, Vega said Thursday that she wanted to join in the chorus of rebukes to Trump.

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Los Angeles district attorney won't file charges against Diddy, gives case to city attorney

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:56

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined Thursday to file felony charges against Sean "Diddy" Combs for a confrontation last month at the University of California, Los Angeles, where his son plays football. District attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago said the office decided instead to turn the case over to the Los Angeles city attorney's office, which could file lesser misdemeanour charges. No charges have been brought against the 45-year-old hip-hop mogul for the confrontation June 20 at UCLA's athletic facilities in which police said he wielded a piece of weight-room equipment called a kettlebell.

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Rob Ford can work 1-2 days a week as he recovers from cancer surgery: doctors

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:55
Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford has been cleared to work one or two days a week as he continues his recovery from cancer surgery. A spokesman for Ford said in a statement that the now city councillor received the news from his doctors after a followup exam on Thursday. Dan Jacobs said doctors are "extremely pleased" with Ford's progress and that the councillor can gradually increase his workload to a full-time basis.
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