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Wrestler Hulk Hogan's sex-tape privacy lawsuit against Gawker set for 2016 in Florida court

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 15:37
A Florida judge on Thursday set a trial date of March 2016 for a lawsuit brought by Hulk Hogan — the biggest name on pro wrestling marquees in the '80s and '90s and later a reality TV star — against the news website Gawker over a sex tape. The 61-year-old, whose real name is Terry Bollea, appeared in court wearing all black, including a bandanna and sunglasses — a far cry from his usually flashy gear in the ring and on TV. Judge Pamela Campbell quickly set the trial date.
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Santander says former U.S. regulator Bair resigns from board

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 15:17

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish bank Santander said on Thursday former U.S. banking regulator Sheila Bair had resigned from its board after being named rector of Washington College in Maryland. Bair, who ran the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) from 2006 to 2011, was appointed to the board of the euro zone's biggest bank, which is making a big push in the United States, 18 months ago. Her departure leaves just two non-Spaniards on its board: Mexican Carlos Fernandez Gonzalez and Bruce Carnegie-Brown of Britain. (Reporting by Sonya Dowsett; Editing by Mark Potter)


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Philae probe gets a 'sniff' of acetone, indicating comets can concoct complex compounds

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 15:15

Scientists say the Philae space probe has gathered data supporting the theory that comets can serve as cosmic laboratories in which some of the essential elements for life are assembled. Philae, which is part of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, used two separate instruments to 'sniff' for molecules during its bumpy landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last November. In an article published Thursday in the journal Science, researchers said they spent months analyzing the data and concluded that 67P contains at least 16 organic compounds.


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Man, woman charged in fatal Dupont Street rooming house fire

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 15:00

On Sunday, May 17, Toronto police and firefighters were called to a home at 1569 Dupont Street, near Perth Avenue, shortly after midnight. At the time, Capt. Mike Strapko said firefighters found the second floor of the home fully engulfed in flames, but were able to knock down the blaze within 11 minutes. When firefighters entered the home, they found a man without vital signs on the third floor.


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P&G results raise concerns about pace of turnaround

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:58

Procter & Gamble Co reported its sixth straight quarter of falling sales, hurt mainly by the stronger dollar. P&G, struggling in an increasingly competitive consumer products industry, has been trying to turn itself around since 2014 by focusing on fewer, faster-growing brands. JP Morgan analysts noted that P&G's volume sales were the weakest in five years.


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Greece says IMF is taking part in bailout talks

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:55

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will take part in top-level talks on Greece's third multi-billion euro bailout program on Friday, a Greek Finance Ministry official said on Thursday. "The representatives of the four institutions will meet on Friday at 10 a.m. with (Finance Minister) Euclid Tsakalotos and (Economy Minister) George Stathakis.


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Rafid Jihad sentencing hearing continues in Windsor

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:53
A sentencing hearing for Rafid Jihad is continuing at a Windsor courthouse on Thursday afternoon.
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Senate report calls for national database and more transparency for aquaculture

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:13
A Senate report on Canada's $1-billion aquaculture industry is recommending the creation of a national database that would offer the public access to information about every aquaculture operator in the country. The Senate's standing committee on fisheries and oceans also says the federal Fisheries Department should get the provinces, the research community and the aquaculture industry to determine where there are gaps in aquaculture research. A spokeswoman for the Atlantic Salmon Federation, which is opposed to the use of open-net pens in salmon farming, says the industry requires more transparency and less self-regulation.
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Pipeline critics await high court's green light to challenge energy board

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:03
Opponents of Canada's big energy projects will soon learn if the country's highest court will consider an appeal that could drastically alter public participation in National Energy Board reviews. A panel of Supreme Court of Canada justices has received an application from ForestEthics Advocacy and several interveners to hear a constitutional challenge of revised energy-board regulations. ForestEthics says changes to a section of the National Energy Board Act restrict evidence related to climate and limit public participation in hearings examining the impact of major energy projects such as pipelines.
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AP Investigation: Olympic athletes to swim and boat in Rio waters awash in viruses, bacteria

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:03

An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites. Brazilian officials have assured that the water will be safe for the Olympic athletes and the medical director of the International Olympic Committee said all was on track for providing safe competing venues.


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Cecil the lion 'not murdered,' says Alberta huntress

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:55
An Alberta woman who has trophy hunted in Africa says anyone who claims Cecil the lion was murdered — is mistaken. "The media has blown this thing completely out of proportion," said Jeanette Hall. "What they're calling 'murder' — I'm sorry, but he was hunting. Hall is a taxidermist who's also a contender in the reality television show Extreme Huntress.
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UPAC conduct 9th raid in $355M water-meter scandal

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:49
Quebec's anti-corruption unit is conducting its ninth raid as part of an ongoing investigation into a cancelled water-meter contract.
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Ex member of US navy files complaint against CIA alleging anti-gay bullying by workers

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:45
A former member of a U.S. Navy special operations force has filed a complaint alleging the CIA bullied him for being gay during a work assignment in Afghanistan last month. Former Navy SEAL Brett Jones said he filed the internal complaint last week against the federal agency, saying he was forced to endure homophobic slurs and other inappropriate comments on June 11 in Afghanistan as a group of contractors and civil servants with the CIA watched news of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. Jones, 41, the author of "Pride: The Story of the First Openly Gay Navy SEAL," said he feared for his safety and returned home early from Afghanistan.
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Police issued more than 1,700 tickets over improper use of Pan Am HOV lanes

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:18

Officers patrolling Toronto-area highways handed out 1,735 tickets for improper use of the controversial temporary high-occupancy lanes set up on for the Pan Am Games, police said Thursday. Another 2,000 tickets were issued along the Games road network for other Highway Traffic Act infractions between June 29, when the HOV lanes came into effect, and July 26, the last day of the Games. "Considering the amount of traffic that's coming in and out of Toronto, we don't see these numbers as excessive at all," said Toronto police Staff Sgt. Devin Kealey.


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Woman driving pickup truck hadn't held licence since 1984, police say

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:02
Chatham-Kent police say they spotted a woman driving a pickup truck yesterday who has not been licensed to drive a car since the year Brian Mulroney became the prime minister of Canada. According to a news release, an officer noticed a truck in Thamesville, Ont., had an expired licence tag, which spurred a traffic stop. The officer then discovered the woman did not have a driver's licence or insurance for the vehicle.
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Greece, Europeans must reach deeper deal before IMF program possible

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:01

By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund can only approve new loans for Greece after Athens reaches an agreement with European governments that would ensure it can pay its debts, an IMF official said on Thursday. "The IMF can only support a program that is comprehensive," the official said in a telephone briefing with journalists, adding that it "will take some time" before Greece and its European creditors can lay the necessary groundwork for a new IMF program. The IMF has teamed up with the European Union and the European Central Bank in recent years to lend Greece money repeatedly to save it from a debt crisis.


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Ontario Liberals accuse Harper of abandoning workers in the province

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:00

Ontario's Liberals waded into the looming federal election Thursday, accusing Prime Minister Stephen Harper of abandoning workers in the province by refusing to co-operate on a new provincial pension plan. Ottawa has warned the province it will not make any legislative changes to treat the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan like the Canada Pension Plan, and would provide no federal help to collect contributions or administer the scheme.


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Orbiting 'Mission: Impossible,' 'Star Trek,' 'Star Wars' and secrets with Simon Pegg

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:00

Simon Pegg has too many state secrets to keep track of, and most of that is J.J. Abrams' fault. Ever since the prolific director saw Pegg in Edgar Wright's zombie comedy "Shaun of the Dead," the British actor has become tethered to some of film's biggest franchises. First it was "Mission: Impossible III," as Benji, the tech turned field agent, then came "Star Trek," and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which Abrams casually asked him to be part of over dinner.


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Windsor woman's car impounded en route to cottage

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:57
A Windsor woman's trip to the cottage was cut short this week, after police say she was caught driving nearly twice the posted speed limit. The Ontario Provincial Police say that an officer clocked a Chevrolet Cruze going 150 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the Bluewater Veterans Highway, northwest of London, Ont., on Monday night.
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UN adopts resolution to combat illegal wildlife trafficking, sponsors outraged at lion killing

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:11
The U.N. General Assembly has unanimously adopted its first-ever resolution aimed at combatting illicit trafficking in wildlife as its sponsors expressed outrage at the killing of a beloved protected lion in Zimbabwe. The resolution, approved by consensus Thursday by the 193-member world body, is not legally binding.
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