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Jurors convict last 3 defendants of manslaughter in hazing death of Florida A&M drum major

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 18:40
Benjamin McNamee, Darryl Cearnel and Aaron Golson were the final three defendants charged with manslaughter and hazing for 26-year-old Robert Champion's death in 2011. A total of 15 defendants were charged originally. Champion ran through a gauntlet of fellow band members who punched, kicked and struck him with instruments.
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From Woking to Wall Street: UK day traders dream of glory in daily grind

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 18:31

The building is home to Futex, one of several so-called "trading farms" in the UK that give training, office space and equipment to people prepared to make short-term trades, mostly within a day, with their own money in the hope of being hired or sponsored for a cut of their profits. Navinder Singh Sarao - who has been accused by U.S. authorities of contributing to the May 2010 "flash crash" in Wall Street - worked there between early 2003 and early 2008, according to a statement by Futex on Friday.


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Montreal police asking sex assault victims to come forward

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 18:23
Montreal police are looking for potential victims of a man facing several charges of sexual assault.
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Apple Watch launches quietly at handful of big-city boutiques

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 18:23

NEW YORK/TOKYO (Reuters) - The Apple Watch launched quietly around the world on Friday without the usual frenzy or fanfare for an Apple Inc rollout, as a handful of boutiques in major cities like Tokyo and Paris sold the timepiece - but not for purchase at its own stores. Shops included The Corner in Berlin, Colette in Paris, Maxfield in Los Angeles and Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London. Apple courted the outlets to promote the watch as a fashion item rather than just another techie gizmo. The watch has been on display in Apple stores since April 10, when it became available for preorder.


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B.C. mayor hopes 6.1 magnitude tremor will relieve pressure for mega-quake

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:11

The mayor of the community closest to a strong earthquake that struck British Columbia's north coast on Friday welcomes the tremor in hopes it will relieve building pressure. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit approximately 167 km southeast of the Village of Queen Charlotte in the Haida Gwaii region at about 7 a.m. The National Tsunami Warning Centre said a tsunami was not expected to result from the quake, which struck about 10 km under the surface. Queen Charlotte City Mayor Greg Martin woke up to the quake, which shook his bed and rattled his door, but said the trembling was minor.


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Speaker Nolin's death leaves Senate without a leader in midst of crisis

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:10

The Speaker of Canada's Senate, Pierre Claude Nolin, died Thursday after a five-year battle with a rare form of cancer, leaving the much-maligned institution without a leader in the midst of its greatest crisis. Nolin, 64, who was appointed to the Senate by Brian Mulroney in 1993, died just after 7 p.m. Thursday, not long after the upper chamber issued a statement warning that his health had recently taken an abrupt turn. Nolin became Speaker just last November, the unanimous choice of Conservative, Liberal and independent senators who saw him as a smart, respected, open-minded man who could steer the upper chamber through the final dramatic chapters of the expenses scandal that has rocked the Senate to its foundations. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Nolin served in the Senate "with great devotion" for 21 years, noting his interest in causes like human rights, the Canadian military and the place of Quebecers in a united Canada.


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Justice Marshall Rothstein to retire from Supreme Court of Canada in August

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:10

Justice Marshall Rothstein is retiring from the Supreme Court of Canada effective Aug. 31, just months short of his mandatory retirement on his 75th birthday in December. Rothstein was appointed to the court by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in March 2006 after 13 years with the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin has formally notified Justice Minister Peter MacKay of the coming vacancy on the bench. "Justice Rothstein has served on the court with distinction, and made enormous contributions to the court and to Canada," she said in a statement.


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Liberal ad lampoons taxpayer-funded Harper government ad campaign

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:10
Federal Liberals are dipping into their party war chest to advertise about government advertising. The party has paid for prime-time NHL playoff real estate to lampoon the Conservative government's ubiquitous "economic action plan" promos that have been saturating the airwaves since 2009. Opposition parties have long complained that the government ads are thinly disguised partisan propaganda — paid for by taxpayers. The cheeky Liberal ad purports to be a message from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, thanking Canadians for footing the bill.
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Kenney affirms Armenian genocide on Hill lawn, as Turkish Canadians watch

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:09

Defence and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney told Armenian Canadians gathered Friday on Parliament Hill that the memory of their homeland's genocide will never be forgotten in this country. Kenney dramatically affirmed that controversial position — one vehemently opposed by Turkey, Canada's NATO ally — to hundreds of Armenian Canadians gathered on the east section of the Hill lawn. Kenney's remarks comprised an explicit expression of support for the Armenians on the eve of a weekend featuring separate First World War 100th anniversary commemorations in Armenia and Turkey. Also Friday, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander was in Armenia to lay a wreath at a commemoration of the 1915 massacre, in which 1.5 million Armenians were killed at the hands of Ottoman Turks.


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Armenia marks centennial of killing of 1.5 million by Ottoman Empire, amid Turkey tensions

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:08

The presidents of Russia and France joined other leaders Friday at ceremonies commemorating the massacre 100 years ago of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks, an event which remains a diplomatic sore point for both sides.


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Baloney Meter: Did the Conservatives really pay down $37B in debt?

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:08
OTTAWA - "When our government first came to power, we worked hard to reduce Canada's substantial federal debt. We did it in short order, by more than $37 billion." — Finance Minister Joe Oliver's budget speech to the House of Commons on April 21. When the Harper government delivered its first balanced budget this week in eight years, Finance Minister Joe Oliver was eager to burnish his party's conservative fiscal credentials. Oliver spent a good portion of his speech in the House of Commons selling the merits of budgetary balance and the perils of debt, while castigating the economic credentials of his opponents.
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Go-slow strategy in play at Duffy trial seems to frustrate presiding judge

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:58

Witnesses at the trial of suspended senator Mike Duffy have spent days taking the court through the murky mish-mash of Senate expense rules, but the presiding judge suggested Friday it's still not clear to him.


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