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TSX ends at another record closing high

1 hour 15 min ago

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index pushed into fresh territory for the fourth time in five sessions on Tuesday, helped by energy companies, railways and some banks. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed up 65.14 points, or 0.43 percent, at 15,315.13. It got as high as 15,343.51 during the day. (Reporting by Alastair Sharp; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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Air Canada cancels Toronto-to-Tel Aviv flight after rocket explosion

1 hour 16 min ago

Air Canada cancelled a scheduled flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv on Tuesday, joining many U.S. and European airlines that were prohibited from flying to Israel's main airport following a rocket explosion. Flight AC84 had been scheduled to depart from Toronto's Pearson International Airport at 6:10 p.m. "We will continue to evaluate the situation going forward, and provide updates as needed," Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said in an email.

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Plane crash bodies finally removed from war zone; Europe imposes more sanctions on Russia

1 hour 18 min ago

A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner reached Ukrainian government-held territory at long last Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world leaders. Despite anger over the rebels' handling of the wreckage and suspicions they shot the plane down, the European Union spared Russia sweeping new sanctions Tuesday. The EU imposed punitive measures against Russian individuals but didn't target entire sectors of the economy, preferring to wait for a clearer picture of last week's disaster and Moscow's suspected role.

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Can you keep a secret? Edmonton couple reveals $50M lotto win after 7 months

1 hour 22 min ago
Andrea and Bill Groner (GROH'-nuhr) managed to keep their lottery windfall in the immediate family for seven months. Andrea discovered the win two days after the draw when she stopped at a shopping mall and checked the ticket at a self-serve scanner. "We have some ideas for the money," Andrea said as they picked up their cheque Tuesday at the Western Canada Lottery office.
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European Aviation Safety Agency 'strongly recommends' airlines avoid Tel Aviv airport

1 hour 24 min ago
The European Aviation Safety Agency says it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from Tel Aviv. The recommendation by Europe's main aviation safety body came after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to Israel's Ben Gurion airport for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby.
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Police lay more child pornography charges against Ottawa man

1 hour 25 min ago
Ottawa police have laid more child pornography charges against an Ottawa man arrested last year in a police sting. Police arrested and charged the 31-year-old man on Dec. 13 after he met with an undercover police officer and requested to have sex with her and her two young children. Police on Tuesday said they examined the accused's computer and found pornographic images of youth aged 12 to 16 and are concerned there are more victims in Ottawa.
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Edmonton parents 'devastated' over theft of necklace containing ashes of son

1 hour 26 min ago
The parents of a nine-year-old boy killed in a plane crash in 2013 are hoping a thief will return a cross necklace that holds the ashes of their child. David and Crystal Pentecost just moved to Edmonton from Manitoba two weeks ago. The necklace is a cremation pendant, which contains Dawson Pentecost's remains in a gold and silver cross with five crystals, and hangs on a silver chain. On Feb. 10, 2013, Dawson went for his first plane ride with Darren Spence, an experienced crop duster, and his two sons, Logan, 9, and Gage, 10.
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Target debuts shopping app that recognizes images in advertisements

1 hour 27 min ago
Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology. Starting this month, the app, called "In a Snap," will recognize images for Target's Room Essentials products in 10 home decor magazines including Architecture and Real Simple. Retailers are anticipating competition from Firefly, a service Amazon is launching this week with the debut of its Fire smartphone.
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Would you pay $250 for a square watermelon?

1 hour 31 min ago
A photo of a square watermelon for sale at Calgary's Crossroads Market for a whopping $250 has touched off a juicy debate over the price of the fruit. Tune in to the Calgary Eyeopener at 7:40 on 1010 AM or 99.1 FM to hear the Unconventional Panel debate the merits of farmers markets. "They pick these watermelon immature, so the inside is a white colour and is not tasty at all," said Jason Wiebe, owner of Chongo's Produce Market, which sells fruit at the Crossroads Market.
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SkyTrain shutdown blamed on human error by TransLink

1 hour 36 min ago
TransLink is blaming Monday's shutdown of Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain system on a electrician who accidentally tripped a critical breaker while working on an electrical panel.
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Ontario plans better oversight of chemo drugs; ban paying people for their blood

2 hours 20 min ago

Ontario plans to join Quebec in banning payments to people for their blood and blood plasma, following the opening of two paid plasma clinics in Toronto. The governing Liberals are introducing legislation that also incorporates changes recommended in the wake of a probe into why more than 1,200 cancer patients in Ontario and New Brunswick received diluted chemotherapy drugs. The proposed measures include giving the Ontario College of Pharmacists the power to inspect and license hospital pharmacies and potentially other locations in the future. The Liberals have been trying to prohibit any monetary compensation to people for their blood and plasma, such as reimbursing them for expenses.

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UK government announces full inquiry on death of Russian spy poisoned in 2006

2 hours 26 min ago

The British government announced plans Tuesday for a wide-ranging public inquiry into the mysterious 2006 death of poisoned former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko. The decision, which comes at a time of rising tensions with Russia, is a breakthrough in the much-delayed probe because it means investigators can look into whether the Russian state was involved in Litvinenko's death. WHO WAS ALEXANDER LITVINENKO? A former officer in the Russian intelligence service, Litvinenko fell out with the Russian government and became a strong critic of the Kremlin.

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Survivor of plane crash, family of dead passenger still seeking damages from airline

2 hours 29 min ago
Two lawsuits against a pilot responsible for a plane crash in northern Ontario that killed him and three others have been dropped after the airline admitted responsibility. Court documents show the sole survivor of the 2012 crash, Brian Shead, and the family of victim Colette Eisinger are still seeking damages from Keystone Air Service. A Transportation Safety Board investigation concluded that poor weather, ice on the wings and the pilot's inexperience landing in icy conditions contributed to the deadly crash in North Spirit Lake First Nation. Keystone admitted in its statement of defence that the fatal crash was caused by pilot error, which makes the airline "vicariously liable."
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Actress Freida Pinto addresses UN girls' rights summit in London

2 hours 34 min ago

Actress Freida Pinto of "Slumdog Millionaire" fame has joined forces with girls' rights campaigners in calling for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation. UNICEF, the United Nations' children agency, said some progress has been made on ending female genital mutilation, most commonly practiced in Africa and the Middle East. The agency and Britain's government hope that the summit will help galvanize action to end the practice within a generation. The one-day event also focused on child marriages, which UNICEF says affects 700 million women alive today, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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Is Rob Ford's Ford Fest party a campaign event?

2 hours 39 min ago
This year, Mayor Rob Ford's summertime barbecue event happens to match up with election season. So does that make it a campaign event?
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Protesters denounce Israeli offensive in Gaza, call on Harper to support peace

2 hours 45 min ago

Tempers flared briefly as protesters marched through downtown Ottawa today, calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to denounce Israel's military actions in Gaza. Hundreds of Palestinian-Canadians and their supporters demonstrated in front of Harper's Langevin Block office building before heading to the Israeli embassy a few blocks away. As they marched past Parliament Hill, there were screams of "shame, shame" when a handful of pro-Israel demonstrators draped in an Israeli flag shouted "no more terror" from a nearby sidewalk. One after another, speakers condemned Harper's statements in support of Israel.

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Wabush Mines owner in talks with potential buyer

2 hours 48 min ago

The U.S. company that idled Wabush Mines this winter confirms that it is talking with another company about the potential sale of the iron ore operation.

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Quebec coroner compares driving drowsy to driving drunk

2 hours 51 min ago
A Quebec coroner says driving while fatigued should be treated more seriously and recommends that it be subject to the same heavy fines and penalties usually reserved for people who drive under the influence of alcohol.
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UN chief Ban believes diplomatic talks on Gaza will end Israel-Hamas fighting soon

2 hours 53 min ago

The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future." Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference from the West Bank city of Ramallah that he could not publicly reveal details "at this highly sensitive moment." As he started to address the council a siren could be heard in the background. The U.N. chief has also visited Qatar, Kuwait, Cairo and Jerusalem and said he will go on to Jordan and Saudi Arabia on what he called a mission "of solidarity and peace" to quickly end an escalating two-week war between Israelis and Hamas militants who control the Gaza Strip. Their third conflict in just over five years has already claimed the lives of at least 609 Palestinians, the vast majority civilians, and 29 Israelis — 27 soldiers and two civilians.

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Agency tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv airport after Hamas rocket explodes nearby

3 hours 1 min ago
The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines Tuesday they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby. "Due to the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza, all flight operations to/from Ben Gurion International Airport by U.S. operators are prohibited until further advised," the FAA said in its notice to airlines.
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