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Family passes on love for twins who died 61 years ago by helping other newborns

24 min 29 sec ago
The Vroom family has donated $62,000 to Royal Columbian Hospital for the purchase of a special ventilator to help the smallest babies at the neonatal intensive care unit. The ventilator supports the lungs of premature babies until they are able to breathe on their own. Fraternal twins Robert and Christine Vroom died soon after their births in 1953 in Pembroke, Ont., where two hospitals have also benefited from the family's financial gifts. The twins' father, Robert Vroom, died last year, and on Thursday their mother Isabel and four other family members visited Royal Columbian, where a relative once trained as a nurse.
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Aid group: 1 of 2 American workers with Ebola has recovered, will be released from hospital

29 min 16 sec ago

At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said. Alison Geist, a spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse, told The Associated Press she did not know the exact time Dr. Kent Brantly would be released but confirmed it would happen Thursday. Emory University Hospital planned to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss both patients' discharge. Franklin Graham, president of North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, said in a statement that the group was celebrating Brantly's recovery.


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Dominican Republic bans concert by Miley Cyrus, saying her actions 'go against morals'

41 min 27 sec ago

The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds. The commission said in a statement Thursday it took the action because Cyrus often, in its words, "undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law." Concert organizers in the Dominican Republic did not comment on the ban.


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Montague in shock after double homicide of father and son

41 min 43 sec ago
The community of Montague is shaken up after a double homicide that left a father and his adult son dead Wednesday night. In a news release Thursday afternoon, RCMP described him as a man in his 40s from Lower Montague. The crime scene was a home on St. Mary's Road, about 10 kilometres south of Montague.
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Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month

45 min 23 sec ago

"The momentum is in the right direction," said Andrew Labelle, an economist at TD Bank who noted that the past four months have marked the fastest four-month sales gain since 2011. "Sustained jobs gains, as well as the fall in mortgage rates since the beginning of the year, appear to have unleashed at least some pent-up demand." Sales of existing homes rose 2.4 per cent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.15 million, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. The increase follows other encouraging signs that the housing market is improving.


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U.S. court denies Allergan bid to speed insider trading suit

48 min 50 sec ago

(Reuters) - A federal judge in California on Thursday denied a request by Allergan Inc to expedite its civil suit claiming that Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc and Pershing Square Capital Management engaged in insider trading ahead of their bid to buy Allergan. Judge David Carter said the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California "would be reluctant to create a precedent that allows corporations to demand at will the immediate attention and input of the federal courts in order to resolve intra-corporate disputes that might be better left to the dynamic free market or to the state court." Valeant and Pershing Square made an offer for Botox maker Allergan in April, which the company has rejected. Allergan has fought the takeover attempt and on Aug. 1 filed a civil insider trading lawsuit against the companies, saying that the unusual partnership between them violated securities regulations.


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Young boy seriously hurt after being struck by vehicle in Ottawa

54 min 45 sec ago
A young child suffered serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle on Prince of Wales Drive near Ottawa's Hog's Back area Thursday evening. Ottawa police said they were called to the 1500 block of Prince of Wales Drive around 5:30 p.m., where a boy was struck in a single-vehicle collision. Ottawa police said they are investigating and there are currently no road closures related to the incident.
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Foley case shines light on wrenching debate over whether gov'ts should pay ransom for hostages

56 min 58 sec ago

The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. The dilemma: How to save the lives of those kidnapped without financing terror groups, and encouraging more kidnappings. By paying ransoms, governments in the Mideast and Europe have become some of the biggest financiers of terror groups. Foley's captors, the Islamic State militants, had for months demanded $132.5 million (100 million Euros) from his parents and political concessions from Washington.


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Real estate scams: how to avoid falling for one

1 hour 3 min ago
One man is warning others to take precautions when house hunting online after he nearly became the victim of a real estate scam. Tom Mason's search for an Orangville, Ont., home for his family was not going well. Mason decided to take some initiative and placed a wanted ad on the classified site Kijiji.
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Greenpeace says defamation lawsuit an attempt to muzzle criticism

1 hour 3 min ago
An environmental group has filed court documents saying a lawsuit against it is an attempt to silence its criticism of a forestry company's harvesting practices. "Greenpeace states that the Plaintiffs’ claims for defamation and interference with economic relations, have no merit and in fact are being made to harass, intimidate and silence Greenpeace," the group said in a statement of defence filed Thursday. The papers were filed in response to a defamation suit brought against it last year by Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products (TSX:RFP). Resolute brought the case in 2013 after Greenpeace accused it of building roads and cutting trees in regions of Quebec it had promised it would stay out of under the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, an agreement on forest preservation and harvesting signed by environmental groups and Canada's main forestry companies.
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Exclusive: Chrysler's Ram pickup may stick with steel through 2020 - sources

1 hour 37 min ago

By Bernie Woodall and Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - Chrysler Group [CHRY.UL] is planning an extensive facelift of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup in spring 2017, but has no firm plans to follow rivals General Motors and Ford Motor Co in replacing steel body panels with aluminum until a complete redesign after 2020, industry sources told Reuters. While Ford and GM are shifting to lighter aluminum body panels to dramatically reduce the weight of their best-selling full-size pickups - this fall and in the fall of 2018, respectively - Chrysler is planning to stick mainly with steel when it updates the big Ram pickup in 2017, according to two sources familiar with the automakers' plans. Chrysler is thereby sidestepping the risk of alienating commercial users, many of which believe steel is more rugged and durable than aluminum, as well as foregoing the additional investment of converting many steel parts to aluminum, as Ford and GM are doing.


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US inspector general finds Beyonce, Jay-Z Cuba visit to Cuba was legal educational trip

1 hour 41 min ago

Treasury Department's inspector general has determined Jay-Z and Beyonce's fifth-anniversary trip to Cuba last year was legal under rules allowing educational travel to the island. The music superstars angered several Republican politicians in Florida with their four-day visit to Havana, which saw them eating in some of the city's high-end private restaurants and touring colonial Old Havana while Jay-Z puffed on a Cuban cigar.


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Ex-Quebec doctor who killed his kids hopes to be released from custody

1 hour 43 min ago
A former Quebec doctor who stabbed his two children to death is hoping to be released from a psychiatric hospital before his new trial. Guy Turcotte's lawyers are set to appear in court in Saint-Jerome on Sept. 3-4 to argue on his behalf. In 2011, a jury found Turcotte not criminally responsible in the stabbing deaths of his children Anne-Sophie and Olivier in 2009. In March, the Supreme Court of Canada announced it wouldn't hear his appeal of that decision.
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U.S. judge calls Argentina debt swap plan 'illegal'

1 hour 46 min ago

District Judge Thomas Griesa on Thursday called Argentina's proposed debt restructuring plan "illegal" but stopped short of holding the country in contempt, saying that would not help resolve the dispute that led to the nation's second default in a dozen years. Griesa said proposed legislation announced on Tuesday by President Cristina Fernandez would violate orders he imposed favoring creditors who refused to accept restructured bonds following the country's 2002 default on $100 billion in debt. Argentina missed a June interest payment after Griesa blocked payments owed to holders of debt issued under U.S.


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Gap raises forecast; to open 40 stores in India

1 hour 51 min ago

(Reuters) - Apparel retailer Gap Inc raised its full-year profit forecast, encouraged by strong sales of its lower-priced Old Navy clothes, and said it would open 40 stores in India as part of its strategy to expand in emerging markets. Sales of its other key brands - Gap and Banana Republic - have cooled in the region as shoppers cut down on discretionary spending. "India is an emerging, vibrant market and an important next step in our global expansion strategy," said Steve Sunnucks, Global President of Gap. Gap said it is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Ltd, a unit of textile manufacturer Arvind Ltd, for opening the stores in India.


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Exclusive: Lockheed, suppliers brainstorm how to lower F-35 operating costs

1 hour 54 min ago

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp met with 90 key suppliers last week to brainstorm ways to lower the long-term cost of operating and maintaining the F-35 fighter jets from the Pentagon's current forecast of $1.02 trillion through 2065. Top officials from the Pentagon's Defense Contracts Management Agency and the Defense Contracts Audit Agency were also on hand during two days of talks in Fort Worth, Texas. Tom Owen, vice president of F-35 sustainment strategies for Lockheed, told Reuters the meeting was "an initial, early step" toward mapping out specific measures to cut the plane's hefty sustainment costs. The trillion-dollar so-called "sustainment" price tag for the Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon's costliest weapons program, comes on top of the $399 billion projected cost of developing and buying 2,457 jets for the U.S.


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Lac-MĂ©gantic train disaster: engineer's emergency calls released

1 hour 56 min ago

CBC Radio-Canada has obtained recorded telephone conversations between train engineer Tom Harding and a dispatcher from the night of the deadly rail disaster in  Lac-Mégantic, Que., last year that killed 47 people.


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New hockey video game helping Glenrose patients recover

2 hours 12 min ago

The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital is using a locally developed hockey video game to help patients recover from traumatic injuries. Bryanna was visiting relatives in Edmonton a month ago when she began complaining of a headache. “It snowballed from there,” said her mother Angela Forest.


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Airdrie crash victim dies at hospital after highway collision

2 hours 13 min ago

Cam Heke with STARS air ambulance says it happened around 10:30 a.m. MT when a semi-truck collided with another vehicle at Highway 9 and Highway 566. "Initial investigation reveals that the passenger car crossed the path of an oncoming semi-truck, resulting in a serious collision," said RCMP in a release. "No charges are being considered." The driver of the semi-truck, a man in his mid-40s, was treated at the scene by paramedics for non-life-threatening injuries.


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New Brunswick Liberal leader hypocritical on energy, Premier David Alward says

2 hours 45 min ago

Premier David Alward strove to clearly set apart his position on energy from that of his main rival as the New Brunswick election campaign began Thursday, accusing Liberal Leader Brian Gallant of being hypocritical on the issue. The Progressive Conservative leader swiftly denounced Gallant's stance on natural gas development, a contentious issue that has sparked protests but has been promoted by Alward as the province's path to prosperity. Alward questioned how Gallant could say he backs the conversion of a liquefied natural gas facility in Saint John into an export terminal while opposing the very product the site relies on. "Brian Gallant, here's some news: the last two letters in LNG stand for natural gas," Alward said as he launched his re-election bid in the rural community of Penobsquis.


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