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Woman accused in deadly attack on parents felt 'trapped' by their strictness

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NEWMARKET, Ont. - A woman accused in the killing of her mother and attempted murder of her father during an apparent home invasion felt trapped by her strict parents, court heard Wednesday. In a videotaped statement played for court, Jennifer Pan tells a police investigator how her parents had made her break up with her boyfriend and move back home. Pan, 27, and four others — her boyfriend Daniel Wong, 28, among them — were charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder following the attack at the family home in Markham, Ont., in November 2010. Her father, Hann Pan, 60, was shot in the face but survived.
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Cdn government scolds Jimmy Carter over pipeline position

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WASHINGTON - The Keystone XL pipeline issue has created a tiff between a former U.S. president and the Canadian government. The Prime Minister's Office reacted swiftly Wednesday to a letter signed by Nobel laureates, including Jimmy Carter, urging President Barack Obama to reject the pipeline. Carter is the first former president to come out against Keystone. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office warned: Remember 1979.
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Political players of all party stripes gather for fond farewell to Jim Flaherty

23 min 15 sec ago

TORONTO - A gallery of political luminaries from all sides of the partisan divide gathered at a cavernous Toronto cathedral Wednesday to set aside their differences and pay final respects to former finance minister Jim Flaherty. Mourners donned green scarves, a tribute to Flaherty's Irish heritage, as they entered the downtown St. James Cathedral to remember Flaherty, 64, who died of a heart attack last week in his Ottawa condominium. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and former prime ministers Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell and John Turner were among those on hand, as were various federal cabinet ministers, including John Baird, Peter MacKay and Chris Alexander.


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Jenny McCarthy 'irresponsible' for telling parents not to vaccinate kids: minister

26 min 45 sec ago
TORONTO - It's "outrageously irresponsible" for celebrities like Jenny McCarthy to encourage parents not to immunize their children against potentially deadly diseases, Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews said Wednesday. McCarthy, currently co-host of talk show The View, has been vocal about her belief that vaccines can cause autism in children like her son — a claim largely based on a research paper that has since been denounced as fraudulent. McCarthy, who's faced harsh criticism for the views, recently said she's not anti-vaccine and never told parents not to have their children immunized. But Matthews said she's discussed the so-called "Jenny McCarthy effect" with government officials because there's a concern that her views on vaccines may stop Ontario parents from having their children immunized.
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U.S. industry shows some vigor, but housing soft

27 min 34 sec ago

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. industrial production rose at a faster-than-expected clip in March, the latest sign the economy was gaining momentum. Groundbreaking for new homes also increased but remained well below the post-recession peak hit in November, signaling the drag the housing market is placing on the economy. "We are still on track for very strong second-quarter growth." Output at the nation's factories, mines and utilities rose 0.7 percent last month after an upwardly revised gain of 1.2 percent in February, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday. The increase in industrial production, which beat economists' expectations for a 0.5 percent gain, reflected in part a 0.5 percent rise in manufacturing output.


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Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency

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Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from a government website, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said on Wednesday. In what appeared to be the first report of an attack using a flaw in software known as OpenSSL, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) said this week that about 900 social insurance numbers and possibly other data had been compromised as a result of an attack on its site. The suspect, Stephen Solis-Reyes, was arrested at his home in London, Ontario on Wednesday and faces criminal charges of unauthorized use of computer and mischief in relation to data.


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BlackBerry's meltdown sparks start-up boom in Canada's Silicon Valley

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By Sayantani Ghosh, Ashutosh Pandey and Euan Rocha (Reuters) - The troubles at BlackBerry Ltd, which fired more than half its staff and lost more than 90 percent of its market value as consumers shunned its smart phones, might have spelled disaster for the company's hometown of Waterloo, Ontario. More than 450 start-ups opened for business in the twin cities of Waterloo and Kitchener last year, more than four times the number begun in 2009, according to Communitech, a local company that advises them. Often, the new companies are being founded by former BlackBerry employees chasing their entrepreneurial ambitions in a community that's Canada's answer to technology hubs in California and elsewhere. "For those who are trying to get a new tech business off the ground, get it funded, and not get lost in the shadow of Silicon Valley, Waterloo can be the best place to get your company on the map," said Sean McCabe, vice-president of engineering at drone manufacturer Aeryon Labs Inc in Waterloo.


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Christine Allen admits to poisoning 4 children with eyedrops

34 min 28 sec ago
Christine Allen, the Kitchener, Ont., woman accused of poisoning an adult and eight children has pleaded guilty to four counts of administering a noxious substance with intent to cause bodily harm.
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GM to seek court protection against ignition lawsuits

34 min 31 sec ago

GM has said it is protected from liability for claims related to incidents that occurred before it exited bankruptcy in 2009, and has taken steps to raise those issues with the court by filing motions to stay recall-related lawsuits while it asks that bankruptcy court to clarify the extent of that protection. In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Tuesday, GM asked for a stay on litigation related to ignition claims until a judicial panel on multidistrict litigation decides on a motion to consolidate the case with other lawsuits and the bankruptcy court rules on whether the claims violate GM's 2009 bankruptcy sale order. The company earlier filed a similar motion with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California seeking a stay on pending litigation. The defect has been linked to the deaths of at least 13 people and the recall of 2.6 million GM vehicles.


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Mexican mobile phone operator sues IBM for $2.5 billion

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By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mexican mobile phone operator Iusacell SA de CV sued IBM Corp on Wednesday, accusing the U.S. technology giant of making fraudulent representations that caused it to lose $2.5 billion in profits. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in New York, centered on a contract that Iusacell said IBM induced it to enter into in Mexico. ...


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2014 Volkswagen Beetle: Sprightly and roomier than you think

1 hour 33 min ago

Sixty-five years after the first Volkswagen Beetle arrived in the United States as a distinctively shaped, little car, the Beetle keeps attracting buyers with its more-spacious-than-ever, flexible interior, turbo engine power and modernized iconic look. For 2014, the Beetle lineup gets a new, performance-oriented trim name — R-Line — with beefier bumpers and a limited-edition, bright yellow GSR model. The 2014 Beetle three-door hatchback also received the top overall score of five out of five stars in federal government crash testing. Starting manufacturer's suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $21,115 for a base 2014 Beetle with 170-horsepower, 2.5-litre, naturally aspirated, gasoline four cylinder and five-speed, manual transmission, according to VW's consumer website.


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Have trouble remembering to take your medicine? Try apps for personal reminders, other help

1 hour 33 min ago
And adhering to an exact schedule of what to take, and when, can be challenging for patients who are forgetful or need to take several medications. Still, only about half of patients take medication as prescribed, resulting in unnecessary hospital admissions and ER visits that cost the U.S. health care system an estimated $290 billion a year. To help combat the problem, many doctors are trying a more high-tech approach: They're recommending smartphone apps that send reminders to patients to take their medications and record when they take each one. "I think it's going to become pretty standard" for doctors to recommend them, said Dr. Michael A. Weber, a cardiologist at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
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Forgetting to take your medicine? Smartphone apps help patients remember and track doses

1 hour 34 min ago
Several smartphone apps are available to help patients take their medications as prescribed. Here's a sampling of several free apps, noting some of their special features:
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Yellen says key task of central bank is to respond to economy's fluctuations

1 hour 34 min ago
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. job market still needs help from the Fed and that the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges. In her first major speech on Fed policy, Yellen sought to explain the Fed's shifting guidance on its interest-rate policy, which at times has confused or jarred investors. She said the Fed's policies "must respond to significant unexpected twist and turns the economy may make."
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Jay-Z to bring two-day Made in America music festival to downtown Los Angeles

1 hour 35 min ago

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Jay-Z is bringing his Made in America music festival to Los Angeles. The music mogul was joined by the city's mayor Wednesday at Los Angeles City Hall to announce the two-day concert, which is planned for Labor Day weekend and will be held simultaneously with one in Philadelphia. The Budweiser Made in America festival could draw 50,000 concertgoers to downtown Los Angeles.


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Manitoba aims to butt out flavoured cigarettes

1 hour 40 min ago

The Manitoba government is moving to ban the sale of flavoured cigarettes, saying they lure young people into smoking.


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Bank of Canada says inflation rise hasn't shaken neutral stance

1 hour 40 min ago

By Louise Egan and Leah Schnurr OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian central bank chief Stephen Poloz said on Wednesday an interest rate cut is still a possibility even though the bank forecasts inflation will pick up speed this year and approach its 2 percent target. The Bank of Canada held its benchmark interest rate at 1 percent, as expected, extending a 3-1/2 year freeze on borrowing costs.


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Enterprise, N.W.T. selects a new fire chief, and she’s 22

1 hour 43 min ago

Debra Richards is still in training to become a firefighter, but that didn’t stop the 14 members of the Enterprise Fire Department from nominating her as chief last week.


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Exclusive: Bank of America in talks with U.S. on probe of Merrill - sources

1 hour 49 min ago

Bank of America Corp has held talks with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve a civil fraud probe into Merrill Lynch's sale of flawed mortgage securities ahead of the financial crisis, people familiar with the negotiations told Reuters. On Wednesday, the No. 2 U.S. bank reported it took a $6 billion charge to cover litigation expenses, a figure that far exceeded the legal settlements the bank has announced recently. The sources did not say whether Bank of America and the government have discussed a specific settlement amount to resolve the Merrill probe.


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Ex-government engineer accepted trips, golf and cash in exchange for contracts

2 hours 22 min ago
MONTREAL - A former Transport Quebec engineer says he was routinely bribed by construction and engineering firms in exchange for help with lucrative government contracts. Guy Hamel told the Charbonneau Commission today the gifts and favours were for favourable decisions from his position on a selection committee for government contracts. The now-retired Hamel says he received cruises, golf trips, golf clubs, a ski trip, enevelopes full of cash and even a new retaining wall for his home. The gifts began around 1990 but Hamel says he was never reprimanded for taking the gifts.
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