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Spacewalking astronauts finish extensive, tricky cable job, routing 764 feet outside station

1 hour 16 min ago

Spacewalking astronauts successfully completed a three-day cable job outside the International Space Station on Sunday, routing several-hundred feet of power and data lines for new crew capsules commissioned by NASA. It was the third spacewalk in just over a week for Americans Terry Virts and Butch Wilmore, and the quickest succession of spacewalks since NASA's former shuttle days. The advance work was needed for the manned spacecraft under development by Boeing and SpaceX. A pair of docking ports will fly up later this year, followed by the capsules themselves, with astronauts aboard, in 2017.

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Sierra Leone: Vice president in quarantine after possible exposure to Ebola as new cases rise

1 hour 18 min ago

Sierra Leone's vice-president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards. Vice-President Samuel Sam-Sumana is set to become acting president later Sunday when President Ernest Bai Koroma leaves Sierra Leone to attend a European Union conference on Ebola in Belgium. Sam-Sumana will carry out his presidential duties from his home. He is the highest ranking African official to be in quarantine in this Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which is fast approaching a death toll of 10,000.

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Thousands march in Russia to mourn slain Putin critic Boris Nemtsov, declare 'I am not afraid'

1 hour 34 min ago

Carrying flowers, portraits and signs that said "I am not afraid," tens of thousands of people somberly marched Sunday in Moscow to mourn opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, whose slaying on the streets of the capital has shaken Russia's beleaguered opposition. The mourners marched to the bridge near the Kremlin where Nemtsov was gunned down shortly before midnight Friday. No one has been arrested in Nemtsov's killing, and Russia's federal investigative agency said it was looking into several possible motives. Ilya Yashin, a friend and fellow opposition leader, said he hoped the killing would not frighten people.

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Lawyer says gun involved in shooting at east-end Toronto McDonald's was legal

1 hour 36 min ago
Lawyer Craig Penney says his client was involved in an altercation at the restaurant and that he has since been released from hospital. Police said on Saturday that an armed security guard, who was apparently in the restaurant to buy food, discharged his weapon following a "significant physical altercation" with two men. Det.-Sgt. Terry Browne says the altercation took place somewhere near the food counter and there were between 15 and 20 customers and staff in the McDonald's when "multiple shots" were fired before 3 a.m.
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Ferragamo CEO sees higher 2015 sales after 'excellent' February

1 hour 37 min ago

Italian luxury group Salvatore Ferragamo expects its sales to grow this year after the Chinese New Year contributed to an "excellent" performance in February, Chief Executive Michele Norsa said on Sunday. Norsa said a weaker euro, lower oil prices, buoyant financial markets and the impact of the European Central Bank's bond buying program were all factors supporting the 2015 outlook, despite ongoing global threats such as Islamic extremism.

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Coyote ugly: Upscale NY suburb stirred by nasty debate over whether to kill the wily varmints

1 hour 44 min ago

This well-heeled hamlet north of New York City is embroiled in an increasingly nasty debate that seems oddly out of place amid the stately homes and tony boutiques: What should be done about coyotes? Self-styled coyote spotters in and around Chappaqua have counted 160 incursions into backyards and streets over the last two years and at least 10 recent attacks on pets. "I envisioned going down there and having blood thrown on me," said task force member Joyce Stansell-Wong, who has since resigned. Chappaqua, about 35 miles north of the city, is better known as the home of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton than as a playground for coyotes.

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For Republican presidential aspirants, last year's favourite is next year's longshot

1 hour 55 min ago

Ask the guys who delivered speeches at a just-concluded annual gathering of conservatives. It would have seemed inconceivable until recently that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might now be forced to defend his viability as a 2016 presidential candidate. Yet there he was, being challenged in a roomful of conservatives to explain why he still has any chance. Jeb Bush, Scott Walker... Ben Carson... are ahead of you," right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham asked him during a question-and-answer session in front of more than 1,000 people at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

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Wild horses captured in Alberta roundup go to auction

1 hour 57 min ago

The Alberta government's wild horse roundup is halfway towards its target goal for 2015 and some of the newly penned animals found homes yesterday. This weekend, 17 mares and stallions went up for auction at Danny Daines' Innisfail Auction Market. The horses sold for between $500 and $800 to owners who either want to break them in to ride them, or just give the horses a place to live. "Hopefully everyone is aware of what they are, but there's a lot of domestic horses that are just as wild as these horses and they all deserve a good home," said new owner Jenny Rath.

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Little boy learns about 911, uses it to help mother days later

2 hours 7 min ago
Barrie police say they'll be recommending a little boy for an award after he got help for his mother when she suffered multiple seizures this weekend.
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Man stops for oil change, gets arrested for impaired driving

2 hours 8 min ago
A man showed up for an oil change in Barrie, Ont., this weekend and ended up being charged with impaired driving.
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Anti-turbine farm families fight whopping legal bill from wind-farm companies

2 hours 15 min ago
A demand that four Ontario families pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs to billion-dollar companies is a thinly disguised warning to anyone pondering a challenge to industrial wind farms in Ontario, the families say. In asking the courts to set the legal bill aside, the citizens say the award would cripple them financially and undermine access to justice, even in important public-interest cases. The families, who worry wind turbines near their homes could harm their health, had challenged the constitutionality of Ontario's approvals process before Divisional Court. Shawn Drennan said his $240,000 bill was excessive given that he was only looking to protect his rights.
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Sun Life eyeing acquisitions in areas more immune to low rates

2 hours 36 min ago

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian insurance company Sun Life Financial Inc said it was looking for acquisition opportunities in business areas such as wealth management that are less impacted low interest rates. "We are investing in areas of growth that are less dependent on what interest rates do," Chief Executive Dean Connor told Reuters in an interview before the company kicks off celebrations to mark its 150-year anniversary on Monday. "We are actively in the market place looking for acquisition opportunities, not just wealth but protection as well, and not just Asia, but the U.S. and Canada as well," added Connor. Many insurers have been forced to diversify into fee-based services such as wealth management to offset the impact of lower yields.

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Montreal records coldest February in history

2 hours 40 min ago

Persistent cold is basically what characterized this winter and especially February," said Environment Canada meteorologist Maxime Desharnais. Temperatures were even more extreme elsewhere in Quebec, with records broken in Quebec City and Sherbrooke.

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Process of carving up $60 million from Penn State for anti-child abuse efforts gets underway

2 hours 48 min ago
Now that a settlement has cleared the way for $60 million from Penn State to be spent in Pennsylvania to address child sexual abuse, potential recipients are starting to think about how that money might be put to use. "There's certainly a tremendous need," said Linda Rosenberg, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The Jan. 16 deal that ended litigation by two state officials against Penn State and the NCAA split up the money, with $12 million being retained by the university and $48 million going to Rosenberg's agency. Penn State agreed to the $60 million fine in 2012, as part of a consent decree with the NCAA over the university's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
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Iraq minister sees oil at $64 to $65 per barrel

3 hours 34 min ago

Iraq's Oil Minister Adel Abdel Mehdi said on Sunday world oil prices were gradually rebounding and he expected to see a barrel of crude selling at around $65. I can see that oil will be sold at $64 to $65 a barrel," he told a news conference in Baghdad. OPEC producer Iraq has been hit by the slump, with revenues falling sharply just as it faces a costly military campaign against Islamic State militants who have seized large parts of the north and west of the country. Iraq's oil revenues for February were just a fraction under $3.5 billion, on exports of 2.535 million barrels per day.

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Emails suggest 'Jihadi John' had suicidal thoughts while living in Britain before Syrian trip

3 hours 38 min ago

Newly published emails suggest the man who became known as "Jihadi John" had suicidal thoughts before leaving Britain for Syria.

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Montreal erotic parlours flourishing despite federal anti-prostitution law

3 hours 45 min ago
One year after the mayor promised to crack down on erotic massage parlours, Montreal still doesn't know what it's going to do with the hundreds of establishments operating right across the city. City officials are still debating how to tackle the issue of erotic parlours, many of which are open 24/7 and illegally employ women who have sex with men in the massage rooms. Without a firm policy, community groups and massage parlour owners say the police are letting the de-facto brothels operate under a tacit agreement: don't hire minors, don't force women to do anything they don't want to do, and keep organized crime out of it. Yanik Chicoine, 37, operates two erotic massage parlours in Montreal's east-end and said police leave him alone despite the fact some of his employees sell their bodies for money inside his business.
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Canadian universities attracting kids, especially girls, to sciences

4 hours 14 min ago
"I've been building stuff a long time," says eight-year-old Yashu Tenneti. The class is part of an outreach program at the University of Toronto designed to help break gender, financial and racial barriers. York University, for example, runs all-girl courses that teach science through superheroes. The gender divide in professions such as engineering and computer sciences is a startling problem in Canada.
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Northerners debate uranium mine and caribou effects

4 hours 15 min ago
Huli Tagoona was just a girl the first time uranium miners proposed to develop a massive deposit of the radioactive metal near her home town of Baker Lake, Nunavut. French nuclear giant Areva is proposing to build one underground and four open-pit mines just west of Baker Lake, on the edge of the calving grounds of one of the North's great caribou herds and near the largest and most remote wildlife sanctuary on the continent. Areva has been considering the project since at least 1997. "We believe we've got a very good environmental assessment," said Areva spokesman Barry McCallum.
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Greg Selinger has juggled Manitoba NDP leadership campaign, job as premier

4 hours 15 min ago
If Greg Selinger is worried about possibly getting kicked out of the Manitoba premier's office next Sunday, he's showing no signs of it. He has campaigned on nights and weekends — often showing up at NDP delegate selection meetings — and deals only with government matters during the work day. After the NDP raised the provincial sales tax in 2013 and saw popular support plummet, some cabinet colleagues began to quietly suggest he step down to help the party bounce back. He has seen about two-thirds of the party's constituency and youth delegate support go to his two opponents: Theresa Oswald, a former health minister who was part of the revolt, and Steve Ashton, a former infrastructure minister who stayed out of the public spat.
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