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Grilled: Lexus seeks design edge over premium rivals

2 hours 17 min ago

By Norihiko Shirouzu BEIJING (Reuters) - Big may be beautiful, but Toyota Motor Corp's global design chief is betting that edgy is the way to go for the Japanese automaker's premium Lexus brand, specifically its signature 'spindle grille' design.     Tokuo Fukuichi, who is also Lexus' global chief, says the design shock-therapy gives the brand - and conservative Toyota more broadly - the stand-out face it previously lacked.     While some industry rivals and design experts say the jagged-edged, trapezoid grille is downright ugly, 63-year-old Fukuichi stands by the drastic makeover, saying it will give Lexus a "unique" edge over German rivals BMW , Audi and Mercedes-Benz particularly in competitive emerging markets such as China, where buyers will pay more for a car that stands out from the crowd. Fukuichi, who was brought back to Toyota from a subsidiary in 2011 and as he was recovering from cancer, says Toyota for too long designed cars by committee – often of several dozen people.


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Lift extreme secrecy shroud over RCMP harassment case, lawyer urges court

4 hours 15 min ago

A shroud of secrecy thrown over part of an extraordinary case involving allegations of harassment within the RCMP should be lifted as much as possible, an Ontario justice heard Friday. The court-imposed secrecy, which ostensibly involves the identity of a confidential informant but may also be linked to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's family life, is so extreme that even the reasons for the order are unknown. "This is an extraordinary situation," media lawyer Brian MacLeod Rogers told Superior Court Justice Mary Vallee. Rogers, who represents several media outlets, said reporters have been unable to raise concerns since last December, when they were abruptly excluded from the courtroom in a civil case involving RCMP Sgt. Peter Merrifield.


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No winning ticket for the $30-million jackpot in Friday night's Lotto Max draw

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 23:55
TORONTO - No one has the winning ticket for the $30-million jackpot in Friday night's Lotto Max draw.
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Motherisk drug-testing program shut down by SickKids hospital

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 23:53
A controversial drug-testing program at Sick Kids hospital has been shut down and will not be reinstated, the hospital announced Friday. The Hospital for Sick Children's Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory's program was suspended, and has now been shut down, after questions emerged about the reliability of its hair-testing method used in criminal and child protection cases between 2005 and 2010. The problems with Motherisk's testing were put into the spotlight last October, when the Ontario Court of Appeal quashed Tamara Broomfield's 2009 conviction for giving her two-year-old son, Malique, a near lethal dose of cocaine because of differing scientific opinions about the validity of the hair testing performed by Motherisk. Broomfield was given a seven-year sentence. James Lockyer, a lawyer with the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted, said he has concerns about Motherisk's tests.
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Sylvan Lake crash victim dies after truck hits guardrail

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 23:00
A 20-year old man from Sylvan Lake is dead after the truck he was driving left Highway 11 and hit a guardrail on Friday morning. RCMP said the vehicle rolled, landing upside down in a creek on the side of the highway between Sylvan Lake and Red Deer. The two people were trapped inside the truck and were found by motorists driving by the crash. The bystanders pulled both from the truck and started first aid until paramedics arrived.
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Habs vs. Sens: Game 2 in 10 tweets

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 22:22
It's was another game filled with action, pace and power as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in overtime at the Bell Centre Friday night, taking a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Habs fever has hit the streets of Montreal. Inside the Bell Centre, the game hadn't even started yet, but fans were roaring when they saw Habs' top goal-scorer Max Pacioretty warming up on the ice. The Habs' lucky charm Ginette Reno was back to belt out O' Canada at the Bell Centre. Montreal responded in the second period with a goal by none other than top scorer Max Pacioretty.
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#Sens vs. #Habs: 10 tweets that sum up Game 2 for Ottawa

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 22:21
After two days of debate and speculation, Mark Stone played in Game 2 for the Ottawa Senators, as did Max Pacioretty for the Montreal Canadiens. Stone suffered a microfracture of his right wrist after a slash from P.K. Subban, while Pacioretty had an upper-body injury suffered late in the season. Sens fans, as you could assume, weren't too happy.
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GO Transit gets $16B from Ontario for improvements

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 22:12

The provincial government announced billions in new funding for GO Transit service on Friday and said some $16 billion is now ready to spend on transportation infrastructure in the GTA and Hamilton. In a news release, the province said its total commitment to the Moving Ontario Forward plan — which aims to modernize the province's transit infrastructure — is now $31.5 billion. "There's such an appetite for increased service," said Premier Kathleen Wynne, speaking to reporters in front of a GO train in Barrie. Barrie's population is set to grow by 79 per cent by 2041, according to statistics cited by the Moving Ontario Forward plan.


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4 in critical condition in gas blast that closed both directions of Central California highway

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 21:20

A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 15 people, four of them critically, authorities said. It was not clear what caused the explosion at the Fresno County Sheriff's gun range that brought traffic in the area to a halt. Four patients were being treated at Community Regional Medical Center's burn and trauma unit, spokeswoman Mary Lisa Russell said. Three of them are in critical condition and one is in serious condition, she said.


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Guevera Wilson Clorina gets life with 35-year minimum

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 21:10
Guevera Wilson Clorina has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 35 years. Clorina had pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his cousin's wife, Chona Manzano, and their five-year-old son Gabrial two years ago. Manzano's husband had sponsored Clorina to come to Canada. Carla MacPhail, one of the lawyers prosecuting the case, says the 35-year sentence is unique here.
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Storm diverts Oklahoma-bound Seattle elephants to San Diego Zoo for a rest

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 21:08
A Seattle zoo says the two aging female elephants it dispatched earlier this week on a 2,000-mile road trip to an Oklahoma zoo have been diverted by a storm — and are now resting at the San Diego Zoo. The Woodland Park Zoo said the elephant caravan had to change course in Salt Lake City because of a storm in Colorado and Wyoming that was expected to grow worse. When the elephants left Seattle on Wednesday evening en route to the Oklahoma City Zoo, officials estimated the trip would take 35 to 40 hours.
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Vaughan's Michael Di Biase should lose 3 months pay, ethics czar says

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 20:50
Vaughan's deputy mayor should be docked three months' salary — the maximum penalty allowed — for intimidating city hall staff in an attempt to provide behind-the-scenes help to a private construction company, the city's integrity commissioner says. In her final recommendations following a four-month investigation, Vaughan Integrity Commissioner Suzanne Craig says Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor Michael Di Biase violated nine clauses of the city's code of conduct, with "serious implications" for the municipality. Craig recommends Vaughan council vote to suspend Di Biase's salary for 90 days, the highest penalty allowed for a code of conduct infraction under the provincial Municipal Act.
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Scientists say Isle Royale National Park grey wolf population down to 3 and may soon die out

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 20:49

The grey wolves of Isle Royale National Park, which scientists have studied closely for more than half a century along with the moose on which they feed, are on the verge of disappearing as the most recent census showed that only three remain, scientists said Friday. Inbreeding and illness appear to have caused a sharp drop-off in wolf numbers on the Lake Superior island wilderness, where visitors thrill at hearing their quavering howls. The count stood at 24 in 2009 but has fallen every year since, according to Michigan Technological University researchers who lead what they describe as the world's longest-running study of a predator-prey relationship in a closed ecosystem. They have urged the National Park Service to bring more wolves to the island to reinvigorate the gene pool.


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Bank of China awarded more than $672 million in B.C. Supreme Court case

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 20:48
A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ordered two defendants to pay the Bank of China more than $672 million in an international breach of trust and fraud case. In a judgment published online Friday, Justice Ronald Skolrood ordered Kuang Wan Fang to pay $670 million and her mother in-law Tan Wen Jing more than $2.5 million. The bank launched the civil case against Kuang, her husband, Xu Chao Fan, and others in 2001 after becoming aware that it had been defrauded of US$480 million during the previous decade. Xu, Kuang and others were subsequently tried and convicted in a Nevada court in August 2008 of money laundering, conspiracy and fraud charges.
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Authorities remove bodies from home where 5 were killed; police say man shot family, self

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 20:48

Authorities removed five bodies from a Phoenix home Friday where they say a man shot and killed his mother, two brothers and one of their wives before taking his own life. Police identified the shooter as 50-year-old Driss Diaeddinn, and investigators said he had been arguing with his brothers before the attack Thursday. "He had made some off-the-wall comments, at the time saying goodbye to people," police Sgt. Trent Crump said. The brothers — including victims Dodi Fayed, 56, and Reda Diaeddinn, 38 — ran a company that offered cars for hire and a restaurant, Crump said.


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Charles H. Hulse school 'disappointed' parents by spraying pesticides

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 20:35

An Ottawa mother doubts she will send her two children back to school on Monday after the administration failed to notify parents that the building's cockroach infestation led to unapproved outdoor pesticides being used indoors. Mellissa Rutledge said she didn't find out that Charles H. Hulse Public School in Alta Vista had been sprayed over the weekend until Wednesday night — a day after her six-year-old son David fell ill. The Andrew Fleck daycare, which moved into the school in February, was not notified that the school had been fighting a cockroach infestation for a year and a half, said executive director Kim Hiscott.


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Dollarama calls cops on grandmother who brought dog inside

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 20:07

It was only after she found the glue and was headed to the checkout that she noticed a police officer in the store — then two more. Dollarama told CBC News that its customer service department has not received a formal complaint about the matter.


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Wildrose fiscal plan clobbered by senior PC candidates

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 19:43

"In truth their platform has made no accounting of how they'll meet new spending promises," said Stephen Mandel, a PC candidate in Edmonton-Whitemud who was appointed as Alberta's health minister last fall. The Tories claim the Wildrose plan has a funding gap of $29 billion. "The Wildrose is cut, cut, cut and the NDs are gonna spend, spend, spend," said Robin Campbell, who released the budget on March 26 as Alberta's finance minister. Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean was quick to swing back.


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Alabama officials: 'Military mistress' released after stop because of communication breakdown

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 19:08
An Alabama sheriff's deputy released a woman dubbed the "Military Mistress," who is wanted in three states, because a radio dispatcher failed to pass along that there were warrants out for her arrest, the agency said Friday. Bobbi Ann Finley, who got her nickname because of allegations that she moved from military base to military base marrying more than a dozen U.S. service members to gain access to their bank accounts, is wanted on check fraud charges in Colorado, Oklahoma and Oregon. "The bottom line on all of it was a failure to communicate on our part," said Lori Myles. The mix-up was revealed publicly by the Marion County Sheriff's Department in Oregon, which issued a news release this week saying Finley had married 14 military men and was wanted on bad-check charges along with her current husband, Zackerie House.
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Mountie testifies he was shot several times trying to protect another officer

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 19:08

An RCMP officer was trying to arrest a man in the living room of an Alberta farm house when the Mountie saw the muzzle of a gun pointing out of a doorway. Sheldon Shah jumped between the gun and his partner, who was a new father, and took numerous bullets along his left side. "I just live with pain everyday, pretty much," said Shah, who listed several surgeries he has had and 11 scars that mark his body from his neck to his knee. Sidney Gaudette were shot and wounded while trying to execute a search warrant at the farm near Killam, southeast of Edmonton, on Feb. 7, 2012.


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