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Internet video purports to show beheading of US reporter Steven Sotloff by Islamic State group

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 23:11

Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. Barak Barfi, a spokesman for the family, said that the Sotloffs had seen the video but that authorities have not established its authenticity.

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Apple says some celebrities' accounts hacked; sites remove nude images of Lawrence, others

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 23:04

Apple said Tuesday that hackers obtained nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities by pilfering images from individual accounts rather than through a broader attack on the company's services. Apple said its engineers have determined that hackers breached individual accounts and didn't obtain general access to a pair of the company's services — iCloud and Find my iPhone. The FBI offered no details on its efforts to identify people responsible for stealing the images that were posted on image-sharing site, the social networking sites Reddit and Twitter, and other websites. Similar investigations have involved the use of search warrants and digital forensics to determine how hackers obtained everything from Paris Hilton's contact list to nude photos of actresses Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis.

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Police: US man killed 2 security guards and stepfather; wounded officer before killing self

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 22:59
South Carolina authorities say a gunman killed two security guards and his stepfather and wounded a police officer before fatally shooting himself in the head. Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis says 23-year-old Evan Casey Bennett shot the security guards last Thursday night, but wasn't immediately identified and captured. Interim Greenville Police Chief Mike Gambrell says Bennett killed his stepfather on Monday before heading over to the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center, where he shot out windows and fired on the officer before turning the gun on himself.
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Asian shares rise, dollar on top of the heap

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 22:57

By Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares shrugged off early losses on Wednesday, while the dollar was close to 14-month highs against a basket of major currencies after data underscored that the U.S. The Institute for Supply Management said its U.S. It opened lower after Wall Street marked a mixed day, though the upbeat U.S. Hopes that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet reshuffle will give fresh momentum to his growth-oriented policies also lifted sentiment.

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Lawyer: Family of girl with Uzi who accidentally killed instructor is devastated by tragedy

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 22:42

An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a vacation. The statement came as investigators released police reports and emergency call recordings involving the Aug. 25 shooting of instructor Charles Vacca at the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona, about 60 miles (100 kilometres) south of Las Vegas.

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CIFF 2014 lineup includes young Calgary filmmakers

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 22:03

A dream is coming true for two young local filmmakers after their movie was included in the 200 films announced for the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) today. Naanak Sodhi and Bhavesh Chauhan were part of the festival's Youth by Youth Cinema program in the past. "And to have that accepted at the Calgary film fest that kind of inspired that in the first place is really something." 

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Fall through manhole injures construction worker

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 21:46
A construction worker is in hospital with leg and back injuries after falling into a manhole in the city’s west end. 
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On Obama's order, 350 more troops assigned to protect US Embassy in Baghdad in noncombat role

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 21:41

President Barack Obama approved the additional troops for protection of American personnel following a request by the State Department and a review and recommendation by the Defence Department, the White House said in a statement. The additional troops will not serve in a combat role, the White House said. Approximately 820 troops have now been assigned to augment diplomatic security in Iraq, said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon's spokesman. Fifty-five troops in Baghdad since June will be redeployed outside of Iraq and replaced by 405 newly deployed troops, he said.

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Teacher fired for giving zeros says policy hasn't changed

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 21:16

The high school physics teacher fired for refusing to follow his principal’s directive not to give students zeros says the policy still continues at Edmonton Public Schools.

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Catering CEO, Desmond Hague, resigns amid allegations of animal abuse in B.C.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 20:32
A man alleged to have abused a dog while being video taped in a Vancouver hotel elevator has resigned from his post as CEO of a high-profile catering company. In a news release, Centerplate Inc. says Desmond Hague's decision comes as a result of alleged personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care. Video from an elevator surveillance camera shows a man kicking a Doberman pinscher and yanking its collar, actions the SPCA said it investigated. Joe O'Donnell, chairman of the board of directors for Centerplate, says the company doesn't condone and would not overlook the abuse of animals.
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Black inmate sues B.C. over alleged KKK beating and 'torture' by jail staff

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:59
A black inmate is suing the province of British Columbia, alleging he was targeted by the Ku Klux Klan behind bars and endured “torture” at the hands of a sheriff and a guard. Oneil Parchment, 56, said in court documents that officials at the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre didn’t do enough to protect him from violence and racism. The convicted drug dealer from Nanaimo laid out a number of allegations in his statement of claim, beginning with an alleged assault in 2009 at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre. Parchment claimed in the document that he was attacked in the Vancouver Island facility by two men and that the beating was arranged by a jailhouse faction of the KKK.
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Face-saving compromise may be on way for tight-fisted NATO allies

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:58
A face-saving compromise may be on the way for reluctant allies, including Canada, who are unwilling to boost defence spending to meet the NATO standard. A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the final statement at the Wales Summit later this week will describe the long-standing expectation that members nations spend at least two per cent of their gross domestic product on defence as an "aspirational target." Jason MacDonald, the prime minister's director of communications, said late Tuesday that the government is willing to spend more "on measures that meet actual operational needs, in response to global issues." He says Canada is not prepared to meet "an arbitrary target."
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Edmonton woman named as victim of B.C. plane crash

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:54
A 48-year-old Edmonton woman has been named as the victim of a single engine plane crash in British Columbia on Saturday.
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Connecticut catering company CEO resigns over dog-kicking incident

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:51
(Reuters) - The chief executive officer of a Connecticut-based catering company has resigned amid a barrage of criticism and possible charges after he was caught on video abusing a dog, the company said on Tuesday. Catering company Centerplate's board of directors said in a statement it had parted ways with Desmond Hague "as a result of Hague's personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care." Video surveillance from a Vancouver hotel obtained by Canada's Global News showed Hague kicking a dog and yanking the animal as it stood on a leash inside an elevator. The dog, a female doberman puppy, belonged to a friend of Hague's, the company said.
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Robert Morrissey wants Liberal nod in federal riding of Egmont

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:35
A well-known name has entered the race for the Liberal nomination in Egmont. Robert Morrissey, a former provincial cabinet minister, wants to be the next federal representative.  Morrissey spent 18 years as a provincial politician, but didn't re-offer in 2000.
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No charges laid in fatal Montreal police shooting of Alain Magloire

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:29

The Quebec provincial prosecutor's office said the officers who fatally shot AlainMagloire last February will not face charges. Magloire, 41, was shot dead on Feb. 3 by Montreal police officers outside the Berri bus station in downtown Montreal. The prosecutor's office said it reviewed the Sûreté du Québec investigation and found no grounds to lay charges against the officers involved in the intervention.

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Opposition calls for Doug Horner’s resignation over wife’s flights

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:08

Critics are calling on Alberta Treasury Board president and Finance Minister Doug Horner to resign after CBC News revealed he took his wife on 23 government flights between 2007 and 2013. “Today, we learned that Finance Minister Doug Horner, the man in charge of making sure that the government air fleet was being used properly and within the rules, is just as guilty as his cabinet colleagues in abusing the fleet,” Wildrose MLA Rob Anderson told a Calgary news conference Tuesday. “In fact, he is more guilty than almost any one of his cabinet colleagues,” Anderson said.

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Students lament learning time wasted as strike shutters B.C. public schools

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 18:49

Instead, Zeng, 17, is afraid crucial learning time is being wasted for her and half-a-million other British Columbia public school students who won't be starting their school year on time. He said the government is offering $375 million over the term of the contract to improve learning conditions, and asserted it is not asking the union to give up any bargaining rights.

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Vale, Glencore break off talks over Canada nickel deal: sources

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 18:35

By Silvia Antonioli LONDON (Reuters) - Vale and Glencore have broken off talks over combining their nickel assets in Canada in a deal that could have produced over $1 billion in annual cost savings, sources close to the matter said. The discussions over linking the two companies' neighboring nickel mining and processing facilities in the Sudbury basin in southeast Canada broke down partly due to disagreement over how to share the costs and savings and to worries about government and labor union reaction to potential job cuts and shutdowns, the sources said. At the same time, a recovery in nickel prices has made cost rationalization less urgent, they added. Glencore and Vale declined to comment.

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California regulatory judges issue $1.4B penalty against PG&E for deadly 2010 gas line blast

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 18:34

California regulatory judges recommended a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday — the largest safety-related levy ever against a public utility in the state — for a fiery 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a suburban San Francisco neighbourhood. The California Public Utilities Commission said the figure reached by two administrative law judges over the San Bruno pipeline explosion reflected nearly 3,800 violations of state and federal law, regulations and standards by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in the operation of its gas pipelines. The penalty is meant to "send a strong message to PG&E, and all other pipeline operators, that they must comply with mandated federal and state pipeline safety requirements, or face severe consequences," Timothy J. Sullivan, one of the two judges, wrote in the order. Asked whether PG&E would appeal, utility spokesman Greg Snapper said, "We're reviewing the decision and believe that any penalty should go toward pipeline safety."

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