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Whale watchers, including family from Ontario, forced to spend night at sea

47 min 44 sec ago
They weren't castaways, but like the tourists on Gilligan's Island, a group of whale watchers expecting only a three-hour tour got much more after their boat was snagged by a mooring cable off Massachusetts and they were forced to spend a long night at sea. The Boston Harbor Cruises whale watch vessel was freed Tuesday and docked at Boston's Long Wharf shortly after 8 a.m., some 17 hours after the voyage began. The whale watch, one of the most popular summer tourist attractions in the Boston area, came to an abrupt stop Monday afternoon after one of the propellers one the 83-foot passenger boat Cetacea apparently became entangled with a cable that moors large vessels, such as liquefied natural gas tankers, Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson said. Ken Maguire, who was with his wife and daughters ages 6 and 9, spent a sleepless night on the vessel in choppy seas.
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WestJet results top estimates; airline plots expansion

48 min 49 sec ago

By Susan Taylor TORONTO (Reuters) - Lifted by strong demand and market-beating quarterly results, WestJet Airlines Ltd on Tuesday laid out growth plans including increased capacity and new turboprops for its regional carrier. Canada's No. 2 carrier, which is also plotting expansion into overseas markets with wide-body planes next year, said higher ticket prices and tight cost controls more than offset pressure from climbing fuel prices in the second quarter. Shares of the Calgary-based airline, which said it exercised options to buy five Q400 planes from Bombardier Inc for its growing Encore subsidiary, touched an all-time high of C$29.11 before paring gains. WestJet said it is now sourcing four Boeing 767-300ERW to use on long-haul routes, a market dominated by its bigger rival, Air Canada .

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Amaya shares hit record high as regulators approve Rational buy

51 min 26 sec ago
(Reuters) - Amaya Gaming Group Inc's shares rose more than 18 percent to a record high on Tuesday, after the Canadian company said it received approval from gaming regulators for its acquisition of PokerStars operator Rational Group. Amaya said last month it would buy Rational, which owns and operates the world's biggest online poker company PokerStars, for $4.9 billion. The approvals prompted analysts at Global Maxfin Capital to raise their target price on the stock to C$35 from C$30. Amaya has said that the deal would expedite the entry of PokerStars into regulated markets, particularly the United States.
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Was that a UFO above Toronto last weekend?

53 min 7 sec ago
Toronto police responded to calls last weekend after a video was posted that shows a series of lights in the night sky above Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue.
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Chinese state media report heavy casualties in attack in northwestern Xinjiang region

56 min 48 sec ago
A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday. Many other people were injured in the violence Monday in Shache county near the city of Kashgar, the official Xinhua News Agency said. It said the mob first attacked a police station and government offices in the township of Elixku before moving on to a neighbouring township, attacking civilians and smashing vehicles along the way. Calls to more than a half-dozen police stations and government offices in the area either rang unanswered Tuesday evening or were answered by people who confirmed the attack but said they were not permitted to release any information about it.
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Costco to match donations to Addison Hall's family

59 min 9 sec ago

The superstore Costco will accept donations from the public at its two London, Ont., locations for the family of a six-year-old girl hit by a car that crashed into one of the stores last Friday. Addison Hall died and her pregnant mother and young sister were injured when a car crashed through Costco's front doors. Costco says any incoming donations will be matched dollar-by-dollar up to $50,000.

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Lisa Raitt, Rick Snyder to make 'important' DRIC announcement

1 hour 8 sec ago
Canada's Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will be in Windsor on Wednesday. The minister's office says the duo "will make an important announcement regarding the Detroit River International Crossing." A new $1 billion bridge linking west Windsor and the Delray community of west Detroit has been agreed upon and is in the works.
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Kerry: 'No shred of evidence' that Russia is urging Ukraine separatists to quell violence

1 hour 1 min ago
The United States says there's been "no shred of evidence" that Russia is willing to help end the violence and bloodshed between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government in Kyiv. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a new warning Tuesday that the U.S. and European Union are prepared to slap additional sanctions on Russia if it continues to ship weapons, funds and fighters across its border to support the separatists in eastern Ukraine.
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U.S. home prices down in May, but consumer confidence strong

1 hour 6 min ago

By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. single-family home prices fell unexpectedly in May, declining for the first time in more than two years in the latest signal of the wobbly state of the housing market. Still, U.S. consumers remained confident in the broader economic picture, with a key measure of consumer attitudes at its highest since October 2007 and views of the job market the brightest in six years.

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Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine, as 23 are killed by artillery over 2 days

1 hour 7 min ago

Shelling in at least three cities in eastern Ukraine has hit a home for the elderly, a school and several apartment blocks, adding to a rapidly growing civilian death toll Tuesday. Among the victims were five people killed when the home for the elderly was struck by artillery fire in Luhansk, according to the separatist rebels in control there. In Donetsk, another rebel stronghold under fire by the Ukrainian forces, at least one person was killed when several shells hit an apartment block in the early afternoon.

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Ontario pledges to push for review of mercury poisoning compensation board

1 hour 55 min ago
Ontario's aboriginal affairs minister says he'll push for a review of a board that oversees compensation for First Nations residents suffering health issues from mercury poisoning. David Zimmer says he'll work with the federal government and Wabaseemoong First Nation to get their approval to conduct a review to determine how best to help those with mercury-related health issues. Zimmer says the province would also look at options for more on-site treatment for Grassy Narrows First Nation residents. Grassy Narrows Elder Steve Fobister says Zimmer's comments provide "some level of comfort," but more work needs to be done.
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NCAA settles head-injury suit; agrees to $70M testing fund, implement common concussion rules

2 hours 3 min ago

The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a US$70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports. Critics have accused the NCAA of giving too much discretion to hundreds of individual schools about when athletes can go back into games, putting them at risk.

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Airbus halts sale of six A380s to Japan's Skymark

2 hours 3 min ago

By Tim Kelly and Tim Hepher TOKYO/PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus said on Tuesday it had revoked an order for six A380 superjumbos from Skymark Airlines , losing the only Japanese customer for its biggest jet after the discount carrier struggled to raise cash to pay installments. The collapse of the contract, worth over $2 billion when it was formally signed in 2011, triggered a public clash with the principal owner of Japan's third-largest airline, who accused the European planemaker of refusing to negotiate a compromise. We never once formally sat down to discuss it," Skymark's chief executive and main investor, Shinichi Nishikubo, said. "Airbus informed us in a fax to our office on Sunday." Nishikubo, a former internet entrepreneur who had promised to halve the price for business-class tickets by introducing the world's largest airliner, said Airbus had refused to consider reducing the number of jets or offering smaller ones.

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Canadians grow more pessimistic about economy, jobs... except in the West

2 hours 14 min ago
The Conference Board says Canadians are getting increasingly pessimistic about the economy and the availability of jobs — except if they are in the booming West. The think-tank's consumer confidence survey slid one point to 85.9 in July, the third month in a row that it has fallen. The big reason, says the Conference Board, is that there's still a significantly large number of people who see the jobs picture darkening going forward with 22.7 per cent saying they expect fewer jobs in the next six months, compared with 15.9 per cent who expect more. The pessimism about jobs is highest in Atlantic Canada, where only 5.9 per cent expect there to be more jobs in the next six months.
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Downtown fire causes $40K damage to 2 garages

2 hours 21 min ago
A fire that damaged two garages in Windsor caused $40,000, says Windsor Fire and Rescue. The fire department says the fire started around 1 a.m. in the 1000 block of Marion Avenue, between Giles Boulevard and Erie Street. The fire started in trailer and spread to two garages.
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Summary of NCAA head-injury settlement: What are the terms? What happens next?

2 hours 21 min ago
A filing in federal court in Chicago on Tuesday notified a U.S. district judge that lawyers for former college athletes and the NCAA reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit after nearly a year of talks. KEY TERMS: The NCAA will fund a $70 million program to test current and former athletes for brain injuries.
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In their own words: Stories of athletes who are named in the NCAA head-injury lawsuit

2 hours 22 min ago

Ten head-injury lawsuits filed against the NCAA were consolidated into one federal class-action suit in Chicago, where a settlement was announced Tuesday. In all of the lawsuits combined, dozens of plaintiffs who said they suffered concussions playing contact sports in college are named. Arrington, a strong safety at Eastern Illinois from 2006 to 2009, initiated the first lawsuit in 2011. Arrington says he suffered five concussions playing for EIU — some so severe that he couldn't recognize his parents later in the day.

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Colton Crowshoe homicide: Calgary police defend cultural sensitivity record

2 hours 29 min ago
Facing complaints of racism from the family of a slain aboriginal teenager, Calgary police are defending their qualifications for dealing with minority groups.
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West African airline suspends flights to Liberia, Sierra Leone amid Ebola outbreak

2 hours 30 min ago

Police officers deployed to Liberia's international airport to ensure passengers are screened for Ebola symptoms as a major regional airline announced Tuesday it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people. A 40-year-old American man of Liberian descent who worked for the West African nation's Finance Ministry died Friday in Nigeria after taking several flights on ASKY Airlines. At the time, Liberian authorities said they had not been requiring health checks of departing passengers in Monrovia. Patrick Sawyer's sister had died of Ebola though he maintained he had not had close physical contact with her when she was sick.

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PLO calls for 24-hour truce as Gaza health official says at least 100 killed on Tuesday alone

2 hours 45 min ago

A senior PLO official proposed a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire Tuesday in the Gaza war, saying he spoke in the name of Hamas, but was contradicted a short while later by a spokesman of the Islamic militant group. In Gaza, a health official said at least 100 Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes and tank shelling Tuesday, as Israel escalated its military campaign. Israel has lost 53 soldiers, along with two civilians and a Thai national. Tuesday's cease-fire offer was made by the Palestine Liberation Organization, of which Hamas is not a member.

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