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Toyota to launch China-made Corolla, Levin hybrids in 2015

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By Yoko Kubota BEIJING (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp plans to make and sell hybrid versions of its Corolla and Levin sedans in China next year, fitting them with locally-made components, in its first bid to entirely manufacture gas-electric hybrids outside Japan. The backdrop to Toyota's plans are efforts by foreign and domestic automakers to kick-start sales of hybrid cars in China, as the world's largest auto market warms to the vehicles in its efforts to cut pollution and reliance on fossil fuels. Toyota, an industry leader in hybrid vehicles, already makes the Prius and Camry hybrids in China, but has to import key parts, such as hybrid systems, making it tough to generate volume due to high import tariffs. In 2015, the Corolla and Levin hybrid sedans will carry made-in-China batteries, hybrid transaxles and inverters, Executive Vice President Yasumori Ihara, said at the Auto China car show in Beijing on Sunday.

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Sikh community gets gift-of-life plea at Vaisakhi Parade

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 22:46

The streets of Surrey, B.C., were lined with tens of thousands of people for the city's Vaisakhi Parade Saturday, and amid the the day's food booths and other festivities, one group was trying to reach the South Asian community with a serious message.

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Dog thief caught on camera at Vancouver tattoo parlour

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 22:26
A woman simply asked to pet the 10-month-old French bulldog, picked it up, and walked out when the owner was busy at the till of a downtown Vancouver tattoo parlour Thursday.
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What's on the menu? From ribs to cupcakes, mayor spends day eating at town's 24 restaurants

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 22:15

Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley, in a gut-busting campaign to draw attention to the tiny borough's varied restaurant scene, set out to visit all 24 of them on Saturday, starting with a pre-dawn visit to IHOP. The second-term Democrat said he's had to battle "mom guilt" from restaurant staff as he has eaten his way across Jenkintown, a town so small that he only needed to build in 15 minutes to walk from place to place. He said several restaurants have opened in Jenkintown in recent years — and more are poised to join them in the coming months — but he was surprised to count them and see 24 restaurants now populate a town of less than a single square mile. About 20 years ago, he said, Jenkintown had only one place to eat.

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China set to replace U.S. as Volvo's biggest market this year

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 22:04

China is set to surpass the United States to become Volvo Car Group's biggest market in 2014 with sales of at least 80,000 cars in the world's largest auto market. Its car sales target for 2014 is around a third higher than the 61,146 cars sold in 2013, while sales in the United States in 2014 are expected to increase only in line with the broader market, it said in a statement on Sunday. In the first quarter of this year, it sold 17,286 cars in China, up 25.4 percent from a year earlier. Volvo, whose XC60 SUV is its best-selling model in China, expects the Chinese market to help boost its global sales in coming years, though it faces competition from foreign firms, such as General Motors Co , and domestic players such as SAIC Motor Corp .

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Mexican singer Juan Gabriel to resume tour concerts May 1 after release from US hospital

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 20:34
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Mexican singer Juan Gabriel plans to resume his tour concerts May 1 after being released from a Las Vegas hospital. A tour publicist said in a statement Friday night that the 64-year-old singer's health has improved considerably since he was admitted Monday with pneumonia. The publicist says Gabriel will rest in Las Vegas and Los Angeles until his tour resumes May 1 in Los Angeles.
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Divers find 10 more bodies found inside sunken ferry; captain arrested

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 20:31

MOKPO, South Korea - Divers recovered 13 bodies from inside a ferry that sank off South Korea, pushing the confirmed death toll to 46, officials said Sunday.

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Calgary stabbings: victims' families come together to heal

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 20:03
The families of the five young people killed this week in a stabbing in Calgary say they have come together in their healing.
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Sylvan Lake skateboarding accident sends 1 to Calgary hospital

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:29
A young man is in serious condition in a Calgary hospital after a skateboarding accident in Sylvan Lake.
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For Boston Marathon local favourite Shalane Flanagan, her one wish is to win this one race

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:29

BOSTON - Shalane Flanagan grew up in nearby Marblehead with a reverence for the Boston Marathon and dreamed, like many locals and foreign runners alike, that she would win the race someday. If I could win this specific Boston: It has the most power, the most meaning behind it, of all the Boston Marathons that would be run." A year after two bombs at the finish line killed three and wounded 264 others, the 118th edition of the Boston Marathon has become a symbol of resilience for the running community, the city and a nation shocked by an attack on one of its beloved traditions. And Flanagan, a three-time Olympian who finished fourth in her Boston debut last year, is hoping an American victory in her hometown race will help heal the wounds caused by last year's bombings.

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Canadian Press NewsAlert: Death toll climbs in South Korean ferry sinking

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:23

SEOUL, South Korea - Divers recover 10 more bodies from inside sunken South Korean ferry; death toll now 46 .

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Elk poaching in B.C. alarms conservation officers

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:16
B.C. conservation officers are growing frustrated with the senseless killing of elk in the B.C. Interior and on Vancouver Island.
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Passengers on Vancouver-to-Edmonton flight warned to watch out for measles

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:14

EDMONTON - Health officials in Edmonton are warning passengers who arrived in the city on a flight from Vancouver this month that they may have been exposed to measles. The warning further extends to anyone who was in Edmonton International Airport during the hours immediately after the Air Canada plane landed on April 9. Alberta Health Services issued a news release Saturday stating that passengers and crew on Air Canada Flight 248, which departed Vancouver at 8:30 p.m. and arrived in Edmonton at 9:35 p.m. may have been exposed. Dr. Marcia Johnson, a medical officer health in the Edmonton zone, said the passenger was a child with measles who arrived in Vancouver from the Philippines.

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Animal welfare activists picket Liam Neeson's NYC home amid debate over carriage horses

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:02
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Animal welfare activists picketing Liam Neeson's home on Saturday said they don't agree with the actor that the city's carriage horses should keep working. Neeson didn't appear as about 50 demonstrators filled the sidewalk in front of his apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Police watched, and doormen photographed protesters hoisting signs with such slogans as "Liam Neeson: Stop Supporting Cruelty!" and "Worked to Death!" with an image of a dead horse in a park. Holding the second sign was Peter Wood, an animal protection investigator for various organizations that say it's cruel for the horses to be subjected to traffic, pollution and possible accidents.
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Calgarians share 1st vinyl purchases on Record Store Day

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 18:50

Record aficionados around the world are celebrating the unique appeal of vinyl today and six Calgary stores are taking part as well.

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New measles case comes from child travelling to Edmonton

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 18:45
Alberta health officials are warning the public of possible measles exposure after a second case of the highly contagious disease in the Edmonton area was confirmed on Saturday.
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Hallmark's 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' brings 'Touched by an Angel' producer back to series TV

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 18:33

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - In the decade that "Touched by an Angel" executive producer Martha Williamson has been away from series TV, much has changed. But Williamson says her Hallmark Channel series, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," will be just as comfortable a fit for viewers as "Angel" was during its 1994-2003 run. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," debuting Sunday night, stars Eric Mabius ("Ugly Betty") as Oliver, the straight-laced, good-natured supervisor of an offbeat group of U.S. Postal Service employees who become sleuths to get mail to its proper place. Valerie Harper is a visiting manager in the first two episodes, with Valerie Bertinelli, Marilu Henner and former "Angel" star Della Reese also set to guest star.

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Water levels in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick drop more than a metre overnight

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:58

PERTH-ANDOVER, N.B. - Some residents in this northwest New Brunswick village were advised on Saturday to stay away from their homes for at least one more night, even as water levels receded. Village spokeswoman Justine Waldeck said the community was breathing a bit easier after water levels on the St. John River plunged more than a metre overnight. But Waldeck stopped short of saying the flood threat had entirely dissipated. A monster ice jam above the dam at Grand Falls remained a concern, though Waldeck said it was hoped the drop in water levels would reduce the effect impact once the ice breaks up and drifts downstream.

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Michelle Obama to appear on May 7 episode of ABC country music drama 'Nashville'

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:55
WASHINGTON - Michelle Obama is going a little bit country. The first lady's office says she'll appear on the May 7 episode of the ABC country music drama "Nashville." The episode is titled "All Or Nothing With Me" and is set at Fort Campbell. Mrs. Obama and the wife of Vice-President Joe Biden, Jill Biden, are scheduled to the visit Army base in Kentucky on Wednesday to address a jobs summit and career forum for service members, veterans and their spouses.
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Air Canada coming under criticism over video showing baggage being dropped

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 16:42
TORONTO - Air Canada is apologizing after a video apparently showing a baggage handler dropping luggage from roughly six metres off the ground hit social media. The video, taken by a passenger on board a plane and posted Thursday to YouTube, captures a worker dropping bags from a boarding gate to a luggage bin below. Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah says in an email the "totally unacceptable" incident took place at Toronto's Pearson Airport that day. Mah says the airline is trying to identify the baggage handler and the person --quote -- "will be terminated pending the outcome of our investigation."
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