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GOMBE - At least 20 people have been killed in a bombing at a bus station in Gombe city in NE Nigeria. Body parts lay scattered across the scene after the explosion near a bus filling up with passengers. Militant Islamist group Boko Haram is waging an insurgency in the area. (BBC)
At least 20 dead
DETROIT - A Canadian man shot by US border guards
at the Ambassador Bridge crossing between Windsor and Detroit was carrying
a 'replica of a handgun,' US Customs and Border Protection said.
Shortly before the incident at the border, Windsor police say they
were called to a McDonald's parking lot at 2:40am to reports of a man with a
gun. The man allegedly
approached the restaurant, at which time police ordered him to drop his
weapon. Police say the man
pointed the gun in the direction of the officers and asked, 'Why haven't you
shot me yet?' Attempts were
being made to de-escalate the situation, police said, but the man got into
his vehicle and fled onto the EC Row Expressway.
IQALUIT - For years, northerners have complained about Nutrition North to anyone who would listen, grumbling that the $60M annual federal food subsidy was doing little to ease their staggering grocery costs. No one, it seemed, took much notice. (CBC)
OTTAWA - A spokesman for the RCMP confirmed that some traditional areas of policing have been affected by the renewed threats to national security posed by travellers to conflict zones, sympathizers or jihadis. Mounties working on issues such as organized crime, drugs and corruption have been transferred to investigations into dozens of cases of Canadians who have returned to Canada after travelling in places like Iraq and Syria, sources said. (Globe & Mail)
RELATED: Red flags
WikiLeaks on Sunday released what it claimed were two classified documents issued by the CIA to its operatives detailing measures to avoid having their cover blown while crossing international borders. The documents also list a number of tips for CIA agents to ensure that they are not singled out for secondary screening at airports. (IBT)
CIA travel advice to
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis issued a blistering
critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how
some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and
suffer from 'spiritual Alzheimer's' that has made them forget they're
supposed to be joyful men of God.
MADRID - A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the king's sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband Inaki Uraangarin on tax fraud charges - making her the first member of the country's royal family to face charges in court since the monarchy was restored in 1975. (AP)
The French firm
Alstom SA has pleaded
guilty and will pay $772M in criminal penalties to settle
charges with the US Justice Department alleging the company bribed
government officials to win business around the world.
GUANGZHOU - More than 30,000 people have been arrested in a major
two-month-long campaign against pornography and gambling in the southern
Chinese province of Guangzhou, the country's state-run media reported
BUENOS AIRES - A shy orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a 'non-human person' unlawfully deprived of its freedom. (Reuters)
Ramos and Liu Brinsley
NEW YORK - 2 uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead
Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn
street corner - in what investigators believe was a crazed gunman's
assassination-style mission to avenge
Tarpon Springs officer shot
French police on Saturday shot dead a knife-wielding man who attacked 3
officers in a police station while shouting 'Allahu Akbar' ('God is great').
The man wounded one officer's face at the entrance to the
police station in Joue-les-Tours near the central city of Tours and injured
2 others before he was killed.
OTTAWA - The federal ethics commissioner has begun a preliminary probe into allegations Winnipeg South Conservative MP Rod Bruinooge violated conflict-of-interest rules when he supported new legislation that could benefit an app he's developing. (Winnipeg Free Press)
CAIRNS - The 37-year-old mother of 7 of the 8 children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia's city of Cairns has been arrested for murder. The eighth child was her niece. The woman, who was hospitalized on Friday with stab wounds, was lucid and awake and talking to police. (PA)
MORE: Mother charged
Taliban murderers Umar Mansoor
PESHAWAR - The
most hated man in Pakistan is a 36-year-old father of 3 and volleyball
enthusiast nicknamed 'Slim'. His
real name is Umar Mansoor and the Pakistani Taliban say he masterminded this
week's massacre of 132 children and 9 staff at a school in Peshawar - the
deadliest militant attack in Pakistan's history.
WASHINGTON- North Korea on Saturday proposed a
joint investigation with the US into the hacking attack against
Pictures Entertainment, warning of 'serious' consequences if Washington
rejects a probe that it believes will prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with
the cyberattack. (AP)
ST JOSEPH - Long known as Heartland Regional Medical Center, the nonprofit hospital and its system of clinics recently rebranded. Now they're called Mosaic Life Care. Two miles away, at the rear of a low-slung building is a key piece of Mosaic- Heartland's very own for-profit debt collection agency. When patients receive care at Heartland and don't or can't pay, their bills often end up here at Northwest Financial Services. And if those patients don't meet Northwest's demands, their debts can make another, final stop: the Buchanan County Courthouse. (Epoch Times)
MOUNT SINJAR - Kurdish forces in northern Iraq are claiming their biggest victory yet against IS militants. They say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, where thousands of Yazidis and other displaced Iraqis have been trapped since August. (BBC)
OTTAWA - Canadians and their federal government
would save money by raising tenfold the amount consumers can spend on
cross-border purchases before having to pay taxes and tariffs, a new report
Charity experts caution that Canadians shouldn't part too easily with their hard-earned cash without doing some research first. Here are their tips for donating smart during the holiday season. (CBC)
TORONTO - On Tuesday a number of warrants were issued in connection with an investigation called Project Forza which focused on a group of people allegedly involved in extortion, fraud, firearms offences and drug trafficking. Police say the investigation determined that in April 2013 Juan Fernandez and his associate Fernando Pimantel were murdered in Italy. As a result of this murder Daniele Ranieri, 30, of Bolton gained control of the organized crime group operating in the GTA. (City News)
TORONTO - Sex workers and their supporters are calling on the country's premiers to send a clear message that the federal government's new prostitution law should not be enforced by the provinces. (QMI)
OTTAWA - As part of a budget implementation bill, the CRTC has been granted the power to levy fines against telecoms that violate the Telecommunications Act. The broadcast regulator can now fine telecoms up to $10M for a first violation, and up to $15M for subsequent violations. (Huffington Post)
OTTAWA - Health Canada's latest anti-marijuana ad
makes a 'scary' claim about lowered IQ that has been widely challenged by
researchers, but the campaign went ahead anyway after that message tested
well with focus groups. An
ominous 30-second ad now on
YouTube and TV
warns that smoking too many joints can seriously harm a teen's developing
brain, with the words 'Decreased IQ' crossing the screen.
LUXEMBOURG - Employers will have to change the way they treat overweight staff following a EU court ruling that obesity can, in severe cases, constitute a disability. The landmark decision by the European Court of Justice establishes a precedent that could affect employment rights across the continent. It stops short, however, of declaring obesity to be a protected characteristic against which all discrimination is prohibited. (Guardian UK)
EDMONTON - ALERT said Tuesday that members of the La Familia gang, which has alleged ties to Mexican drug cartels and the Mara Salvatrucha gang, had been arrested in Edmonton following an ALERT investigation. It's alleged the group was trying to gain control of drug distribution channels in Alberta. (CTV)
LONDON - Allegations that British troops executed
captured Iraqi prisoners and tortured or seriously abused others after a
battle in 2004 were based on lies, a long-running inquiry concluded on
Wednesday, exonerating the armed forces.
The Al-Sweady inquiry, has lasted 5 years and cost $49M.
SOUDERTON - Bradley Stone, the former Marine believed to have killed his ex-wife and 5 of her family members and seriously stabbed another was found dead in the woods near his Montgomery County home Tuesday, after apparently killing himself with a knife. (NBC)
Suspect still loose
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LONDON - Pensions companies have been told they
must draw up urgent plans to end "jaw dropping" charges to more than a
million customers, after a major report found $41B worth of savings is at
risk from rip-off fees. A
year-long inquiry into the pensions plans offered to staff by
companies found savers were exposed to 38 different fees that depleted their
funds. Researchers found almost
a quarter of all the money held in workplace pensions run by insurance
companies was at risk.
TORONTO - An Ontario man charged by American
authorities 4 years ago in an alleged $70M US Ponzi scheme has been arrested
after arriving at Toronto's Pearson International airport.
OPP say Nicholas Smirnow, of Lake of Bays, and his wife Dianna were
arrested Friday night on outstanding warrants after getting off a plane from
the Philippines. Police also
allege Dianna Smirnow, 44, defrauded the Ontario Ministry of Community and
Social Services of a 'substantial amount' of money in 2008 but left the
country before she could be arrested.
Pathway 2 Prosperity
SANAA - Yemen's Shiite rebels say 2 car bombs have exploded south of the capital, hitting a school bus travelling near a rebel gathering and killing 10 fighters and at least 15 students. The rebel group known as the Houthis blamed al-Qaida for the Tuesday attack in the Radaa area of Baydah province. The group said the school bus was carrying female primary school students. (AP)
Simon Keeler Anthony Small
DOVER - When police stopped a suspicious looking lorry leaving Britain from Dover late one night, little did they suspect what they would find inside. For crowded in the back was a Libyan terror suspect allegedly carrying an order for $28.4M of ammunition, 2 Britons suspected of plotting to fight with IS in Syria and 17 illegal immigrants - all attempting to flee the country. (Daily Mail)
Dawson Johnson Monis
SYDNEY - Thousands of people have turned out in Sydney to pay tribute to the victims of a 16-hour siege, which ended when police stormed the Lindt Chocolate Cafe at Martin Place early Tuesday morning. Katrina Dawson, 38, and Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34, were killed in the siege, along with gunman Man Haron Monis, 50. (Radio Australia)
Belgium detain hostage-takers
An Arctic expert
says an unspoken agreement between Arctic nations on how to divvy up
northern seas is all but dead now that Denmark is presenting scientific data
that it says gives it a claim on waters past the North Pole.
The claim, which was to be filed with the United Nations in New York
on Monday, will force Canada into tough future negotiations on overlapping
claims instead of being able to rely on deals worked out in advance.
OTTAWA - The
Conservative government has lost its latest attempt to prevent medical
marijuana users from growing pot at home, with the Federal Court of Appeal
upholding an injunction that exempted patients from a massive overhaul of
the system. (CBC)
TORONTO - Despite tumbling oil prices, airlines have no plans to remove their fuel surcharges, frustrating holiday travellers who have been expecting a break in flight costs. The price of oil slid to US$55.41 on Monday - the lowest price in more than 5 years. (CTV)
OTTAWA - Canada's most populous province will get
$20.4B from Ottawa for health, social services and
equalization payments in 2015, up from $19.2B in the past year.
That's the biggest increase of any of the provinces or territories.
OTTAWA - Health Quality Ontario said that although Canada ranks relatively high on an international index measuring 'quality of death,' hundreds of thousands of Canadians have no access to coordinated end-of-life care. Yet the issue is becoming more pressing due to the aging population: by 2026, the number of Canadians dying each year will increase by 40% to 330,000 people, with each death affecting the well-being of 5 other people on average - families and loved ones - or more than 1.6M people in all, the report says. (CBC)
care in ON
HONG KONG - Police tore down barricades, folded up tents and arrested some protesters Monday at a third and final pro-democracy protest camp, ending demonstrations that blocked traffic in the southern Chinese city's streets for 2 and a half months. (AP)
COMMENT: Protest won't go away
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THUNDER BAY - A 45-year-old woman has been
charged with second degree murder, after a 62-year-old man was found dead in his
home on Sunday.
Police officers discovered the man in the
early morning hours of Sunday at a home on Secord St on the city's north side.
The victim and accused were known to each
other and it appeared alcohol was involved.
EDMONTON - Police have been investigating after a 24-year-old man died following an alleged assault over the weekend. Officials said Raad Hamza was discovered unconscious by officers outside The Billiard Club on 105 St and 82 Ave early Saturday morning. Hamza was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and on Sunday police confirmed he had died. (CTV)
WINNIPEG - Cody Joss, 21, the victim of a Friday night hit-and-run succumbed to his injuries in hospital Saturday evening. Police said Joss was crossing Inkster Blvd northbound on McGregor St at about 6:45pm Friday when he was hit by a vehicle going west on Inkster. (CTV)
WABAMUN - A man has been arrested after a 6-year-old girl was severely assaulted at a First Nation reserve in AB. RCMP were first called to a property on the Paul First Nation at approximately 4:30pm on Saturday. RCMP say they found the girl suffering from 'critical' and 'life-threatening' injuries. (CTV)
CALGARY - At approximately 3:15pm, emergency crews were dispatched to a home on Erin Ridge Rd SE following reports of a person in medical distress. A female patient, age not released, was transported to the Peter Lougheed Hospital in life threatening condition. Police confirm the 'young person' succumbed to their undisclosed injuries in hospital on Friday. (CTV)
TORONTO - Amaria Diljohn, 14, was struck and killed by a bus on the SE corner of Finch Ave E and Neilson Rd on Friday around 5:40pm. Friends have set up a Facebook page in her memory which includes the following message: 'MoMo was struck and killed on Friday by a TTC Bus shortly after getting off.' 'The bus driver turned the corner and hit her and drove away,' Police alleged. 'At this point, it appears the bus driver didn't know.' A 27-year-old man will be charged in the case. (QMI)
Man hit by school bus
OTTAWA - 2 young Ottawa men have been arrested in connection with the killing of Tausif Chowdhury, a 23-year-old international student who was found dead in the brush near the South Keys Transitway station in November. Steven Kozielo and John Ruch, both 19, appeared in court on Saturday to face charges of manslaughter and robbery. (CBC)
SIKSIKA - RCMP are investigating the death of a teenage boy on the Siksika First Nation. Officers were called to a home on the reserve on Thursday evening over reports of a fight. When they arrived, police found a 16-year-old boy lying on the ground outside the home. He died at the scene. Friends and relatives are identifying him as Chase Bigtobacco. (Global)
VANCOUVER - IHIT have identified 17-year-old Jaylen Sandhu, 17, as the victim of an assault in Surrey, BC, on Thursday. RCMP responded to an assault in progress in the 16300-block of 88 Ave at 2pm on Dec 18. According to IHIT Sandhu was able to get away from his attacker and seek help from a nearby residence. He was then taken to a hospital, but succumbed to his injuries soon after. (CBC)
MONTREAL - The victim, Ewald Etienne, 35, was found by police lying on the ground outside a home on 63rd Ave. near Maurice-Duplessis Blvd. Police had been called at 8:30pm about a man in distress. The man had been shot at least once in the upper body. (Montreal Gazette)
WINNIPEG - A 38-year-old
man will not face murder charges after a stabbing death in the spring.
Police said the man was walking near Dufferin
Ave and Salter St on April 19 when a 17-year-old boy and 18-year-old man tried
to rob him.
The 38-year-old man took out a weapon and,
while trying to defend himself, stabbed both of them.
The 17-year-old later died in hospital from
Lyle & Marie McCann Travis Vader
EDMONTON - First-degree murder charges have been re-activated against Travis Vader in the case of two Alberta seniors who went missing during a motorhome expedition more than four years ago. Lyle and Marie McCann were last seen alive on July 3, 2010. (CTV)
MORE: Charges reactivated
RIVERTON - Gardner Feltmate, 49, of Riverton, N.S., died at the scene as an RCMP officer placed him under arrest for alleged assaults of employees at the Valley View Villa. The RCMP officer was attempting to arrest Feltmate under the provisions of the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act. (CP)
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Ernest Cote Ian Bush
OTTAWA - Police have laid charges against one man in connection with the home invasion of a 101-year-old decorated Second World War veteran. Police have charged a 59-year-old man. The alleged incident occurred on Thursday morning, when Retired Col. Ernest Cote says he was tied up and robbed by a man claiming to be a city worker. (CTV)
WINDSOR - Police officer Dorothy Nesbeth has been dismissed from the Windsor Police Service. A Police Act hearing found Nesbeth guilty of discreditable conduct but not guilty on a charge of threatening a police officer stemming from a 2010 incident at the border. In July 2010, Nesbeth failed to declare a large amount of alcohol stored in her trunk while returning to Canada at the Ambassador Bridge. (CBC)
EDMONTON - Police have determined the death of a one-year-old boy to be a homicide. Carter Auger died on Sept. 25, 21 days after his first birthday. At the time, police considered it to be a case of sudden death. However, an autopsy by Edmonton's medical examiner found the results to be suspicious and the homicide section was called in to investigate. It has now been determined that Carter died from blunt-force trauma to his head. (CBC)
EDMONTON - Police said
Thursday that the death of a woman, whose body was found in a shed in west
Edmonton in June, had been confirmed to be a homicide.
Back on Wednesday, June 4, at about 1:45pm
the body of a woman was found in a storage shed behind a business in the area of
174 Street and Stony Plain Road.
Police said Freda Goodrunning, 35, died as a
result of blunt force trauma.
EDMONTON - Police said that
a man in his 40s had been charged in connection to a fatal rollover that left
his passenger dead in October, 2014.
On Sunday, October 12, officers were called
to a single vehicle collision at 5:30pm on Yellowhead Trail and Victoria Trail.
The male driver, identified as Allan Dean
Balay, 47, was extracted from the vehicle and taken to hospital with serious
Adele James, 41, his female passenger was
still belted in her seat, and was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics.
PEERS - RCMP have charged 2 men in connection with the murder of Patrick Whidden, 25. The body of Patrick Whidden was discovered on Sunday, Dec 14 in a rural field outside the town of Peers, near Edson. On Wed RCMP arrested Robert Parkin, 20, of Parkland County and Santiago Patterson, 20, of Mayerthorpe. Both men have been charged with one count of first degree murder and one count of indignity to human remains. (Beacon)
FANNY BAY - A 55-year-old Comox Valley, BC man has been charged in the Dec. 15 fatal hit-and-run of cyclist Paul Bally. Timothy David Prad, who appeared in court Thursday, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident knowing bodily harm had occurred. Prad did not come forward independently, but was arrested after police received a tip that led them to a property in the Comox Valley. (CBC)
MORE: Man charged
Killed in hit-and-run
Killed in hit-and-run
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE - RCMP have charged a woman with second-degree murder for the death of her common-law partner. Officers responded to a report of a stabbing on Dec 15, around 10:15pm. A 25-year-old man was rushed to hospital in Winnipeg, but died from injuries the next day. Joelle Amy Beaulieu, 24, of Portage faces a charge for second-degree murder. (CTV)
FORT RESOLUTION - Steven Sayine was sentenced to 5 and a half years in the manslaughter death of Mary Laboucan in Fort Resolution. Sayine kicked Laboucan in the head in June of 2012, causing her death. Sayine has been in jail since he was charged two and a half years ago. With credit for time served, he could be out of jail in less than a year and a half. Sayine has 26 criminal convictions. (CBC)
VANCOUVER - A New Westminster police constable charged with second-degree murder appeared in court Thursday, where dozens of fellow officers gathered in a show of solidarity. Const. Jordan MacWilliams, a seven-year veteran of the Delta Police Department, is accused in the high-profile shooting of an armed man outside the Starlight Casino in November 2012. (CTV)
COMMENT: Murder charge outrageous
TORONTO - The SIU is investigating after a 40-year-old man was shot by Toronto police behind a Walmart at a Scarborough mall. The man, a father of four, is an employee at Walmart's grocery division. For some reason he became despondent and was reportedly cutting himself with a knife by the loading dock of the Walmart at Agincourt Mall when police arrived around 5pm. The man was reportedly shot twice in the stomach. (CityNews)
MORE: Man shot by police
ORILLIA - Justice George
Beatty ruled Tuesday that OPP Sgt. Russell Watson caused 'catastrophic' injuries
to Maria 'Tonie' Farrell, 48, who was an innocent witness trying to help during
an incident in Orillia on April 2, 2013.
TORONTO - IT consultant Peter Faist, who is the spouse of former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty's deputy chief of staff, was paid $10,000 by the Liberal caucus to wipe data off approximately 20 government computers, police claim. The allegation, unproven in court, comes from an OPP Information to Obtain document released by the Ontario Superior Court on Thursday. The document was used to get a search warrant, which was executed at a government office in late November. (CBC)
VANCOUVER - Some might call
it double dipping, but the superintendent of North Vancouver's school district
says he's doing nothing wrong by collecting both a pension and a salary.
John Lewis retired from the district's top
job in September after a 35-year career, but he has now been hired back by the
school board to do the same job on a two-year contract.
Lewis is now eligible to collect a full
pension and a salary comparable to what he previously earned -
VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark has shuffled her cabinet, moving Amrik Virk out of his advanced education portfolio on the same day an updated report revealed that the minister was fully knowledgeable about a compensation package that broke government guidelines. (CP)
VANCOUVER - The BC
government has given a green light to the Metro Vancouver transit tax
referendum, but only after renaming the proposed sales tax.
Transportation Minister Todd Stone said the
revised question will describe the new tax as a Metro Vancouver Congestion
Improvement Tax, rather than as a regional Provincial Sales Tax.
The new 0.5% tax would apply to the majority
of goods and services sold or delivered in the Metro Vancouver region.
VANCOUVER - Burnaby is asking the National Energy Board to hand Kinder Morgan a bill that could be worth more than $2M for policing and cleanup costs after pipeline work was targeted by protesters last month. Environmental activists set up a makeshift encampment in a conservation area on Burnaby Mountain in an attempt to block crews from conducting drilling and survey work related to its proposal to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline. (CP)
CALGARY - Police have identified Ronald Elepano, 34, as the man who was fatally stabbed in SE Calgary on Monday morning. Just after 7am on Monday the victim was discovered lying on a sidewalk in the 5300-block of 5 Ave SE. He was suffering from stab wounds. EMS treated Mr. Elepano at the scene and rushed him to hospital, however, he later succumbed to his injuries. (Beacon)
Hassan Nirmalendran Husbands
TORONTO - A jury found Christopher Husbands, 25, guilty of 2 counts of second-degree murder. Ahmed Hassan, 24, died instantly on the floor of the mall, Nixon Nirmalendran, 22, died 9 days later in the hospital after being shot 8 times. 5 bystanders were wounded in the hail of bullets. (Toronto Star)
Daleen Bosse Douglas Hales
SASKATOON - Douglas Hales has been found guilty of second-degree murder for the 2004 killing of Daleen Bosse, 25. According to his lawyer, Hales will get credit for the 6 years he has spent in custody awaiting trial. That credit will be on a one-for-one basis. Based on that, Hales may apply for parole in 9 years. (CBC)
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