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Nelson Hart appeal upheld as top court restricts 'Mr. Big' confessions - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:58:14 EDT

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a lower court ruling that ordered a new trial for a Newfoundland murder suspect. The justices ruled that so-called Mr. Big stings like the one that convicted Nelson Hart can be used but also pose major problems.

Israel's Netanyahu vows to destroy Hamas tunnels 'with or without a ceasefire' - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:37:33 EDT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a ceasefire," as the Israeli military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely populated Palestinian territory.

Pot advocate Marc Emery seeks 'political revenge' against Tories - Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:53:31 EDT
Elxn BC Fringe

B.C. marijuana advocate Marc Emery vows to take political revenge on the Conservative government once he is finally released from U.S. custody and returns to Canada later next month. Emery spoke to CBC in his first interview since being transferred from a U.S. prison to a private deportation facility in Louisiana.

Jet stream anomaly brings heat waves to coasts, chilly days to central Canada - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EDT
Heat wave

Scorching temperatures are setting records this week as heat waves roll over Canada’s East and West, while residents in Central Canada who are experiencing a particularly chilly summer are left longing for a few sweltering days.

Soccer goal death of Ontario teen adds to calls for tip-proof nets - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:52:20 EDT

An Illinois family has been working since 2003 to raise awareness about the dangers of unsecured soccer nets since their son's death, an issue that became high profile just this week when a 15-year-old girl from Ontario was killed in a similar accident.

More than 700 West Africans dead in Ebola outbreak - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:20:40 EDT
Ebola outbreak Sierra Leone

The World Health Organization says the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history now has killed more than 700 people across West Africa.

Fire in the sky: 'Apocalypse' thunderstorm rolls into Yellowknife - Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:36:42 EDT
Red lightning over Yellowknife

Smoke followed by thunderclouds brought nightfall early to Yellowknife Wednesday. People took to social media to post photos of the skies described as everything from "eerie" to "the apocalypse."

Michigan soccer ref never saw fatal sucker punch, witness testifies - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:11:58 EDT
John Bieniewicz soccer referee

A soccer referee who was fatally punched by a player during a recreational game in suburban Detroit did not expect the attack, one of the player's teammates testified Wednesday.

Russia-U.S. relations are chilly, but is this a Cold War? - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EDT

While the U.S., Europe and Canada continue to punish and isolate Russia with sanctions over its role in Ukraine there is an ongoing debate about whether a new Cold War is underway.

Toronto restaurant brings home the bacon — on everything - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EDT
165615758 bacon

In an era where processed and fatty meats have been vilified by health experts, and vegetarianism has gone mainstream, bacon is making a huge comeback.

17-hour armed standoff ends in Winnipeg - Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:15:01 EDT
Stella Avenue standoff

An armed standoff in Winnipeg that lasted nearly 17 hours has ended, after a man fired gunshots at officers while barricading himself inside a house, police say.

Canada Post stamps honour 5 Canadian country music stars - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:34:04 EDT
Tommy Hunter stamp

Canada Post has released commemorative stamps in honour of homegrown country music stars Tommy Hunter, Shania Twain, k.d. lang, Hank Snow and Renée Martel.

1 Seattle cop has issued 80% of city's marijuana tickets this year - Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:24:38 EDT

The Seattle Police Department has reassigned an officer who single-handedly issued about 80 per cent of the marijuana tickets handed out in the city during the first half of this year, authorities said on Wednesday.

Can whales be healthy and happy in an aquarium? Scientists weigh in - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EDT
Beluga whale at Vancouver Aquarium

Public debate is raging over whether the Vancouver Aquarium should be allowed to keep and breed whales and dolphins in captivity. But what do science and scientists have to say about that?

Investigators reach crash site where Malaysian jet went down - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:40:31 EDT

As fighting continued to rage in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday managed to reach the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight MH17 for the first time since it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago.

Girl, 15, dies after getting trapped under fallen soccer net - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:03:00 -0400
Police say a 15-year-old girl has died after getting trapped under the crossbar of a soccer net north of Toronto.
B.C. evacuation order lifted two years after deadly landslide - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:47:51 -0400
Two years after a landslide tore down the slopes of Johnsons Landing, B.C., claiming the lives of four people in a wave of mud, trees and rock, the last of the evacuated residents are finally being allowed to return home.
SCC rules: 'Mr. Big technique comes at a price' - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:53:00 -0400
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that there could be “significant problems” with so-called Mr. Big sting operations, and calls on police to put tighter controls on such investigations.
Kickstarter potato salad maker to host cook-off in Toronto - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:06:19 -0400
Canadian restaurant chain Jack Astor’s has made good on its promise to collaborate with the internet sensation behind the potato salad phenomenon on Kickstarter and will be bringing the Columbus, Ohio man to Toronto for a potato salad cook-off.
Candlelight vigils to be held for Canadian teacher detained in Indonesia - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:22:10 -0400
Candlelight vigils will be held in several cities tonight for a Canadian teacher who has been detained in Indonesia for more than two weeks.
'I just want to move on': Owner of Calgary home with tragic history - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:07:18 -0400
The owner of a Calgary, Alta., house where five young people were killed says he's selling it because he just wants to move on.
'Mr. Big' sting: Police operation explained - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:47:00 -0400
During a so-called "Mr. Big" sting operation, undercover police officers pretend to be members of a fake criminal organization. They attempt to “recruit” a suspect to the fake gang in order to get him or her to confess to prior crimes.
China says Canada must 'stop making baseless accusations' - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0400
Canada must “stop making baseless accusations and redress the negative impacts” of its claims that the Chinese government is behind a cyberattack on the National Research Council, China’s foreign ministry said Thursday.
Brampton Batman shows off his new Batmobile - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:25:00 -0400
A man who lurks in the shadows of Brampton, Ont. is now fighting crime in his very own Batmobile.
Suspect in Moncton shootings due back in court - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:55:00 -0400
A New Brunswick man charged with fatally shooting three RCMP officers and wounding two others last month in Moncton will return to court today after undergoing a psychiatric assessment.

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