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Sydney Hostages Run From Gunman (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 6:17 AM

Before Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe, at least five people managed to get out of the building.

In all, three woman and two men were seen running, terrified, from the building and into the arms of heavily armed tactical squad members.

These are the dramatic images and...

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London Airspace Closed Due To Computer Failure

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:17 AM

UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting Britain's national air traffic body, NATS, has fixed the computer problem. The body is in the process or reopening its airspace.

The agency says "we apologize for any delays and the inconvenience this may have caused."

Airspace over London has been effectively shut down...

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Toronto Children Charged In Kidnapping Attempt

(105) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 12:49 PM

Two children -- a 12-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy -- face charges after a botched kidnapping attempt in Toronto's east end.

Police say a 29-year-old mother was assaulted Thursday evening, as the suspects tried to carry off her baby. She reportedly used her body to prevent the...

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Atlantic Ocean May Yield to Supercontinent: Report

(11) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 12:14 PM

Here comes the new supercontinent.

There goes the neighbourhood.

That neighbourhood being the Atlantic Ocean -- a 106,400,000-square-kilometre sprawl comprising nearly a third of the planet's surface.

An ascendant supercontinent, apparently, will do that, according to researchers at the University of Alberta.

The study, recently...

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Boy Gets Cutting Board, Then Tablet For Birthday -- and Teaches Us A Thing Or Two About Thankfulness (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 11:37 AM

All we want for the holidays is this kid's celestial smile.

The video's a little fuzzy. But the sentiment is clearer than a 1080P high-definition display with quadruple HDMI ports, 120Hz refresh rates, digital surr--- oh, whatever.

Take this cutting board, kid.

At least, that's what the boy's parents...

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Pat Quinn Dead: Veteran Coach Passes Away At 71

(19) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 10:56 AM

A fixture of the hockey universe has died.

Pat Quinn, a former player and legendary coach, succumbed Sunday at Vancouver General Hospital to a lengthy illness.

He was 71.

As a player, Quinn skated in more than 600 NHL games, but it was after hanging up his skates in 1967...

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Nuggets: Kiwi Video Paints Addiction In Simple Moving Terms

(11) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 9:32 AM

There's something extraordinarily gripping about this kiwi's struggle with addiction.

Perhaps, because there's something so devastatingly human between the stark black and white lines of German animator Andreas Hykade's five-minute creation.

Dubbed 'Nuggets,' the story revolves around the journey of a solitary kiwi and the occasional...

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Homeless Selfies Are As Horrible As You Might Imagine

(42) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 11:05 AM

Why not celebrate the yawning chasm between the haves and have-nots with a selfie?

Well, because it would make you a horrible human being.

But since when has that ever stopped the self-smothering hordes of youth from taking up a dubious trend with gleeful abandon?

Enter the homeless selfie.


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Heavy Marijuana Use Shrinks Brain, But Compensates With More Connections: Study

(18) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 11:58 AM

Don't be alarmed, but smoking a lot of pot for a long time may shrink your brain.

At least, that's the conclusion U.S. neuroscientists have reached from the first long-term probe into the brains of heavy marijuana smokers.

But they also suggest a silver lining: The heavy...

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Remembrance Day Jogger In Toronto Accused Of Kicking Flags, Giving Finger To Onlookers

(166) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 5:14 AM

It's been two years since a man allegedly jogged right through a Remembrance Day ceremony in Toronto, kicked over Canadian flags and shot the bird to dismayed onlookers.

Police are still looking for him. And they say he may strike again.

Yesterday, the Toronto Police Service issued a...

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Passenger Hit After Propeller Smashes Through Cabin On Air Canada Flight

(133) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 5:42 AM

A woman aboard an Air Canada Jazz flight from Calgary to Grande Prairie was rushed to hospital after one of the plane's propeller's reportedly snapped off and smashed into the passenger cabin.

Shockingly, Christina Kurylo suffered only minor injuries from the freak accident.

“I’m really lucky. It could...

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Fox Sinke, Former U.S. Marine, Guards National War Memorial In Ottawa

(205) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 10:12 AM

A former U.S. marine has taken it upon himself to guard the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Fox Sinke, who has dual citizenship, claimed to be standing guard for 'comrade in arms' Nathan Cirillo -- the reservist from Hamilton, Ontario who was shot and killed last month while...

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Lisa Ann, Porn Star, Twitter Roasts Hockey Player Michael Del Zotto

(123) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 5:44 AM

Porn actress Lisa Ann has taken to Twitter to call out defenceman Michael Del Zotto.

The Toronto-born player's alleged text messages to the screen veteran apparently sparked her social media onslaught on Sunday.

She claims the 24-year-old pestered her for hookups with her friends two years after they...

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Jian Ghomeshi Statement Issued On Facebook

(107) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 11:04 AM

Embattled ex-radio host Jian Ghomeshi made a brief statement on his Facebook account Thursday morning.

"I want to thank you for your support and assure you that I intend to meet these allegations directly," he wrote. "I don’t intend to discuss this matter any further with the media."

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Omar Albach Video 'Canadians React To Ottawa Shooting' Ends With Punch In Face

(165) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 7:19 AM

Things may have gotten a little too real for these YouTube filmmakers.

When York University student Omar Albach assembled his cast — a young man dressed in Muslim garb and another pretending to be a Muslim-hater — the idea was simple: to gauge how average Canadians felt about Islam in...

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The Reaction to Rob Ford's Cancer Proves We Don't Take Addiction Seriously

(323) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 12:18 PM

The jokes all died a week ago.

That's when Rob Ford 's grim medical diagnosis broke -- a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Chemotherapy would begin right away; his bid for re-election as Toronto's mayor shattered.

The fat jokes packed their bags. The sneers about 'fake rehab'...

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Rabbit Island Visitor Smothered By Bunnies (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 6:30 AM

Well, everybody has a dream.

Being covered in soft, fluffy bunnies just might be a lifelong for fantasy for this visitor to Japan's famed Rabbit Island.

In any case, as this video -- which has racked up nearly 300,000 views since being posted on YouTube earlier this year...

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Tim Hortons Ad In Wake Of Burger King Deal Looks To Reassure Customers

(8) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 12:43 PM

Tim Hortons won't let a $12.5-billion union with Burger King go to its head.

And certainly not to its coffee.

Indeed, the nation's largest restaurant chain has taken out a double-double newspaper ad in the Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Ottawa Citizen and several other dailies to remind Canadians it's...

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Saskatoon Berry Or Juneberry? A Super-Food War Is Brewing Between Canada And The U.S.

(103) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 2:34 PM

What's in a name?

Well, if it's the name of an ascendant super-berry proclaimed as the next goji açaí big deal then it could be around $10 billion.

That's how much some predict the next super-berry industry will be worth by 2017.

Trouble is Canada and the U.S....

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Richard Branson, Jeff Skoll Among Business Leaders Looking To Meet Putin

(6) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 2:37 PM

Some of the world's wealthiest people are seeking an audience with Russian president Vladimir Putin, hoping perhaps that business can succeed where politics has failed.

In a statement released Thursday, British billionaire and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson calls for an end to ongoing unrest in Ukraine, suggesting it has...

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