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Future Shops close, some to rebrand as Best Buys

Employees and customers were caught off guard by news that the electronics retailer is shutting down half of its stores.

  • Ex-girlfriend of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz speaks out

    The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 who apparently chose to crash the jetliner into a mountain last Tuesday had vowed to "do something" that would make people remember him, his former girlfriend has told a German newspaper. The 26-year-old flight attendant, identified by the tabloid Bild as Mary W., was quoted as saying Andreas Lubitz, 27, had "burnout-syndrome" and she had been worried about his increasingly erratic behaviour. The woman spoke of his "health problems," described him as being agitated when he spoke of his work, and remembered him saying he didn't think he could realize his dreams of becoming a long-haul pilot and captain.

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  • The incredible true story behind the Toronto mystery tunnel

    The digger Elton McDonald grew up on what’s probably the toughest street in Toronto—maybe even Canada—and he still lives there with his mother and two sisters. Elton’s sister Anora Graham went to the man’s aid, pressing a shirt she’d run to fetch against the wound. The townhouse, in a public housing development in the city’s far northwest called Driftwood Court, is small: a kitchen and living room on the ground floor, three bedrooms on the second.

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  • Footage reveals one of most common scams targeting tourists in Paris

    It's one of the most common schemes tourists encounter when they visit Paris, with plenty of guides and websites warning holidaymakers to turn and walk away. Filmed in the tourist-heavy area along the river Seine in Paris, this footage shows a woman trying to pressure a holidaymaker into signing a petition, without explaining why or what it is for.

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  • Calvin Harris Said He'd Skip Taylor Swift on Tinder Days Before Nashville Outing: "She's the Opposite of My Type"

    Should Tay grab her paper and pen -- already?! Days before Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris sparked dating rumors, the DJ actually revealed that he would swipe left if he saw the singer's Tinder profile. This, of course, was just days before he was spotted holding hands with the "Shake It Off" singer at Kenny Chesney's Nashville concert on Thursday, Mar. 26. "She looks lovely but she's the opposite of my type," Harris said of Swift, 25.

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  • Disney chief fights for his life after being drugged and robbed

    Paul Kelly from Essex, who has worked for Disney for 10 years, is said to be in intensive care with life changing injuries after being drugged and robbed during a business trip to Cape Town, South Africa.

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  • Men are going nuts over Lululemon's 'anti-ball crushing' pants

    Lululemon CEO Laurent Potdevintold investors during a call Thursday that this innovative garment was a driving force behind the 16 per cent same-store sales increase the company experienced last quarter. A poorly-received charitable partnership with the Dalai Lama, shopping bag messages that appeared to discourage customers from wearing sunscreen, and Wilson’s plans to build an enormous dock on his waterfront B.C. property despite complaints from neighbours further damaged the company’s public image.

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  • Giant Florida Golf Course Gator Is Back – and He Brought His Appetite

    The 13-ft reptile first made a splash on March 6, when he was found happily stomping across a course at Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, Florida. The club posted photos of the alligator to Facebook, where they received international attention. On Thursday, Myakka Pines Golf Club shared an update on everyone's favorite scaly fairway celebrity, and it's a doozy. Instead of opting for scrambled eggs or toast, Goliath chose to feast on an entire turtle for his first meal of the day.

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  • Vancouver police officer smashes driver's window when he refuses to step out

    The testy exchange caught on video shows the unidentified driver opening his window just a crack and infuriating the police officer by not stepping out of the vehicle when he was told to do so. The mystery motorist, who calls himself Bodhi Sattva on YouTube, posted that he was physically assaulted and traumatized by the arrest and was found not to be impaired. According to the Vancouver police, the incident — which happened in November — resulted in the driver being charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession for the purposes of trafficking and obstructing a police officer.

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  • Famous Couples Who Have Avoided the So-Called Hollywood Curse

    Celebrities aren't immune to failed relationships, but it's also not hard to find inspiring love stories in Hollywood. As the divorce rate drops across the US, couples like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are proving

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  • Albertans react to new user fees, taxes in budget

    Despite new user fees and higher taxes introduced in Thursday’s budget, Premier Jim Prentice says we still live in the lowest-taxed jurisdiction in Canada. “The time has come for us to pull together, to contribute a little bit more and to get through this together,” Prentice said on Friday. The CBC’s James Hees took to the streets of Edmonton to see how people were making out.

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  • Germanwings pilot was psychiatric patient, planned big gesture: report

    The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps told his girlfriend he was in psychiatric treatment, and that he was planning a spectacular gesture that everyone would remember, the German daily Bild reported on Saturday. The newspaper published an interview with a woman who said she had had a relationship in 2014 with Andreas Lubitz, the man French prosecutors believe locked himself alone into the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus on Tuesday and steered it into a mountain, killing all 150 people on board. “When I heard about the crash, I remembered a sentence, over and over again, that he said,” the woman, a 26-year-old flight attendant the paper gave the fictional name of Maria W. to protect her identity, told Bild.

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  • Yukon inventor opens the door to year-round growing

    The Yukon Research Centre is growing plants through the winter in a project that could revolutionize the availability of fresh food in the north. "Unfortunately we didn't have a terribly cold winter here in the Yukon. Scott says domes are the most energy efficient structure by virtue of their surface-area-to-volume ratio.The opaque structure is super-insulated and lined with plastic sheeting to reflect the energy-efficient lighting inside.

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  • Vancouver house sells for $567K over listed price

    A Vancouver real estate agent who has just sold a home for $567,000 over its published listing price says that underlisting is an accepted selling strategy in the real estate market. "If the product's right, the timing's right and the inventory is right, it's the right strategy," Paul Eviston told CBC News. Sitting two blocks west of Main Street — both a physical and psychological divide — the home is in an area where prices often exceed $2 million, but the selling price was still a record high, Eviston said.

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  • George Clooney, Wife Amal Alamuddin Make More Renovations to UK Mansion: See the Gigantic Property!

    Perfecting their love nest!  George Clooney and his new wife Amal Alamuddin are in the midst of a rigorous renovation project for their English countryside mansion, Us Weekly has learned.  PHOTOS: Amal's best style looks The couple's 9,000 square-foot

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  • Greg Cosell's NFL draft preview: QB Marcus Mariota's pro transition

    The question about Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is how he’ll transition to the NFL. The game he played at Oregon will not be the same game he plays in the NFL. Mariota was very comfortable in Oregon offense.

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  • Amanda Knox 'so grateful to have my life back' after Italian court overturns conviction

    Amanda Knox says she's "so grateful to have my life back" after Italy's highest court overturned her murder conviction in the slaying of her roommate. Knox spoke briefly Friday evening to reporters gathered outside the Seattle home of her mother, Edda Mellas.

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  • Raven Symone Is Very Confused, Says She's From "Every Continent in Africa and Europe"

    That’s…so wrong. Raven Symone is confused. While talking with E! News’ Alicia Quarles, the That’s So Raven alum talked about her ancestry, but unfortunately, she seems to misunderstand the definition of “continent” versus “country.” ????????????????????

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  • French pilots suing over leaks about co-pilot in investigation of Germanwings plane crash

    France's leading pilots union said Friday it is filing a lawsuit over leaks about the investigation into the crash of a German jet into the French Alps. After leaks in the media about the crash, a prosecutor announced that cockpit recordings indicate the co-pilot of the Germanwings A320 jet intentionally flew the plane into a mountain. Guillaume Schmid of France's SNPL union told The Associated Press on Friday that the lawsuit is over violating a French law on keeping information about investigations secret while they are ongoing.

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  • Are these the remains of a two-million-year-old playground? Stones found at Chinese site could be toys used by man's early relatives, say scientists 

    Scientists believe they may have uncovered evidence of a two-million-year-old playground in China. Researchers found more than 700 stone artefacts in an area of less than six square metres in the Nihewan Basin, Hebei province.

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  • 15 Things Stylish Women Do Every Day

    Contrary to popular belief, really chic women aren't superhuman — they're just well-prepared. If you don't see them running around with week-old coffee stains on their blouses or hobbling in painful heels, it's not because those things just don't

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