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"This was the nicest kid," the judge tells the court after the suspect starts crying. "I used to play football with him... and look what has happened."

  • Photos of Greece's colossal shipping port show you why the economy is in tatters

    The Greek referendum on whether or not to accept the country's international bailout deal has made international headlines, and the queues outside the country's banks have become a symbol of what's going wrong in the country. It's not far from Athens and is the national hub for shipping, one of Greece's biggest industries.

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  • Province-wide wildfires blanket B.C. communities in smoke

    More than 60 new wildfires have sprung up across British Columbia over the weekend, putting people out of their homes or on evacuation alert, resulting in several communities declaring states of emergency. Smoke from the fires cast an early morning haze over Vancouver on Sunday. Three of the new fires are in the Kootenays in southeastern B.C.,  where an evacuation alert has been issued for about 350 homes along Highway 3A between Sitkum Creek and Willow Point.

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  • Police charge man in bombing of Winnipeg law firm

    Winnipeg police have charged a man with sending explosive devices to law firms and other businesses in the city, and they caution that more packages may be discovered in the coming days. Guido Amsel, 49, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated assault and a number of offences related to possessing explosives. The hunt for Amsel started last Friday, when a bomb went off inside a small law firm south of the downtown area, severely injuring Maria Mitousis, 38.

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  • U.S. man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies

    A young man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, fatally injuring himself, U.S. authorities said Sunday. Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in the backyard of a friend's home in the small eastern Maine city of Calais, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety. Staples, 22, of Calais, placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off, he said.

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  • America Ferrera Slams Trump

    Donald Trump's recent comments about Mexican immigrants continue to haunt the Presidential hopeful, but now he's being thanked by America Ferrera. The actress penned an open letter to Trump on Huffington Post Latino Voices taking aim at his "ignorant and racist" remarks he made last month when he announced he was running for the Oval Office (Trump labeled Mexican immigrants as "rapists" and claimed they were "bringing crime" to the country). "You see, what you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that.

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  • Greeks defy Europe with overwhelming referendum 'No'

    Thousands of jubilant Greeks waving flags and bursting fire crackers poured into Athens' central square as official figures showed 61 percent of Greeks had rejected a deal that would have imposed more austerity measures on an already ravaged economy. "You made a very brave choice," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in a televised address. "The mandate you gave me is not the mandate of a rupture with Europe, but a mandate to strengthen our negotiating position to seek a viable solution." The surprisingly strong victory by the 'No' camp defied opinion polls that had predicted a tight contest after a week of rising desperation as banks shut and cash machines ran dry.

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  • David Ortiz did something no Boston first baseman has ever done Sunday

    The Boston Red Sox started David Ortiz at first base Sunday, and wound up making franchise history. In fact, if you were evaluating Ortiz's defense at home, you didn't have much to go on. The Red Sox induced just two ground ball outs during the contest.

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  • Paul Bernardo applies for day parole in Toronto; families of victims devastated

    Paul Bernardo has applied for day parole in Toronto, though lawyers say he has almost no chance of succeeding. The lawyer for the families of Bernardo's murder victims, 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old Kristen French, said Correctional Service Canada sent out a form letter to the families last week advising them of his application. It is Bernardo's right to apply for day parole three years before he is eligible for full parole on his life sentence, but this has left families of both girls devastated, even though they knew this day was coming, said their lawyer Tim Danson.

    The Canadian Press
  • Diana Douglas, first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael, dies at 92

    Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, died Saturday in Los Angeles. Douglas died of cancer at a motion picture industry retirement home in the Woodland Hills neighbourhood, according to an obituary from Michael Douglas's production company, Furthur Films. It cited Diana Douglas's husband of fifteen years, Donald A. Webster of Washington, D.C.

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  • Fiat Chrysler CEO says no news on approach to GM but consolidation good

    Consolidation continues to be necessary in the auto industry but there is nothing new to report on Fiat Chrysler's desire for a tie-up with General Motors , FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said on Friday. "The (need for) consolidation remains valid, no one has questioned its economic rational," Marchionne said, speaking on the sidelines of the launch of a re-styled version of its popular Fiat 500 hatchback. Marchionne approached his counterpart at GM, Mary Barra, with a merger proposal earlier this year but was rebuffed.

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  • Bubba Watson to paint over Confederate flag on General Lee

    Bubba Watson has owned the General Lee from the 1970s and '80s TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard" since 2012. On Thursday evening, Watson, who bought the car at auction for $110,000 and restored its interior, announced he is making a drastic change to the car's appearance. Watson tweeted he'll paint over the Confederate battle flag on the car's roof.

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  • Metal detector locates lost jewelry at Fredericton's Killarney Lake

    Now that beach season has arrived, one New Brunswick man can be found spending his time using a metal detector searching through the sand at Killarney Lake in Fredericton. Steve Bober is a part of a group called Ringfinders, which acts as a kind of lost and found service for reuniting people with their jewelry. As Bober visits the beach at Killarney Lake, lifeguards often ask him to take a look under the water whenever beachgoers report fishing hooks or sharp objects in the lake.

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  • Police arrest man who slammed car into church

    The SIU has been called in after a 19-year-old man crashed his car into a church early Thursday. Tactical officers and K9 units launched an intense search in the area near Davenport Road and Oakwood Avenue around 5:30 a.m. The suspect was apprehended around an hour later. Jennifer Beer said she was woken by the commotion then shocked to find heavily armed officers focused on her house.

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  • Town That Chased Away Starbucks Sees Its Identity Being Endangered Again

    A hamlet that looks as though it would fit neatly into a model-train layout at Christmastime is battling once again to sustain its small-town character against the relentless march of the large chain stores. Twenty years ago, Katonah, 45 miles north of New York City in Westchester County, ran Starbucks out of town. In an effort to halt the move, the Town Board of Bedford, which encompasses Katonah as well as the hamlets of Bedford and Bedford Hills, is scheduled to hold a hearing on Tuesday at which it may vote on a zoning amendment that would reduce the scale of new stores in the three downtown areas to 4,000 square feet, from 7,500 square feet.

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  • Battle of Alberta, restraint among winners, Canucks losers on free-agency day

    Free agency day didn't have the wild money tossed around like usual, and trades overshadowed most of the signings. With the weakest free-agent pool in recent history, NHL general managers kept themselves from overpaying. No contract was longer than six years, Andrej Sekera's US$33 million with the Oilers was the most money and Mike Green's $6 million with the Red Wings the highest cap hit.

    The Canadian Press
  • Prepare to Be Floored by This Affordable Bathroom Makeover (8 photos)

    Contrary to popular belief, it is actually possible to renovate an entire room in your home without spending thousands of dollars. Just take a look at Bless'er House blogger Lauren Shaver's rustic bathroom remodel via Hometalk. When we first started picking

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  • Vancouver's record dry conditions lead to tough new watering restrictions

    Vancouver is stepping up its water restrictions in the wake of record-breaking dry weather, reminding people "It's hot, it's dry. Metro Vancouver officials announced Friday that lawn watering will be reduced to one day a week, in the wake of the driest spell since 2003. "As we all know healthy lawns only need watering once a week,and if you don't water it at all and it just goes dry it will just go dormant and you will be able to have a healthy lawn in the fall when the rains come again," said Darrell Mussatto, Mayor of North Vancouver.

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  • Drivers getting creative to use Pan Am HOV lanes

    Fri, Jul 3: It looks like many commuters are looking for ways to use the infamous Pan Am Games HOV lanes around the Toronto area. Nicole Bogart reports.

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  • China lifts ban on giant Valemax ships - FT.com

    The Chinese government has lifted a three-year ban on huge iron ore carriers that had forced Brazil’s Vale to ship the commodity to its largest market via the Philippines. China’s transport ministry and National Development and Reform Commission on Friday said that four ports would be opened to the 400,000-tonne vessels, better known as Valemaxes. The boats were designed to help the Brazilian iron ore miner better compete with Anglo-Australian rivals Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, which benefit from shorter shipping distances to China. Late last month the Valemax carrier Yuan Zhuo Hai was permitted to anchor off Qingdao port in eastern Shandong province.

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  • Air Canada flight diversion to Winnipeg leads to charges against Nunavut woman

    A 24-year-old woman from Nunavut has been charged with assault following a disturbance aboard an Air Canada flight that had to be diverted to Winnipeg on Wednesday. Air Canada Flight 189 was en route from Ottawa to Vancouver when it was forced to land at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson Airport around 7 p.m. CT. The airline confirmed that the flight, which had 118 passengers on board, stopped in Winnipeg because of a disruptive passenger.

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