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Albertans won't take blame for province's financial woes

The opposition demands Jim Prentice apologize for 'profoundly insulting' Albertans as the #PrenticeBlamesAlbertans hashtag goes viral.

  • Windsor, Ont. woman, 21, charged in library sex show video case: police

    A 21-year-old woman was charged Friday in connection with an investigation into sexual acts performed and streamed online at public libraries in Windsor, Ont. The Windsor woman — who hasn't been identified by police — turned herself in at police headquarters on Friday morning, Sgt. Matthew D'Asti said in a news release. D'Asti said her surrender came a day after investigators had received information regarding her identity and had attempted to contact her.

    The Canadian Press 37 mins ago
  • The Big Bang Theory's Tribute to Leonard Nimoy Is Understated and Perfect

    Leonard Nimoy's legacy will live long and prosper on The Big Bang Theory. The Star Trek actor, who died of end-stage COPD on Feb. 27 at age 83, was a major presence on the CBS sitcom — even though he never actually appeared on it in person. Jim Parsons' Sheldon Cooper idolized Nimoy, and frequently referenced his beloved Star Trek character Mr. Spock on the show.

    Us Weekly
  • Where the most millionaires are moving-and fleeing

    According to a new study from global real estate consultant Knight Frank with Fragomen, the immigration specialist for the wealthy, more millionaires than ever are looking for homes in other countries. So where are millionaires moving from and going to to? The second largest millionaire loser is India, which saw 43,400, or 27 percent of its millionaires, leave the country in those 10 years.

    CNBC
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar Poses Totally Nude, Upside Down for Fitness Competition: Blush-Worthy Photo

    Zack Morris, um, has really gotten better with age. Mark-Paul Gosselaar let it all hang out — no, seriously — when he posted a photo of himself completely nude via Twitter late last month. PHOTOS: Saved by the Bell -- where they are now The Saved

    Us Weekly
  • Snuggie seller Allstar Marketing to pay $8 million to settle charges it deceived customers

    The company behind Snuggie, Perfect Bacon Bowl and other "As Seen on TV" products has agreed to pay $8 million to settle charges that it deceived customers. The Federal Trade Commission says Allstar Marketing Group promised customers buy-one-get-one free promotions, but they were still charged for the items in the form of high shipping costs. Allstar will pay $7.5 million to the FTC to create a fund that will be used for customer refunds.

    The Canadian Press
  • 'Games were supposed to be a fun career choice: Now I'm afraid I'll get murdered'

    (Brenda Romero / Wikimedia, CC) "There are many people silenced this year" —game developer Brenda Romero. At this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, a panel of distinguished game developers and critics gathered for a very popular panel, the third annual #1ReasonToBe — as in, "the No. 1 reason to be" a woman who works in games and technology.

    Business Insider
  • Doctor stunned to realize Harrison Ford was the pilot he was helping after plane crash-landed

    The doctor who came to Harrison Ford's aid immediately after seeing his plane crash-land on a Los Angeles golf course said Friday he was stunned to discover the actor at the controls. Dr. Sanjay Khurana was golfing Thursday when he saw the plane "drop like a rock" about 50 yards (45 metres) in front of him. Ford, 72, is hospitalized with undisclosed injuries that his publicist says are not life-threatening.

    The Canadian Press
  • To Explain Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight, ‘Rogue Pilot’ Seems Likeliest Theory

    The retired chief pilot of Malaysia Airlines is torn between logic and loyalty to an old friend. Nik Huzlan, 56, was one of the first captains to fly the 12-year-old Boeing 777 that disappeared over the Indian Ocean a year ago this Sunday.

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  • How to stop public urination: Make the walls pee back

    Public urinators in Hamburg, Germany’s St. Pauli district have been warned: It’s “peeback time.”The neighbourhood known for partying had a growing problem: drunks were relieving themselves on walls, home entrances and even on playgrounds. Fines and prohibitions

    Daily Buzz
  • John Tory 'furious' about reported cost overruns in TTC construction

    Mayor John Tory is "furious" over cost and time overruns on the construction of the York-Spadina subway extension and he is vowing a wholesale change in the way the city operates. The TTC’s unfinished 8.6-kilometre subway extension from Downsview Station to York University and beyond to Vaughan is over budget, Tory said in a news conference at city hall on Friday afternoon. According to a report in the Toronto Star, the project is approximately $400-million over budget and possibly two years off-schedule.

    CBC
  • Sask. man mauled by junkyard dogs wins lawsuit

    A Yorkton, Sask., area man who was severely mauled by a pack of dogs ìn an auto wrecking yard has won a lawsuit. The 65-year-old has been awarded $324,000 in damages, plus interest, after a Queen's Bench judge ruled the salvage yard owner, Carl Joseph Belitski, was negligent. The dogs that attacked him were larger, black dogs," Justice Guy Chicoine said in his 34-page decision.

    CBC
  • Ottawa to compensate thalidomide victims with $125K each

    The federal government is offering a $125,000 lump-sum payment to each of Canada's thalidomide victims. Health Minister Rona Ambrose says the money is tax free and intended to cover urgent health-care needs. The long-awaited compensation package also includes a total of up to $168 million for ongoing medical assistance based on individual circumstances.

    The Canadian Press 29 mins ago
  • Pair charged in alleged mass murder plot get new court date in April

    The Crown prosecutor leading the case against two people accused of plotting to shoot shoppers in a Halifax mall says police are still gathering evidence and she has yet to disclose much to defence lawyers almost three weeks after charges were laid. Speaking outside Halifax provincial court on Friday, Shauna MacDonald said lawyers representing 23-year-old Lindsay Kanittha Souvannarath of Geneva, Ill., and 20-year-old Randall Steven Shepherd of Halifax can expect to receive some files on Monday. Souvannarath and Shepherd, who both appeared in court Friday, were charged last month with conspiracy to commit murder.

    The Canadian Press 58 mins ago
  • Cold War fighter jet to be restored for Calgary museum exhibit

    A Canadian fighter jet from the days of the Cold War has landed in Calgary. The mid-20th century icon was found in Reno, Nev. and will be restored by volunteers at the Air Force Museum of Alberta (AFMA). Once the restoration is complete, the jet will be moved to The Military Museums at 4520 Crowchild Trail S.W. to join two other jets in the new Ken and Roma Lett Cold War Exhibit.

    CBC
  • Former Dalhousie students pitch it big on Dragons’ Den with innovative alcohol bottles

    Two-and-a-half years ago, then Dalhousie University student and hopeful entrepreneur Daniel Bartek could only dream of pitching his product idea on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den. Last April, that dream became reality when Bartek, along with his co-founders Cam McDonald and Bobby Besant, got the chance to pitch their new company, Sage Mixology, which sells uniquely bottled alcohol that separates booze from juice so customers can enjoy a fresh cocktail from the comfort of their own homes. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Bartek said Thursday, less than a week before the episode goes to air. “At the end of the day I think we held our ground really well,” Bartek recalled.

    Metro Halifax q
  • Iqaluit school closures in -50 windchill have some parents irked

    After a few days of warmer weather, when people in Iqaluit woke up yesterday they were facing temperatures as low as -50 with the windchill and another morning of school closures. The school closures have become a hotly-debated issue on social media. "Here, a lot of kids, you're seeing them get off the bus with just a hoodie and a pair of sneakers in -50," said Catherine Hoyt with the Iqaluit District Education Authority.

    CBC
  • Dutch elms: moving cut wood can spread disease

    The wood is diseased and must be disposed of properly in order to manage the spread of the disease, says Beth Hoar, the city's parkland conservationist. "The elm trees that are infected with the Dutch elm disease, they become infected by a beetle called the elm bark beetle. If we store the elm wood, it's a potential way to spread disease.

    CBC
  • Oil in biggest weekly drop since January on dollar, rate-hike fear

    By Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crude oil prices closed down on Friday, with benchmark Brent losing its most in a week since January, as a resurgent dollar and fear of a U.S. rate hike diverted attention from the shrinking number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States. The dollar rocketed to 11-/12-year highs against a basket of currencies after the U.S. government reported the U.S. jobless rate fell to 6-1/2-year lows. Many U.S. Federal Reserve officials consider that to be full employment, and the central bank could decide on an interest rate hike in June.

    Reuters 54 mins ago
  • Dean Sheremet: The "Dumbest Thing" LeAnn Rimes Ever Did for Her Career "Was Divorce Me"

    Dean dishes all the dirt! Dean Sheremet gave a recent tell-all interview about his ex-wife LeAnn Rimes' infamous 2009 cheating scandal with Eddie Cibrian, describing the entire ordeal as a "f---ing disaster" to former Us Weekly staffer Natalie Thomas on her lifestyle blog, Nat's Next Adventure. Us Weekly was first to reveal that Rimes was having an affair with her married Northern Lights costar. "You know, it’s easy when you’re head over heels, especially so young, to fall completely in love and give yourself so freely," he reflected of his marriage.

    Us Weekly
  • Philippine dunker gives us what might be the worst windmill attempt ever

    After sharing the Philippine Basketball Association's 2014 Slam Dunk Contest crown with Rey Guevarra of the Meralco Bolts, pint-sized powerhouse Justin Melton found himself looking forward to another spirited competition in this year's model. "After talking to a few contestants, it seems like everybody is somewhat prepared so I expect a nice show out there," Melton told Alder Almo of the Philippine Star. Oh, Melton gave the fans a show, all right.

    Ball Don't Lie