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Nigel Wright, MPs, senators to testify at Duffy trial

The PM's ex-chief-of-staff resigned after giving Duffy, who faces 31 charges, a $90,000 cheque to reimburse the Senate for expense claims.

  • Convicted of killing New Delhi bus attack victim, rapist says she shouldn't have fought back

    One of the men sentenced to death for raping and killing a woman in a brutal 2012 gang attack on a New Delhi bus said in a documentary that if their victim had not fought back she would not have been killed. Instead, the 23-year-old woman should have remained silent, said Mukesh Singh, who was driving the bus for much of the time that the woman was being attacked. Many people in India have long blamed women for being raped, but the attack on a young medical student in the nation's capital was shocking in its brutality and galvanized public outrage about sexual violence and perceived government and societal indifference to it.

    The Canadian Press 17 mins ago
  • Demi Lovato Doesn't Have a Thigh Gap, But Still Loves Her Body: See Her Motivational Bikini Pic

    Demi Lovato shared several photos of her body, saying she doesn't have to have a thigh gap to be beautiful -- see the bikini shots!

    Us Weekly
  • David Beckham Enjoys Date Night With "Beautiful Wife" Victoria Beckham: See the Sexy Couple Out on the Town!

    David Beckham shared a picture with his "beautiful wife" Victoria Beckham while on a date night in their native London -- see the sexy couple's picture!

    Us Weekly
  • Contact controversy at The Brier: Did Northern Ontario cross a physical line in its game against Ontario?

    Social media was all aflutter in the wake of Northern Ontario's 7-3 win over Ontario on Monday night at the Brier, in Calgary. Did the team from The Soo overstep the bounds of good sportsmanship with a little physical contact?

    Eh Game
  • Farewell message on Frosted Flakes also a fitting epitaph for branch plants

    High school teacher Stephane Gaudette got a surprise when he opened a box of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes on Monday morning. The wax paper package inside contained this message:

    Daily Brew
  • Computer expert warns Canadians: Watch out for 'Superfish'

    Martin Lehner is a security expert at Orange Technology in Whitehorse. He says users of Lenovo computers should get their computers checked for pre-installed software. Lehner says many Lenovo computers have software called, "Superfish", which is installed at the factory.

    CBC
  • Mom who blogged about son's constant health woes is convicted of his salt-poisoning death

    A jury in the New York suburbs found Lacey Spears, of Scottsville, Kentucky, guilty of second-degree murder in the death last year of 5-year-old Garnett-Paul Spears. The defence portrayed Spears as a caring mother and her son as sickly, but the prosecution argued Spears reveled in the attention his illness brought her. Video showed Spears twice taking him into a hospital bathroom with a connector tube and him suffering afterward. "The motive is bizarre, the motive is scary, but it exists," Assistant District Attorney Patricia Murphy said in closing arguments Thursday.

    The Canadian Press
  • Ronda Rousey's latest movie project revealed amid criticism from rival

    If fans were wondering what’s next for UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey after her UFC 184 win, they needn’t wonder any longer.

    Cagewriter
  • Spy inside al-Qaeda goes public

    An agent who infiltrated al-Qaeda on behalf of British intelligence has spoken to the BBC for the first time, the BBC's Gordon Corera reports.

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  • Dakota Johnson on SNL in 2015 vs. Melanie Griffith in 1988: Compare Their Hosting Outfits!

    Dakota Johnson hosted Saturday Night Live on Feb. 28, and noted that her mom had hosted the series 26 years before--and the similarities don't stop there! Compare their monologue outfit style

    Us Weekly
  • Police ID Southern California teacher found dead in classroom as well-liked photo instructor

    A Southern California teacher who committed suicide by hanging herself in her classroom was a well-liked 31-year-old photography instructor, authorities said Monday. Students arriving at El Dorado High School found Jillian Jacobson's classroom door locked, Placentia police Lt. Eric Point said. Two school staff members got Jacobson down and called 911, Point said. Students were dismissed for the day at 11 a.m. and crisis counsellors were made available on campus, said Assistant Superintendent Kevin Lee, of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School Districts.

    The Canadian Press
  • Canadiens among winners, Lindstrom and Brewer among losers at NHL trade deadline

    NHL teams made 24 deals involving 43 players and 20 draft picks on Monday before the trade deadline. In giving up just draft picks and prospects to get defenceman Jeff Petry and forwards Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn, the Habs stocked their depth for a playoff run. GM Marc Bergevin let the price fall on Petry before giving up a second-round pick and a conditional fifth. This has nothing to do with trading Curtis Glencross on Sunday and Sven Baertschi on Monday and everything to do with losing captain Mark Giordano for the season with a torn biceps tendon.

    The Canadian Press
  • Netanyahu to use bully pulpit in Congress to issue stern warning about Iran nuclear talks

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seizing the bully pulpit of Congress to warn of the danger of trusting Iran curb its nuclear ambitions, even as President Barack Obama's negotiators continue talking with the Iranians Tuesday in hopes of closing a deal this month. Netanyahu insists he is privy to emerging details of a potential agreement and is expected to lay out specific concerns in Tuesday's speech to a joint meeting of Congress. The Obama administration complains that the speech arranged by congressional Republicans is injecting partisanship into the longstanding alliance between Israel and the U.S. Netanyahu said Monday he means no disrespect to Obama but is morally obliged to speak out against any deal that might leave open a chance for Israel's archenemy to develop nuclear weapons. "We're on the cusp of doing a deal with Iran and there isn't anyone that's more adversely impacted than Israel," said Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., said Tuesday morning on MSNBC.

    The Canadian Press
  • Underage bar patrons: 'There's always somebody'

    On any given night, there are patrons under the age of 19 inside bars on George Street, she said. The CBC has agreed to protect her identity, and will refer to her as Renee for this story.

    CBC
  • Pregnant Peruvian woman fights for Quebec health card

    An expectant Peruvian woman who faced a bumpy road to get health coverage in Ontario during her first pregnancy now says bureaucratic bungling between the federal and Quebec governments has left her without coverage again. She had health care coverage in Ontario but said she has repeatedly been denied coverage in Quebec. Caroline Dupont, a spokesperson for Regie de l'assurance maladie Quebec, said a person must be a permanent resident to qualify for health care coverage in Quebec. Callalli said her application for permanent residency was supposed to be transferred last fall from the federal government to the Quebec Ministry of Immigration for completion.

    CBC
  • Toronto Real Estate Board demands brokers halt online sales stats

    It’s about to get tougher to sleuth out how much homes are selling for in Toronto. This week, three real estate brokers are cutting off customers’ online access to recent final home sales prices — coveted information that can help buyers and sellers gauge a property’s worth. The trio are the latest to give in to a threat made by the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) to stop doling out home sales information or risk losing a lifeline to all privileged industry data. He explained to his almost 30,000 registered users that he is temporarily halting daily emails connecting them online to the latest prices of homes sold in Toronto.

    CBC
  • BlackBerry unveils new mid-market Leap smartphone

    By Harro Ten Wolde and Euan Rocha BARCELONA/TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry unveiled a new mid-market smartphone on Tuesday dubbed the BlackBerry Leap that is set to replace the Z3 device launched a year ago, in a move to woo buyers in certain emerging markets where BlackBerry still has a fairly large client base. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said the phone, unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, would initially hit stores in U.S and European markets around April and be priced around $275. One will be a high-end smartphone with what Blackberry called "a dual curve all touch display" with a keyboard behind a slide. "We don't have a code name for it but I call it The Slide," BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen told media in Barcelona.

    Reuters
  • Dean McDermott Leaving Chopped Canada, Announces News With an "Onward and Upward" Instagram

    Tori Spelling's husband announced on Monday, March 2 that he's leaving Chopped: Canada, the show where he served as a host for two seasons — read his announcement here

    Us Weekly
  • Child 'M' beating, starvation death leaves judge asking why

    A judge halted the sentencing hearing Monday of a mother who beat and starved her daughter to death to ask the Crown prosecutor why it happened. Justice Eric Macklin stopped lawyer Shelley Bykewich's sentencing arguments to ask what led to the dysfunctional relationship between the mother and her daughters, when there was no evidence the woman had any psychological problems.

    CBC
  • Boldly go ahead, doodlers: bank says 'Spocking' Laurier on $5 not illegal

    It turns out there's not a lot of logic in the belief that it's against the law to Vulcanize Sir Wilfrid Laurier's likeness on the $5 bill. The death of Leonard Nimoy last week inspired people to post photos on social media of marked-up banknotes that show Canada's seventh prime minister transformed to resemble Spock, Nimoy's famous "Star Trek" character. Contrary to popular belief, it's not illegal to deface or even mutilate banknotes, the Bank of Canada said Monday — although the publication of a banknote's likeness is still prohibited, except under certain conditions. There are good reasons to resist the urge to scribble on bills, said bank spokeswoman Josianne Menard.

    The Canadian Press