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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.

  • Future Shop's abrupt closure surprises B.C. consumers

    Future Shop customers say they're surprised and disappointed the tech chain is closing 66 stores across the country effective immediately.  "We are really shocked about what happened to Future Shop," said Wanda Farmer in front of the shuttered Granville

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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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  • Amal Clooney Ditched Her Dress For Date Night

    If there's one woman we can all aspire to be more like, it's Amal Clooney. Not only has the girl boss managed to carve out a killer career path for herself as attorney, activist, and now teacher at Columbia Law School, but she's also married to the world's most famous former bachelor, George Clooney. Last night she stepped out with George wearing a slouchy white jumpsuit that, while a bit oversize, was still crisply tailored.

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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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  • Bruins goaltending coach Bob Essensa jumps into emergency backup duty (Photo)

    Behold the above glory of Bruins goaltending coach Bob Essensa on the bench in a game against the New York Rangers. Tuukka Rask left the game in the second period due to dehydration and could not return. Boston won 4-2, backup Niklas Svedberg stopped 16 of 18 shots on goal in relief of Rask.

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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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  • Tracey Ullman's Mother Doreen Skinner Dies in House Fire Caused By Cigarette

    Tracey Ullman is in mourning. The comedian's mother, Doreen Skinner, tragically died in a house fire on Monday, Mar. 23, Daily Mail reports. The fire was caused by a "careless disposal" of a cigarette in her bedroom.

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  • Kris Letang taken to hospital after Shane Doan hit (Video)

    Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was taken to the hospital after a collision with Shane Doan in Pittsburgh’s Saturday game against the Arizona Coyotes. This came after the below late hit by Arizona forward Shane Doan in a 3-2 Pittsburgh win. Said Penguins defenseman Ian Cole to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe in the locker room after the game.

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  • Special needs student told he can't wear varsity letter jacket

    Officials at Wichita East High School in Kansas are under fire after a special needs student was told he could not wear a varsity letter jacket because he was not competing at a varsity level. Michael Kelley, who has Down syndrome and autism, participates on Wichita East's special needs basketball team, an extra-curricular activity organized by the school's special needs teachers.

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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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  • Caleb Heaton charged with Strathcona sexual assault

    Caleb Timothy Heaton, 25, faces six charges in connection with the brutal sexual assault of a woman in her home in Vancouver's Strathcona neighbourhood on Thursday afternoon. Court documents show the charges include aggravated sexual assault, breaking and entering, robbery and unlawful confinement. The woman, who witnesses said was covered in blood following the attack, is recovering in hospital from serious injuries, according to police.

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  • Kids' Choice Awards 2015: Complete List of Winners!

    Nick Jonas is ready, are you? The "Jealous" singer is kicking off Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in L.A. on Saturday, Mar. 28 -- with buckets of slime on standby! Stars from TV, film, and music are set to make an appearance on the orange

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  • This Reunion Between A Fennec Fox And Cat Is The Cutest Thing You'll See Today

    There can never be enough unlikely animal friendships!

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  • Selamneh Techane, man found in Fredericton attic, heading home

    “After five years, he don’t deserve this,” said Dereje Techane. Dereje came to Fredericton from Nashville. The New Brunswick Coroner Service says the case remains open, but that foul play is not suspected.

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  • Best Buy warns of profit hit as it consolidates Canadian stores

    By Nandita Bose CHICAGO (Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc plans to close some stores and consolidate its operations in Canada, the U.S. electronics retailer's second-largest market, in a move that will hurt earnings this year, the company said on Saturday. The retailer said it will close 66 of its Future Shop brand stores in Canada and convert 65 of them to Best Buy brand stores. The move to a single brand will cut 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time jobs, and cost the company about US$200 million to US$280 million in restructuring charges, Best Buy said.

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  • Model Brianne Urzada poses to illustrate cancer grief

    Brianne Urzada has been modeling professionally since she was a teenager, but her last photo shoot was for personal reasons. To cope with cancer, she has created a series of prints with photographer Kiriako Iatridis that document the impacts of the disease and the famous five stages of grief. "These are emotions that people may or may not experience during their time with cancer or any traumatic event in life," Urzada told CBC Radio's Craig Lederhouse in an interview on TheAfternoon Edition.

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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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  • Wyatt reflective before WrestleMania

    Just days before the most significant match in his young career, Bray Wyatt is reflective and articulate when speaking about facing WrestleMania’s greatest legend, the Undertaker. Wyatt, a third generation star whose father was best known for his Irwin R. Schyster character, says that there is no bigger stage than WrestleMania and no bigger foe than the legendary ‘Taker. “If you think about it, when I look at it, back in the grand scheme of things, when I was a child watching him on TV, looking at him, he’s so much larger than life,” Wyatt conceded in an interview before WrestleMania. “Lots of people have been champion, but no one else has had a streak like his at WrestleMania.

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  • British father of Germanwings victim makes emotional

    Speaking at a memorial near the crash site, Philip Bramley, whose 28-year-old son Paul was one of three Britons on board the ill-fated Airbus A320, said the 150 who lost their lives should 'not be forgotten'.

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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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