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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.

    CBC
  • Greeks defy Europe with overwhelming referendum 'No'

    By Karolina Tagaris and Lefteris Papadimas ATHENS (Reuters) - Greeks voted overwhelmingly "No" on Sunday in a historic bailout referendum, partial results showed, defying warnings from across Europe that rejecting new austerity terms for fresh financial aid would set their country on a path out of the euro. With nearly a fifth of the votes counted, official figures showed 60.4 percent of Greeks on course to reject a bailout offer from creditors that was the official issue of the ballot. Officials from the Greek government, which had argued that a 'No' vote would strengthen its hand to secure a better deal from international creditors after months of wrangling, immediately said they would try to restart talks with European partners.

    Reuters
  • A royal milestone: Britain's Princess Charlotte christened at church on queen's estate

    Prince William and his wife, Kate, marked a milestone for their newborn baby Princess Charlotte on Sunday — a christening ceremony on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate that was steeped in royal tradition. Hundreds of fans outside St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, a sprawling royal estate near England's eastern coast, cheered as William and Kate arrived with toddler Prince George and 9-week-old Charlotte, who was in a vintage pram. Following royal tradition, holy water from the River Jordan, where it is said Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, was used for the baptism.

    The Canadian Press
  • Miss USA pageant dropped by NBC goes to Reelz; no money for Donald Trump, CEO says

    The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel. While Reelz, which reaches 70 million homes, said it considered the interests of Miss USA contestants, the host city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and viewers in making its decision, it made no mention of Trump or the hot water he's found himself in since he announced his presidential bid in June. "I completely understand why millions of people were offended by what Donald Trump said.

    The Canadian Press
  • Confusion reigns in Greece’s heartland as capital controls take effect

    Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras may or not have blinked earlier today, but far from the power centre of Athens, Greeks are still rubbing their eyes in confusion. What is happening?” asked Stefanos Camber, a gas-station owner on the highway to Thessaloniki, as he pondered whether to demand cash or accept a credit card from a customer.

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  • Police identify intruder fatally shot by former CNN reporter at Albuquerque motel

    The man fatally shot by a former CNN reporter at an Albuquerque motel had fled parole in Tennessee, police said. Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier (tih-SHAY) said late Thursday that Tomorio Walton had absconded from parole out of Memphis and it wasn't clear how long he had been in New Mexico. Chuck de Caro and his wife, Lynne Russell, were in their room when Walton, 27, allegedly tried to rob them, authorities said.

    The Canadian Press
  • Greek referendum: Campaigns, neck and neck in polls, reach dramatic finale

    Greeks packed city squares for dueling rallies late into the night Friday, as polls showed a dead heat between the 'yes' and 'no' camps ahead of a bailout referendum Sunday that could be Greece's most important vote since it joined the European Union. It is a celebration to overcome fear and blackmail," Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told a crowd of 25,000 in front of parliament, who were chanting "oxi, oxi" — "no, no." Tsipras angered Greece's creditors by calling the referendum and is urging Greeks to vote no. Rallies for both campaigns were also held in 10 other Greek cities Friday.

    The Canadian Press
  • American tries to figure out what Canadian road signs mean, and fails

    Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr returned home to Massachusetts this week after spending some time "car camping" near the coast of New Brunswick with his wife. Burr's friends and family on Facebook were equally confused by a photo he posted of a green-and-white River Valley Scenic Drive signpost. "The signs of New Brunswick's highways and byways aren't exactly done wrong, but they seem to require a cognitive leap of which our American sensibilities, enfeebled by reality TV shows and Katy Perry songs, are incapable," he explained.

    CBC
  • WestJet flight diverted to Calgary over bomb threat

    A WestJet flight from Vancouver to Toronto was diverted to Calgary last night after yet another threat. It was the third "hoax" involving a bomb scare and the fourth threat overall against the airline in the past five days. "Yes, we've been hit again," said WestJet spokesman Robert Palmer.

    CBC
  • Joel McHale Defends Caitlyn Jenner

    Count Joel McHale as someone who supports the decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner at the upcoming ESPY Awards. The actor/comedian – who will be hosting the annual ESPN award show on July 15 – said while some have criticized the decision to give Jenner the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, he absolutely feels it was a good call. "Some people don't think it's courageous and some people do think it’s courageous what she has done —and I’m in the courageous boat," Joel told Access Hollywood of Caitlyn's public reveal earlier this month.

    Access Hollywood
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • Dog hilariously lets his dislike of his brother be known

    Hell hath no fury like a dog scorned. If there’s anything that we’ve learned through a dog/human friendship, it’s that dogs have a different code of conduct than us humans.  From an early age we’re told to play nice and to be the “bigger person” in the

    Daily Buzz
  • What happens if Greeks vote 'Yes', what happens if it's a 'No'

    A "Yes" vote could mean a new government, a news series of negotiations and Greece's continued membership of the euro zone. A "No" vote could mean the euro zone loses a member - a fate that could rock the stability of the currency.

    Reuters
  • Former Whitecap Dakota First Nation accountant Hugo Gallegos on hook for $5.8 million

    "There has been a tacit understanding that Hugo Gallegos will plead guilty," said Justice Don Layh in court today. Gallegos was expected to enter the plea today, but defense lawyer Chris Lavier has asked for an adjournment until August because the case was "disclosure heavy" and that he needed more time to review it. When the First Nation first became aware of the missing money, RCMP had initially been unable to track Gallegos down and had issued a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest.

    CBC
  • 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.

    Global News
  • Transit referendum: Who will pay for transportation improvements now?

    With a resounding No vote in the transit plebiscite, Metro Vancouver's old problem is new again: everyone wants more transit, but can't agree on how to pay for it. "Doing nothing is simply not an option," said B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone said shortly after the No vote. A Yes vote would have meant higher sales tax in Metro Vancouver and $7.5 billion in transit improvements, including the Broadway subway in Vancouver, light rail in Surrey and Langley, and 11 new rapid bus routes.

    CBC
  • Air Canada flights at Pearson cancelled amid fuel company dispute

    Almost 200 flights were cancelled at Toronto's Pearson International Airport today after workers assigned to fuel aircraft called in sick, joining an unsanctioned job action that has hit Air Canada the hardest. The cancellations involved multiple Air Canada flights out of Terminal 1 to destinations across the country and parts of the U.S.

    CBC
  • BC woman recounts nightmare traveling experience with Air Canada

    Thu, Jul 2: Losing your passport -- it's every traveller's nightmare. And that's exactly what happened to a woman from BC. In her case, she remembered where she left it -- but that didn't help very much.

    Global News