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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.

  • Peterborough Walmart standoff comes to fatal end

    A police standoff outside a Walmart in Peterborough came to a bloody end Saturday night. A man is dead and the Special Investigations Unit, Ontario’s police watchdog group, has been called in to investigate. More than 300 shoppers and staff were allowed to leave a Peterborough Walmart at about 8 p.m. Saturday after an hours-long armed standoff. People were led out of the Walmart via a rear door and onto buses as police continued to deal with a crisis in the parking lot in front of the store.

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  • At least 23 injured after Air Canada flight slides off Halifax runway

    An Air Canada plane skidded off a runway as it landed early Sunday morning during a snowstorm in Halifax, an airport official said, sending at least 23 people to hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries. Air Canada said on Twitter shortly before 8 a.m. that 18 people who were taken to the hospital had been released. There was conflicting information on the number of people injured with the RCMP and the airport saying 25 people were taken to hospitals in the area, but Air Canada said it had verified 23 were treated.

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  • Katie Holmes, Suri Cruise Live It Up at the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards: Pics!

    Life of the party! Katie Holmes treated her daughter Suri Cruise to a fun night out at the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, where they rubbed shoulders with the likes of Angelina Jolie, Shiloh and Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Nick Jonas, and Jennifer Lopez. Suri, 8, looked to be having a blast at the show, which took place at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Sporting a multicolored dress and denim vest, Holmes' mini-me grinned and threw her hands up in delight as orange blimp-shaped confetti rained down on the audience of young, screaming fans. Incidentally, Holmes' main man Jamie Foxx was also in attendance at the slime-tastic event.

    Us Weekly
  • 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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  • Eugenie Bouchard hears it on social media after loss to qualifier in Miami

    There are those who love Canadian tennis star Genie Bouchard through wind and rain and stormy Miami nights. And there are those who denigrate her for her off-court popularity and all the hype that has surrounded her for more than a year, since her breakthrough

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  • Will Ferrell responds to criticism from John Madden over spring training stunt

    If you were keeping score at home back on March 12, you can probably rattle off the exact order of events and appearances made by actor Will Ferrell during his five-stadium Cactus League tour. As Ferrell indicates, Madden probably hated it because he just didn't get it.

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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.

    CBC
  • 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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  • Former Alberta opposition leader handed defeat after defecting to government

    The former leader of Alberta's Official Opposition paid a high political price on Saturday after creating a national stir when she crossed the floor to join the governing Progressive Conservatives. Danielle Smith lost the Tory nomination to Carrie Fischer, a town councillor in Okotoks, in the provincial riding of Highwood, south of Calgary. Smith led eight of her colleagues of the Wildrose party across the floor to join the government last December in a stunning move that created considerable buzz among political watchers.

    The Canadian Press
  • Employees, customers react to country-wide Future Shop closures

    Reaction poured in from across Canada over news that dozens of Future Shop locations will be closed. Future Shop's parent company Best Buy Canada Ltd. said it was shutting down 66 Future Shop stores effective immediately. CBC News asked Future Shop employees and customers what they thought of the sudden announcement.

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  • YOU are paying £430,000 a year for Camilla's son-in-law's solar farm

    It is an English landscape of quintessential beauty, but thanks to a company controlled by the son-in-law of the Duchess of Cornwall - a solar farm now sits atop Haldon Ridge in Devon.

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  • 29 Photos That Will Make Your Brain Explode With Happiness

    Need a little pick-me-up? Read on to see some photos that will crush your negativity and imbue you with happiness. Source: Getty

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Yukon inventor opens the door to year-round growing

    The Yukon Research Centre is growing plants through the winter in a project that could revolutionize the availability of fresh food in the north. "Unfortunately we didn't have a terribly cold winter here in the Yukon. Scott says domes are the most energy efficient structure by virtue of their surface-area-to-volume ratio.The opaque structure is super-insulated and lined with plastic sheeting to reflect the energy-efficient lighting inside.

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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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  • Aaron Rodgers responds to criticism of his Wisconsin fandom

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been following closely as Wisconsin makes its run through the NCAA tournament. After the Badgers outlasted Arizona Saturday night to advance to the Final Four, Rodgers made his way onto the court to congratulate the team. Some people (and one sportswriter in particular) apparently weren’t too pleased that Rodgers was allowed on the court and subsequently did not speak with reporters.

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