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Astronauts leave ISS for week's third spacewalk

Just days after a helmet scare, NASA's Terry Virts and Butch Wilmore installed cables and performed upgrades at the International Space Station.

  • Lady Gaga Takes the Polar Plunge With Fiance Taylor Kinney: Cute Photos

    Taking the (polar) plunge! Lady Gaga and her fiance Taylor Kinney stripped down and participated in the Polar Plunge in frigid cold Chicago on Sunday, Mar. 1. The engaged couple -- along with 4,500 other participants -- ran into icy Lake Michigan for the fundraiser benefitting the Special Olympics. Gaga wore a black Chicago Fire shirt and leggings to help counter the freezing cold temperatures outdoors.

    Us Weekly
  • Montreal erotic parlours flourishing despite federal anti-prostitution law

    One year after the mayor promised to crack down on erotic massage parlours, Montreal still doesn't know what it's going to do with the hundreds of establishments operating right across the city. City officials are still debating how to tackle the issue of erotic parlours, many of which are open 24/7 and illegally employ women who have sex with men in the massage rooms. Without a firm policy, community groups and massage parlour owners say the police are letting the de-facto brothels operate under a tacit agreement: don't hire minors, don't force women to do anything they don't want to do, and keep organized crime out of it.

    The Canadian Press
  • Curtis Glencross dealt to Capitals for pair of 2015 draft picks

    Curtis Glencross wanted an extension from the Calgary Flames. The team didn’t agree with the numbers his camp put together so on Sunday the forward was dealt to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a second and third round pick in the 2015 draft, according to Chris Johnston. Picking up two extra draft picks for a 32-year old you weren’t going to extend is just good business, especially if the GM still in the market for a defenseman and newly-acquired assets in hand.

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  • Canadian gets seven years in Nepal jail for child molestation: report

    A media report says a Canadian man has been sentenced to seven years in jail in Nepal for molesting a nine-year-old boy in that country. The Hindustan Times says 71-year-old Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh from Nova Scotia was found guilty of sexual assault by a court in Lalitpur near Kathmandu. The Hindustan Times says the court also gave MacIntosh a fine of one million Nepalese rupees, equivalent to roughly $12,000.

    The Canadian Press
  • \'SNL\': Dakota Mocks \'50 Shades\'

    Dakota Johnson hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the first time this weekend, and the "Fifty Shades of Grey" star kicked off the show by mocking her own movie. "For those of you who don't know me, I'm currently starring in 'Fifty Shades of Grey,'" she began in her opening monologue. Speaking of mothers, the actress' mom, Melanie Griffith (and dad, Don Johnson), were in the "SNL" audience as Dakota joked that life has changed drastically since the movie hit – her dry cleaner now refuses to look her in the eye.

    Access Hollywood
  • Irvine Welsh’s ‘The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins’

    It is not advisable to read Irvine Welsh’s 13th book, “The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins,” and snack simultaneously. Because Welsh, known for his gleeful depictions of the depraved degenerates who populate Scotland’s seediest hollows, has turned his attention to one of his adopted homes, Miami Beach, that “sun-drenched refuge for strutting grotesques and desperate narcissists.” This is not Welsh’s first Rollerblade around Florida; “Crime” followed a coke-addled Edinburgh detective along the same bright sidewalks. Meanwhile, the 200-pound Lena ­Sorenson (her weight is “a crime against the aesthetic order in South Beach”) is the sole witness to this scene, which she captures on her phone. When she shares the footage with a local news station, Lucy is painted as a hero.

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  • Anti-turbine farm families fight whopping legal bill from wind-farm companies

    A demand that four Ontario families pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs to billion-dollar companies is a thinly disguised warning to anyone pondering a challenge to industrial wind farms in Ontario, the families say. In asking the courts to set the legal bill aside, the citizens say the award would cripple them financially and undermine access to justice, even in important public-interest cases. The families, who worry wind turbines near their homes could harm their health, had challenged the constitutionality of Ontario's approvals process before Divisional Court.

    The Canadian Press
  • Search For Missing Becky Watts Intensifies

    Police are intensifying their search for missing 16-year-old Becky Watts as a laptop found in woods was revealed not to be hers. Forensic teams are searching a house in the Southmead area, while a dog unit and a police helicopter are due to be used on Monday. Becky had her laptop, her phone and her tablet computer with her when she left her house in the St George area on 19 February.

    Sky News
  • It's a busy seller's market for NHL teams ahead of trade deadline

    General managers, count your draft picks. In the days leading up to Monday's 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, draft picks have been moving at a fast and furious pace. It's a seller's market and much more selling could be coming before the clock runs out.

    The Canadian Press
  • CCTV Appears To Show Missing London Girls

    CCTV footage has emerged appearing to show the three teenage girls who are thought to have joined Islamic State in Syria. Three girls - believed to be Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-old Amira Abase - are seen at a bus station in Istanbul in the footage, which was shown on the Turkish television channel A Haber. The footage was recorded in the early hours of 18 February, less than 24 hours after the trio left their homes in east London, telling their families they would be out for the day.

    Sky News
  • Michelle Rodriguez: Minority Actors Should "Stop Stealing" White Superheroes

    Not everyone is on board with diversity casting for traditionally white superhero roles.Michelle Rodriguez, who will soon be seen in Furious 7, told TMZ that minority actors deserve their own characters, rather than playing white characters.Read MoreDiversity

    The Hollywood Reporter
  • Halifax bringing in extra equipment to tackle ice

    The city of Halifax says new equipment will arrive Sunday to help the ice covered streets. Weeks of storms and dramatic changes in the temperature have caused thick ice to coat many roads. Now, holes similar to potholes are developing on the ice. On

    CBC
  • Marrying a Twin (and Her Sister)

    Beyond telling them apart, there is a unique set of issues that go with marrying someone who is the product of a multiple birth. It demands a special sensitivity to family dynamics and, in most cases, a tolerance for the special closeness among the siblings.

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  • William Shatner Will Miss Leonard Nimoy's Funeral: "I Feel Really Awful"

    William Shatner wishes he could be in two places at once. The actor tweeted on Saturday, Feb. 28, that he will sadly have to miss the funeral of his late friend and beloved Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy. Leonard's funeral is tomorrow.

    Us Weekly
  • The McDonald's slump: Are golden days of golden arches over?

    McDonald’s has been making headlines lately, but for all the wrong reasons, sparking speculation that the golden years of the golden arches are over. Food industry analysts don’t think McDonald’s will go the way of the Woolworth’s lunch counter, but one of the most recognizable brands in the world, with 36,000 locations globally and 1,400 in Canada, is in decline and scrambling for a new strategy under new leadership. "The biggest challenge McDonald’s faces is remaining relevant as a generational retailer," said Canadian retail executive George Minakakis.

    CBC
  • The Most Spectacular Photo (and GIF!) of Saturn Ever Taken

    NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view as it approached Saturn in early 2011. In November 2014, the spacecraft caught another spectacular moment, this on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, using a visual and infrared mapping spectrometer. The glowing orange you see here is called a sunglint, also known as a specular reflection, coming off Titan's massive sea Kraken Mare. It was captured during Cassini's flyby on Aug. 21, 2014.

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  • Online campaign nets $20,000 for Quebec woman told to remove hijab in court

    A crowdfunding campaign in support of a Quebec woman who was refused her day in court because she was wearing a hijab has raised more than $20,000 in its first day. Two Vancouver residents launched the campaign on Friday to help Rania El-Alloul buy a car. It's in response to a judge's refusal to hear her case against the Quebec automotive insurance board, which had seized her vehicle.

    The Canadian Press
  • Why the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Poster Looks So Familiar

    When the first full Avengers: Age of Ultron poster was released earlier this week, you might have felt a sense of deja vu: Our heroes standing around, looking off-camera while striking fighting poses with the exception of Captain America, who’s just kind of ... standing there? It’s pretty much the poster for the first Avengers movie, except with added flying robots in the background. Avengers changed a lot of things for superhero movies in general, but it changed one thing very specifically for Marvel Studios movies: posters.

    The Hollywood Reporter
  • $4.9B to be invested in Quebec roads, says Transport Minister Robert Poëti

    Quebec's transport minister, Robert Poëti, announced Sunday that $4.9 billion will be invested in Quebec road projects between 2015 and 2017. "I encourage road users to exercise the greatest caution in construction zones to ensure their safety and that of workers," he added.

    CBC
  • How to Remember People’s Names

    Indira Pun does not have this problem. “Sometimes I see a guest I have not seen for years, and right away I know their name,” says Pun, chief concierge at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. “I exercise that like a muscle.” After 11 years in the business and thousands of names committed to memory, Pun has a few name-recollection-workout suggestions. “Use the name two or three times during the first interaction,” Pun says.

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