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Unmasked: Islamic State's 'Jihadi John' named by BBC

The masked fighter believed to have carried out several beheadings is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Briton from a prosperous family.

  • Couple married 67 years dies holding hands in their California home, just as they wished

    After spending 67 years together as devoted husband and wife, there was no question how Floyd and Violet Hartwig would end their lives — together. Violet, 89, followed five hours later. "They wanted to go together," their daughter, Donna Scharton, said Thursday.

    The Canadian Press
  • Scarlett Johansson defends John Travolta; says Oscar encounter was 'totally welcome'

    Scarlett Johansson defended John Travolta on Thursday, calling the actor "a class act" and denouncing the image of the two on the Academy Awards red carpet as "an unfortunate still-frame" that doesn't reflect a "totally sweet and totally welcome" encounter. In an exclusive statement to The Associated Press, Johansson said "there is nothing strange, creepy or inappropriate about John Travolta." Travolta greeted Johansson at Sunday's Oscars with a kiss and his arm around her waist. The photo has since been turned into an Internet meme, adding to an impression furthered by Travolta's touching of Idina Menzel's face while presenting at the Los Angeles ceremony.

    The Canadian Press 37 mins ago
  • Kanye West Cries Over Friend's Death in Interview, Says He "Tries As Many Times a Day as I Can" to Give North a Sibling

    And Yeezus wept. Kanye West broke down during a revealing new interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe on Thursday, Feb. 26, where the two discussed his latest creative pursuits and recent headline-making antics. "When you go to work, it's a challenge,"

    Us Weekly
  • Masked militant 'Jihadi John' identified as a London-raised university graduate

    The world knows him as "Jihadi John," the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. On Thursday he was identified as a London-raised university graduate known to British intelligence for more than five years. The British-accented militant from the chilling videos is Mohammed Emwazi, a man in his mid-20s who was born in Kuwait and raised in a modest, mixed-income area of west London.

    The Canadian Press
  • Modern plastic vehicle parts cracking under winter's cold temperatures

    Some auto repair workers say plastic parts on many newer vehicles aren’t holding up under the winter’s consistently cold temperatures this year in Ottawa. Modern bumpers have a reinforcing bar covered by a flexible bit of plastic called "thermoplastic olefin," and auto body workers such as Mathew Sukhoo said this plastic easily "shatters" when temperatures dip below -20 C. Ottawa body shop manager Aleks Koundakjian said mirrors, headlights and tail lights are other examples of modern vehicle parts that aren’t built for this record-setting winter with temperatures consistently dropping below -20 C.

    CBC
  • Jaromir Jagr heads to Florida for draft picks in trade stunner

    Jaromir Jagr is about to get a suntan. The Panthers, who are now clearly gunning for the Bruins and the playoffs, gave up a second round pick in 2015 and a Devils option of Florida’s or third or Minnesota’s third rounder in 2016. Jagr’s name had been rumored to a few more veteran teams looking to add forward depth.

    Puck Daddy
  • Cash found in Value Village drapes given to next of kin

    On Thursday, police said they’d heard from the woman who donated the drapes, and other items, all of which belonged to a loved one who died in January. The Guysborough County link convinced her to contact police in case it was her mother’s money.

    CBC
  • Michel Prevost, Almonte gynecologist, sued over failed abortion

    A former patient of a disgraced eastern Ontario gynecologist is suing him for $1 million over an alleged botched abortion. Tania Brown of Carleton Place, Ont., has filed a statement of claim in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in nearby Perth. Brown claims on Oct. 4, 2011 she visited Prevost in Almonte, Ont., about 50 kilometres west of Ottawa, to undergo an abortion.

    CBC
  • Pregnant Tiffani Thiessen Rocks Ladylike Maternity Clothes: See Her Sweet (and Affordable) Style Here!

    Tiffani Thiessen has been promoting hew new Cooking Channel show, Dinner at Tiffani's the week of Feb. 22, rocking the most ladylike, adorable maternity dresses, and Us loves it! Shop her sweet style here

    Us Weekly
  • Cell text may have saved others in Manitoba house fire that killed four boys

    Beverley Eberhardt would often babysit her eight grandchildren and have them over for sleepovers, and now half of them are gone. Four boys were killed early Wednesday when their home in southern Manitoba burned to the ground. "I thought this was some kind of prank, but found out it was real," Eberhardt said Thursday, sitting in the cluttered kitchen of her mobile home in Morden.

    The Canadian Press 43 mins ago
  • Hamilton doctor, Sahab Jamshidi, arrested in St. Lucia after boy dies

    Sahab Jamshidi, a Canadian physician from Hamilton apparently on holiday in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, has been arrested after the drowning death of a four-year-old boy, according to local police. Jamshidi was kite-surfing at Bois Shadon Beach in the town of Vieux Fort when he took Terrel Joshua Elibos, a boy from the town, out in the water, say police. A Hamilton fitness studio confirmed Jamshidi taught there, in addition to being a physician in the area.

    CBC
  • Canadiens set to be buyers, Maple Leafs big sellers at NHL trade deadline

    Canada's seven NHL teams have seven very different perspectives and goals to accomplish before Monday's NHL trade deadline. Here's a look at where they stand as the clock ticks down to 3 p.m. on March 2.

    The Canadian Press
  • Family opposes outings from psychiatric hospital for B.C. man who killed 3 kids

    A panel considering whether a father who murdered his three children should be granted outings from a psychiatric hospital has heard the B.C. man wants to take a rehabilitation course in cooking bacon. A caseworker for Allan Schoenborn has told the B.C. Review Board that the man is making progress by considering the very specific course after refusing most programs. Doctors at a facility in Coquitlam are advocating for Schoenborn's supervised release nearly seven years after he stabbed and smothered his children in their Merritt, B.C., home.

    The Canadian Press 22 mins ago
  • Newmarket Health Centre getting attention for its 'manhood'

    Newmarket, Ont., is making headlines this week — for a building built in 1951. “The Newmarket Health Centre in Ontario, Canada ‘bares’ an uncanny resemblance to a spreadeagled man – complete with swinging manhood,” reported the Express. “The Region…will continue to pay more attention to providing high-quality services and support to the residents within the Newmarket Health Centre,” said spokesman Patrick Casey.

    Daily Buzz
  • Bill Cosby Says He's "Far From Finished" in New Statement As More Women Come Forward

    The Cosby Show alum, 77, released a new statement this week ahead of an upcoming comedy show, and chose not to directly address the now more than 30 women who have spoken out about the alleged sexual misconduct on Cosby's part. Cosby is scheduled to perform a stand-up set in Lafayette, La., on Friday, Feb. 27. While many of Cosby's shows have been canceled due to protests and objections over his past, the formerly family-friendly star is still planning to play his show at the Heymann Performing Arts Center, and gave a now-rare statement ahead of the gig.

    Us Weekly
  • New relationship show puts couples behind closed doors for romantic interlude

    A relationship therapy TV show that premieres Friday gives most participating couples the same prescription: Go into a modular, windowless room onstage and have sex while the studio audience waits until they're done. Not surprisingly, "Sex Box" has attracted some negative attention. The Parents Television Council, One Million Moms and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation say they've collected more than 38,000 signatures on a petition urging WE TV to shelve the show. "Sex Box" is an adaptation of a British show where three therapists meet with couples who have relationship issues.

    The Canadian Press
  • Amal Clooney wants Stephen Harper to 'pick up phone' to free Mohamed Fahmy

    Amal Clooney, lawyer for Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, expressed frustration today over Canada's "sheepish" effort to free her client from his Cairo nightmare. "Such sheepish whimpers are woefully inadequate when it comes to enforcing an agreement reached with a sovereign state regarding a citizen’s release from detention," said Clooney in a news release from her law firm Doughty Street Chambers. "There is no legal impediment to his immediate transfer to Canada.

    CBC
  • Halifax not obliged to clear sidewalks, fall victim told

    When Brian Walsh tumbled two years ago on an icy downtown Halifax sidewalk, he thought he had a solid claim for damages after he was left injured for five months. Instead, once he and his lawyer Devin Maxwell made a claim to the municipality, they learned a curious fact: Halifax says it’s under no obligation to clear sidewalks at all. Walsh slipped on the sidewalk after stepping out of a cab at the corner of George Street and Bedford Row.

    CBC
  • 'Get me out of here,' aboriginal girl begged her parents before stopping chemo

    Chemotherapy took such a horrific toll on Makayla Sault's weak body that she begged her parents to take her out of treatment and try instead traditional medicine, the mother of the 11-year-old aboriginal girl said Thursday. Makayla, who suffered from a rare form of leukemia, died last month after suffering a stroke — her death sparked a national conversation on aboriginal peoples' right to opt out of the health system. Doctors gave her at most a 72-per-cent chance of survival even with an aggressive chemotherapy treatment, her mother, Sonya Sault, told an audience at McMaster University.

    The Canadian Press
  • Scientists reveal how to survive a real-world zombie apocalypse

    A simulation of what would really happen if America was overrun by the living dead offered a few surprises

    Rob Waugh