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  • Ex-girlfriend of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz speaks out

    The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 who apparently chose to crash the jetliner into a mountain last Tuesday had vowed to "do something" that would make people remember him, his former girlfriend has told a German newspaper. The 26-year-old flight attendant, identified by the tabloid Bild as Mary W., was quoted as saying Andreas Lubitz, 27, had "burnout-syndrome" and she had been worried about his increasingly erratic behaviour. The woman spoke of his "health problems," described him as being agitated when he spoke of his work, and remembered him saying he didn't think he could realize his dreams of becoming a long-haul pilot and captain.

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  • Famous Couples Who Have Avoided the So-Called Hollywood Curse

    Celebrities aren't immune to failed relationships, but it's also not hard to find inspiring love stories in Hollywood. As the divorce rate drops across the US, couples like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are proving

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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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  • 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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  • Vancouver police officer smashes driver's window when he refuses to step out

    The testy exchange caught on video shows the unidentified driver opening his window just a crack and infuriating the police officer by not stepping out of the vehicle when he was told to do so. The mystery motorist, who calls himself Bodhi Sattva on YouTube, posted that he was physically assaulted and traumatized by the arrest and was found not to be impaired. According to the Vancouver police, the incident — which happened in November — resulted in the driver being charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession for the purposes of trafficking and obstructing a police officer.

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  • George Clooney, Wife Amal Alamuddin Make More Renovations to UK Mansion: See the Gigantic Property!

    Perfecting their love nest!  George Clooney and his new wife Amal Alamuddin are in the midst of a rigorous renovation project for their English countryside mansion, Us Weekly has learned.  PHOTOS: Amal's best style looks The couple's 9,000 square-foot

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  • The Best Of Plus-Size Activewear

    All of a sudden, it occurred to me that quality workout shoes might actually be more comfortable — important, even. Of course, there are many plus-sized women who never let size get in the way of great activewear.

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  • French pilots suing over leaks about co-pilot in investigation of Germanwings plane crash

    France's leading pilots union said Friday it is filing a lawsuit over leaks about the investigation into the crash of a German jet into the French Alps. After leaks in the media about the crash, a prosecutor announced that cockpit recordings indicate the co-pilot of the Germanwings A320 jet intentionally flew the plane into a mountain. Guillaume Schmid of France's SNPL union told The Associated Press on Friday that the lawsuit is over violating a French law on keeping information about investigations secret while they are ongoing.

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  • Raven Symone Is Very Confused, Says She's From "Every Continent in Africa and Europe"

    That’s…so wrong. Raven Symone is confused. While talking with E! News’ Alicia Quarles, the That’s So Raven alum talked about her ancestry, but unfortunately, she seems to misunderstand the definition of “continent” versus “country.” ????????????????????

    Us Weekly
  • 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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  • 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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  • Harmon: Rory McIlroy may be bulking up too much

    Butch Harmon has seen this before: A top player falling so in love with the gym that his golf game suffers. Harmon saw that with Tiger Woods, and now he thinks he's seeing it again with world No. 1 Rory McIlroy.

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  • Our Favorite '90s Necklace Just Made a Comeback

    The last time we wore a choker, we were trading Spice Girls stickers and watching Sabrina, the Teenage Witch on a Friday night. So naturally, we were surprised — albeit, pleasantly — to find that the '90s trend was making a comeback.

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  • Charles Barkley: Final Four should be moved from Indiana because of new law

    Former NBA star Charles Barkley criticized a new state law in Indiana on Friday as being anti-gay and because of that, Barkley believes the state should not be allowed to host big sporting events such as the Final Four next week in Indianapolis. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 101 into law this week and said he wouldn't have supported it with his signature if he believed it allowed discrimination.

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  • Amanda Knox 'so grateful to have my life back' after Italian court overturns conviction

    Amanda Knox says she's "so grateful to have my life back" after Italy's highest court overturned her murder conviction in the slaying of her roommate. Knox spoke briefly Friday evening to reporters gathered outside the Seattle home of her mother, Edda Mellas.

    The Canadian Press
  • 'Unholy alliance' of Islamists threatens Sweden: spy chief

    By Alistair Scrutton STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden, once cited by Osama bin Laden as the kind of country al Qaeda did not attack, is facing a rising threat from Islamist militants because of the crises in Iraq and Syria, its spy chief said in an interview on Friday. Anders Thornberg told Reuters the number of Swedes traveling to fight in those countries had tripled in the past year, and record immigration to the Nordic country was making it vulnerable to infiltrators from militant groups. Expanding on comments in the security services' annual report last week, he also said Russian espionage had stepped up since the Ukraine crisis: one in three Russian diplomats in Sweden were operating as spies, and there were signs of "war planning" from Moscow to test the country's defenses.

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  • Pregnant B.C. TV meteorologist  calls out the bullies for fat shaming

    Sometimes, people suck. That’s not news.But a British Columbia meteorologist has sparked a revolt against the haters by speaking out on Global BC’s newscast about rude emails she’s received as she continues her full-time job on-air through her second

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  • Canadian runner Daundre Barnaby dies in swimming accident at national team camp

    Canada's track and field team has lost one of its most promising young sprinters. Daundre Barnaby, who competed for Canada at the 2012 London Olympics, died in a swimming accident at a national team training camp in St. Kitts on Friday. "He was a very nice guy, he had 'Peace, love and unity' as his slogan for the team," said Peter Eriksson, Athletics Canada's head coach.

    The Canadian Press
  • Hydraulic scaffold collapse leaves 2 bricklayers dead at Bloor and Keele site

    It appears a hydraulic scaffold — sometimes known as a mastclimber — catastrophically malfunctioned and plunged to the ground while the men were working around 11 a.m. on the condo in the Bloor and Keele area. The Ministry of Labour is investigating.

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  • Big Rock Brewery 'shocked' by provincial budget's tax blow

    Big Rock Brewery is feeling blindsided by an announcement of production markups from the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. Changes in tax rates introduced in Thursday’s provincial budget, mean mid-size breweries — those producing between 2 million and 20 million litres annually — like Big Rock Brewery and Minhas Brewery will be asked to pay an additional 11 cents on each litre they produce.

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