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Norwegian author causes a storm with 'fat' comment

Twitter users are up in arms after Karl Ove Knausgaard says he'd 'never seen people that fat' after a trip to Newfoundland.

  • Puck Daddy Power Rankings: 42 thoughts about the NHL trade deadline

    (Not ranked this week: Llamas. It's a good thing no one goes back and re-watches trade deadline coverage years from now, because that joke didn't age well from last week.)

    Puck Daddy
  • Girl, 14, forced into week of sex work at downtown hotel

    Three people have been charged with human trafficking after Toronto police rescued a 14-year-old girl who they said was forced into sex work at a downtown hotel. Police said security staff responded to a noise complaint in a hotel room in the Bay Street and Dundas Street West area last Friday night. The teen told police she had been invited to the hotel by the three accused, and was then held in the room and forced to provide sexual services for a week. The girl said she feared for her safety and couldn't contact anyone because her cellphone was confiscated and the hotel phone was disabled.

    CBC
  • Sara Gilbert & Linda Perry Welcome Baby Boy Rhodes – See His First Photo!

    Sara Gilbert & Linda Perry Welcome Baby Boy Rhodes – See His First Photo! Sara Gilbert and her wife Linda Perry welcomed a baby boy named Rhodes over the weekend, her The Talk co-host Julie Chen revealed on the show today!

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  • Taylor Makes Girl's Dream Come True

    Taylor Swift has made one special girl's dream come true.

    Access Hollywood
  • Bank, energy shares pull TSX lower in choppy trade

    By John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell in volatile trading on Wednesday as shares of banks declined after recent quarterly earnings reports and energy shares slipped after the price of crude oil dropped. Bank shares have been choppy since the major banks began reporting results last week. It was a mixed quarter overall, with Bank of Nova Scotia capping off the earnings season by posting a weaker-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday. Investors also processed news that the Bank of Canada held rates steady and voiced satisfaction with how the market and the economy had reacted to its rate cut in January.

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  • Qatar Airways says no longer interested in CSeries

    Qatar Airways is no longer interested in ordering any CSeries jets as result of the delays to the new single-aisle aircraft made by Bombardier , Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said on Wednesday. He also said that Qatar Airways would wait at least a couple of years before deciding whether to order any more A380s after starting operations with its first of the superjumbos last year.

    Reuters
  • Sugar intake should be reduced to 5-10% of calories, WHO says

    Free sugars refer to table sugar added to foods and drinks by the cook or consumer and sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates. "We have solid evidence that keeping intake of free sugars to less than 10 per cent of total energy intake reduces the risk of overweight, obesity and tooth decay," Dr. FrancescoBranca, director of WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, said in a statement Wednesday. The previous UN public health agency's guideline called for free sugar intake to be less than 10 per cent of energy intake.

    CBC
  • Helen Mirren, 69, Is a Total Bombshell in Semi-Sheer Dress on the Red Carpet: See the Photos!

    Helen Mirren attended the Roundabout Theatre Company's 2015 Spring Gala in NYC on Monday, March 2, dressed in a semi-sheer dress that made jaws drop; see the red carpet photos!

    Us Weekly
  • Teacher Erin Osmond takes stand at her own sexual exploitation trial

    A 29-year-old teacher from Prud'homme, Sask. is on trial, charged with the sexual exploitation of a high school student in Watrous in 2013. Osmond began a romantic relationship with the student that lasted for several months. Eventually, Osmond and the student, who can't be named because of a publication ban, became more and more romantic. Osmond's contract as a substitute teacher at the school was ending February 15.

    CBC
  • TTC 'ghost bus' video shows collision at Bathurst Station

    In a video posted on YouTube, an empty TTC bus with no driver on board slowly rolls across the lot at Bathurst Station before colliding with a work truck. The video shows the bus rolling freely for 19 seconds before it finally plows into the back of a white truck. "Come on, and, there she goes," the person who recorded the video can be heard saying. "A bus was left unsecured by an operator at our Bathurst Station ... and it rolled away making contact with another TTC vehicle.

    CBC
  • Toronto Blue Jays, Major League players wrapping bats with colourful tape made by Ontario businessman

    A businessman from Ontario and a former Blue Jay have helped change the look and feel of big-league bat handles. Increasingly, players are brightening their bats with specialized tape that comes in a rainbow of colours. The idea sprang from the experience of Brad Barker, who grew up in St. Catharines, Ont., where he played hockey and baseball and was particular about the way he taped his sticks and bat handles. It was only natural for Barker, now the company’s general manager, to use LizardSkins handlebar tape in his personal sporting pursuits.

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  • Mother of child 'M' beaten and starved to death apologizes

    With her husband working night shifts, she stayed alone at home taking care of the couple’s children.

    CBC
  • Killer's comments blaming women for being raped reflect views held by many in India

    When one of the four men sentenced to death for the high-profile gang rape of the woman in 2012 was quoted in a new documentary as saying "a girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy," he was repeating something community and religious leaders in this nation of 1.2 billion routinely say. ... Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes," Mukesh Singh said in the documentary, "India's Daughter," meant to be shown on Sunday, International Women's Day, in India and several other countries. The convicted rapist learned only what he has heard leaders in his community say, said Jagmati Sangwan, a women's rights activist who heads the All India Democratic Women's Association. When a female journalist was shot dead in 2008 while driving home from work well past midnight, New Delhi's top official at the time, Sheila Dixit, make clear she partly blamed the victim.

    The Canadian Press
  • Drone made by 3D printer built by SFU's Avian Robotics team

    A group of students at Simon Fraser University has built a drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), from with parts made by a 3D printer. "Drones in general will be the next up and coming industry, and there's a lot of uses for it," said engineering student Mark Anthony Wijaya. "Why we are using a 3D printer as the medium to manufacture a drone is it reduces the cost tremendously," he said. "It's actually amazing to watch a 3D printer print because from nothing you suddenly have this physical representation of what you had visualized in your mind," added fellow student, Ashkay Budhiraja.

    CBC
  • Federal agents target industry that helps Chinese women have American-born babies

    Federal agents searched three dozen homes Tuesday in California during a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens. The investigation of three alleged birth tourism rings may be the biggest yet by federal homeland security agents who say that, while pregnant women may travel to the United States and deliver their babies here, they cannot lie about the purpose of their trip when applying for a visa. Authorities believe people from other countries are carrying out similar schemes but recent cases in California have catered to wealthy visitors from China, most likely due to the country's large population, recent economic boom and ties to the region. It is unclear how many women travel to the United States for maternity tourism.

    The Canadian Press
  • Paris Hilton's brother Conrad agrees to plead guilty to misdemeanour assault on flight

    Paris Hilton's youngest brother, Conrad, agreed to plead guilty to assaulting flight attendants on a trip from London to Los Angeles last year during which authorities say he called other passengers "peasants" and threatened to kill crew members. Hilton, 20, signed the agreement Tuesday and is set to appear in court Thursday, but will officially plead guilty to the misdemeanour later, said the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. Hilton's attorney, Robert Shapiro, did not immediately reply to an after-hours phone message seeking comment. According to an FBI affidavit, Hilton acknowledged calling other passengers "peasants" and said he had would have killed one flight attendant if another passenger hadn't calmed him down during the 10-hour July 31 flight.

    The Canadian Press
  • Seniors' discounts should be scrapped, study suggests

    A new report is calling on municipal governments to scrap seniors' discounts. The study, called No Seniors' Specials: Financing Municipal Services in Aging Communities, was commissioned by the national think-tank Institute for Research on Public Policy. Many municipalities in Canada give discounts to seniors based solely on their age. Those discounts for citizens aged 55 or older include lower bus fares, cheaper fitness classes and sometimes reduced property taxes.

    CBC
  • Bible story: Israeli PM packs potent religious symbolism in US speech

    The powerful religious symbolism packed into a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to U.S. Congress would have been self-evident even to someone lacking training in Jewish theology. What followed was a modern version — in which Netanyahu was cast in the role of protector, Persians were still the enemy and the unwitting king in need of a wake-up call was Barack Obama, the U.S. president believed to be on the verge of a historic nuclear deal with Iran. He looked up to the gallery and applauded Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel. —He condemned details he's heard about a possible nuclear deal with Iran.

    The Canadian Press
  • Oil glut: US running out of room to store crude; prices for oil and gasoline could plunge

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.

    The Canadian Press
  • Toronto power outage affects thousands of homes after snow and ice hit

    About 15,000 Toronto homes were without power Wednesday morning after the city was hit with a mix of heavy wet snow and ice pellets. Toronto Hydro says it could be 2 p.m. before power is restored in some areas. "The weather was wreaking havoc on our systems," Toronto Hydro spokesman Brian Buchan said, adding that a combination of heavy precipitation and salt buildup on electrical infrastructure sparked several damaging electrical arcs. In town, power issues are causing problems on the morning commute.

    CBC