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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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  • Air Canada flight slides off Halifax runway; 23 taken to hospital

    An Air Canada plane skidded off a runway as it landed early Sunday morning in a snowstorm in Halifax, an airport official said, sending 23 people to hospital after passengers described the jet sliding on its belly before it came to a stop. There were 133 passengers and five crew members aboard flight AC624, which left Toronto just before 9 p.m. Saturday for a scheduled midnight landing at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the airline said in a statement. Air Canada said on Twitter shortly before 8 a.m. that 18 people who were taken to the hospital had been released.

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

    The Desecration of Devon: The Duchess of Cornwall's son-in-law has just built this 50-acre solar farm. South East Devon has inspired many writers, such as Thomas Hardy, Michael Morpurgo and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Analysis - Once-bullish fund managers start to capitulate on oil prices

    By David Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) - Last fall, when the price of oil started dropping, fund manager Craig Hodges figured crude would rebound in 2015 and began buying shares of companies he thought would be unfairly hit, including construction company Primoris Services Corp and Eagle Materials Inc, which produces sand used in fracked wells.     Hodges, who runs the $2.1 billion Hodges Small Cap fund, is now starting to concede that oil prices will stay low for as long as a year or more because of a global glut. Oil fell 6 percent today to about $48 a barrel.     Instead of looking for a bounce back this year, Hodges is now on the hunt for companies that can take advantage of low prices and are strong enough to withstand a year or more of waiting for oil to be more profitable for producers.

    Reuters
  • 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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  • 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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  • Jet Airways passenger opens emergency exit and leaps 15ft onto tarmac

    Jet Airways’ Chandigarh to Mumbai flight 9W469 had landed around five minutes earlier before a man, who has been named locally as Akash Jain, sprang into action.

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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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