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'Food insecurity' a problem in parts of Canada

According to a new report, about 1.1 million Canadians say they didn't have enough food in 2012 with households in Nunavut suffering most.

  • Filing: Detroit girl says mother killed her siblings, made her put sister's body in freezer

    A teenager told authorities that her mother killed two siblings and forced her to put one of the bodies in the freezer of their Detroit home where both were found by an eviction crew. Details of death and extreme abuse emerged Thursday as Mitchelle Blair appeared in court, two days after the bodies of a 9-year-old son, Stephen Berry, and 13-year-old daughter, Stoni Blair, were discovered. Blair, 35, is charged with child abuse, but she could face murder charges when the bodies thaw and autopsies are performed, prosecutors said.

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  • Woman whose recording led to sale of LA Clippers testifies of love for ex-owner, hate for wife

    The woman whose recording of Donald Sterling cost him the Los Angeles Clippers was forced Thursday to answer questions about recordings in which she and the billionaire discussed how to hide a house he bought her. Several of the 500 recordings V. Stiviano made during a nearly four-year relationship with Sterling were played in Los Angeles Superior Court in his wife's lawsuit to reclaim millions of dollars he lavished on the younger woman. Donald Sterling foresaw the trouble the gifts posed for Stiviano, pointing out in one recording that they were community property — owned jointly by him and his wife of nearly 60 years.

    The Canadian Press
  • Ignoring pilot and passengers' screams, Germanwings co-pilot deliberately destroyed plane

    Andreas Lubitz's "intention (was) to destroy this plane," Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said, laying out the horrifying conclusions French investigators reached after listening to the final minutes of Tuesday's Flight 9525 from the plane's black box voice data recorder. The inquiry is instead focusing on the co-pilot's "personal, family and professional environment" to try to determine why he did it, Robin said. The prosecutor said Lubitz did not say a word as he manually set the plane on an eight-minute descent into the craggy French mountainside that pulverized the plane.

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  • Cancer treatment long wait a 'death sentence,' says B.C. patient Scott Dobbie

    A North Vancouver cancer patient is furious he's been told he's facing a four-week wait before he can start treatment, even though the BC Cancer agency says patients should be seen within two weeks. B.C.'s Health Minister Terry Lake says cancer patients should not have to wait more than two weeks for treatment. "When you have a situation when someone is waiting that long, it is a concern for us and I know that BC Cancer Agency is working hard to make sure that those cases are in fact seen much sooner than that," he said.

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  • Ben Stiller: Joan Rivers and I Never Made Amends Before Her Death, "She Didn't Like Me"

    Joan Rivers wasn't shy about her dislike for fellow comedian Ben Stiller — she once called him an "arrogant, lucky guy" — and though they never got a chance to make amends before her death last year, he says he has no hard feelings about their years-old rift. The Zoolander 2 actor, 49, was chatting with Howard Stern on Wednesday, March 25, when the shock jock brought up the late Fashion Police host, who died at age 81 in September.

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  • Apple's Tim Cook will give away all his money: Fortune

    Fortune magazine cited the head of the world's largest technology corporation as saying he planned to donate his estimated $785 million fortune to charity - after paying for his 10-year-old nephew's college education. "You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change," Cook told the magazine. Fortune estimated Cook's net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million.

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  • Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson Break Silence After Zayn Malik's Shocking Departure From One Direction

    Harry Styles and Liam Payne were back on Twitter late on Wednesday, March 25, addressing their fans for the first time since Zayn Malik's shocking departure from One Direction earlier in the day. As Us Weekly previously reported, Styles, 21, was videoed crying onstage during the performance. Styles' first post-Zayn tweet was an attempt to comfort and support One Direction's loyal (and devastated) fans following his former 22-year-old bandmate's decision to quit.

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  • St. John's woman finds long 'snake-like critter' in almond milk

    Wanita Bates said she was clearing space in her refrigerator last weekend, and decided to toss out the last quarter of the carton of almond milk on its best-before date. "To me, for all intents and purposes, it looks like a snake-like critter," she said. Both the maker, California-based Blue Diamond, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency plan to pick up samples for testing.

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  • Details of victims in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf

    The victims included two babies, schoolchildren going home from an exchange visit, a pair of acclaimed German opera singers and a member of an Argentine rock band, three generations of the same family, a vacationing mother and son, a recently married couple, people on business trips and others going home. Germanwings said 144 passengers and six crew members were on board its plane that crashed Tuesday in the French Alps on its way from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. The students and their teachers were returning from an exchange program in Spain.

    The Canadian Press
  • Best before dates and expiry dates: 5 things you may not know

    Steak, eggs, canned soup — all kinds of fridge and pantry staples have a best before date on the packaging. People often confuse best before dates with expiration dates, but the two labels tell consumers very different things. "It's confusing," says Ellie Topp, a professional home economist. "[The best before] date has nothing to do with the safety of the food. Here are five things you may not know about expiration and best before dates.

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  • NBA Playoff Picture Update: What's at stake in Friday's big matchups?

    With just a few weeks remaining until the NBA postseason, every night can impact the standings. NBA Playoff Picture keeps you up to date on all the most important news for all 16 berths and seeds. Thursday's lone game was a notable one for the playoff picture, with the Milwaukee Bucks beating the Indiana Pacers 111-107 to maintain their hold on sixth place and send the losers into a virtual three-way tie for ninth place in the East.

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  • Prosecutors: No murder charge for Colorado woman accused of cutting baby from woman's womb

    A Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder, prosecutors said Thursday night. Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said prosecutors won't bring the charge in the baby's death. Investigators say Lane lured Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her Longmont home March 18 with an ad on Craigslist offering baby clothes.

    The Canadian Press
  • Calgary beer matriarch Manjit Minhas joins Dragons' Den

    The CEO of Calgary's Minhas Micro Brewery is the newest dragon in the den. Manjit Minhas, 34, is one of three entrepreneurs joining the new season of the CBC reality TV show. Dragons have to put up their own money to back the ideas pitched on the show.

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  • Canadian airlines will now have two crew members in cockpits at all times

    Canadian airlines and the federal government moved swiftly on Thursday to tighten security policies after it was revealed the pilot of the airliner that crashed in the French Alps this week was locked outside the cockpit. French investigators concluded that the co-pilot deliberately crashed the Germanwings plane, killing all 150 people on board and several Canadian carriers, including Air Canada, WestJet and Air Transat quickly announced that all flights would have two people in the cockpit at all times. Air Canada and WestJet said it was a change in policy while Air Transat admitted it did not have any policy in place.

    The Canadian Press
  • Filipino fast food chain Jollibee is officially coming Canada

    Fast food connoisseurs in Canada are abuzz this week over the news that yet another foreign restaurant chain will soon be setting up shop in our home and native land. Oft-hailed as "the McDonald's of the Phillippines," Jollibee is well-known around the world for its pineapple-topped hamburgers, peach-mango pie and "Chickenjoy" fried chicken. CFO of the Jollibee Foods Corp. YsmaelBaysa confirmed during an interview at the Phillipine Investment Forum on Tuesday that his company would soon be opening its first Canadian location.

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  • Christina Hendricks Ignores Dress Code in Emerald Green Dress (With a Surprise Twist!) at Mad Men Premiere

    To premiere the final seven episodes of Mad Men at the Black & Red Ball in L.A. on Wednesday, March 25, Christina Hendricks not only broke the dress code, but also stunned in a dress with a fun twist: Its skirt was removable! While her costars, January Jones and Kiernan Shipka, kept to the night's color theme, Hendricks, 39, opted to walk the red carpet in an emerald-hued statement Zac Posen dress. Since wrapping filming on Mad Men, which required her to keep her hair red, Hendricks has been able to return to her flaxen-haired roots.

    Us Weekly
  • Jenelle Evans Says She Weighs 108 Pounds: What Are the Teen Mom 2 Star's Weight Loss Secrets?

    Evans and her fiancé Nathan Griffith welcomed their son Kaiser back in June, and she slipped back into a bikini soon after. “Had an amazing day with the kids! Weather was simply amazing and they loved taking a walk on the pier!” Evans tweeted on March 21 along with a series of photos of baby Kaiser and her older son Jace, 5.

    Us Weekly
  • New Ontario real estate rules to take some of the nuttiness out of bidding wars

    It’s tough to know how often this happens, but with interest rates still rock-bottom and bidding wars turning post-war bungalows into million-dollar properties, the Ontario government is bringing in new rules to crack down on unethical real estate agents that try to pump up housing prices with “phantom” offers. “It’s all in the context of these bidding wars, and the idea is a potential buyer knowing ‘am I in competition, and how many people am I in competition with?’” says Bruce Matthews, deputy registrar of the Real Estate Council ofOntario (RECO), which oversees real estate agents and is responsible for enforcing the new rules. Matthews says misleading a bidder as to the number or existence of rivals is already against the rules, but that the new standards will essentially force realtors to keep better records that can then be used to confirm that a purchase was above board.

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  • A look at some of the winners and losers in the Alberta budget released Thursday

    The working poor: Any family making less than $41,220 annually will be eligible for the Alberta Working Family Supplement, which provides a refundable tax credit of up to $2,750 depending on the number of children in the family. Loser — The wealthy: The province is ending its 10 per cent flat income tax system and phasing in two new tax brackets for anyone making more than $100,000 a year.

    The Canadian Press
  • The Cast Of "The Mighty Ducks": Then Vs. Now

    Still the greatest sports movie from the '90s.

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