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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.

  • 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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  • Amal Clooney Ditched Her Dress For Date Night

    If there's one woman we can all aspire to be more like, it's Amal Clooney. Not only has the girl boss managed to carve out a killer career path for herself as attorney, activist, and now teacher at Columbia Law School, but she's also married to the world's most famous former bachelor, George Clooney. Last night she stepped out with George wearing a slouchy white jumpsuit that, while a bit oversize, was still crisply tailored.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Special needs student told he can't wear varsity letter jacket

    Officials at Wichita East High School in Kansas are under fire after a special needs student was told he could not wear a varsity letter jacket because he was not competing at a varsity level. Michael Kelley, who has Down syndrome and autism, participates on Wichita East's special needs basketball team, an extra-curricular activity organized by the school's special needs teachers.

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  • 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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  • Best Buy warns of profit hit as it consolidates Canadian stores

    By Nandita Bose CHICAGO (Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc plans to close some stores and consolidate its operations in Canada, the U.S. electronics retailer's second-largest market, in a move that will hurt earnings this year, the company said on Saturday. The retailer said it will close 66 of its Future Shop brand stores in Canada and convert 65 of them to Best Buy brand stores. The move to a single brand will cut 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time jobs, and cost the company about US$200 million to US$280 million in restructuring charges, Best Buy said.

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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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  • Calvin Harris Said He'd Skip Taylor Swift on Tinder Days Before Nashville Outing: "She's the Opposite of My Type"

    Should Tay grab her paper and pen -- already?! Days before Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris sparked dating rumors, the DJ actually revealed that he would swipe left if he saw the singer's Tinder profile. This, of course, was just days before he was spotted holding hands with the "Shake It Off" singer at Kenny Chesney's Nashville concert on Thursday, Mar. 26. "She looks lovely but she's the opposite of my type," Harris said of Swift, 25.

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  • This Reunion Between A Fennec Fox And Cat Is The Cutest Thing You'll See Today

    There can never be enough unlikely animal friendships!

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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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  • Albertans react to new user fees, taxes in budget

    Despite new user fees and higher taxes introduced in Thursday’s budget, Premier Jim Prentice says we still live in the lowest-taxed jurisdiction in Canada. “The time has come for us to pull together, to contribute a little bit more and to get through this together,” Prentice said on Friday. The CBC’s James Hees took to the streets of Edmonton to see how people were making out.

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  • Religion isn’t dying. It may be rising from the grave.

    When his book Unknown Gods was published 22 years ago, University of Lethbridge sociologist and pollster Reginald Bibby painted a rather dreary picture of where Canada’s churches would be by about 2015. When 2015 finally came around, Bibby decided to revisit his book and check on his predictions. Evangelicals increased their total numbers as Canada’s population grew.

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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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  • 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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  • David Charron dies in plane crash in Montana

    CBC News has learned the names of a Chestermere couple involved in a fatal plane crash on Thursday afternoon in a mountainous area of Montana. David Charron, 56, was the pilot and died on impact. “The lady said that they had that indicator that went off that said they were about to have a collision, so they turned, but they were in the clouds so they started taking out trees and crashed,” David Wendt, under-sheriff at the Meagher County Sheriff's office, told CBC News.

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  • Canadian teen Nam Nguyen fifth at figure skating world championships

    Canadian teenager Nam Nguyen narrowly missed the medal podium Saturday, finishing fifth in men's singles at the world figure skating championships. The former world junior champion landed his quadruple jump to roar back from a ninth-place finish in the short program. "In the long program, I needed to be more aggressive," said the 16-year-old from Toronto.

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  • Terrifying moment a man is nearly killed by massive blocks of ice

    The unnamed man was walking down a street in Syktyvkar when snow and ice began to plummet from a nearby roof. He ran forward to get out the way - but ended up having to crawl out of the debris.

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  • Video: Cosby show brings out protesters in Baltimore

    Protesters turn out to shame Cosby show goers in Baltimore. Linda So reports.

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