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Canadian pleads guilty to smuggling after being caught with turtles in his pants

A Canadian man caught with dozens of turtles in his pants has pleaded guilty to smuggling in a federal court in Michigan. Kai Xu has pleaded guilty to smuggling or attempting to smuggle thousands of turtles from the southeastern area of the state. According to American court documents, officers with the Canada Border Services Agency intercepted Xu last August as he attempted to cross into Windsor, Ont., from Detroit.

Mother Angelica, founder of global Roman Catholic broadcast network, in declining condition

Mother Mary Angelica, the Roman Catholic nun who started a religious broadcasting empire based in Alabama, is in declining health, according to her ministries. Eternal Word Television Network, which the nun known as "Mother Angelica" founded, and her fellow nuns at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery north of Birmingham issued statements saying the 92-year-old Ohio native had been fitted with a feeding tube because of her worsening condition. Mother Angelica suffered a debilitating cerebral hemorrhage in December 2001, and she has had a series of less-severe strokes in the years since.

Canada housing market to become a drag on the economy: Poll

Residential and commercial buildings are pictured in Vancouver, British ColumbiaCanada's housing market is likely to be a drag on economic growth over the next couple of years, thanks to too much supply and high levels of household debt making further buying a risky affair, a Reuters poll found. The housing market has been one of the brightest spots in the Canadian economy in recent years. Strong housing helped Canada weather the worst of the global financial crisis as the U.S. housing market south of the border collapsed.

Syria's al-Qaida branch frees Lebanese soldiers held captive since 2014 as part of swap

Lebanese Druze women stand next to posters with pictures of soldiers and policemen who were kidnapped by militants from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida's branch in Syria, the Nusra Front, in front of tents set up for a protest in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Syria's al-Qaida branch was releasing on Tuesday a group of Lebanese soldiers and policemen held captive since August 2014 as part of a swap deal brokered by Qatar that included Lebanon setting free an unspecified number of prisoners wanted by the militant group. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria released more than a dozen Lebanese soldiers and police it has held for more than a year on Tuesday as part of a Qatar-brokered deal in which Lebanon freed at least 11 prisoners, including a former wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The release caps Lebanon's lengthy ordeal over the fate of its soldiers while also providing the al-Qaida branch, known as the Nusra Front, with new leverage as a group that can be negotiated with. "My happiness is beyond description," said a Lebanese policeman, one of the 16 released on Tuesday, shortly after he was brought to the point where the exchange took place in the eastern town of Arsal, near the Syrian border.

Dennis Oland tells jury he didn't kill his father as he testifies in own defence

Dennis Oland and his wife Lisa head to court in Saint John, N.b., on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Dennis Oland is charged with second degree murder in the death of his father. Richard Oland, 69, was found dead in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ron WardThe courtroom was full to overflowing for Oland's testimony at his murder trial, now in its 12th week, and defence lawyer Gary Miller asked his client moments into his testimony whether he killed Richard Oland. Police identified Dennis Oland as a suspect during an interview with him the day after the murder. A grainy, black and white surveillance video was played for the jury that showed someone getting into a light coloured car on Canterbury Street near Richard Oland's office, then opening and closing the hatchback before getting into the vehicle and driving away between 6:12 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on July 6, 2011.


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Weight Loss

Chris Hemsworth named new face of TAG Heuer watches

Chris Hemsworth named new face of TAG Heuer watchesThor star Chris Hemsworth is taking time out from making blockbuster films to star in a new campaign for Swiss watch company TAG Heuer. The brand believes that the Australian actor is the perfect embodiment of their campaign slogan #DontCrackUnderPressure. Chris Hemsworth is the new face of TAG Heuer watches.

Choose walking over lifting? Not so fast: Saskatoon-based physical trainer

Choose walking over lifting? Not so fast: Saskatoon-based physical trainerUnlike a crusty old gym coach fixated on a sure-fire way to lose weight, a Saskatoon-based physical trainer is unconvinced that one single way is the best approach for people to lose weight. Amid a growing number of people in the health and fitness industry who say that brisk walking, not lifting heavy iron, is the best way to lose weight, Harvest Stack spoke with Saskatchewan Weekend host Eric Anderson. Stack is based at Saskatoon's Freedom Fitness.

Health Canada promises 'appropriate action' on questionable dietary supplements

Health Canada promises 'appropriate action' on questionable dietary supplementsHealth Canada says it will take "appropriate action" after U.S. authorities this week announced a major crackdown on potentially dangerous dietary supplements. This week, a fifth estate investigation revealed that Health Canada's oversight over the natural health products industry has slowly eroded. The FDA along with the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies has announced civil and criminal charges against more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements.

Nevada issues health guidelines for cryotherapy use after spa worker death

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Albert Ake is a selfie of his niece Chelsea Patricia Ake-Salvacion. Nevada has created health guidelines for cryotherapy after Ake-Salvacion, a Las Vegas spa worker, was found dead in a tank that subjects users to subzero temperatures, a treatment that experts say has been growing in popularity but is largely unregulated and whose benefits are not proven. The guidelines take effect Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, and also ask cryotherapy centers to provide proper training and signage and obtain user waivers. Emergency kits and a defibrillator also should be on site. (Chelsea Patricia Ake-Salvacion/Albert Ake via AP, File)Nevada has created health guidelines for cryotherapy after a Las Vegas spa worker was found dead in a tank that subjects users to subzero temperatures, a treatment that experts say has been growing in popularity but is largely unregulated and whose benefits are not proven. Dr. Tracey Green, the state's chief medical officer, said Friday that the guidelines from the state health department recommend that the machines not be used by minors under 18, those under 5 feet tall and anyone with certain health conditions, such as a history of stroke, high blood pressure, seizures and infections, as well as people who are pregnant or have pacemakers or claustrophobia. Users should only have one session per day for no more than three minutes and have their blood pressure taken before and after.

Not just for Pamela Anderson: New hepatitis C treatment could cure many in 12 weeks, study finds

Pamela Anderson Announces She’s Cured of Hepatitis C: What Is the Disease?The Baywatch babe recently announced on Instagram that she had been cured of hep C. Doctors in Canada are working to make a cure available to more patients.


From 'Youth' to old age, Michael Caine reflects on a happy life in show business

In this Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 photo, actor Michael Caine poses for a portrait during press day for the upcoming film "Youth" at The Four Seasons, in Los Angeles. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Dec. 4, 2015. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)Michael Caine sits down for lunch at the St. Regis Hotel in midtown New York clutching a copy of the day's Daily News given to him by the hotel doorman, who's earmarked a photo of Caine and his "Youth" co-star Jane Fonda. Caine, 82, is known just about everywhere. Some know him as the star of British classics like "Aflie," ''The Italian Job" and "Get Carter." Others know him as Batman's butler (and a regular of just about every Christopher Nolan movie).

Crowd-Rock: Smithsonian launches music Web site for fan photos

NEW YORK, N.Y. - If you've got any rock or rap star photos stored on your iPhone or stashed somewhere in your attic, the Smithsonian wants to hear from you.

Bieber announces intimate benefit show in Toronto for hometown outreach group

Justin Bieber has surprised his fans with plans for an intimate benefit concert in Toronto next week. The pop superstar tweeted today that he'll perform at the Danforth Music Hall on Dec. 7 to benefit an outreach centre in his hometown of Stratford, Ont. The Stratford House of Blessing tells The Canadian Press it just learned about the concert this morning when Bieber's label Universal Music Canada called.

Jerry Seinfeld takes on monthly Manhattan stand-up residency

File photo of Jerry Seinfeld arriving for the 2014 Women's Leadership Award honoring Stella McCartney at Alice Tully Hall in New YorkComedian Jerry Seinfeld on Tuesday announced a series of stand-up shows in New York next year, saying he will perform once a month at a theater in his Manhattan neighborhood. The Emmy-winning co-creator of "Seinfeld," the beloved 1990s comedy series "about nothing," will take on a residency at the city's Beacon Theatre, performing once a month from January through June 2016. The shows, called "Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand," follow the example set by singer Billy Joel, who in 2014 began a series of monthly sellout performances at New York's Madison Square Garden.

'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote song for 'Force Awakens'

FILE - In this June 7, 2009 file photo, Tony Award-winning actor Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives at the 63rd Annual Tony Awards in New York. The force of “Star Wars” has drawn together two of the biggest pop culture sensations of the year. Director J.J. Abrams divulged on “The Tonight Show” on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, that “Hamilton” creator and star Miranda wrote the song for what Abrams called “our version of the Cantina scene” for the upcoming “The Force Awakens.” (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)The force of "Star Wars" has drawn together two of the biggest pop culture sensations of the year. The Mos Eisley Cantina scene of "Star Wars" is beloved for its jazzy alien lounge act, an instrumental penned by composer John Williams. Abrams said he met Miranda after a Broadway performance of "Hamilton," and Miranda jokingly offered to write a Cantina scene.


Ravens beat Browns with touchdown off blocked field goal

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns(The Sports Xchange) - Baltimore Ravens safety Will Hill gave up the tying touchdown in the fourth quarter Monday night, but he atoned for that error in a big way. Hill returned a blocked field goal 64 yards on the final play of regulation, lifting his team to a 33-27 win over the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens (4-7), playing with backup quarterback Matt Schaub plus backup running backs Javorius Allen and Terrance West, avenged a 33-30 loss to the Browns on Oct. 11 in Baltimore.

Pistorius could return to jail with appeal ruling this week

Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius leaves after listening to the closing arguments in his murder trial at the high court in PretoriaSouth Africa's Oscar Pistorius will find out if he will return to jail when the Supreme Court of Appeal announces on Thursday if it will scale up the track star's conviction for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp from manslaughter to murder. The Paralympic gold medallist was released on parole in October after serving a fifth of his five-year prison term for the "culpable homicide" of Steenkamp, whom he killed by firing four shots through a locked toilet door on Valentine's Day 2013. Prosecutors said Pistorius, 29, should be convicted of murder and sent back to jail because he knew the person behind the door could be killed when he fired.

Former boxing champ Taylor pleads guilty to Arkansas charges

Jermain Taylor, of Arkansas, listens to speakers during a news conference at the MGM Grand hotel in Las VegasBy Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Former world middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor entered guilty pleas in an Arkansas state court on Tuesday to felony charges stemming from three incidents, and is set to face sentencing in April, court officials said. Taylor, 37, had earlier indicated he would contest the charges that include shooting and wounding a cousin in 2014 near the boxer’s suburban Little Rock home.  In January, he was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a pistol to threaten a family during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Little Rock, and in July was charged with battery for assaulting a man at a Little Rock substance abuse treatment center. In exchange for Taylor’s guilty plea, the state dropped a child endangerment enhancement count in the January incident and reduced in severity the charge arising from the July episode.  Taylor has offered repeated apologies for his erratic behavior in recent years. He has vowed to resume his career in the ring, and was granted permission on Tuesday by state court judge, Leon Johnson, to leave the state for training.  Following a court-order examination, a state psychiatrist testified in February that Taylor needed psychiatric care and should be monitored for substance abuse in lieu of incarceration.

Oilers return home from woeful road trip needing to fix some problems

Toronto Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri, right, fights for the puck with Edmonton Oilers Oscar Klefbom, left, and Anton Lander during second period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Monday, November 30, 2015. Going into the finale of his team's five-game road trip, Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan knew a victory would be a huge confidence boost. He wouldn't have thrown a parade, but it would've represented a big accomplishment.Instead, the Oilers were shut out by the Toronto Maple Leafs to fall to 1-3-1 on the trip. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren CalabreseGoing into the finale of his team's five-game road trip, Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan knew a victory would be a huge confidence boost. Instead, the Oilers were shut out by the Toronto Maple Leafs to fall to 1-3-1 on the trip. "We're not where we need to be," McLellan said after the 3-0 loss to the Leafs.

Strome, Marner headline Canada's junior selection camp hockey roster

Hockey players Mitchell Marner, left, and Lawson Crouse put on the Team Canada jersey during a press conferences in Toronto on Thursday, December 1, 2015 after Hockey Canada announced the 30 players invited to attend Canada's national junior team selection camp before the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championship. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan DenetteMitch Marner knows what's expected of him and his teammates on Canada's world junior team. Marner and Dylan Strome were two of the biggest names on Hockey Canada's 30-man selection camp roster announced on Tuesday. The two NHL draft picks will be counted on to lead Canada's forwards to back-to-back world junior championships.


Tom Wolfe, others honour Gay Talese at 21 Club for reissue of his classic Frank Sinatra profile

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, file photo, author Gay Talese attends the Esquire 80th Anniversary and Network Launch Event in New York. A half century after completing a magazine piece on Frank Sinatra, Talese was honored at the 21 Club for his story on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)A half century after completing a magazine piece that had frustrated and disappointed him, Gay Talese was honoured at the 21 Club for his landmark Esquire story on Frank Sinatra. Tom Wolfe, Robert Caro and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg were among those seated at the banquet table Monday night as toasts were offered to Talese, whose "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" has been reissued by Taschen as an illustrated coffee table book. Talese's stylish, 15,000-word epic was published in Esquire's April 1966 issue and is widely regarded as a model for the expansive and self-consciously literary "New Journalism" of the '60s and '70s and as one of the greatest and most revealing celebrity profiles, even though Talese never spoke to Sinatra.

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 6-12

Dec. 6: Singer Frank Beverly of Maze is 69. Actress JoBeth Williams is 67. Actor Tom Hulce is 62. Drummer Rick Buckler of The Jam is 60. Country singer Bill Lloyd of Foster and Lloyd is 60. Guitarist Peter Buck of R.E.M. is 59. Drummer David Lovering of The Pixies is 54. Actress Janine Turner ("Strong Medicine," ''Northern Exposure") is 53. Director Judd Apatow is 48. Keyboardist Ulf "Buddha" Ekberg of Ace of Base is 45.

Steve Martin generated 'a lot of attention' for Lawren Harris sales: Heffel

In this Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, photo, curator and actor-comedian Steve Martin poses for a portrait in a gallery for the exhibit "The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris" at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The man who brought bluegrass music to mainstream audiences and introduced the banjo and balloon animals to comedy routines has a new passion: He wants to imbue in U.S. audiences the same deep admiration he has for the works of Lawren Harris, arguably Canada's most revered artist and one almost completely unknown in the U.S. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)Comic legend Steve Martin's passionate evangelism of Lawren Harris seems to have boosted interest in the Canadian painter, the president of Heffel Fine Art Auction House said a day after a blockbuster sale. David Heffel wouldn't say where the buyers were from, but noted that bids throughout the night came from around the globe. "Steve Martin generates a lot of attention in the media, for sure," Heffel said of the comic's possible influence on pushing Heffel bids into the stratosphere.

Who needs a magazine cover? Sofia Vergara scores by sharing her wedding photos on Instagram

File-This June 9, 2015, file photo shows Joe Manganiello, left, and Sofia Vergara arriving at the Los Angeles premiere of "Jurassic World" at the Dolby Theatre. Vergara and Manganiello tied the knot on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in a Palm Beach, Fla., ceremony, according to a posting on Vergara's official Facebook page. The two have been a couple for about a year and a half, and were engaged last December on a vacation in Hawaii. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Newlyweds Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello might have cashed in by selling their wedding photos to a celebrity magazine, but instead they posted the pictures online, and the benefits could be priceless. Vergara shared 55 photos from her wedding weekend on Instagram, from the romantic, flower-filled setting to her first dance with her new husband. There are shots of her co-workers — "Modern Family" stars Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson — and a snap of the couple cutting their cake.

Rocker Neil Young supports Alberta's carbon tax, pleased by Liberal government

Canadian musician Neil Young arrives at a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, November 23, 2015 for the Canadian launch of his PonoPlayer portable music player and the PonoMusic music download service. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl DyckMusic icon Neil Young has declared that "Canada is back" now that a Liberal government has taken charge in Ottawa. The singer-songwriter was in Vancouver on Monday to debut his high-resolution audio player and online store, under the PonoMusic brand, in Canada. Young said he's received many emails and phone calls from Canadian friends revelling in the new government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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