Prosecutors on Saturday charged a 30-year-old man with capital murder in the killing of a sheriff's deputy who was gunned down from behind while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station. Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman identified the man as Shannon J. Miles, who had a previous record including charges of resisting arrest and trespassing. "I am proud of the men and women that have worked swiftly to apprehend the responsible person who posed a significant threat to both law enforcement and the community at large," Hickman said.
A quiet day on the federal election campaign saw the Conservatives promise to continue funding an agency devoted to combating cancer while the Liberals and New Democrats talked about repealing Conservative citizenship and terrorism laws. The Conservatives announced Saturday that the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer would be given a renewed five-year mandate and $50 million a year beginning in 2017 if they form government. The organization was set up by the Conservative government in 2006 to implement a Canadian strategy for cancer control.
A Brampton, Ont., man, who said he was shocked to see his political donation end up with the Conservatives and not the Liberals, was fully aware his money was going to the Tories, the volunteer who brokered the payment told CBC News in a statement. Earlier this week, Jagdish Singh told CBC News he only found out about the Tory donation when he saw his credit card had been billed $400 for a contribution to the Brampton North Conservative office belonging to candidate Parm Gill.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc disclosed a $4.48 billion stake in oil refiner Phillips 66 , rebuilding a bet it had made in the energy industry before oil prices fell. The 57.98 million-share, or roughly 10.8 percent, stake was revealed in a Friday night filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Phillips 66 shares closed Friday at $77.23.
A form of debt restructuring rather than outright forgiveness should enable Greece to handle its "unviable" debt burden, the head of the International Monetary Fund was quoted as telling a Swiss newspaper. The IMF has yet to make clear if it will participate in the third 86-billion-euro ($96 billion) international bailout that Greece signed up to in early August, having argued in favor of a partial writedown of a debt burden it considers unsustainable in its current form. Asked about those differences, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde told Saturday's edition of Le Temps: "The debate on cancelling the debt has never been open I don't think it is necessary to open it if things go well... "We are talking about extending maturities, reducing rates, (making) exemptions for a certain period of time.
By Mike De Souza CALGARY, Canada (Reuters) - Alberta's energy regulator has shut in 95 Nexen Energy pipelines, over concerns the company allegedly violated pipeline maintenance and monitoring rules. The order, issued on Friday evening by the regulator in the oil-rich Canadian province, comes more than a month after Nexen, which is owned by CNOOC Ltd, discovered one of the largest ever oil-related pipeline spills on North American soil at its Long Lake Facility in northern Alberta. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) said it received information that indicated noncompliance with pipeline safety rules on multiple lines in the course of its investigation at the site, southeast of Fort McMurray.
Syngenta AG may seek partners to help improve its product lineup after a thorough review in the wake of a rebuffed takeover approach from Monsanto Co , the agrichemicals group's chairman told a Swiss newspaper. Syngenta's board is under pressure from shareholders to show how it plans to generate value after turning its back on Monsanto's $47 billion cash-and-share offer, which it said undervalued the company and had too great an execution risk. In an interview with Finanz und Wirtschaft, Michel Demare said it was too early to discuss what steps Syngenta planned to boost its results.
At least 38 young women have died in a road accident in Swaziland on their way to an annual ceremony where the king might have chosen one of them as his wife, an advocacy group said on Saturday. Trucks transporting scores of young women to the traditional Umhlanga Reed Dance collided on Friday near the town of Matsapha on Swaziland's major highway, the Times of Swaziland reported. The local hospital's emergency room was full of injured and dead women, the Times of Swaziland reported.
A new detection and prevention program at Vancouver General Hospital hopes to lower the startlingly high death rate for lung cancer in B.C. and elsewhere. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer after non-melanoma skin cancer, and despite falling rates of smokers, the death rate remains steady at about 80 per cent, according to Dr. John Yee, head of thoracic surgery at VGH and director of B.C.'s lung transplant program. Lung cancer is a silent killer," Yee told BC Almanac host Gloria Macarenko.
Scientists have finally figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat, a major discovery that could open the door to an entirely new approach to the problem beyond diet and exercise. The work solves a big mystery: Since 2007, researchers have known that a gene called FTO was related to obesity, but they didn't know how, and could not tie it to appetite or other known factors. Genetic tinkering in mice and on human cells in the lab suggests this can be reversed, giving hope that a drug or other treatment might be developed to do the same in people.
Subway benefited hugely from Jared Fogle's weight loss story. It's not clear how customers will react to Fogle pleading guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography, since it doesn't have anything to do with Subway's food or prices. "For a while, when you see a Subway ad, you're going to think about that child pornography charge," said Allen Adamson of the brand consulting firm Landor Associates.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - "Subway guy" Jared Fogle has agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex with minors and received child pornography, prosecutors say, marking one of the biggest downfalls ever for a corporate pitchman. Fogle's case is unusual because of how closely Fogle's regular-guy persona was tied to the sandwich chain — he wasn't a celebrity for any other reason than his Subway diet weight loss. Nike, Anheuser-Busch, 24 Hour Fitness and Trek Bicycle were among the companies that dropped him.
By Nick Mulvenney BEIJING (Reuters) - Usain Bolt needed a bit of help from his American rivals to win a third gold medal but Mo Farah secured a unique "treble double" all on his own on a dramatic penultimate night of the world athletics championships on Sunday. While Bolt's place in the sporting pantheon was assured long before he won his 11th world title in the 4x100 meters relay, Farah took his spot among the greatest distance runners of all time with his third straight 5,000 meters title. The British Olympic champion's brilliant victory gave him the 5,000-10,000 double for an unprecedented third major global championships in a row.
American Ashton Eaton retained the decathlon world title in the Bird's Nest Stadium on Saturday, breaking his own world record by scoring 9,045 points. Competing in his first decathlon for two years, Eaton had to run four minutes 18.25 seconds to score the 824 points required to break the world record. "I knew with 300 meters to go that I was behind, and I said, 'Oh crap! I better go'," Eaton told reporters.
Jamaica, anchored by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, clocked the second fastest time in history to retain their 4x100 meters relay title at the world championships on Saturday. Veronica Campbell-Brown, Natasha Morrison and 200 meters silver medalist Elaine Thompson ensured Fraser-Pryce had a good lead when she took the baton and the 100 meters champion stormed across the line in 41.07 seconds. The United States finished second in 41.68 with the early pace of the Jamaicans giving anchor Allyson Felix, the 400 meters champion in Beijing, no chance of catching Fraser-Pryce.