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Saturday 29th of August 2015 04:27:13

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Windstorm causes hundreds of thousands of power outages in southwest B.C.

A powerful windstorm caused chaos in southwestern British Columbia on Saturday, knocking out power to 330,000 homes and felling trees that crushed cars and critically injured a woman. Winds gusting up to 90 kilometres per hour forced the closure of Vancouver's jewel, Stanley Park, although the east side of the park re-opened Saturday afternoon. The annual Pacific National Exhibition initially said it would close but later announced it would stay open after Environment Canada cancelled a wind warning.

Sheriff says 30-year-old man charged with murder in ambush of Houston area deputy

This image taken from video surveillance provided by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office shows a suspect in the death of Deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot several times while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said that surveillance video shows there were people at the gas station and asked that they reach out with any information that could lead to the man who ambushed Goforth. (Harris County Sheriff’s Office via AP)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.

Harper pledges renewal of cancer agency's mandate, funding if re-elected

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau poses for a selfie as he attends the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Conference in Mississauga, Ont., as he continues his federal election campaign on Saturday, August 28, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris YoungA 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.

2 men conflict over donation made to Conservatives

2 men conflict over donation made to ConservativesA 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.

Nexen pipeline suspension: gaps in documentation, regulator says

Alberta's Energy Regulator (AER) says "deficiencies" in documentation and pipeline monitoring prompted the decision to suspend 95 pipelines operated by Nexen Energy at an oilsands site. Pipeline operators in Alberta are required to keep records on how they monitor pipelines, according to Bob Curran, AER's director of public affairs. Curran said a letter from Nexen to the regulator indicated "deficiencies in the documentation of their monitoring systems" and "a lack of some monitoring activities" at the Long Lake oilsands facility, south of Fort McMurray.


Buffett's Berkshire takes $4.48 billion stake in Phillips 66

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett participates in a newspaper throwing contest prior to the Berkshire annual meeting in OmahaWarren 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.

IMF's Lagarde says restructuring should suffice for Greek debt

IMF Managing Director Lagarde talks to Greek Finance Minister Tsakalotos during a euro zone finance ministers meeting in BrusselsA 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.

Regulator in Canada's Alberta shuts in 95 Nexen pipelines over 'noncompliance'

Senior Vice President Canadians operations Ron Bailey and CEO Fang Zhi show a jar of bitumen at Nexen spill site near Nexen Energy's Long Lake oilsands facility south of Fort McMurrayBy 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 may seek partners, JVs after product review: chairman in paper

Flowers grow in front of Swiss agrochemicals maker Syngenta's logo at the company's headquarters in BaselSyngenta 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.

Dozens of young Swazi women die on road to royal ceremony

Swaziland's King Mswati III arrives with his regiment for the annual Reed Dance at Ludzidzini in SwazilandAt 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.

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Lung cancer screening program at VGH aims to catch disease early

Lung cancer screening program at VGH aims to catch disease earlyA 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.

Sweeney Leaving 'Biggest Loser'

Alison Sweeney attends the 2015 Summer TCA Tour - Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies And Mysteries event on July 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills -- Getty ImagesAlison Sweeney is exiting "The Biggest Loser."

Scientists figure out how a gene glitch makes people fat; suggests new way to treat obesity

Graphic shows adult obesity rates; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;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.

Already struggling, Subway now shadowed by charges against Jared Fogle

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2001 file photo, Jared Fogle holds up a pair of jeans he used to wear after losing weight in Albuquerque, N.M. Subway benefited hugely from Fogle’s weight loss story. Now the sandwich chain needs to figure out how to prevent him from overshadowing its future. (AP Photo/Ivan Chavez)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.

'Subway guy' Jared Fogle just latest pitchman to bring scandal to corporate sponsor

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2015 file photo, Tiger Woods talks in the media room after a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. Companies take a risk when tying their names to real-life people they have little control over. In 2009, Forbes estimated that Woods was the first athlete to earn $1 billion. That was partly from the hefty endorsement deals his winning record and spotless image brought him. That image changed after Woods crashed his car into a fire hydrant, which ended up unleashing a torrent of explicit details about his marital infidelities. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)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.


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Bolt lands sprint sweep, Farah the treble double

Track and Field: IAAF World Championships in Athletics-Evening SessionBy 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.

Eaton overcomes fatigue to claim world record

Eaton of the U.S. gestures as he competes in the javelin throw event of the men's decathlon during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in BeijingAmerican 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.

Fraser-Pryce leads Jamaican women to relay gold

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica (R) crosses the finish line ahead of Jasmine Todd of the UJamaica, 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.

Drew Hutchison shines against Tigers in return to Blue Jays' rotation

Back from a trip to the minors, Drew Hutchison returned to the mound at Rogers Centre and just won another game for the Toronto Blue Jays. Hutchison continued his strong pitching of late, tossing seven innings of one-run baseball in the Blue Jays' 15-1 blowout of the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon. Maligned for his struggles this season and propped up by the best run support in the majors, Hutchison shined in his 13th victory of the season.

Cudmore, Evans, van der Merwe lead Canadian rugby team over Glasgow Warriors

Canada won its final Rugby World Cup warm-up game on Canadian soil after beating the Glasgow Warriors 19-12 Saturday afternoon. Jamie Cudmore, who captained the side, Matt Evans and former Warriors player DTH Van Der Merwe scored tries. Nathan Hirayama kicked two conversions.


Kelly Clarkson's Littlest VIP!

Kelly Clarkson shares an adorable backstage photo of daughter River Rose on Aug. 27, 2015 -- Getty ImagesKelly Clarkson keeps her squad goals in the family. The pop star has been bringing baby daughter River Rose along to her latest concerts!

Actress, entrepreneur, fitness guru Brooke Burke-Charvet to co-host Miss America pageant

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2014, file photo, Brooke Burke-Charvet attends the Tenth Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York. Burke-Charvet, the actress, entrepreneur and fitness guru, will co-host the 2016 Miss America pageant on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. She will join co-host Chris Harrison on the nationally televised broadcast from Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, N.J. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Brooke Burke-Charvet, the actress, entrepreneur and fitness guru, will co-host the 2016 Miss America pageant next month.

Lucy Liu Is A New Mom!

Lucy Liu cradles her newborn son, Rockwell Lloyd, on Aug. 27, 2015 -- TwitterLucy Liu is a new mom! The actress has welcomed her first child, a son, via surrogate. Introducing the new little man in my life, my son Rockwell Lloyd Liu. In ❤️!A photo posted by Lucy Liu (@lucyliu) on Aug 27, 2015 at 2:29pm PDT

Demi Lovato's Twitter Tease 

Demi Lovato poses for the cover of her album, "Confident" -- InstagramDemi Lovato may be plenty "Confident" with her new music, but the star still gets by with a little help from her friends.

Justin, Selena Join Taylor Swift!

Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift perform onstage during Taylor's 1989 World Tour at Staples Center on August 26, 2015 in Los Angeles -- Getty ImagesTaylor Swift closed her five-night Los Angeles run in "Style"!

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