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  • admin 02:00 on 26/09/2018  

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has shifted his focus away from airstrikes in Iraq as an imminent option for slowing the Islamist insurgency, in part because there are few clear targets the U.S. could hit, officials say.

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    • Obama moves forces into Iraq as he weighs broader response

    Obama has made no final decisions and could ultimately approve limited strikes if stronger targets emerge, the officials say. The CIA and other spy agencies are scrambling to close intelligence gaps in the region and track the movements of key figures in the militant group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which seized Mosul, Tikrit and other towns in Iraq as parts of the country’s military melted away.

    The president summoned top congressional leaders to the White House Wednesday to discuss the collapsing security situation. The relentless violence marks the greatest threat to Iraq’s stability since the U.S. military withdrew at the end of 2011 after more than eight years of war.

    Ahead of his meeting at the White House, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the U.S. had no business sending troops into the midst of what he called Iraq’s civil war.

    READ MORE: Obama moves forces into Iraq as he weighs broader response

    “It’s time for the Iraqis to resolve it themselves,” said Reid, a Nevada Democrat. Taking on Republicans who have blamed the current violence on the withdrawal of U.S. forces, Reid said, “Those who attack President Obama for bringing our troops home from Iraq are wrong and out of step with the American people. After a decade of war, the American people have had enough.”

    VIDEO: President Obama informs Congress he intends to step up military intervention in Iraq

    Obama has ruled out returning combat troops to Iraq in order to quell the insurgency. However, he has notified Congress that up to 275 armed U.S. forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. interests.

    Obama is also considering sending a small contingent of special operations forces to help train the Iraqi military, officials have said. Other options under consideration include boosting Iraq’s intelligence about the militants and, more broadly, encouraging the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad to become more inclusive.

    The U.S. has also made initial overtures to its long-time foe Iran, which has an interest in seeing the Iraqi government survive, though officials have ruled out the possibility of military co-operation with Tehran.

    READ MORE:What you need to know about the situation in Iraq

    The Republican leader of the House, Speaker John Boehner, said Wednesday that he opposed outreach to Iran on grounds that it would send the wrong message to American allies in the Middle East given that the Islamic republic is alleged to have sponsored terrorism in the region. Boehner is among the leaders meeting with Obama at the White House.

    The most aggressive option under consideration at the White House has been airstrikes, most likely by drones, though officials have also looked at the possibility of launching strikes from manned aircraft. However, at this point, officials have been unable to identify clear targets the U.S. could hit in Iraq that could slow the militants’ momentum.

    Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that the U.S. does have a request from the Iraqi government for the Obama administration to use air power to stop the militants.

    READ MORE: Militants attack Iraq’s largest oil refinery

    So far it’s unclear whether the CIA and the NSA have been able to locate the top insurgent figures, such as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIL’s leader. Al-Baghdadi, who was released in 2009 after spending four years in U.S. military custody in southern Iraq, came away with an appreciation of American monitoring technology that made him an elusive target once he took command, said Richard Zahner, a retired Army general and former senior NSA official.

    Intelligence agencies have been tracking the ISIL for years, officials say, watching closely as it grew stronger in the Syrian civil war and began to challenge the Shiite-dominated Baghdad government.

    The CIA and other agencies are assembling detailed dossiers known as “targeting packages” that amount to profiles of insurgent commanders, including as much day-to-day information as can be gathered about their location, movements, associates and communications. Those packages can be used to target subjects for drone strikes or other military action, though they also can be used for nonlethal purposes, current and former officials say.

    The officials would not be quoted by name because they were not authorized to discuss the classified details publicly.

    The U.S. already has a range of ground, air and sea troops and other assets in the region. They include six warships in the Persian Gulf, including the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush and the amphibious transport ship USS Mesa Verde, which is carrying about 550 Marines and five V-22 Osprey hybrid aircraft.

    There are about 5,000 U.S. soldiers across the border in Kuwait as part of a routine rotational presence, several Air Force aircraft capable of a full range of missions and intelligence gathering and surveillance assets, including drones, in the region.

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  • admin 01:59 on 26/09/2018  

    TORONTO – From ice storms, to hurricanes, to hail to a winter that many Canadians never thought was going to end. Environment Canada released its Top 10 weather stories of 2014.

    How many can you remember?

    1. Canada’s long, Cold Winter

    It was the winter that brought us the words “polar vortex.”

    The cold started to ease in at the end of 2013, but it really hit in the new year. In fact on Jan. 1, Ottawa was a frigid -25 C when just days before it had been a more bearable -8 C.

    And the cold was persistent right across the country, aside from in British Columbia. From Alberta to the Maritimes, cold Arctic air refused to let up straight through to the spring.

    But nobody had it worse than Winnipeg with temperatures averaging -20 C from December to March, and snow totalling 155 cm.

    WATCH: Coldest winter in Winnipeg since 1898

    The winter of 2014 isn’t one that Canadians will soon forget.

    A stranded traveller crosses a parking lot at a service station in Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.

    THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

    2. Summer Flooding in Eastern Prairies

    On June 15 large slow-moving low pressure systems brought more than a year’s worth of rain in some parts along the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border. The ground became saturated and rivers and creeks crested.

    For Saskatoon, it was the city’s third wettest spring. In Brandon, June was the wettest month in the city’s records. And in Regina, nearly triple the amount of rain fell.

    A truck sprays water as it’s driven through flood waters in Claresholm, Alta., Wednesday, June 18, 2014.


    3. Wildfires in West and Northwest

    Wildfires were once again abundant across the Northwest Territories and northern B.C. in 2014.

    Though fewer fires burned, the area burned was three times higher than the 20-year national average with 4.6 million hectares charred. In B.C. alone, fires burned more than 338,000 hectares, seven-and-a-half times the normal 20-year average.

    The Spreading Creek wildfire, which burned 1.5 km off the David Thompson highway on the way into Banff National Park, July 11, 2014

    ESRD, Alberta Government

    4. The Nightmare Before, During and After Christmas

    It was a Christmas many won’t soon forget.

    It all started in the late hours of Dec. 20 and didn’t end until two days later. Between 20 and 30 mm of freezing rain fell in an area from Windsor all the way to the Maritimes.

    WATCH: Toronto’s Ice Storm One Year Later

    The rain coated trees and hydro wires, leaving about a million people without power. In New Brunswick, some residents didn’t have power for 11 days.

    A tree lies on Kingston Road in Scarborough in Toronto on Dec. 22. Hundreds of thousands of people in central and eastern Canada were left without power after a fierce ice storm brought down power lines.

    Sharon Murphy/Global News

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      City Trees still feeling the damage from last years ice storm

    • UPDATED: Province to help pay for damage caused by post-tropical storm Arthur

    • Weather challenge: Who had the worst winter in Canada?

    5. Summer — Hot on the Coasts, Cool in the Centre

    After a terrible winter, many were looking forward to the hot days of summer. And it came, just not for everyone.

    The Pacific coast had its hottest summer in 67 years. But from parts of Saskatchewan through to Quebec, it was anything but a steamy summer. The heat and humidity was missing from southern Ontario, which may have been a good thing. But after a particularly harsh winter, many felt cheated.

    READ MORE: Polar vortex in summer? Not quite

    Still, the country’s summer was 1 C above average, making it the sixth-warmest since record-keeping began in 1948.

    People in Toronto take a stroll during a warm stretch of weather in June.

    Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

    6. Hurricane Arthur and Others

    The Atlantic hurricane season may have been a quiet one, but eastern Canada didn’t get away scot-free.

    After attaining tropical storm status on July 1, Arthur gained strength and became a hurricane on July 3 off the coast of South Carolina. It continued northeast finally reaching Nova Scotia on July 4 as a post-tropical storm. The storm moved northeastward to the Fundy coast and then to Prince Edward Island. As much as 150 mm of rain fell in some places.

    The region also endured the remnants of Tropical Storm Bertha in August and Hurricane Gonzalo in October.

    A large uprooted tree rests against a house in Oakland, N.S. on July 5, 2014.

    Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

    7. Airdrie to Calgary Hailer

    On Aug. 8 a large thunderstorm formed along the foothills of Alberta and moved east. That severe storm brought winds of 110 to 140 km/h. But what made it particularly impressive was the tennis- to baseball-sized hail that fell in an area that was 300 km long.

    In Airdrie, Alberta, six people were sent to hospital after being hit with the large hail.

    After all was said and done, there was more than $450 million of damage to homes and buildings.

    The aftermath of a storm in Glennifer Lake, Alberta.

    Courtesy of Boni Trip

    8. Powerful December Storms on West and East Coasts

    Before winter had even started many Canadians had already seen significant December storms.

    In B.C., an intense series of three storms brought heavy rains and floods to Vancouver Island and the province’s central and south coast. Winds near 100 km/h howled across the region. In Courtney, 250 mm of rain resulted in a state of emergency.

    WATCH: Snow day for Fredericton

    Meanwhile, on the east coast, a powerful system moved up the eastern seaboard of the United States. It brought three days of rain, snow and mixed precipitation to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and parts of Quebec. Moncton received 142 mm of rain in just 24 hours.

    Montreal after a snowstorm hit the city on Dec. 10, 2014.

    Global News

    9. Angus Tornado

    Ontario saw an active tornado season, though most of them were weak. However, on June 17, an EF2 tornado hit the town of Angus, about 20 km southwest of Barrie. Fortunately there were no deaths, but high winds damaged more than 100 homes and left 300 homeless.

    Investigators assess the damage to homes and property a day after a tornado touched down in Angus, Ontario, on June 17, 2014.

    THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

    10. “Snowtember” in Calgary

    Weather in Canada can change drastically from one day to the next. But nowhere was that more evident than in Calgary on Sept. 8. After enjoying a sunny day where temperatures reached 25 C, residents woke up to a chilly 10 C. And over the next three days, 40 cm of snow fell. It was the highest September snowfall before the equinox in the last 130 years.

    Of course, just over a week later, temperatures returned to 25 C.

    An icicle formed on a sunflower as snow continued to fall in Cremona, Alberta, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.


    You can read Environment Canada’s Top 10 Weather Stories for 2014 here.

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  • admin 01:59 on 26/09/2018  

    DIEPPE – With the patience and precision of a man three times his age, 10-year-old Julian Furlaga carefully ponders every move of his thread.

    “So my tail and my topping touches perfectly and my wings are not too long too tiny,” Furlaga said in an interview with Global News.

    While his friends play Xbox and sports, Julian spends hours in his room choosing the perfect feathers to thread into his classic fishing flies.

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    He started the old-school hobby at the age of 7, but his father Karol says Julian became obsessed with tying intricate pieces after the two attended a trade show.

    “There’s not many kids that do what he does and the level at which he is doing it was a surprise to everybody,” Karol said.

    A surprise, especially to master fly tyer Davie McPhail of Scotland. Julian learned most of his skills from McPhail’s YouTube videos.

    McPhail was so impressed with the 10 year old’s work, he was willing to share with Julian some trade secrets.

    “If the body is a little bit lumpy and you want to fix it, you can take the top of your nail and rub it against it,” he said.

    Julian can spend up to three days tying a single fly. He has a focus that seems to defy his age, and it’s earned him a trip of a lifetime.

    Julian and Karol are packing up to head to Scotland and England – the birthplace of classic fly tying.

    The two will be meeting some of the top fly tyers in the world. And the first stop will be to see Davie McPhail.

    “He’s going to tell me places to go where the fish sit so I can catch salmon there,” Julian said.

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  • admin 01:59 on 26/09/2018  

    VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s highest court says police must obtain a warrant before searching through the vast amounts of personal information stored in a smartphone, the latest in several court judgments across Canada warning law enforcement that the contents of cellphones are private.

    The B.C. Court of Appeal released a decision Wednesday that concluded the RCMP violated the rights of a man charged in a kidnapping when they searched two of his BlackBerry smartphones without a warrant.

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    The man was convicted at trial and, despite the warrantless search, the Appeal Court upheld that conviction in Wednesday’s ruling.

    But the court also made it clear that police must ask for permission before examining the contents of a smartphone.

    “It seems to me that downloading the entire contents of a cellphone or smartphone, like the BlackBerrys in this case … can no longer be considered valid … as a reasonable warrantless search,” Justice Risa Levine wrote in a unanimous decision.

    “The highly invasive nature of these searches exceeds the permissible scope for a warrantless search authorized under the common law as a search incident to arrest.”

    Rajan Singh Mann was a suspect in a 2006 kidnapping in Richmond, south of Vancouver. He was arrested on two separate occasions, and each time the RCMP seized his BlackBerry, which contained text messages that were used against him at trial.

    The RCMP’s technological crime unit collected the data from one of the phones a few weeks later. The other was protected with a password and its contents weren’t retrieved for two years.

    The phones were seized under a principle known as a “search incident to arrest,” which allow police to search a suspect for items such as weapons or evidence when they’re taken into custody.

    At the time of Mann’s arrest, previous court rulings had treated a cellphone like a notebook or diary, which could be searched without a warrant if they were found during an arrest.

    But the B.C. Appeal Court said subsequent rulings have made it clear that smartphones are in a different category.

    “It now seems obvious that the individual’s privacy interest in the contents of a device such as a BlackBerry outweighs the state’s interest in law enforcement,” Levine wrote.

    The ruling nonetheless dismissed Mann’s appeal, which raised several grounds, including the BlackBerry searches. Levine said police were acting reasonably based on the law at the time.

    Raji Mangat of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, which intervened in the case, applauded the ruling.

    “This (a smartphone) is a different type of object — it has implications for privacy interests that go well beyond anything that was contemplated when the law was developing,” Mangat said.

    “The state of the law is now clear. … Uncertainty in the law doesn’t help anyone.”

    The Supreme Court of Canada is expected to rule on a similar case soon. The high court heard a case earlier this year dealing with phones that are found on suspects when they are arrested.

    Mann was convicted two years ago for his role in a kidnapping that saw Gary Kwong taken by gunpoint and held for a $100,000 ransom. Kwong was released unharmed the next day and no ransom was paid.

    Charges were originally laid against Mann, William Joshua Scott and Terry James Richardson. Scott pleaded guilty and Richardson died before the case was finished.


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  • admin 01:59 on 26/09/2018  

    TORONTO – Wednesday’s World Cup Google doodle has stirred controversy amongst users who feel that it was distasteful for the Internet giant to use a favela – a term for slum in Brazil – as a symbol of the games.

    Google has been featuring a new World Cup-related doodle each day since the start of the tournament.

    Wednesday’s doodle appears to depict the traditionally colourful buildings of a favela – the “L” in Google is kicking a soccer ball against the wall.

    Users began expressing concerns about the doodle Wednesday on 桑拿会所, some calling it “poor taste” and others arguing that slums should not be used to celebrate the World Cup.

    Favelas were first built in Brazil in the late 19th century and became more popular as Brazilians moved from rural areas to cities starting in the 1970s.

    Those who live in the slums live in poverty, lack access to public services and are affected by high crime levels.

    In 2010, about six per cent of the Brazilian population lived in one of these slums, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics.

    However, some users jumped to Google’s defence, saying that soccer has long been a large part of the community in favelas.

    One 桑拿会所 user wrote, “Ignoring Rio’s favelas and popularity of soccer there is what would be super offensive.”

    According to Google’s doodle archives, the doodle was inspired by a sketch of the favelas by artist Matt Cruickshank.

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  • admin 20:52 on 11/09/2018  

    EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services is warning people in the south zone that surface waters in southern Alberta have been contaminated because of the heavy rainfall.

    READ MORE: Several southern Alberta communities declare state of emergency 

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      Southern Alberta flood watch

    • State of Emergency continues in several southern Alberta communities

    • Medicine Hat declares state of emergency amid flood fears

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    AHS says rivers, streams, ponds, irrigations systems, and storm-water collection systems in the south zone could be contaminated. AHS is also concerned about people consuming untreated residential water. It also asks residents to protect private wells and cisterns from contamination.

    Depending on the source of Albertans’ drinking water supply, the flooding could impact the safety of drinking water because it may be contaminated with storm water runoff, officials say.

    “We are particularly concerned about people in our zone who are connected to raw water co-ops or have their own private source of surface water such as dugouts,” says Dr. Vivien Suttorp, medical officer of health in the south zone.

    “Raw water pipelines come from different reservoirs and deliver water to people’s homes.

    “We really want to encourage those people to properly filter and disinfect that water before consuming it.”

    FEATURE: For in-depth coverage, visit our Alberta Flood Watch webpage 

    AHS says heavy rains can disturb silt and parasites below the water’s surface or increase runoff into bodies of water. Untreated water sources should be treated or vigorously boiled from one to three minutes before drinking.

    “There is always some level of disease-causing bacteria present in surface water but the likelihood of contamination increases when we get a lot of rain,” Suttorp says. “Symptoms of water-borne illness can include diarrhea, nausea and upset stomach.”

    Swimming or playing in surface water is very unsafe and can lead to injuries as well as a range of illnesses.

    For more information on health-related flood information, click here.

    There have not been any boil-water orders issued in the south zone as of Wednesday morning.

    AHS does not have concerns about municipally treated water.

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  • admin 20:52 on 11/09/2018  

    WATCH: He’s a little thinner and a little stressed out but otherwise, Chester the Scottish Fold cat is in good health

    A cat that went missing at the Montreal airport a month ago has been found.

    On May 21, a seven-month-old  Blue Scottish Fold named Chester was supposed to be shipped to his new family in Vancouver by a breeder in Montreal, but somehow escaped from his kennel.

    Chester was sighted by a wildlife control officer on the airfield on Tuesday.

    Nicolas Casgrain with Falcon Environmental Services says the officer saw Chester slip under the fence and toward the city, so she put out a live trap with some cat food and was surprised to see a cat inside this morning.

    Casgrain says the cat looks thinner than he used to be, but looks healthy. He is currently in custody of Air Canada and is being checked out by a veterinarian.

    PHOTO GALLERY: Chester after getting recovered by wildlife control officers at Trudeau airport

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    “Cats are very resourceful, so I am not that surprised he survived,” says Casgrain. “I am surprised nobody saw him for a month. He is not your typical cat. He is quite special looking. The fact that nobody saw it for that long and all of a sudden it pops out and very close to where it was last seen, I am just happily surprised.”

    The cat’s owner Amanda Stewart told Global News she had lost any hope of ever finding Chester.

    “I am almost in tears, I am so happy,” says Stewart. “I have lost hope. I can’t believe it. I just hope he is ok.”

    In a statement to Global News, Air Canada said:

    “We were advised by Montreal Airport Authority teams this morning that they located Chester the cat on Montreal Airport grounds, and they subsequently delivered him to our Cargo team.  A soon as we confirmed it was Chester, we advised his owner. Chester is now at a local veterinarian for a full check-up.

    Thanks go out to all people involved in searching and locating Chester. We are currently making arrangements to bring Chester home to his new owner as soon as possible.”

    WATCH: Celebrity cat disappears while in transit with Air Canada

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  • admin 20:52 on 11/09/2018  

    SEATTLE – There are two ways to view the smartphone Amazon introduced to the world on Wednesday: It’s either the latest in a long line of phones with fancy features many people will never use or a magic wand for shopaholics.

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    The phone’s most significant feature, called “Firefly,” employs audio and object recognition technology to identify products and present the user with ways to purchase the items through Amazon. Users can simply snap a photo of a book, for instance, and Firefly will offer up its title and author, give more information about it and provide ways to buy it through Amazon with a single click.

    Seven years after Apple’s iPhone took over the category, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos believes there is room in the market for something different. Even with the dominant leads that Apple and Samsung hold, Bezos told The Associated Press in an interview, “it’s still early” in the wireless device business.

    People change phones all the time, he said. It’s not about taking market share right away, but making a phone that is ideal for a certain customer and hoping it takes hold.

    “We wanted to make a device that’s great for one person,” Bezos said. “It’s like a certain person likes chocolate and another person likes vanilla. The customer can choose.”

    While the new Fire Phone comes with some features that are practically industry standard — like a slim profile, a sturdy glass touchscreen, minimalist buttons and one camera for facing toward and away from the user— it breaks new ground in other areas.

    The phone’s Firefly object recognition feature can identify items and product names captured with the device’s camera. It can also pull in useful information such as phone numbers, website addresses. The company has catalogued more than a hundred million items that Firefly can recognize and has tweaked the technology to recognize words and characters in a variety of real-life situations.

    Another feature, called “dynamic perspective,” uses four infrared, front-facing cameras that tell the phone where the user’s face and eyes are located. The feature adjusts the user interface so that tilting the screen relative to the viewer’s face can toggle through screens, scroll through websites, make online video game characters fly up or down, and render buildings and other custom-made art in 3-D.

    The entry-level Fire phone costs $199 with a two-year AT&T contract, which places it at the high end of smartphone pricing. But the phone comes with 32 gigabytes of memory, double the standard 16 GB. It also comes with 12 months of Amazon Prime, the company’s free shipping, video, music and book subscription plan, which normally costs $99 a year.

    “This is a very aggressive price point for a premium phone,” Bezos said.

    The new device fits with Amazon’s broader aim to create a more efficient shopping experience while steering more consumers to its retail products.

    “It goes back to the mission of Amazon, which is to sell you stuff,” said Ramon Llamas of the research firm IDC. “It reduces the number of steps it takes to buy things on the phone.”

    Fire also comes with a 4.7-inch screen, suitable for using with one hand, and earbuds with flat cords and magnets that are designed to eliminate tangles.

    Persuading consumers to buy the Fire over an iPhone or Samsung phone will be tough, analysts say, particularly because Amazon isn’t offering price breaks the way it has with Kindle tablets. And sophisticated technology such as 3-D will appeal primarily to early adopters of technology.

    “The technology’s cool, but consumers don’t buy technology,” said Julie Ask, an analyst at Forrester Research. “We buy solutions. We buy services. We pay for things that make our lives easier.”

    Charles Golvin, founder of Abelian Research, believes the phone will appeal mostly to people who already use Amazon services heavily.

    “Any loyalist of iPhones or Google is going to have to judge whether there’s enough value in what Amazon is offering with Fire to make the transition,” he said.

    Samsung and Apple dominate worldwide smartphone sales with a combined 46 per cent share, according to IDC. And in the U.S., Apple leads with more than 37 per cent, with Samsung at nearly 29 per cent.

    Amazon could succeed even if it doesn’t steal market share from the top phone makers. Michael Scanlon, managing director with John Hancock Asset Management, said success will be measured by whether Amazon can increase loyalty among its Amazon Prime members and get them to boost purchases.

    Amazon is giving Fire owners a free year of membership, which normally costs $99, and existing subscribers an extra 12 months of membership. Prime offers free two-day shipping, encouraging impulse purchases. It also offers free access to some movies, TV shows, music and books and could encourage consumers to buy additional content, once they are used to the offerings.

    Meanwhile, Firefly could encourage more purchases. The feature lets you snap bar codes, phone numbers and more. It can even direct you to facts and data, such as a Wikipedia entry with information about a painting you snapped. It listens to songs, TV shows and movies and can pull up extra info like lyrics, actor bios and other information through its IMDb database.

    The phone will be available July 25 in the U.S. exclusively through AT&T. People were able to start ordering it Wednesday.


    Anick Jesdanun reported from New York.

    ©2014The Canadian Press

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  • admin 20:52 on 11/09/2018  

    WATCH ABOVE: Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident on Queen Mary in Cote-des-Neiges, just a few feet away from Snowdon metro. Rachel Lau reports.

    MONTREAL – Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident on Queen Mary in Cote-des-Neiges, just a few feet away from Snowdon metro.

    The accident occurred near the corner of Westbury Avenue at about 10:40 p.m.

    Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident on Queen Mary in Cote-des-Neiges, just a few feet away from Snowdon metro on June 17, 2014.

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    “Investigators are on site now to try and get some info from people around,” said Jean-Pierre Brabant, a spokesperson with the Montreal police.

    “They’re going to be looking at video surveillance this morning to get more information on the vehicle.”

    The 70-year-old woman was transported to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

    Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident on Queen Mary in Cote-des-Neiges, just a few feet away from Snowdon metro on June 17, 2014.

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    According to police, the driver got out of the car, looked around for a few moments and then got back in the vehicle and drove away.

    “We’re looking at an SUV that could be dark or black,” said Brabant.

    “That’s the only information we have, according to witnesses, so that’s why we’re looking for the help of the population.”

    According to Albert Barchichit, a close family friend, the woman was a Dollard-des-Ormeaux native.

    “She was here two weeks ago, you know?” he said.

    “It’s too bad when you know the people, it’s very bad?”

    Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident on Queen Mary in Cote-des-Neiges, just a few feet away from Snowdon metro on June 17, 2014.

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    He said that she was eating dinner nearby and was probably on her way home when she was hit.

    “I know her family very well. I have to call them,” he said.

    “This lady, her husband passed away two years ago.”

    Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 9-1-1 or Info-Crime at 514 393 1133.

    Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident on Queen Mary in Cote-des-Neiges, just a few feet away from Snowdon metro on June 17, 2014.

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  • admin 20:52 on 11/09/2018  

    FARMINGTON, Utah — A Utah teenager pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of murder, acknowledging that he intentionally and knowingly stabbed his two younger brothers to death last year.

    The 16-year-old agreed to the first half of the plea deal Wednesday in a juvenile court in Farmington, Utah, as his parents sat in the front row. His father wiped tears from his eyes while his mother sat in silence.

    The teen, whose name The Associated Press is not revealing because of his age, remained serious throughout the proceeding. He did not cry as he repeatedly told the judge he understood the parameters of the deal.

    The agreement calls for him to serve time for one count of murder in juvenile detention until he turns 21. At that time, he’ll be transferred into the adult court system and serve a sentence of 15 years to life in adult jail. He’ll be in adult court later Wednesday to formally accept that part of the deal.

    The teen did not say anything about what happened, but his attorney, Todd Utzinger, said the boy is sorry for what he did. The teen decided to take the deal in part to avoid putting his parents through a trial, Utzinger said.

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    The agreement brings resolution to a case that sent shockwaves through the middle-class subdivision where the family lives in West Point, a city of 9,800 about 25 miles north of Salt Lake City.

    The teen’s younger brothers, 4 and 10, were found dead in May 2013 when his mother returned home from taking another sibling to a dance recital. At first, the older brother was thought to be a third victim because he was missing from the crime scene, but police found him hours later with traces of blood on him.

    Authorities said they believed stabbings were an unplanned attack.

    In signing off on the deal, juvenile court Judge Janice Frost said the agreement adequately balances public safety needs while giving the teen access to treatment and rehabilitation services in juvenile court that he needs.

    Frost implored the teen to take advantage of treatment he’ll receive in juvenile detention and the opportunity to finish his high school degree. She said it’s clear he needs guidance and direction he would not receive in adult prison.

    Frost told him multiple times that how he behaves in juvenile detention will impact how long he spends in state adult prison.

    “You can’t make up for what happened. But you can commit to doing better and being better,” Frost said. “It’s a sad thing that happened, but you can move forward from this. I hope you can take advantage of your opportunity.”

    Outside court, Utzinger said sending the teen first to juvenile detention gives him a real chance at rehabbing. He did not discuss what issues he’s dealing with or the motive of the killings.

    “It would be inhumane for any 16-year-old child to go straight to the prison without first having an opportunity for treatment and rehabilitation,” Utzinger said. “That’s what we’re trying to accomplish.”


    ©2014The Canadian Press

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