Condemned Arkansas killers say they are too unwell to be executed as death chamber deadline draws near

Jack Jones and Marcel Williams are set to die in what would be the second and third executions in Arkansas this month. The state set an aggressive plan to execute several inmates before one of its lethal injection drugs expires at the end of April. The last state to put more than one inmate to death on the same day was Texas, which executed two killers in August 2000. RelatedAfter the setback in a lower court, both inmates on Sunday asked the appeals court to halt their executions based on their poor health. Lawyers for Jones say he suffers from diabetes and is on insulin, has high blood pressure, neuropathy and had one leg amputated below the knee.

April 24, 2017 15:33 UTC

NDP pharmacare plan would start with 125 most common drugs

A first-ever provincial Pharmacare plan would be in place by 2020 and initially cover 125 “essential” drugs, the Ontario NDP said Monday in releasing more details on its election platform. The NDP said if elected, it would spend $475 million a year on the program, a cost Horwath noted is one-third of one per cent of the province’s total budget. “No one should have to rack up credit card bills to get the medicine they need,” said Horwath. “No one should end up in an already-overcrowded hospital because they couldn’t afford to take the medicine they were prescribed. That’s why I’m committed to creating Ontario’s first universal Pharmacare program.”

April 24, 2017 15:27 UTC

John Oliver explains why Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are not ‘moderating influences’

On this weekend’s episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver dedicated the entire episode to Ivanka Trump (the U.S. president’s daughter and chief advisor) and her husband, Jared Kushner, in a scathing and lengthy rant about just how much influence the couple actually have on Donald Trump. “Basically, if Trump is thinking about pressing a button labeled ‘Nuke Earth,’ they will, on behalf of all of us, guide his hand toward the button labeled, ‘Hey… maybe don’t,’” said Oliver. “They’re like America’s William and Kate, except in this case, both of them are attractive.”Except, how do we know Ivanka often disagrees with her father? We don’t, explained, Oliver, who added, “The assumption that many of us has, that she disagrees with him, isn’t actually based on much. Oliver commented, “Well that’s convenient, so we should just give her credit when good stuff happens, and then blame others when bad stuff happens.

April 24, 2017 15:11 UTC

How on earth are Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez dating? He texted and asked her out

But on Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show on Monday, Lopez opened up and not only confirmed the two are dating, but explained how they started. “Afterwards I went outside, but for some reason I felt like tapping him on the shoulder and said, ‘Hi. '”Naturally, the former New York Yankee recognized her and the two discussed living in L.A., where Rodriguez recently relocated. He also already happened to have her number, as they’d (platonically) met years before, and texted her later for a date. Related“I don’t remember what we had for dinner, but we had a nice dinner,” she said.

April 24, 2017 15:07 UTC

Canada’s next basketball prodigy: Meet Elijah Fisher, the top-ranked seventh grader in North America

Elijah Fisher is hard to miss among a steady stream of uniform-clad students at Crestwood Preparatory College in north Toronto. But his age hasn’t stopped him from attracting the attention of basketball scouting organizations, prominent coaches, and scouting services, which consider him the top-ranked player in North America for the graduating high school class of 2023. In addition to playing for Crestwood’s under-14 team, Fisher played for the school’s under-18 high school team this winter. Canada Basketball assesses players such as Fisher before grouping them among the country’s 20 best players once they reach Grades 9 and 10. I don’t have to go to prep school in the States, I can stay here and get it all right here,’” Russell says.

April 24, 2017 15:00 UTC

KFC introduces its latest Colonel Sanders for its new ‘finger-licking’ ad campaign — Rob Lowe

As an actor known for skipping from one television series to another, Rob Lowe may have found the perfect endorsement gig: KFC’s Colonel Sanders. I thought this would be a nice homage to both Colonel Sanders and to my grandfather.”He follows in the recent footsteps of Vincent Kartheiser, Billy Zane, Jim Gaffigan, Norm Macdonald, George Hamilton and Darrell Hammond. “The time has come to explore beyond our known horizons, to push KFC’s spicy chicken to new heights,” Lowe declares in the commercial. “We will lick our fingers. We will lick our fingers good!”We certainly will.

April 24, 2017 15:00 UTC

‘I’m just getting started’: Calgary Flames’ Sam Bennett is determined to build on playoff positives after first-round sweep

“I think I’m just getting started,” said Calgary Flames centre Sam Bennett after Friday’s medicals, exit meetings and locker cleanout at the Saddledome. “I don’t think it’s any secret it was a frustrating year for me,” Bennett admitted, not sugar-coating his sophomore slump. “I think this past season was his best year,” Bennett said of Backlund, the faceoff man for Calgary’s 3M Line. “He had an up-and-down year, but what I like is that in playoff time, (Bennett) was one of our best players,” Backlund said. “You get people from the outside and all of that but the core group that’s here, that’s where the growth comes from.

April 24, 2017 15:00 UTC

Wynne spells out priorities: trade, technology, and Trump

( Christopher Katsarov / THE CANADIAN PRESS )Trump, trade, and technology. Premier Kathleen Wynne has signalled those three priorities for her government in the homestretch to next year’s provincial campaign. In a major speech on Monday in Hamilton — where she launched a basic income pilot project to help low-income Ontarians — Wynne indicated she will keep the pedal to the metal through the June 7, 2018 election. Premier Kathleen Wynne says a planned foreign buyer tax is targeting real estate speculators in Toronto and the surrounding area. “Then there is the role of trade and — let’s face it — the question mark that is the Trump presidency,” the premier said.

April 24, 2017 14:48 UTC

Celine Dion says she will grieve husband ‘for the rest of my life,’ sleeps with twin sons every night for comfort

In a new interview with The Sun,Céline Dion says that since the passing of her husband, René Angélil, in January 2016, she has found comfort in her six-year-old twin sons, Eddy and Nelson. “So I got myself a huge, huge, huge bed and I sleep with my twins. “I’m sounding pretentious but if I don’t show them the way, they will question it. “I am definitely in love with [René], married to him. And it’s always with him.”Angélil and Dion were married for 22 years, and also share 16-year-old son René-Charles.

April 24, 2017 14:48 UTC

North Korea says it’s ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier with a ‘single strike’ to demonstrate military might

The U.S. government has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area. North Korea remained defiant. U.S. CITIZEN DETAINEDAdding to the tensions, North Korea detained a Korean-American man in his 50s, bringing the total number of U.S. citizens held by Pyongyang to three. Japan’s show of naval force reflects growing concern that North Korea could strike it with nuclear or chemical warheads. Some Japanese ruling party lawmakers are urging Abe to acquire strike weapons that could hit North Korean missile forces before any imminent attack.

April 24, 2017 14:48 UTC

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn were interrupted by a police officer while having sex on their first date

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn may be one of the most beloved and longest lasting Hollywood couples around — knock on wood — and they might just have the best first date story as well. The now 66-year-old explained, “I said, ‘You know, if we have to dance in this, you’re a professional dancer. “We eventually found our way upstairs, looking around at imaginary furniture and we were in the imaginary bedroom, now, and we are realistically having sex. I can’t believe it was such a long time ago.”RelatedRecently, Hawn explained why the pair never married, saying, “I would have been long divorced if I’d been married. Kurt chose to stay, and we like the choice.”Over three decades later, the couple are still going strong.

April 24, 2017 14:48 UTC

Perlis Mufti apologises for controversial poem posted on Facebook - Nation

PETALING JAYA: Perlis Mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin (pic) has apologised to the local Hindu community over a controversial “cow worship” poem posted on his Facebook page. Dr Mohd Asri, popularly known as Dr Maza, reiterated his prior explanation that the poem was intended for the Indian government run by Narendra Modi. Dr Mohd Asri said he is committed to upholding justice among people regardless of racial or religious borders as it is one of the highest principles in Islam. On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed that Dr Zakir had been granted permanent resident status in Malaysia five years ago. On Saturday, Hindu non-governmental organisations and activists lodged police reports against Dr Mohd Asri over the poem.

April 24, 2017 14:42 UTC

‘This game has helped me become whole’: An excerpt from Baseball Life Advice by Stacey May Fowles

The below excerpt from the recently released essay collection Baseball Life Advice (McClelland and Stewart, $24.95) focuses on these ideas. If you follow baseball closely enough, you’ll know that this tiny inch-or-so-wide image means there’s a runner on third. Since I started viewing this game as a metaphor for how to live a better life, I see this phenomenon both on the field and in my day-to-day. At some point in my life, I decided that baseball was the one place where I would try to be optimistic despite myself. Excerpted from Baseball Life Advice by Stacey May Fowles.

April 24, 2017 14:37 UTC

Breakthrough for Le Pen — the formerly fringe right-wing candidate has become a major contender

After her breakthrough result Sunday in the first round of France’s presidential elections, Le Pen will put that view to the test. After the 2002 loss, the younger Le Pen vowed to transform the movement into a force that could actually win elections. They say they no longer talk — although the elder Le Pen is still financing his daughter’s bid. Le Pen has vowed to erect border barriers and bar immigration both from inside and outside Europe. Trump’s main failing so far, Le Pen said this month, is that he is turning into a conventional politician, and not upholding his more extreme campaign promises.

April 24, 2017 14:37 UTC

Chris Selley: If driving is a privilege, why is it so hard to revoke?

Indeed, some of the judgments against “careless drivers” seem almost bespoke-tailored to offend the public. A $2,000 fine and a two-year driving prohibition — the maximum non-custodial penalty — for killing a six-year-old properly using a Toronto crosswalk. Whatever happened to “driving is a privilege, not a right?”The consequences of Highway Traffic Act offences are rarely taken into account at sentencing. The driver, Michael Duggan, had five convictions for driving with a suspended licence, four for driving uninsured, and a criminal record to boot. The maximum jail sentence would be two years, up from six months.

April 24, 2017 14:26 UTC

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