North Korea slams Malaysian probe of airport death, but won’t name Kim Jong Nam as victim

But the publication of at least some news inside North Korea could be a sign of the country’s concern over growing international speculation that Pyongyang dispatched a hit squad to kill Kim Jong Nam. The death of Kim Jong Nam from apparent poisoning as he waited for a flight at the airport Feb. 13 has unleashed a diplomatic crisis that escalates by the day. According to the KCNA account, Malaysia initially said the man died after suffering a heart attack at the airport. But South Korea “kicked up a fuss” and plotted to have Pyongyang blamed for the killing, the report said. Authorities also have one North Korean in custody and are seeking several others, including the second secretary of North Korea’s embassy in Kuala Lumpur and an employee of North Korea’s state-owned airline, Air Koryo.

February 23, 2017 14:03 UTC

Pushing the envelope: Who will win – and who should win – at Sunday’s Academy Awards

How to choose between the neo-musical joyride that is La La Land, and an important, timely tale of race and sexuality like Moonlight? That would be La La Land. Best Score: La La Land, the only musical among the nominees, seems the natural to take the Oscar, and why not? RelatedThe rest: La La Land could potentially pick up six more awards in the technical categories, where it’s nominated for cinematography, costumes, film editing, production design, sound editing and sound design. Science-fiction may continue to be shut out of the top categories, but when it comes to making bumpy-headed aliens and seven-foot-tall droids, La La Land can’t hold a candle to the genre.

February 23, 2017 13:52 UTC

Hamilton hails 'awesome' new Mercedes - Motorsport

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton declared his new Mercedes "pretty awesome" on Thursday after lapping a blustery Silverstone circuit in the car he hopes will secure him a fourth Formula One world championship. "It felt incredible," added the Briton, who finished runner-up last season behind now-retired team mate Nico Rosberg despite winning more of the 21 races. The front tyres obviously feel huge," added the 32-year-old, who won 10 races in 2016 and starts the season with a new team mate in Finland's Valtteri Bottas. He has already said that he is not intending to play second fiddle to his team mate, however, and the pairing start on equal terms. Testing will start in Barcelona on Monday, with Bottas doing the first stint before handing over to Hamilton for the afternoon.

February 23, 2017 13:30 UTC

One day late, SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship makes good on delivery to International Space Station

SpaceX has made good on a 250-mile-high delivery at the International Space Station. Astronauts captured SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship Thursday, a day after a GPS problem prevented the capsule from coming too close. The navigation error was quickly fixed, and everything went smoothly the second time around. The Dragon — loaded with 5,500 pounds of supplies — rocketed away Sunday from NASA’s historic moon pad in Florida. Given the Dragon’s delayed arrival, the astronauts need to open it up as soon as they can to retrieve sensitive science experiments.

February 23, 2017 13:30 UTC

Jordan Peele turns his focus to directing in Get Out

Jordan Peele is "kind of done" with performing. Jordan Peele, left, is seen with actress Betty Gabriel on the set of Get Out. Daniel Kaluuya appears in a scene from the horror film Get Out, the directorial debut from comedy star and writer Jordan Peele. "The black horror movie audience is a very loyal fan base," Peele said. (Phil McCarten/Reuters)But it was also important to Peele that Get Out wasn't "just a black movie."

February 23, 2017 13:30 UTC

SUV pulled from streetcar tunnel at Queens Quay

A driver got his SUV stuck in the streetcar tracks after entering the tunnel at Queens Quay Thursday morning. A crane was brought in to lift it off the tracks. A motorist faces a $425 fine after his SUV got stuck in a streetcar tunnel leading into Queens Quay station overnight, blocking access to the station throughout the morning rush hour. The vehicle was discovered by a streetcar operator shortly before 4 a.m. The driver, who initially left the scene but later returned, “claims he was following his GPS,” said TTC spokesman Brad Ross.

February 23, 2017 13:28 UTC

Calgary police investigate suspicious death after body found in vehicle

Calgary police are investigating a suspicious death in Crescent Heights. Officers found a man dead inside a vehicle in the middle of the intersection. The driver's side door has what appears to be a bullet hole, a witness said. Police have cordoned off a one-block radius surrounding the intersection as homicide detectives and the medical examiner investigate. Anyone with information is asked to call police or contact Crime Stoppers.

February 23, 2017 13:26 UTC

Cambridge inside workers reach tentative deal with city

Cambridge and the union representing the city's inside workers have reached a tentative deal, the city said in a release Thursday morning. The workers are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, local 1882. Municipal worker solidarity on @CUPE1882 lines today w OMECC's @Annie5167—proud to stand w striking Cambridge inside workers #cupe #canlab — @CUPEOntarioDeal fair to taxpayers and staff, city saysCambridge city manager Gary Dyke said the city is "pleased" with the agreement. The city's inside workers went on strike on Feb. 17. The strike came after the city's outside workers also went on strike for just under a week before reaching an agreement with the city.

February 23, 2017 13:16 UTC

Laura Secor: The fish, the stream and the rise of theocratic Iran

The stream just flows and never goes anywhere.”The little black fish was certain that this could not be true. The tadpoles told the little black fish that they came from nobility and that they were the most beautiful creatures in the world. Undaunted, the little black fish swam on, outwitting predators and overcoming many obstacles on its way to the open sea. The little black fish would stay behind and kill the heron with a dagger made from a blade of grass. And so the little black fish tickled, and so the tiny fish leapt.

February 23, 2017 13:07 UTC

Why Manchester by the Sea could win Best Picture: Howell

Kenneth Lonergan narrates a sequence from "Manchester by the Sea" which features Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges. Lonergan wrote and directed this Oscar nominated film. Quick pitch: Haunted by tragedies old and new, a depressed handyman (Casey Affleck) reluctantly returns to the seaside town he once called home. We’re handicapping the odds on the nine Best Picture contenders for the Feb. 26 Academy Awards. Why it might not: The story might be too bleak for an Academy that seems ready to swoon for the wistful charms of La La Land.

February 23, 2017 13:03 UTC

Celebrities could help by being open about fertility: Modern Family

Erica Berman, a Toronto family therapist and fertility counsellor, says these recent celeb pregnancy announcements signal a strong possibility of assistance from reproductive technology. As women age, the probability of getting pregnant decreases every month and there is a sharper decline after the age of 35,” Wong explains. In fact, by fertility clinic standards, Wong says Amal is considered reproductively “geriatric” — an awful term if there ever was one. But it would do the average fertility patient a world of good if celebrity couples would share their struggles. “In addition, women often get shamed for putting off motherhood until later and accused of putting their careers ahead of family.

February 23, 2017 12:56 UTC

Longtime police spokesperson dies of breast cancer

Hamilton police spokesperson Catherine Martin died on Tuesday. Wallace Funeral Home)Catherine Martin, a longtime police spokesperson for Hamilton police, has died of breast cancer. Martin's obituary says that she "passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family" on Tuesday "after a hard fought 12-year battle with breast cancer." Martin also worked in Public Relations for St. Joseph's Hospital, The Realtors Association of Hamilton and Burlington, and The Hamilton Conservation Authority. Long an avid figure skater, Martin's obituary says she now "has time to relax, watch figure skating and perfect her triple salchow."

February 23, 2017 12:51 UTC

CIBC will remain patient on its acquisition of Chicago’s PrivateBancorp: CEO

CIBC will remain disciplined and patient on its efforts to buy a Chicago-based lender, CIBC’s CEO said Thursday after Canada’s fifth largest bank reported stronger than expected results. “Our U.S. strategy continues to remain intact and that is to grow our footprint in the U.S. to be able to better serve our clients, as well as to have exposure into a market that we see growth in over the long term,” Victor Dodig told analysts during a conference call Thursday. A shareholder vote that was scheduled for December was postponed after shares of PrivateBancorp rose above the value implied in the proposed deal, which was announced in June. PrivateBancorp said its shareholders needed more time to consider the transaction. Read more:Chicago-based PrivateBancorp delays shareholder vote on CIBC takeover offer

February 23, 2017 12:45 UTC

France’s Marine Le Pen refused to wear a headscarf to meet with Lebanese leaders

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen walked away from a meeting with Lebanon’s top Sunni Muslim leaders after she refused to wear a headscarf. Onlookers say Le Pen was offered a white shawl to cover her hair, which she refused. “I have no reason to,” she said, noting that she warned officials in advance that she wouldn’t wear a scarf. “They did not cancel the meeting, so I thought they would accept that I will not wear the scarf. As Harvard Professor Leila Ahmed explained in “A Quiet Revolution,” Muslim women began unveiling in the early 20th century.

February 23, 2017 12:33 UTC

Markham medical marijuana company bracing for legalization boom -

Medical marijuana manufacturer MedReleaf says growing demand has prompted the company to expand, with plans to open a new facility in Bradford, Ont., four times the size of its current plant. Markham medical marijuana company bracing for legalization boom2:24The Markham-based company is one of 38 legally licensed medical marijuana producers operating under Health Canada regulations. The company sends patients with verified documentation marijuana in the mail, offering a variety of strains targeting different symptoms. Rows of medical marijuana plants glow in the yellow lights of one of MedReleaf's multiple grow rooms. Company grows with promise of legalizationMedReleaf's expansion is partly thanks to growing demand for medical marijuana in Canada, but it's also a move to prepare the company for legalization and development of the recreational market.

February 23, 2017 12:31 UTC

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