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Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 officially declared an accident

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Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday officially declared the crash of Flight 370 an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims.


 

Collapsed scaffolding kills worker on Martin Scorcese movie set

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A worker has died in an accident at a Taiwan film lot during preparations for the shooting of a new Martin Scorsese movie.

Israel, Hezbollah signal their flare-up is over

A burnt vehicle is seen near the village of Ghajar on Israel's border with LebanonBy Dan Williams and Laila Bassam JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israel and Hezbollah signaled on Thursday their rare flare-up in fighting across the Israel-Lebanon border was over, after the Lebanese guerrillas killed two Israeli troops in retaliation for a deadly air strike in Syria last week. Israel said it had received a message from UNIFIL, the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon, that Hezbollah was not interested in further escalation. In Beirut, a Lebanese source briefed on the situation told Reuters that Israel informed Hezbollah via UNIFIL "that it will make do with what happened yesterday and it does not want the battle to expand".


TDSB report: 1 in 5 schools could close

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A new report from the Toronto District School Board shows one in five of its schools could be at risk of closure due to falling enrolment.

Japan, Jordan face sunset deadline in latest purported threat from Islamic State group

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, arrives at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Japan was studying the latest message purportedly from the Islamic State group, which extends the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly Thursday to try to free a Japanese journalist held by the militant group. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)A sunset deadline was approaching Thursday in the Middle East for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner or face the death of a captured Jordanian air force pilot, according to the latest threat purportedly issued by the Islamic State group. The audio message, read in English by a voice the Japanese government said was likely that of another hostage, Kenji Goto, was released online late Wednesday after Jordan offered to hand over the al-Qaida-linked would-be suicide bomber to the Islamic State group in exchange for Jordanian air force pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh. The recording says Jordan must present Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman convicted of involvement in deadly Amman hotel bombings in 2005, at the Turkish border by sunset Thursday, in exchange for Goto's life or the pilot would be killed. In Tokyo, government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Thursday the government was in close communications with the Jordan government.


'The Thorn Birds' author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77 after long illness

FILE - In this March 1, 1977 file photo, Australian author Colleen McCullough laughs during a news conference in New York. Best-selling author McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. McCullough died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 in hospital on remote Norfolk Island, HarperCollins Australia publishing director Shona Martyn said in a statement. (AP Photo/File)Bestselling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. McCullough died Thursday in a hospital on remote Norfolk Island, HarperCollins Australia publishing director Shona Martyn said in a statement. McCullough had continued producing books despite a string of health and eyesight problems by using dictation, Martyn said. "Ever quick-witted and direct, we looked forward to her visits from Norfolk Island and the arrival of each new manuscript delivered in hard copy in custom-made maroon manuscript boxes inscribed with her name," Martyn said.


Worker dies in accident on Taiwanese film lot being prepared for Scorsese movie

TAIPEI, Taiwan - A worker has died in an accident at a Taiwanese film lot during preparations for the shooting of a new Martin Scorsese movie.

Teens who misperceive weight might become obese adults: Study

Teens who misperceive weight might become obese adults: Study

Snow on the way for Thursday, Toronto & GTA under special weather statement

680News meteorologist Jill Taylor forecasts five to eight centimetres of snow.

John Baird, Rob Nicholson to take Iraq mission questions at committee

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The swirl of confusion over the nature and scope of Canada's ongoing military operations in Iraq will take centre stage on the Hill as Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Defence Minister Rob Nicholson brief MPs at a special joint committee meeting.

Laser co-inventor, Nobel Prize winner Charles Townes dies at 99

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Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser, a feat that revolutionized science, medicine, telecommunications and entertainment, has died at age 99, the University of California at Berkeley reported.

Morning snow could make commute tricky

Morning snow could make commute trickyWe've faced the cold, now here comes the snow. Today's forecast is calling for Toronto to receive about five centimetres of snow today starting this morning. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Toronto and much of southern Ontario. The weather statement warns that road conditions are likely to worsen over the day.


Hijab sparks harrassment at West Island Emploi-Québec office, woman says

Hijab sparks harrassment at West Island Emploi-Québec office, woman saysCBC News Montreal has learned the province is investigating after a West Island woman says she was harassed at an Emploi-Québec office because of her hijab. Aisha Forsythe said an employment counsellor at the government office told her she had made a choice to "live in a ghetto," and that she would need to go to an "Arab country" to find work. Sorry.’" Forsythe told CBC. Forsythe has lived on Montreal’s West Island for 10 years.


Vancouver police officer charged over alleged domestic assault, unlawful confinement

An off-duty Vancouver police officer has been charged on allegations of assault and unlawful confinement in Maple Ridge, B.C. According to Vancouver Police, a woman filed a report with the Ridge Meadows RCMP on Friday, saying that she had been the victim of a domestic assault and that the man responsible was an off-duty police officer.

LeBron James dances to Kyrie Irving’s career night

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LeBron James broke out his dance moves after teammate and point guard Kyrie Irving posted a career-high 55 points against the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday.

NHL: 3 stories from Wednesday night

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A New Jersey Devils veteran sealed another loss for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who continue on their season-high losing streak, while the NHL's goal scoring race heated up thanks to Alex Ovechkin.

Serena Williams to meet Maria Sharapova in Aussie Open final

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Maria Sharapova has reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-2 in a lopsided semifinal. She'll meet Serena Williams after she beat fellow American Madison Keys in the other semifinal match.

 


Sunshine Girl

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Dannie landing Holy Mackinaw, it’s SUNshine Girl Dannie! The 5-foot-2 brunette bleeds blue and white as one of the ultimate Leafs’ fans and, yes, she has met ‘The Voice of the Leafs’ Joe Bowen — but her ultimate dream date would be with No. 42, Tyler Bozak. Jack Boland/QMI Agency

TSX drops over 1.5 pct as Fed statement stokes rate hike fears

Toronto Stock Exchange logo is seen in TorontoBy John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index dropped over 1.5 percent on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve's comments about the U.S. economic recovery signaled to investors that the central bank was likely to raise interest rates as planned later this year. The Fed said it will remain "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates, and added U.S. economic growth was on track. A further decline in oil prices amid concerns about a buildup in U.S. crude inventories hit shares of energy producers. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended down 231 points or 1.56 percent, at 14,602.88.


AGF fourth-quarter earnings, revenue miss expectations

TORONTO (Reuters) - AGF Management Ltd posted fourth-quarter earnings and revenue that missed expectations on Wednesday as the Canadian fund manager recorded a decline in income from management and advisory fees. Assets under management at AGF Management, one of Canada's largest independent fund managers, rose 2 percent to C$35.11 billion ($28.22 billion) at the end of November from C$34.44 billion a year earlier. Revenue for the quarter ended Nov. 30, 2014 fell to C$111.7 million from C$117.4 million a year earlier. Analysts, on average, expected C$114. ...

Royal Bank cuts prime rate to 2.85 per cent; other big banks follow suit

A Royal Bank of Canada logo is seen on Bay Street in the heart of the financial district in TorontoTORONTO - Canada's biggest banks have started passing on some — but not all — of the Bank of Canada's recent rate cut, lowering the interest charged to borrowers with loans and mortgages tied to the prime ...


TSX gains for fifth session as resources climb

Toronto Stock Exchange logo is seen in TorontoBy John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index extended its gains to a fifth straight session on Tuesday as weakness in the U.S. dollar helped drive up prices of commodities such as oil and gold, boosting shares of natural resource producers. Brent crude oil prices jumped nearly 2 percent, and the bullion price added more than 1 percent. The benchmark TSX index's recent string of advances comes after an unexpected interest rate cut by the Bank of Canada last week. “The U.S. market is the sole beacon of prosperity in the global equity space, and there is very little doubt that much money will be going into chasing U.S. equities,” said Elvis Picardo, strategist and vice president of research at Global Securities in Vancouver.


 
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