February 1st, 2015

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ICAO holds high-level safety meeting on tracking of aircraft and flights over conflict zones

MONTREAL – The International Civil Aviation Organization will hold a high-level safety meeting this week to look at the global tracking of commercial aircraft and flights over conflict zones. More than 800 participants are expected to attend the four-day international gathering at ICAO’s Montreal headquarters. The United States, Australia, the Netherlands and Malaysia are sending ... Read More »

‘American Sniper’ shoots down Super Bowl weekend box-office record with $31.9 million

NEW YORK, N.Y. – “American Sniper” has shot down another box-office record: Its $31.9 million is the biggest Super Bowl weekend gross ever. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Clint Eastwood film narrowly surpassed the previous top Super Bowl weekend draw. The concert film “Hanna Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour” earned ... Read More »

Djokovic makes it 5 from 5 in Australian Open finals, delivers another knockout to Murray

MELBOURNE, Australia – This was one occasion where Novak Djokovic couldn’t really empathize with Andy Murray, his long-time friend. As he prepared to receive the trophy for the Australian Open winner for a fifth time in five trips to the final at Melbourne Park, Djokovic turned to Murray late Sunday and offered his congratulations on ... Read More »

Australian Al-Jazeera reporter Greste deported, Fahmy and Mohamed still jailed

CAIRO – Al-Jazeera English reporter Peter Greste left Egypt on Sunday after the president approved his deportation, but there’s no word on jailed colleagues Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed. Greste was released after more than a year behind bars in a case that was widely condemned by rights groups. A Cairo airport official ... Read More »

Canada’s Cam Levins stars at Amory Invitational track meet with double victory

NEW YORK, N.Y. – His near-record mile alone would have made for a notable night, but Cam Levins wanted to go one better. The distance runner from Black Creek, B.C., won the mile at the Armory Track Invitational on Saturday night, posting a world-leading time for this season that was just shy of the Canadian ... Read More »

Steven Tyler, Charli XCX headline Rolling Stone party on Super Bowl eve

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler charged up a frenzied crowd on the eve of the Super Bowl that features his beloved New England Patriots. Tyler played fan favourites “Dream On,” ”Sweet Emotion” and “Cryin”’at the Rolling Stone party in front of an audience that sang along in unison for most of the songs. ... Read More »

Egypt: Australian Al-Jazeera reporter leaves country after release from prison

CAIRO – Al-Jazeera English reporter Peter Greste left Egypt on Sunday on a flight to Cyprus after being released from prison, following an apparent approval of the Australian journalist’s deportation from the country’s president, officials said. A Cairo airport official said Greste is on an EgyptAir flight to Larnaca, Cyprus that took off shortly after ... Read More »

Bomb on bus kills at least 7 Lebanese tourists in heart of Syrian capital Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria – A bomb placed on a bus ferrying Lebanese pilgrims around Shiite holy sites in Damascus exploded Sunday, killing at least seven people, according to Syrian activists and Lebanese media. The bombing underscored the sectarian nature of Syria’s four-year war, and how neighbouring Lebanon has become ensnared in the complex conflict. The attack ... Read More »

Hedgehogs preceded groundhogs as forecasters and other facts on Groundhog Day

From out of the shadows, a few facts about Groundhog Day: LIGHTING CANDLES AND LOOKING FOR SPRING: Groundhog Day has its roots in the medieval European tradition of Candlemas. On a day in early February, people would light candles to brighten up a dark season and watch the weather to see whether or not spring ... Read More »

Roots of Groundhog Day: It casts a shadow back to medieval Europe

TORONTO – What do a European Christian tradition, a 19th century American immigration pattern, and a cinema cult classic have in common? They’ve all helped turn groundhogs into North America’s most popular weather prognosticators. Each Feb. 2, crowds gather to watch Ontario’s Wiarton Willie, Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil and other furry forecasters take a shot at ... Read More »