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2 Dead After Explosion in Quebec

Posted By: David Woodard · 11/8/2012 9:48:00 PM

Two people have been killed in an explosion at an industrial plant in Quebec's Eastern Townships.

Authorities say the two victims were found in the rubble of the plant that produced health products.

The blast and fire at the plant in Sherbrooke sent 19 others to hospital, some with severe burns.

Four of the injured were transported to a burn unit in Montreal.

The bodies of the two dead people were found later in the day.

Witnesses say the blast was loud enough to hear throughout Sherbrooke and the resulting fire triggered thick black smoke.

Authorities don't know the cause of the explosion.

(The Canadian Press)

Elliot Lake Mall Owners Won't Have Their Legal Bills Paid By Taxpayers

Posted By: David Woodard · 11/8/2012 9:39:00 PM

The head of a probe into a fatal mall collapse in northern Ontario has decided the mall's owners will not get public funding to participate in the inquiry.

Commissioner Paul Belanger says Bob Nazarian and his son Levon Nazarian have not shown sufficient evidence to have Ontario taxpayers pay their legal bills.

The rules of the inquiry allow Belanger to recommend to the attorney general whether the province should pick up the tab for parties to take part in the inquiry.

The Nazarians' funding application argued they can't afford to participate since the mall was their own source of income.

They also pointed to multimillion-dollar civil suits they face over the mall collapse, which killed two women and injured several others when the roof caved in on June 23rd.

But Belanger disagreed, saying it's impossible to get an estimate of the Nazarians' finances.

Eighteen people and organizations -- including relatives ...

Former Oshawa Councillor Facing More Charges

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/8/2012 9:33:00 PM

The former Oshawa Councillor accused of kidnapping a city solicitor and getting into a 27-hour standoff with police back in mid-October is going to be facing more charges.

45-year-old Robert Lutchik is facing 20 additional charges - mostly weapons and explosive related - after Durham police searched his house.

Lutcyzk was originally facing 6 charges - including kidnapping and forcible confinement.

US Navy SEALs Punished

Posted By: David Woodard · 11/8/2012 8:47:00 PM

A senior defence official says seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to
kill Osama bin Laden, have been punished for allegedly disclosing classified information.

he official, who discussed the matter on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case, says the seven received what the military calls ``nonjudicial'' punishment on Wednesday.

They are alleged to have provided the information to the maker of a video game.

The official says four other SEALs are under investigation for similar alleged disclosures.

(The Associated Press)

Arrest Made in Poppy Box Theft

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/8/2012 5:08:00 PM

A 31 year old Toronto man has been arrested in a slew of thefts involving poppy boxes.

The first alleged theft was reported on Tuesday, at a restaurant on Eglinton Avenue West.

The second happened the next day, at a store on Oakwood Avenue.

The third alleged incident was at a restaurant on Eglinton Avenue West on Thursday.

Toronto Police officers looked over security footage and charged 31 year old Christopher Ethier with three counts of theft under, three counts of possession of property obtained by crime, and three counts of failure to comply with probation.

He was reportedly found with 282 dollars in his pockets and a nap sack filled with poppies.

He'll be in court on Friday.

York Police Looking For Help in Case of 'Branded' Dog

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/8/2012 4:29:00 PM

Police are urging the public to come forward with information after an injured dog branded with the numbers ``191'' was found in Aurora.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spokesman Brad Dewar says the male dog was emaciated and near death when discovered by a York Region police officer.

Const. Netashia McLellan says she got a call last Sunday after a homeowner found the animal, which she believes was used for hunting.

Dewar says the marks were chemically branded on both sides of the dog's body, and that the animal also suffered traumatic head injuries causing blindness in its right eye.

He says the animal spent two days under treatment and is expected to make a full recovery before being put up for adoption.

Dewar called the case ``suspicious'' but says it's not yet clear if the animal was abused.

He said it is possible that the branding ...

Twitter Password Reset? Ours Too.

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/8/2012 2:42:00 PM

Twitter says it mistakenly reset the passwords of some users as part of a routine security check-up.

Thursday's mix-up triggered warnings on technology blogs and in tweets that the online messaging service had been attacked by
computer hackers.

Twitter sought to clear up the confusion with a post on its website a few hours after it sent out emails alerting some users that their accounts had been compromised. Twitter says its security specialists had reset a larger number of passwords than they
intended.

Despite the mistake, Twitter says only a very small percentage of its more than 140 million users had their passwords affected.

One of the affected accounts was @newstalk1010, but it's once again in secure hands. 

Twitter, which is based in San Francisco, regularly resets the passwords of accounts believed to have been infiltrated by hackers
or suspicious websites.

Man Who Shot Gabrielle Giffords Sentenced to Life in Prison

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/8/2012 2:23:00 PM

The man who pleaded guilty to a deadly Arizona shooting rampage that wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
has been sentenced to life in prison.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns sentenced 24-year-old Jared Lee Loughner on Thursday for the January 2011 attack that left six
people dead and Giffords and others wounded.

Loughner pleaded guilty to federal charges under an agreement that guarantees he will spend the rest of his life in prison without
the possibility of parole.

The hearing marked the first time victims, including Giffords, could confront Loughner in court.

Her husband spoke on her behalf, saying Loughner changed his wife's life forever but couldn't dent her spirit.

Pupatello Launches Leadership Bid

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 11/8/2012 11:13:00 AM

Former cabinet minister Sandra Pupatello has officially launched her bid for the Ontario Liberal leadership.
    
She made the announcement Thursday morning, kickstarting a return to politics that many saw coming.
    
In a news conference at Toronto's Ryerson University, Pupatello said her top priority will be job creation.
    
"The reason I'm doing this is I want the opportunity to have not just the Ontario government (but) all parties, all of us talking about jobs,'' she told reporters and supporters.
    
"It's what I haven't heard much of this year and what I think we need to revert back to.''
    
The Windsor native already has a powerful ally in Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, who promised to throw his support behind his longtime friend if she joined the leadership race.
    
Premier Dalton McGuinty also had high praise for Pupatello, saying she'd bring ...

BREAKING: Charges Laid in Danzig Street Murders

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 11/8/2012 10:44:00 AM

Police have made an arrest in the Danzig Street murders.

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair and the head of the Homicide Squad, Staff Inspector Greg McLane were on hand to provide more details at a news conference on Thursday morning.

It was back on July 16th, where an outdoor barbeque went wrong outside the public housing complex in the Lawrence Ave. E. and Morningside Ave. area.

14-year-old Shyanne Charles and 23-year-old Joshua Yasay were killed when shots rang out behind the townhouse at 105 Danzing sending more than 100 people attending the barbeque fleeing for their lives.

23 others including a toddler were injured in the shooting that police later said was a shootout between rival gangs in the area.

Chief Blair called it the worst mass shooting in the city.

Shaquan 'Bam Bam' Mesquito, 18, who was one of two people charged earlier in the investigation is now facing ...

Nor'easter Batters U.S. East Coast

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/8/2012 6:05:00 AM

A nor'easter blustered into New York and New Jersey on Wednesday with rain and wet snow, plunging homes right back into darkness, stopping commuter trains again and inflicting another round of misery on thousands of people still reeling from Superstorm Sandy's blow more than a week ago.

Under ordinary circumstances, a storm of this sort wouldn't be a big deal, but large swaths of the landscape were still an open wound, with the electrical system highly fragile and many of Sandy's victims still mucking out their homes and cars and shivering in the deepening cold.

Exactly as authorities feared, the nor'easter brought down tree limbs and electrical wires, and utilities in New York and New Jersey reported that nearly 60,000 customers who lost power because of Sandy lost it all over again as a result of the nor'easter.

Mark L. Fendrick, of Staten Island, tweeted Wednesday night: "My son had ...

Canadians to Spend More Money On Holiday Gifts This Year

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/8/2012 5:42:00 AM

A BMO holiday outlook suggests Canadians' spending spirits have improved this season, with the bank projecting an average 15 per cent jump in holiday spending over last Christmas.

The Bank of Montreal's 2012 Holiday Spending Outlook finds that survey respondents plan to spend an average of $1,610 this holiday season, up from $1,397 in 2011.

Shoppers surveyed say they plan to shell out an average of $674 for gifts this year, compared to an average of $583 last year.

The top reasons for spending more are having more people to shop for and being better off financially. Spending on trips is also projected to increase, while amounts allocated for entertaining were expected to fall from a year ago.

Nearly half of respondents say they'll set a loose budget, while three-in-ten say they plan on sticking to a firm budget.

Other analysts weighing in on holiday spending this year also believe ...

Woman Dies From Injuries Sustained in House Fire

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/8/2012 5:33:00 AM

NewsTalk 1010 told you about a 2-alarm house fire in Scarborough that sent five people to hospital Tuesday morning.

A 56 year old woman and grandmother has since died from her injuries.

It took almost 40 firefighters to knock down the fire at 117 Canlish Road, near Lawrence and Birchmount. A mother and her 22-month old boy were among those taken to hospital.

There's still no word on what caused the blaze, but the Ontario Fire Marshall's office is investigating.

UPDATE: More Ontario Liberals to Vie for Party Leadership

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/8/2012 6:14:00 AM

Add a couple new names to the Liberal leadership candidate list and strike one potential candidate off.

A few prominent Liberals have spoken out by speech, news release and their friends via Twitter.

In a speech Wednesday morning, Health Minister Deb Matthews announced she decided she won't be going after the party's leadership, underlining there are a lot of healthcare initiatives she wants to see through.

Matthews tells Newstalk 1010 she wanted to stay where she could make a difference, underlining she thinks there shoudn't be a change o leadership when it comes to health right now.

Sandra Pupatello, a former Education and Economic Development Minister, is holding an event on Thursday in Toronto. Her good Friend Finance Minister Dwight Duncan tweeted last night " It will be fun watching Hudak concede to Sandra and Harper concede to Justin at the next general elections. " He was referring to Pupatello ...

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