Rare rat virus infects 8 people in U.S.

Eight people who worked at several rat-breeding facilities in Illinois and Wisconsin have been infected with a virus not commonly found in the United States, federal health officials said Friday. This is the first known outbreak of Seoul virus associated with pet rats in the United States, although there have been several outbreaks in wild rats, according to the U.S. ...

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Science ‘Trumped’ by belief: Bob McDonald

Donald Trump has stated clearly that he believes climate change is a hoax and that vaccines cause autism, two topics that have been clearly proven by science to be untrue. Now, he has a team of players that are carrying these beliefs to other levels of government. Science is one of the few institutions remaining that seeks the truth. It ...

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Jackie Evancho, Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform at inauguration, but A-listers gather at unofficial events

The new president called out “Great job, Jackie!” after 16-year-old Jackie Evancho delivered a soft-voiced rendition of the national anthem at Friday’s swearing-in ceremony. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang America the Beautiful, and the Missouri State University Chorale sang Now We Belong, in a ceremony that featured decidedly less star power than in 2013. At President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, Beyoncé sang ...

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Fed up with combative Gaétan Barrette, medical specialists want new bargaining partner

When it comes to the delicate art of negotiating, Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette often resembles a bull in a china shop. Currently in talks with Ottawa for a new health accord, Barrette has accused the federal government of holding Quebecers “hostage” and has threatened to walk away from the bargaining table. He regularly calls out his federal counterpart, Jane Philpott, on Twitter.  ...

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Trudeau congratulates Trump, citing close economic and security ties

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is congratulating Donald Trump on becoming the 45th U.S. president — and reminding him of Canada’s historically close ties with its southern superpower neighbour. “Canada and the United States have built one of the closest relationships between any two countries in the world. This enduring partnership is essential to our shared prosperity and security,” Trudeau said ...

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Trump makes cyberwarfare an official priority for new White House

US President Donald Trump will make cyberwarfare a “priority” in the fight against ISIS and other terrorist organizations, the new administration revealed on Friday. The White House website was updated shortly after President Trump’s inauguration — offering little insight into the government’s plans, but the clearest official indication yet that the government is actively engaged in digital attacks.  For example, under the section ...

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Al Gore stays mum on Trump meeting, says ‘it’s not the last’

Former Vice President Al Gore said that while he wouldn’t divulge specifics about his December conversation with Donald Trump, it wasn’t “the last conversation.” Speaking to a packed auditorium in Park City following the premiere of the climate change documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which kicked off the 33rd Sundance Film Festival Thursday, Gore said that he’s seen a ...

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E-book publishers and Apple reach new deal with Competition Bureau over pricing

Three major book publishers have signed a deal with Canada’s Competition Bureau that will allow retailers to sell those publishers’ e-books at whatever price they want — something they couldn’t do before. Holtzbrinck (which operates under the Macmillan brand name)  along with Simon & Schuster and Hachette​ have come to an agreement that could allow electronic book sellers such as Apple and Kobo to set the prices of books ...

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Found photo likely Frédéric Chopin, says Polish cultural group

Poland’s culture institute in France says it believes a previously unknown photograph of Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin has probably been found by private researchers. If so, it would be only the second confirmed photographic image of him. According to Kohler, the originating daguerreotype was made around 1847 by Paris-based artist Louis-Auguste Bisson, who took the only confirmed photo ...

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‘This has not been an easy journey’: Saskatoon woman welcomes review into sterilization

A Saskatoon woman who says she was sterilized against her will is welcoming the launch of an external review of the Saskatoon Health Region’s tubal ligation policies. ‘The effects it’s had on my body alone has been devastating.’ – ​Melika Popp ​Melika Popp told CBC News in December 2015 she was pressured into the sterilization procedure by staff at the Royal University ...

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