Russian capsule carrying robot fails to dock at space station

In this photo distributed by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service, a Soyuz capsule carrying a humanoid robot is launched on Thursday by a new Soyuz 2.1a rocket at Russia’s space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. (Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service via AP) A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a humanoid robot failed to dock as planned with the International Space Station (ISS) ...

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Better Business Bureau posts consumer alert for FlightHub, JustFly due to pattern of complaints

Adrian Dywan of Niagara Falls, Ont., got his money back plus gift certificates from FlightHub after CBC News contacted the online travel agency about the invalid ticket he purchased on the site. (Submitted by Adrian Dywan) Following a CBC News story about two customer complaints involving FlightHub, several readers wrote in detailing their gripes with the online travel agency.  “I fear I’ll never ...

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Heat stress that killed thousands of salmon in Alaska is a sign of things to come, scientist warns

Wolf tracks leading up to a salmon carcass. Peter Westley of the University of Alaska Fairbanks says the animals probably walked up to the fish to smell it then left it without touching it. (Submitted by Peter Westley) Scientists believe heat stress killed thousands of salmon in an Alaskan river last month.  From July 7 to 11, communities along the Koyukuk River ...

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State Tax Breaks Rewarded Companies Connected to One Powerful Man. The Governor Just Killed Them — for Now.

Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday vetoed legislation that would have extended the state’s controversial tax break law, and he recommended ...

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Billy Talent criticizes Lisa MacLeod over photo they say 'misrepresents' their meeting

Billy Talent drummer Aaron Soluwoniuk, lead singer Ben Kowalewicz and guitarist Ian D’Sa at CBC in Toronto. (Vivian Rashotte/CBC) Canadian band Billy Talent is distancing itself from Ontario’s tourism, culture and sport minister after she posted a photo the band says “misrepresents” a meeting they had.  Lisa MacLeod tweeted a photo — that appears to have since been deleted — ...

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Special prosecutor named to look into Jussie Smollett case

Cook County Judge Michael Toomin’s appointment of former U.S. attorney Dan Webb raises the possibility that the special prosecutor could bring new charges against the former Empire actor. Jussie Smollett, who is black and gay, maintains that the January attack was real and wasn’t staged. (Paul Beaty/The Associated Press) A Chicago judge on Friday named a special prosecutor to look ...

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Ontario shipyard accuses federal government of unfairly stacking deck in Davie's favour

The Tadoussac in drydock at Heddle Marine Service’s Thunder Bay shipyard. Heddle says it is being unfairly disqualified from the federal government’s multibillion-dollar shipbuilding program. (Heddle Marine Service) An Ontario shipyard is accusing the federal government of trying to unfairly award Quebec’s Chantier Davie shipyard potentially billions of dollars in work without a competition. The allegation is contained in a ...

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Halifax woman plans unforgettable gift for her husband to find after her death

Randy Tresidder and his wife Shelly Sarwal. Sarwal received a medically assisted death a year ago at the age of 48. (YouTube) Of course, he knew his wife was extraordinarily thoughtful, loving and kind. And he knew she was super organized — so much so that she planned and attended her own funeral so she could “enjoy the shindig,” according to her obituary. But ...

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Ebola virus has killed nearly 2,000 people in Congo

Residents march to raise awareness about Ebola, in the city of Goma, in eastern Congo on Thursday. (Justin Kabumba/Associated Press) Ebola appears to be under control in the city of Goma in Congo but it has flared in other parts of the country, where aid workers are combating insecurity and disinformation on social media, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The latest infections ...

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Montreal researcher leads nationwide effort to take on myalgic encephalomyelitis

Dr. Alain Moreau says more research is needed to better understand and treat Myalgic encephalomyelitis — a disease that brings lives to a halt, destroys careers and stifles dreams. (Isaac Olson/CBC) Christiane Garcia’s life came to a screeching halt more than three decades ago and hasn’t been the same since. “My life changed completely,” she said, recalling the moment myalgic encephalomyelitis ...

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