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A free counselling support service for Canadian kids who want someone to talk to is launching a new service that targets teenage boys. The service is anonymous and kids can get help dealing with any issue in their lives.

Pumpkin shortage in U.S. brings us pumpkins from Canada

It is difficult to imagine Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, but it is just possible that some holiday tables may be without this traditional menu item. However, help is on the way, thanks to our neighbor to the north, Canada.

Agencies collaborate for improved public health

A number of major health agencies are coming together to improve public health on the global scale. The only downside is the pubic won't get to see the outcome of the information exchange.

Binge drinking still too high with pregnant women

A U.S. based report has shown that one in 10 women aged 18-44 years consumes alcohol during pregnancy. This carries with it a range of ill-health effects for the mother and baby.

Op-Ed: Almost half of all Americans have no savings set aside

Nearly half of all Americans, 49 percent, have no money in their savings accounts or no savings account. This should come as no surprise to most people because most American families are living from paycheck to paycheck.

Walrus Talks: What should the future of transportation look like? Special

Getting people moving is a critical issue for virtually anyone living in a big city. For its latest Walrus Talks event, the magazine had plenty of transportation experts on hand, but a food security expert and even a futurist spoke too.

Lots of sex any time of month boosts female health and fertility

Two newly released studies have found that beyond enjoyment there are benefits to be gained by women who have sex often. It boosts their immune system and — good news for those trying to get pregnant — increases their fertility.

Review: 'Life-lessons' book is an easy read that made it to best-seller Special

Amid the long tally of books that emerge each year, it's always a surprise to see a little book of just over 150 pages make it to a best seller's list.

Tourists 'freak out' when glass walkway shatters in China

A section of the recently opened glass walkway at Yuntai Mountain Geological Park in Henan Province, China, cracked about 5 p.m. Monday, sending screaming tourists fleeing for their lives.

Steel wheel rims: Buyers look for unique stamp on cars and trucks

There are many reasons why car owners adorn their vehicles with OEM wheel rims and it is a business that has flourished. Like a lot of things in our culture, looks and individuality are the biggest reasons for putting OEM wheel rims on a vehicle.

$69 flights from US to EU coming soon, says CEO of Norwegian Air

The CEO of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA is hoping to sell one-way tickets to Europe for as low as $69, beginning as early as 2017.

Average ATM fees in the U.S. hit record high of $4.52

A new survey shows the cost of getting money out of ATMs that are not in the network has risen 21 percent in a five-year span.

Tom Hanks finds student ID, starts Twitter campaign to find owner

Hollywood actor Tom Hanks found a college girl's student ID in the park Tuesday and immediately launched a Twitter campaign to track her down and return it.

Lesbian couple beats hospital in court over IVF refusal

A lesbian couple in Spain has won in a lawsuit against a Madrid hospital after they were turned down for artificial insemination due to their sexual orientation.

Colorado’s largest pot grower sued over pesticide use

The U.S. marijuana industry’s first class-action lawsuit was filed on Monday, Oct. 5 against LivWell Co, one of Colorado's largest marijuana growers, claiming the company inappropriately used Eagle 20, a potent pesticide on their plants.

Australian court rules cancer gene patent invalid

An Australian cancer survivor on Wednesday triumphed in a landmark challenge against biotech companies, with the country's top court ruling they could not patent a gene linked to breast cancer.

B.C. Ferries forces Bowen passengers to wait as ship sat idle Special

An incident at Snug Cove on Bowen Island that saw dozens of foot passengers and vehicles left waiting two or more hours for a ferry has led to an apology. The delay resulted in a quarrel at the terminal between ferry workers and foot passengers.

BOO! Burger King's Whopper of a Halloween trick — Green poop

Burger King's new Halloween Whopper has been getting a lot of press this week, and not just because the bun is black. We've been told that A-1 Sauce is baked in the bun, but we weren't told our poop would turn bright green after eating the hamburger.

California governor signs controversial assisted suicide bill

California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation on Monday, allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who wish to end their own lives.

Whooping cough transmitted by siblings

A new U.S. study has found that infants are more likely to catch whooping cough from their siblings and rather than from their mothers. This could change established health practices.

Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios recalled — Not gluten-free

On Monday, General Mills announced the recall of 1.8 million boxes of Gluten-free Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios because the product may contain wheat flour.

Op-Ed: High Density housing issue has neighborhood talking Special

The subject of high density housing in the Sunset took center stage at the Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People this past summer.

Nissan creates concept car for those who don't like cars

Nissan has created a concept car for a segment of the population who care very little about cars. It's called the "Teatro for Dayz." The oddly-named concept will make its world debut later this month at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

Six special gin tried and tasted Special

Drinks tasting events provide a good way to sample different products, especially those produced by smaller distilleries or breweries. One spirit that is standing out at the moment is gin. Digital Journal visited a tasting event in St. Albans.

Baby blues: Study finds expectant Dads also subject to depression

In a study from Canada's Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, researchers found that men, too, can suffer depression prior to becoming a parent. The number of expectant fathers who experience depression are significant.

In Muslim speed dating, Malaysians seek matches made in heaven

Looking out nervously from her pink headscarf, Malaysian single Siti Aisha chats with a man she has never met, but who could become her husband following their Islamic speed-dating session.

Mexico eliminates river blindness disease

Mexico has announced that onchocerciasis (river blindness)has been eliminated within its borders. The claim has been verified by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Chicago: Over 70 heroin overdoses in 72 hours

As if it wasn't bad enough that people were shooting each other in record numbers in Chicago, now they are trying to kill each other with bad narcotics. Dozens of people were said to have overdosed on a heroin-fentanyl mix this past week alone.

Senegal produces first wine in shade of iconic baobab

The bottles boasting Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache could be from any Parisian supermarket but a closer look reveals this is wine with a difference -- nurtured in the unforgiving soil of Africa's Sahel.

Robot Taxi planning self-driving car service by 2020

There is a new challenger in the self-driving industry, and it is Robot Taxi. The company has some major plans that could shake up the industry.

One person arrested each minute for marijuana possession

Each minute, at a surprisingly high rate, someone gets arrested for marijuana possession in the U.S., according to new FBI figures.

Aspen Foods recall expanded — 561,000 pounds of chicken recalled

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, that Aspen Foods is recalling about 561,000 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products.

Colorectal screenings — Researcher calls for changes

In an editorial this week in the journal Gastroenterology, University of Pennsylvania physicians argue that the current methodology of screening older people with a history of familial colorectal cancer every five years is not justified.

Crackdown on dog meat over rabies fears in Indonesia

Activists are applauding the decision of Jakarta's governor in ordering an investigation into dog meat sales as a prerequisite to regulating the dog meat trade in the country.

Researchers find link between increased height and cancer

Researchers in Sweden analyzed the country's health and height records and found a rather startling correlation: taller people are at a higher risk of suffering from cancer.

Sugar Mountain Chondola Grand Opening — November 14, 2015 Special

Sugar Mountain spent summer 2015 busy bringing skiing in North Carolina into the modern era, installing the first Chondola in the state. Time from base to the 5300' summit will be under 5 minutes.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Valley Jazz Society is a tradition for nearly 30 years Special

The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society is pleased to announce that vocalist Tiffany Austin will be the featured artist at the annual members and sponsors event on Oct. 17 at The Woman’s Club on First Street, East.

Biggest garage sale on earth could last for years, owner warns

A house owner who opened his yard for a garage sale, mid- July this year, has warned Edmonton city council that, if they try to stop his yard sale through legal procedures, then he will fight the battle legally to receive justice.

McDonald's customers soon will place orders by computer

McDonald's restaurants are set to introduce new self-serve kiosks allowing patrons to place orders, and even customize their choices, at the push of a button.

No butts: Paris stiffens fine for smokers who throw stubs in street

Flicking your cigarette butt in a Parisian street could from Thursday net you a stiff 68 euro ($75) fine as the city cracks down on "incivility" and pollution.

Legal pot? California voters could face two initiatives in 2016

Marijuana users and supporters in California could get the opportunity to legalize using their drug of choice in November if a planned voter initiative to accomplish that makes it to the ballot.