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For a really different, rather macabre and unusual venue while traveling in Mexico, the Island of Dolls or “La Isla de las Muñecas” just cannot be beat and there is quite a tale behind the island's history too.

Boy with Cancer receives outpouring of affection, worldwide

Five-year-old Danny Nickerson wanted cards for his birthday, which is today. He got it in spades, or perhaps avalanches, as 30,000 cards and 3,000 gifts flooded in and more were coming.

Body found in South Korea identified as owner of sunken ferry

A body found in southern South Korea last month is that of the missing owner of the ferry that capsized in April, killing more than 300 and sparking a national outrage that still threatens the government in Seoul.

Op-Ed: Say what? Better communications for a healthier workplace Special

When France declared that, by law, employees would have to unplug from their workplaces at 6 p.m. every day, everyone working a 45-hour week huffed saying "Well, I wish!"

Is generation rent threatening the American dream?

Home-owning is an inalienable part of the American dream, or at least that’s what we've thought for the last 60 years. Since World War II, home ownership has formed the cornerstone of upward mobile aspiration.

Doctor at forefront of fight against Ebola contracts the disease

Virologist Sheik Umar Khan, 39, has been hailed as a National Hero by Sierra Leone's Health Minister. After working so hard to control the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in his country, the doctor has now caught the disease.

Op-Ed: Forced female genital mutilation in the United States

On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, the Obama Administration announced they would conduct a major study on female genital mutilation (FGM), assessing how many U.S. women are at risk or are victims. Currently, 130 million females live with FGM in 29 countriies.

Op-Ed: What the #sexspreadsheet and backlash tells us about society

Another month, another weird and wonderful trend to report on. This time, the item in question involves a rather different use of Microsoft Excel.

GlaxoSmithKline asks for regulatory approval of malaria vaccine

Researchers at GlaxoSmithKline believe they have finally developed an effective vaccine for Malaria. Now they need government approval to finish and deploy the latest version.

The Islands came to Toronto's Liberty Village during lunch BBQ Special

On Thursday the Lamport Stadium Parkette was alive with island flair when the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival held a community BBQ sponsored by the Liberty Village BIA from 12-2pm.

Canadian boy regains hearing after receiving brain stem implant

Auguste Majkowski can now hear sounds for the first time in his life. Three-year-old Auguste received surgery which connected an advanced form of hearing aid to his brain stem.

Ontario bill provides for seizure of cars when illegal guns found

A private member's bill introduced by Liberal MPP Mike Colle would allow police to seize vehicles and suspend the license of drivers when an illegal handgun is found inside the vehicle.

Op-Ed: Working after retirement may be the best thing for you

Retirement isn’t just about kicking back and relaxing in your sunset years anymore. Americans are living longer, and many are finding that retirement is really more about finding a second career rather than hanging up their time cards altogether.

America's new focus on a cleaner, healthier bathroom experience

Bathrooms are one of the most used rooms in the home, and while we tend to focus on renovating and updating other rooms, we tend to forget the bathroom.

Massive U.S. fruit recall underway because of Listeria risk

A number of major food retailers are being forced to recall some of their produce this week after a packing company's discovery of possible listeria contamination in several of their products.

Op-Ed: Unhappiest cities in the U.S. national study finds some oddities

The University of British Columbia has been researching that elusive thing that America’s constitution is dedicated to pursuing, and presumably catching: Happiness. Apparently happiness is now regional, rather than national.

Best choice for summertime hydration

Kids need proper hydration not only to preform and feel their best, but to stay healthy and out of danger. High heat indexes and summer sports can leave kids out of time and out of fluid. Learn what exports are saying about energy drinks and hydration.

Australian ministers launch initiative to prevent HIV

Australian ministers have declared their commitment to end new HIV infections by 2020. In June they created a pledge they call the AIDS 2014 Legacy Statement; and this week, at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, it became active.

School district agrees to end discrimination against Latinos

A school district in Louisiana has agreed to end its discrimination against Latino students as part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Justice Department.

Sterile products produced by Downing Labs recalled

U.S. FDA is alerting consumers not to use drugs marketed as sterile produced by Downing Labs LLC, also known as NuVision Pharmacy, in Dallas. This is because products may be contaminated.

Video: Nissan's 'nano-paint' guards your car from bird poop

Nissan has introduced a type of paint which causes liquids to fall off of your car. Rain, dirt and even poop slide off of your vehicle due to the protective layer this paint forms.

Ibuprofen and Oxcarbazepine tablets mislabelled

American Health Packaging (AHP) has recalled Ibuprofen tablets because they may contain individual blistered doses labeled as Oxcarbazepine tablets. This warning comes via the U.S. FDA.

Burger King and Starbucks cited in Chinese meat safety case

Husi Food is a major supplier of meat and other products for a variety of businesses. Factories belonging to the company closed due to reports of tainted meat. New allegations have also arisen that Starbucks and Burger King used this meat.

First Direct to slash ISA rates yet continues to advertise 2%

From July 1 this year, UK savers had been given the opportunity to invest up to £15,000 in tax-free savings by putting the cash into an ISA (or NISA). First Direct had some of the most competitive rates about.

Canadian Corvette buyers get schooled

General Motors of Canada is giving purchasers of the new 2014 Corvette Stingray the perfect gift — the chance to learn how to drive it properly.

$1 million prize for global water solution

The ruler of Dubai and vice president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoumhas, has offered $1 million USD to the research institute that comes up with an effective solution to the global water shortage problem.

Insurance premiums skyrocket when teens sit behind the wheel

According to a recent report issued by insuranceQuotes.com, the insurance policy premium for a married couple jumps by a national average of 79 percent when adding a teenage driver to the roster.

Op-Ed: Inflation and quality of life in North America

Financial commentators have written about the 2.4% rise in inflation that Canada recently saw. Media writers are correct worry and there is plenty of evidence for that assertion.

Heavy marijuana use affects dopamine response

People who use marijuana heavily appear to have blunted brain responses to dopamine, according to a new study. Dopamine is a chemical messenger associated with pleasant feelings, motivation and reward.

Review: Six Flags Great Adventure journeys through the cute and deranged Special

Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari in Jackson, New Jersey isn’t the biggest amusement park, but what it lacks in layout it makes up for in individuality.

Why doesn't Mackenzee Wittke age?

Mackenzee Wittke is a girl who stays young from year to year. In fact her body changes very little in any way. This case is drawing worldwide interest from scientists and the media since her condition stands out even among similar children.

Driver-less cars could be a criminal's dream

With all the talk about automated driving making roads safer, due to lessening the chances of human errors, many are overlooking the possibility that automated cars could also make our roads more dangerous, due to criminal activity.

Op-Ed: The 10 coolest movie cars you can buy

Sofa seat belts on; this week sees the release of Need For Speed on DVD. The film’s raison d’etre is to see how many ridiculously fast cars they drive (and destroy) in 132 minutes of fully-leaded action.

Wine, tradition and Matej Ivanic remembered: Bogdanusa on Hvar

The Hvar Wine Association's impressive summer continues in Svirce on an evening of wine, song, sport and remembering a hero from 1514.

Plain packaging linked to decline in Australian smoking rates

In January 2012, Australia introduced plain cigarette packaging in a bid to lower smoking rates. It was the first nation to do so.

Med records privacy breached in mystery phone call Special

A Sarnia, ON woman is asking how a medical company knew details of her surgery when they tried to persuade her to change surgeons.

Op-Ed: When kitty gets cancer: A detour of grief, a lesson for humans? Special

The unexpected detour or perhaps life-journey began over two months ago back in May. And, while most people know about cancer in some way, it is seldom ever anything this reporter considered on the list of common pet diseases.

Drug safety warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its list of drug safety warnings and errors to labels and information leaflets.

Rescued Puppy Mill pooch finally enjoys her first ever snuggle

A woman who owns a so-called "kennel" in the Boston area will likely face charges relating to owning and operating a puppy mill. But the real story here is not the woman and her puppy mill, but rather a little puppy named Noisette.

He had flowers in his hair, Oops, I mean flowers in his beard

The hottest men's fashion trend today is not what you might guess. No macho sleeveless T-shirts or "hunky-looking" pants can compete with..are you ready for this? It's the "floral beard." Man has come a long way in his quest for masculine beauty.

Op-Ed: Controversial ‘homemade food law’ in France has chefs skeptical

A new French law requires all restaurants to add the phrase "Les plats 'fait maison' sont élaborés sur place à partir de produits bruts" (Homemade dishes are made on site from raw produce) to their menus.
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