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Soaring obesity rates due to abundance of calorie-laden food

Rising obesity rates worldwide may be linked to the increasing availability of energy-dense foods within society according to a new study.

Japan to defy world opinion, set to begin whaling in Antarctic Special

Going against the tide of public opinion and an international court ruling, Japan's whaling boats will head for the Southern Ocean. A chief negotiator for whaling decisions told reporters that the country will resume whaling in Antarctica in Dec. 2015.

Prank video as terrified Paris Hilton told plane is crashing

It's not certain where an Egyptian TV show thought the humor was but they went ahead with a prank on Paris Hilton, convincing her the small plane she was in was about to crash. They even had an actor in on it thrown off the plane as it neared water.

Giant goldfish 'size of dinner plates' are becoming huge problem

You may not think a tiny goldfish could grow into a massive problem in Canadian, American and world waterways, but it can. It seems that when families no longer want Goldie they often dump the little guy into a lake, stream or other waterway.

Alzheimer's: Low memory test scores may be early sign of dementia

A new study has found low scores on memory and thinking tests may be a signal a person will develop Alzheimer's Disease. Researchers found that a signal that Alzheimer's is there may be detected up to 18 years before a diagnosis of the illness.

Humpback whale tangled in nets survives after dramatic rescue

A juvenile humpback whale in waters off Powell River in B.C. became tangled in the ropes of a prawn fisherman's nets over the weekend and almost died because of it. It was rescued in a lengthy operation by fisheries officials.

Glitch temporarily grounds all aircraft in New Zealand

Wellington - All commercial and civilian aircraft in New Zealand were temporarily grounded on Tuesday when a fault crippled the nation's air traffic control system, causing long delays and some cancellations.

A giant walking bat used to roam rainforest floors

Millions of years ago, there was a giant bat that used all of its limbs to walk around the subtropical rainforest of what is now New Zealand.

Biologist worried about lonely Beluga whale in Halifax harbour

A beluga whale living in the harbour in Halifax, Nova Scotia may be from the St. Lawrence Estuary, where belugas are endangered. A marine biologist is worried about the whale and will conduct tests to determine where it came from.

10,000 dogs, and cats, cruelly killed at dog meat fest in China

British comedian Ricky Gervais is among those appalled by the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, and he's asking for the public's support in ending it. Each year the fest kills some 10,000 dogs and almost as many cats by barbaric manners, before eating them.

Floyd Mayweather: Thurman joins list of fighters who want Money

It's no surprise there are fighters out there who want a shot at the man, Floyd "Money" Mayweather. You wanna be the best, obviously you gotta beat the best. That phrase got to be a cliche because of one reason — it's true.

Senator hopes to end whale and dolphin captivity with legislation

A Canadian senator has introduced a bill to phase out the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity. Capturing and keeping cetaceans is a practice in Canada that meets with ongoing controversy but if passed the bill may finally end that.

Baked Canada: Top court widens methods of using medical marijuana

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that medical marijuana users cannot be limited to using only dried marijuana leaves to get their medicine. The country's health minister isn't happy about it but users can now get creative with how they ingest pot.

Alzheimer's Disease: Poor sleep may be trigger for dementia

New research has found that poor sleep may be the trigger that leads to Alzheimer's Disease. The sampling size was small — 26 persons were part of the study - but the results suggest a lack of REM sleep increases a protein that leads to Alzheimer's.

Two Edmonton police officers shot, one dead, gunman dies in fire

Edmonton police officers were in tears as an eight-year veteran of the force, recruited from Manchester, U.K., was shot dead while serving a warrant. Another officer, shot in the back, survived and was taken to hospital and released.

Canadian teenager charged with the murder of a cat

A 17-year-old boy in Canada has been charged with the killing of a cat. The cat's family mistakenly allowed it to get out of their Owen Sound, Ont. home in late May and days later found it in a garbage can in a park. It had been murdered.

Cute Prince George and Princess Charlotte photo going viral

The Royal Family have released the first photos of the new royal siblings, Prince George and his new baby sister, Princess Charlotte, together. There are three photos up on the Kensington Palace twitter feed, each showing a pair as cute as buttons.

Marijuana research finds psychosis in pot-smoking teens way up

The increased risk of psychosis for pot-smoking teenagers is in the news again. As the drug gets good press with medical marijuana, and legalization in some U.S. states, it appears more teens are smoking it and for many it's leading to grave problems.

Passionate Mind: From hair stylist to web designer and dream job Special

There are no shortages of careers in our world but the trick is to find the one that challenges you, the one you are the most passionate about. It took two decades for Jeanette Duguay to do that but she managed it and now she's not looking back.

Op-Ed: On learning to control and express emotions in healthy ways

There are many events in our world for us to get emotional about and recently while undergoing trauma I recalled past reading and work I'd done on my feelings. On having more choice with regard experiencing emotions and on increasing my emotional health.
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