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Marcus Hondro

Digital Journalist based in Vancouver, B.C, Canada, Canada. Joined on Dec 14, 2011



Birth of Royal Baby: Kate Middleton gives birth to a baby girl

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, gave birth to a royal baby girl at 8:34 a.m. in London. For parents William and Kate it is a second child, joining 22-month-old Prince George; her name has yet to be made public.

Test developed that predicts cancer 13 years in advance of onset

A joint Northwestern University and Harvard research team has found a method of cancer screening it says can predict 13 years in advance if you'll get the disease. Future testing will determine cancer with certainty, the group believes.

Filipinos warned to save power for Pacquiao v. Mayweather fight

There have been power outages in the Philippines of late and due to concern they could occur during Manny Pacquiao's fight with Floyd Mayweather on Saturday, a special plea has been issued. People, and businesses, are being asked to conserve.

Mayweather - Pacquiao trainers spar, superfight ready for ring

The trainers for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao did some verbal sparring at a Thursday media event in Las Vegas but the fighters themselves weren't there. They will next meet in the ring on Saturday night. Will the superfight meet expectations?

Scotland to have country's first official Nudist Camp this summer

The first official nudist camp in Scotland is set to lay bare convention in the country and let it all hang out in August. The two-day event is being hosted by Scottish branch of a group called British Naturism (BN) and is taking place in a forest.

Crappy diet: Thief in India fed bananas to expel stolen necklace

A thief in India — alleged, yes, but they've really got this guy with the goods — is being fed bananas and a special liquid diet in an effort to get him to expel a necklace. It's there on the x-rays and is making its way through his system.

Two breast cancer studies show new hope for disease's victims

Canadian and Polish researchers released a joint study in which they've found another gene that carries a link to hereditary breast cancer. A second new study has found having breastfed can help to stave off breast cancer later in life.

Op-Ed: Killers of Loretta Saunders given sentences far too light

The couple who murdered Loretta Saunders in Nova Scotia were sentenced today. You may find their sentences to be adequate - I'll soon note what they were - but no, they were too light. It's about punishment, yes, but it must also be about trust.

Chan, Sukumaran, 6 others executed; Australia withdraws ambassador

Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are dead. The two members of the so-called Bali 9 drug smuggling group were executed, along with six others, by firing squad Wednesday at 12:.35 a.m. Indonesian time, which was Tuesday at 1:35 p.m. EST.

Manatee attack! Girl's great reaction when sea cow swims near her

A manatee is a big sea cow, a slow to move, harmless marine mammal. There are lots in Florida waters in the spring as they move from freshwater into the warming ocean. A young girl in Florida meet one and had quite a time. Screaming.

Will Superfight be a super fight? Pacquiao - Mayweather set to go

Monday morning signals the beginning of fight week for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather superfight. Will it be a super fight? However it turns out, it is one of the longest-anticipated sporting events in history.

Riders bare down on convention in World Naked Bike Ride

The World Naked Bike ride just keeps getting more cheeky. The world-wide event, held at different times of the year depending on a city's weather zone - naturally, warmth is welcome - has added more cites this year, with the promise of more on the way.

Abandoned puppies found in sealed box, 100 degree Tennessee heat

A woman found a sealed cardboard box outside a Tennessee Goodwill donation site in Chattanooga and when she opened it was shocked to find 3 malnourished puppies, covered in urine with no food or water. The temperature? Over 100 degrees.

Australian man's leg bitten off in shark attack, fights for life

A 26-year-old Australian man who was surfing in Port Lincoln national park is now fighting for his life after a shark attack. His injuries, including having a leg bitten off, are life-threatening and he's been airlifted to a hospital in Adelaide.

Mindful Canuck Ryan Miller ready: 'Feels good to be in the fight'

It's hardly an adjective you often apply to athletes, at least it's not among the first that come to mind, but for Vancouver Canuck goalie Ryan Miller 'cerebral' works. That attribute was on fully display Friday when he spoke to media after practice.

4,000 dead: Death toll still rising in massive Nepal earthquake

A massive earthquake that hit 50 miles from Kathmandu, Nepal just before noon on Saturday has the country in chaos. As of now the death toll is now over 4,000, and counting.

Justin Bieber settles lawsuit with Miami paparazzi, more on way

A lawyer for Canadian singer Justin Bieber has confirmed the embattled, misbehaving pop star has come to a settlement with a Florida photographer who filed a lawsuit against him. Bieber's lawyer, Jeremiah Reynolds, did not release the details.

Woman from fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints makes shocking claims

A wife of Lyle Jeffs, the unofficial leader of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) has filed for divorce in Utah. In her petition she has also made shocking accusations against the church.

Bruce Jenner transitioning to woman but kids will call him dad

The entertainment site Radar Online revealed that reality star, and former Olympian, Bruce Jenner, in the process of transitioning from a man to a woman, will still be 'dad' to his children. He has six of them.

Scientists are now capable of de-extinction of woolly mammoth

The entire genome of the extinct woolly mammoth has now been sequenced and for the first time science has a blueprint, a step-by-step guide or manual, on how to assemble one. There are no plans to do so — yet.
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