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Marcus Hondro

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



65-year-old German woman births 4 babies, premature but alive

A 65-year-old German woman gave birth to four babies on Tuesday in Berlin but it didn't go as hoped. The quadruplets all survived but were born premature at 26 weeks. The newborns now make Annegret Raunigk a mother of 17.

Woman runs over husband because he didn't vote, gets 3.5 years

An angry Arizona woman was sentenced Thursday for a crime committed in the days following the 2012 U.S. presidential election. What did she do? She ran her husband over in an SUV because he hadn't bothered to vote.

Omaha policewoman shot dead by 'gang member' who is also killed

A 29-year-old female police officer in Omaha, Nebraska, a member of the city's gang unit, was shot and killed by a "known gang-member" while trying to arrest him today. She leaves behind a newborn.

Tools 3.3. million years old found in Kenya, oldest on record

A discovery of 3.3-million-year-old crude stone tools in Kenya has archeologists rethinking humankind's past. Hominids (that would be us) were thought to have invented tools 2.6 million years ago so the find raises the stature of an earlier relative.

Study: Boys who smoke marijuana 4 inches shorter than non-smokers

Scientists in Pakistan who conducted a study on marijuana say the drug stunts the growth of boys who use it. Alarmingly, they say their study found that heavy users of the drug at a young age grew on average four inches shorter than non-smokers.

Prosecutor: U.S. Border Agent justified in shooting Canadian man

A Whatcom Country prosecutor ruled Tuesday that the March 19th shooting death of a Canadian man illegally entering the U.S. was justified. The man sprayed the agent with bear spray and refused to stop advancing on him, the prosecutor found.

Controversial B.C. wolf cull to continue despite reports findings

A B.C. Ministry of Environment report released through the Freedom of Information Act shows the government blames the decline of the caribou population in the province on humankind, not on wolves. However, a controversial wolf cull will continue.

Online gambling site 888 poker looking to grow even larger

Reports have it that the popular online gambling site, 888 Poker, may soon be connected to the Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment gambling site. That's because the parent company of 888 Poker is taking a run at buying up Bwin.Party.

U.S. teen shoots visiting friend dead, mistakes him for intruder

The cost of liberal gun laws in the U.S. is in the news again as another life has been lost after a gun was fired needlessly. Two teenagers in Montana were having a sleepover and decided to sneak outside and wake up a friend. One of them wound up dead.

Toronto man, 21, shot dead outside Rotona Cafe on Danforth

A 21-year-old man was shot outside the Rotana Cafe on the Danforth in Toronto early Tuesday and was pronounced dead in hospital. There were others outside the cafe and it is not yet known if the deceased man was targeted.

Addicted to your smartphone? 20 question quiz helps to find out

Researchers have discovered something many of you already know - feeling anxiety without your smartphone is a prevalent condition in our culture. Can't handle leaving it at home? Hate it when your battery runs out? Welcome to the club.

Flu-related deaths in Alberta for 2014-15 season a record 103

The 2014-15 flu season took a terrible toll in Alberta as the number of deaths reached over 100 for the first time in the province's history. Overall Canada had more flu deaths than it has had in several flu seasons.

9 dead in Texas biker battle, Waco police try to stop violence

A battle between rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas began with fists, chains, clubs and knives and ended with guns; nine of the bikers are now dead, 18 wounded. Police warned people to stay away from the scene of the violence.

Ireland may become first to legalize gay marriage by popular vote

Ireland surely is not the country many, if any, would have picked to become the first to legalize gay marriage by a popular vote. Catholic and conservative Ireland? But that is the way things could shake down as the Irish vote on Friday to do just that.

Vancouver Aquarium to long weekend boaters: Avoid killer whales

The Vancouver Aquarium issued a warning to long-weekend boaters to steer clear of the orca killer whales spotted in waters near Nanaimo. Porpoises and dolphins were also seen in coastal waters near communities.

Endangered rhinos in Nepal making comeback, army fights poachers

The last decade has been a good one for the one-horned rhinoceros in Nepal. Down to just 375 in the entire country by 2005, their numbers have been steadily climbing thanks to anti-poaching measures that involve soldiers.

Canada beats Czech Republic, advances to IIHF Championship final

Canada dominated play in the first two periods Saturday, peppering Czech goalie Ondrej Pavelec with 35 shots, and took a 2-0 into the third at the IIHF Hockey Championships. That score held up as they turned on the defense to win the semi-final match-up.

Op-Ed: Are Toronto Maple Leafs and RFA Jonathan Bernier still a fit?

The Toronto Maple Leafs have many player decisions this summer, not to mention for GM and coach, so goalie Jonathan Bernier's status may not be first on their to-do list. But he'll be a restricted free agent July 1 so a decision will have to happen soon.

Bill Cosby talks about rape allegations — but did he make sense?

Bill Cosby, still working the comedy circuit as some 30 accusations of sexual assault follow him around, has finally spoken about his situation. However, it is arguable that what he had to say was a notch shy of gibberish and makes him seem more guilty.

Monkey believed extinct alive; first photo of red colobus monkey

An African monkey that has been extinct — or thought to be extinct — since the 1970s has been found to still exist. Not only that but two explorers have taken the very first pictures of it.
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