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Marcus Hondro

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

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North Korea wants a joint Sony hacking probe, threatens U.S.

North Korea issued a statement Saturday demanding a joint probe with the U.S. over the Sony hacking scandal. The statement claimed the country's innocence and threatened reprisals if the U.S. refuses to investigate the hacking with them.

Man arrested in violent robbery of 101-year-old D-Day veteran

A 59-year-old Ottawa man has been arrested in connection with the home invasion of a 101-year-old Canadian army veteran. The man's photo from a surveillance camera had been broadcast by media and a tip lead police to find him.

Op-Ed: Is the 97-year-old Zsa Zsa Gabor finally on her final death bed?

Former actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor has been tragically ill for years and had many hospital stays, including one to remove a leg. She's been reported to be ready for death but she's still alive.

Australian mother arrested for murder of 8 children, 7 her own

The mother of seven of the eight children found murdered in a home in Manoora, a suburb of Cairns, has been arrested in their murder, and the murder of her young niece. There seems to be no motive in this crime.

Op-Ed: Special interview with Santa Claus on Vancouver's Grouse Mountain

I went to a Vancouver mall to try and get an interview with Santa Claus the other day but there were too many bleeping kids about for us to talk. He said he was hiking back to his sleigh on Grouse Mountain and then kindly invited me to join him.

New York police repeatedly punch black youth, caught on video

Upon the heels of the New York grand jury failing to indict a white officer in the death of black Eric Garner comes, again caught on video, another incident where a white officer is aggressive to a black suspect. No death, but a flurry of punches.

Manny Pacquiao tweets Floyd Mayweather that time to fight is now

Floyd Mayweather has made statements urging Manny Pacquiao to agree to fight him and now Manny Pacquiao is making statements urging Floyd Mayweather to fight him. Is boxing's richest fight finally going to happen?

Toronto police shoot man cutting himself with knife

Toronto police shot a man who wielded a knife in the loading dock area of a Walmart in the Agincourt Mall Thursday afternoon. As many as three shots were fired and the Toronto Star reported that the man was hit twice in the abdomen.

Native chief demands firing of teacher for racist Facebook posts

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is calling for the firing of a Winnipeg teacher alleged to have posted racist messages on his Facebook page. He said such a person being in a position of influence with students is "appalling."

8 kids found stabbed in Australian home, suspect Mom talks to God

Another tragedy in Australia as on Friday morning eight children in a home were found dead and a woman was alive but had stab wounds to her chest. Some reports say all were stabbed. The police said there is no concern beyond it being a horrific tragedy.

WW II vet, 101, robbed, beat in Ottawa, police seek man in photo

A Canadian World War II veteran who fought on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, was robbed and beaten up in his own condo on Thursday. The vet had recently been back to Normandy and spent time there with Prime Minister Harper and his wife.

Boko Haram attacks Nigerian village, kill men, kidnap 185

Islamist militants attacked a small village in Nigeria called Gumsuri last Sunday, the government said Thursday. The militants killed 35 people in the village, mostly men, and kidnapped another 185, most of those girls and woman.

Mom charged in death of daughter Teagan Batstone back in court

Lisa Batstone, the mother charged with second-degree murder in the death of her own daughter, made an appearance in a Surrey court today. She's charged with taking the life of Teagan Batstone, 8, last week. Police have not revealed how the girl died.

AHL goalie allows 3 goals on 3 shots in first 36 seconds

It's surely the most forgettable performance of goalie Andrew Hammond's career - at any level. But try as he might Hammond won't be able to forget allowing 3 goals on 3 shots just 36 seconds from the start of a game.

Floyd Mayweather says if he were white he'd be a billiionaire

Whether Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the richest boxer in the world - ever, or is even one of the richest athletes, he's of the opinion that if his skin was white he'd be a whole lot richer. In fact he believes he'd be a "multi-billionaire."

Beatle Paul McCartney: John Lennon killer the 'jerk of all jerks'

The former Beatle Paul McCartney was on a British talk show last week and let the world know, in no uncertain terms, what he thinks of the man who shot his bandmate and friend John Lennon. He said the crazed shooter was the "jerk of all jerks."

Delta police officer charged in 2012 shooting in court today

The police in Delta issued wristbands to show support for Const. Jordan MacWilliams, charged in October for a shooting death that occurred while he was on-duty and on a call. He is making his first appearance in court in New Westminster today.

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame writing new songs, seeks new band

In an interview with the U.K.'s biggest music magazine Jimmy Page said this week that he's not just about remastering old Led Zeppelin material, as he did in a project just completed. He is also, he said, still moving forward musically.

Mayweather dealing with murder-suicide, prepares for Pacquiao

The father of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr., once a pro boxer himself, said that he's spoken with his son since the murder-suicide of Earl Hayes and Stephanie Moseley. He said his son is dealing with it as best he can.

U.S. investigators: North Korea responsible for Sony Picture hack

U.S. federal investigators have claimed they've made a connection between the North Korean government and the hacking of Sony Pictures. They may, sources say, go public with their accusations in the near future.
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