Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault

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WATCH: In a Washington, DC courtroom this morning, singer Chris Brown pleaded guilty to an assault charge.

WASHINGTON – Chris Brown pleaded guilty on Tuesday to hitting a man outside a Washington hotel, an assault that occurred while the singer was on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna.


Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanour assault and was sentenced to time served. He spent two days in a Washington jail in this case.

The Grammy-winning singer was arrested in October. The victim told police Brown hit him after he tried to get in a picture the singer was taking with two women.

Brown had previously pleaded not guilty in the case. His trial had been set for April, but it was delayed.

At the time of his Washington arrest, Brown was on probation in a felony assault case in California for attacking his then-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna, hours before the 2009 Grammy Awards. Because Brown was still on probation, the outcome of his Washington case had potential repercussions in California. During a court hearing in May, a Los Angeles judge sentenced Brown to serve an additional 131 days in jail. He was released in June.

Brown’s attorney, Danny Onorato, argued that Brown had already been punished extensively for the assault, noting the time he spent in jail in California and four months he spent receiving inpatient counselling after his probation was revoked.

“To say that he’s been punished severely in this matter is an understatement,” Onorato said. He said Brown’s career has been on hold for nearly a year and he wanted to take responsibility for his actions so he could go back to work, including a tour in support of a new album.

Brown spoke only briefly, saying: “I would like to say to the court that I’m sorry.” He did not comment as he left court, swarmed by photographers and a handful of fans.

Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was also charged in the same Washington scuffle. He was accused of being the second person after Brown to strike Parker Adams outside the W hotel. Hollosy was convicted of misdemeanour assault in April. He has not yet been sentenced.

Brown, 24, had a squeaky clean image before his attack on Rihanna, but since then he has had several flare-ups that have been reported to authorities and noted by Los Angeles prosecutors. Brown broke a window after a 2011 TV interview in New York and was accused of snatching a woman’s cellphone in Miami after she tried to snap pictures of the singer. He was also slightly injured in a New York nightclub brawl and, earlier this year, was accused of being involved in a fistfight with Frank Ocean’s entourage over a parking spot at a West Hollywood recording studio.

He was not charged in any of the incidents, but they have tarnished his public image, even as legions of fans continue to support him. Many of Brown’s more than 13 million 广州蒲友 followers continue to come to the singer’s defence.

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Wildrose calls for Horner resignation

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WATCH ABOVE: Another cabinet minister is in hot water over the use of government aircraft. As Tom Vernon explains, the Wildrose party is calling for his resignation.

CALGARY – The Opposition Wildrose party is calling on Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner to resign and to pay the cost of flying family members on government aircraft.



  • Lukaszuk defends taking daughter on government flights

  • Alberta PC government has faced years of criticism for its aircraft fleet

    “The man in charge of making sure that the government airfleet was being used properly and within the rules is just as guilty as his cabinet colleagues in abusing the fleet,” Wildrose finance critic Rob Anderson told a news conference Tuesday.

    “In fact, he is more guilty than almost anyone of his cabinet colleagues.

    “Not only was Mr. Horner turning a blind eye to the abuses of (former) premier (Alison) Redford and other colleagues, he was actively taking part in abusing the government fleet.”

    Anderson’s comments followed a CBC report that said a review of government flight logs showed that Horner took his wife with him on government aircraft at least 23 times dating back to 2007.

    Horner was not available for comment. But his office sent out an email detailing 11 round-trip flights taken by Horner’s wife since 2007 to ceremonial events such as the funerals of former premiers Peter Lougheed and Ralph Klein.

    Horner was within the rules, said the email, noting that “the legislative assembly entitles all MLAs to claim four flights for their spouses each year, which speaks to the expectation that spouses attend events with elected officials.”

    The PC government has been under fire for almost all of 2014 over revelations of entitlement and abuse of taxpayer-funded political perks such as government planes.

    Last month, Alberta’s auditor general released a report saying Redford and her staff used the power of the province’s top political office to break expense rules and inappropriately use taxpayer money, in some cases for personal gain.

    Merwan Saher took particular issue with the way Redford used the province’s fleet to ferry her — and, in many cases, her daughter — to events that included Progressive Conservative party fundraisers and personal trips.

    Redford quit as premier in March ahead of a caucus revolt over her expenses and amid plummeting popularity numbers.

    The travel issue has attached itself to the PC party’s leadership race, with the first vote set for Saturday.

    Horner has been doing logistical work for candidate Jim Prentice. Anderson suggested that given the new information, Prentice needs to disassociate Horner from the campaign.

    “It’s brutal. He needs to resign. And, Mr. Prentice, how you can keep Mr. Horner as a centrepiece of your leadership campaign is a great, unsolved mystery,” said Anderson.

    Prentice, in an interview, dismissed the Wildrose demand, saying, “I’m not going to respond to (Wildrose Leader) Danielle Smith’s anger.”

    Prentice has already promised to revisit and tighten up the rules for flights.

    The CBC report also said Tory leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk took his eldest daughter with him on seven flights between 2007 and 2012.

    Lukaszuk says he has repaid the government for the three return-trip flights, noting they were not for personal use.

    It’s the second time in a week he has been targeted through anonymous leaks to the media. Last week, the Edmonton Sun reported that Lukaszuk had run up a $20,000 cellphone bill while on vacation in Poland in 2012 when he was asked to handle a volatile domestic dispute involving a cabinet colleague.

    Lukaszuk said the leaks reek of “gutter politics” and urged the stealth leakers to confront him openly.

    The leaks smears the entire profession and Albertans are sick of it, he suggested.

    “I don’t imagine that there are any parents dropping their kids off at high school today and saying, ‘When you graduate, one thing I want you to consider is becoming a politician one day,’ when you read garbage like this on the front pages of newspapers.”

    A spokesman for leadership candidate Ric McIver declined to comment on the issue, saying McIver remains focused on keeping his expenses — and the expenses of those who report to him — so clean that, they’re “boring.”

    — With files from Dean Bennett in Edmonton

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Pakistan parliament holds emergency session over political crisis

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan’s lawmakers held an emergency session Tuesday over the political crisis roiling the country as thousands of anti-government protesters remained camped out in front of the parliament building, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign.

The session of both houses – the National Assembly and the Senate – is an attempt to rally support behind the prime minister, who is facing the biggest threat to his tenure since he took office a little more than a year ago.



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    Anti-government demonstrators led by cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan and fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri converged on the capital in mid-August. The protests turned violent this weekend, when clashes between the demonstrators and police left three people dead and hundreds injured.

    Now, thousands of protesters, who broke through a fence surrounding the parliament, are camped out on the lawn in front of the building and have essentially taken over Constitution Avenue which runs past the country’s main institutions of power, including the Supreme Court and the prime minister’s office.

    Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan lashed out at the demonstrators during the opening speech of the session, as the prime minister sat quietly by his side.

    “This is a revolt against Pakistan,” the interior minister said. “They are fake revolutionaries, and they are terrorists.”

    It was not immediately clear if Sharif, who has repeatedly vowed not to resign, will address the session Tuesday.

    Khan and Qadri allege widespread fraud in the May 2013 election that brought Sharif to power in a landslide victory. International observers did not find any indication to back up their claims of vote-rigging.

    Khan and Qadri have been addressing their followers frequently, urging them to come to the streets to push out Sharif from power. They both claimed they would lead a million-person march on to the capital, but the largest crowds have only seen tens of thousands of people.

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Protesters dwindle to small groups in Ferguson

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WATCH: The streets of Ferguson are peaceful on Thanksgiving Day as neighbours gather in the spirit of the holiday. Kris Van Cleave reports.

FERGUSON, Mo. – The throngs of protesters who overran Ferguson after the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case dwindled to just a few small groups as people began cleaning up this battered community and seeking something closer to a normal routine.



  • Some warn Ferguson and Toronto are not so different

  • Ferguson residents clean up after protests; hope for calm night

  • National Guard reinforcements help to contain Ferguson protests

    Scattered demonstrations continued Wednesday, including protesters who rushed into St. Louis City Hall screaming “Shame, shame.” But the tension that led to arson and looting earlier in the week seemed all but gone, two days after the announcement that a white police officer would not face charges in the fatal shooting of the black 18-year-old.

    There were no reports of major confrontations or damage to property.

    Meanwhile, business owners and residents covered up broken windows, cleared away debris and hoped that the relative calm would last into the Thanksgiving holiday.

    In the St. Louis suburb’s historic downtown, about a dozen people painted over boarded-up windows on businesses.

    “This is my Ferguson, you know?” said Kari Hobbs, 28, as she watched 17-year-old Molly Rogers paint “Love Will Win” in bright pink on a board that covered a smashed window at Cathy’s Kitchen, a restaurant not far from the Ferguson Police Department.

    The footage people see on the news “is such a small bit of what’s happening here,” Hobbs said. “There’s so much donation and charity going on with the businesses that have been affected and the people that have been affected.”

    WATCH: On Thanksgiving Day, protesters in Ferguson continue to demand justice after a Missouri grand jury chose not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. But crowds are getting smaller and growing more peaceful with each passing day. Susan McGinnis reports.

    There were no seats inside Cathy’s Kitchen, and a line had formed at the back of the building. A diverse mix of residents, business people with the day off and journalists covering the protests enjoyed a pre-Thanksgiving lunch.

    Jerome Jenkins, who runs the restaurant with his wife, Cathy, said he never considered closing his doors.

    “It really wasn’t about wondering if the building would get torched or not,” Jenkins said. “Me and my wife, we expected it to get damaged … we decided to go home, and we would live with whatever fate would give us.”

    He said it was protesters who helped protect his business during Monday night’s chaos, when a dozen commercial buildings were burned to the ground.

    “The criminals, the looters, whatever you want to call them: They’re not protesters. They wanted to vandalize the place,” Jenkins said. “And the protesters locked arms together, and they surrounded our place and … told them, ‘No, you’re not going to touch this place.’”

    After the City Hall outburst, police locked down the building and called in more than a hundred extra officers. Three people were arrested.

    In downtown St. Louis, about 200 demonstrators held a mock trial of officer Darren Wilson.

    An influx of National Guard troops on Tuesday helped contain the protests, although there were still nearly 60 arrests, and demonstrators set fire to a squad car.

    WATCH: Parents complain about student’s Ferguson-related art project

    On Wednesday night, a crowd of protesters lingered outside the Ferguson Police Department, shouting at Guard troops as light snow fell. About 100 people marched through a major intersection and blocked traffic, but the disruption lasted only a few minutes.

    Troops with rifles were posted at intersections and parking lots in an area where stores were looted and burned Monday into Tuesday.

    Since the grand jury’s decision was announced, demonstrators have been active in other cities throughout the U.S.

    Most of the protests have been peaceful, but others have been more unruly, including a demonstration in Oakland, California, in which protesters vandalized several businesses and another in Minneapolis where a car struck one protester and drove into a crowd of others.

    In Los Angeles, police in riot gear arrested dozens of demonstrators who refused to disperse after disrupting traffic as they headed toward the county jail and the Staples Center arena.

    In Portland, Oregon, police used pepper spray and made arrests after about 300 people interrupted bus and light rail traffic.

    Also Wednesday, authorities said a 20-year-old man whose body was found inside a car in Ferguson after Monday night’s riots had been intentionally set on fire.

    The death of Deandre Joshua of University City is being investigated as a homicide, but police have not said whether it’s connected to the violence that broke out after the grand jury announcement.

    Joshua’s body was found Tuesday morning at the wheel of a car parked near the apartment complex where Brown was killed. An autopsy determined that he was shot once in the head.


    Link to grand jury documents


    Zagier reported from St. Louis. Associated Press writers Andale Gross, Jim Salter, Jim Suhr and Alex Sanz also contributed to this report.

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Alberta Health Services says it’s unlikely patient at Calgary hospital has Ebola

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UPDATE: Alberta Health Services says tests for Ebola on the patient in question have come back negative.

CALGARY – Alberta Health Services says it’s highly unlikely that a patient being treated for an unknown illness at a Calgary hospital has Ebola.


The patient, a woman in her 30’s, showed symptoms of a contagious illness when at the Peter Lougheed Centre (PLC) on Wednesday night and was later moved to the South Health Campus.

The South Health Campus is one of four hospitals in Alberta designated to handle Ebola patients.

“Due to this this individual’s travel and symptom history, we are testing this individual for several illnesses including Ebola virus disease,” said Medical Officer of Health for the Calgary Zone Dr. Richard Musto during a Thursday news conference.

READ MORE: Alberta’s top doctor tries to ease worries about Ebola

“Testing is being done out of an abundance of precaution,” said Dr. Musto, who stated that health officials have been preparing for the potential of Ebola since August.

“Be assured that we are prepared to manage any potential case of Ebola.”

However, AHS doesn’t think it’s probable that the patient in their care is suffering from the virus.

“The risk of this patient having Ebola is very low.”

AHS is withholding what symptoms the patient is exhibiting, but says she is being treated in an isolation room at the South Health Campus.

“We will continue to manage the individual as though the case could, in fact, be Ebola… even though we believe that that’s highly unlikely.”

“This individual had no known exposure [to Ebola], so the risk is extremely low.”

Dr. Musto says they hope to know whether or not it’s Ebola “within the next few days.”

It’s not the first time health officials in Calgary have treated someone who showed possible signs of having the virus.

“This is the third time where we’ve had somebody in hospital where we’ve managed them.”

READ MORE: Canada sending military medics to Ebola-plagued Sierra Leone

Health officials say they will be following up with anyone who was in the ER at the Peter Lougheed Centre at the same time as the patient in question.

The hospital’s ER was temporarily closed after the patient arrived to clean and disinfect impacted areas. During that time, patients were moved to a different area in the hospital and police tape was draped across one entrance.

“This case is an example of our preparedness,” added Dr. Musto. “Patient and staff health was, and is, protected from any potential risk.”

“Our facilities are safe, they’re open, and they’re providing high quality care.”

WATCH: Highlights of Alberta Health Services’ Thursday news conference with Dr. Richard Musto

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Australian batsman Hughes dies after head knock

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WATCH: Australian cricket star Phillip Hughes died from a catastrophic head injury after being hit by a ball two days ago. As Stuart Greer explains, the loss of a young athlete, in the prime of his career, has many thinking about safety in professional sport.

SYDNEY, Australia – Test batsman Phillip Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, two days after being struck in the head by a cricket ball during a domestic first-class match. He was 25.


“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away,” Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said in a statement. “He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday.”

Brukner said Hughes was not in pain before he died, and was surrounded by family and close friends.

“As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time,” Brukner said.

Messages of support poured in from all around the world since Hughes collapsed after being hit behind the left ear after mis-timing a shot to a short-pitch delivery while batting for South Australia against New South Wales in a Sheffield Shield match on Tuesday. He underwent emergency surgery at nearby St. Vincent’s Hospital and remained in a critical condition in an induced coma.

Australia captain Michael Clarke was among the dozens of teammates, former teammates and cricket officials who visited hospital in the following days.

Deaths are rare in cricket, although Hughes is the second player in two years to sustain a fatal blow.

Darryn Randall, who was 32 and a former first-class player in South Africa, was killed after being struck on the side of the head during a Border Cricket Board Premier League match in the Eastern Cape last year.

Images of Hughes collapsing face first at the Sydney Cricket Ground were broadcast almost instantly across Australia on Tuesday, when satellite TV trucks and dozens of news crews started reporting regular updates on his condition from outside the hospital.

Hughes played 26 test matches for Australia after making his debut 2009, but was not able to earn a regular spot in the starting lineup.

The injury sparked debate about short-pitch bowling in the game, the level of protection offered by helmets that first came into common use at the test level in the late 1970s, and the seemingly slow reaction time of the ambulance service as Hughes was treated on the field.

Bouncers, where a fast bowler aims to push the batsman back toward the stumps with a ball that lands halfway down the pitch and rears up above chest or head height, are still a regular and acceptable part of the game.

The International Cricket Council revised its laws on short-pitch bowling in the early 1990s, putting restrictions on the number of short-pitch balls allowed per over to stamp out bowlers merely using the delivery to intimidate batsmen.

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New breathalyzers coming to New Westminster, but familiar problems may persist

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The New Westminster Police are rolling out a new breathalyzer that’s new to British Columbia.

It’s called the Alco Sensor FST, and New Westminster is the first police force in B.C. to purchase them.

The technology has been in use in Alberta for several years.

Criminal lawyer Paul Doroshenko says the current breathalyzers being used –the Alco Sensor 4 —; are defective.


“I think they are defective breathalyzers,” he says. “They shouldn’t be using defective breathalyzers and they (RCMP) know it —; there’s lots of e-mails about them knowing it’s a bad batch.”

Doroshenko says the RCMP have been buying new versions of the old model to replace the ones that were in the “bad batch” of 2,500 purchased in the Spring of 2010.

He says the current breathalyzers being used are a “25 year old technology.”

Still, the new technology isn’t perfect either.

“It’s got a lot of the same problems as the old one,” says Doroshenko. “It can’t distinguish whether it’s alcohol from your mouth or your lungs, if you’ve been smoking and you blow into it, it will damage the device, and if you burp, you will still get an inaccurate reading, because it can’t distinguish what the source of the alcohol is.”

“It has more advanced software and from what I can see, the electronics are an improvement, but you have to remember, there is no roadside screening device that is used anywhere else in the world to punish people,” says Doroshenko.

Doroshenko says RCMP have not moved to new machines despite knowing there is a problem because there isn’t enough money to train everyone on the new devices.

He says New Westminster is able to switch over to the new breathalyzers because it’s a smaller detachment and there are less to purchase.

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DeRozan, Williams lead Raptors to sixth straight win, 126-115 over Atlanta

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TORONTO – DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Lou Williams added 22 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Atlanta Hawks 126-115 on Wednesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

The Eastern Conference-leading Raptors had their highest point total of the season. They have won 11 of 12 to match the best stretch in the franchise’s 20-year history, also accomplished from March 22-April 14, 2002.

Jeff Teague had 24 points and 12 assists for Atlanta, and Al Horford scored 23 points.


The Hawks, who won in Washington on Tuesday, were trying to beat the East’s top two teams on consecutive nights.

READ MORE: Jonas Valanciunas scores 27 to lift Raptors to 104-100 win over Suns

Kyle Lowry had 14 points and 13 assists for Toronto, which is 4-1 on the road for the first time in team history.

Hawks guard Kyle Korver hit a pair of free throws to cut Toronto’s lead to 109-105 with 4:45 remaining, but the Raptors pulled away from there. James Johnson’s fast-break dunk increased Toronto’s advantage to 13 just 1:16 later.

Korver finished with 19 points.

Williams, playing his first game in his hometown since getting traded by the Hawks last summer, hit four 3-pointers and went 6 for 6 on free throws.


Ten fans staged a peaceful protest of the Ferguson grand jury decision during the first half.

Seven men and three women marched briskly through upper and lower levels of Phillips Arena on Wednesday night and shouted “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” for 10 approximately minutes.

The game was not disrupted during the march.


DeRozan hit all five of his field-goal attempts to finish the first quarter with 14 points.


Raptors: Reserve big man Tyler Hansbrough missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right shoulder.

Hawks: Reserve swingman Thabo Sefolosha was sent home before the game with flu symptoms.


Raptors: Host Dallas on Friday.

Hawks: Host New Orleans on Friday.

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Experimental Ebola vaccine passes 1st hurdle in U.S.

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TORONTO – A single dose of a U.S.-designed Ebola vaccine may be protective against the disease, a new study suggests. But the research also appears to indicate that dose will have to be relatively large, which may present problems for the vaccine.

The study found that people who got the higher of two doses tested in the trial developed immune responses that look similar to those seen in vaccinated non-human primates who survive exposure to what should have been lethal doses of Ebola. Many of them also developed mild to moderate side-effects.


The vaccine was created by scientists at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is being developed by Pharma giant GSK, formerly known as GlaxoSmithKline. The study was published online Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.

READ MORE: U.S. looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the institute, agreed in an interview that the effective dose is “a pretty large” one. But he insisted if that is what it takes for this vaccine to work, that dose size would not be a show stopper.

“We don’t have any problem with the possibility that we might have to use (it),” he said of the higher dose.

It would mean that it will take more of the vaccine to do clinical trials to determine if the vaccine is truly effective, and to vaccinate in West Africa if a decision to do that is made. But that could be done, Fauci said. “They’ll have to make a bit more, but that’s the way it goes.”

He noted another trial of the vaccine, which is still ongoing, is studying a dose that is midway between the two doses this first trial tested. It could be that that dose might work, he said.

GSK also hailed the results.

“We are very encouraged by these positive first trial results showing this type of vaccine has an acceptable safety profile and can produce an immune response against Ebola in humans,” Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the company’s chairman of global vaccines, said in a statement.

Others, though, wondered about the practicality of the size of the effective dose, and about the side-effects seen in people who received the vaccine.

READ MORE: Mali says new Ebola case confirmed, 2 more suspected

Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy, said the amount of vaccine needed to reach the presumed protective response calls into question whether GSK can make enough of the vaccine soon enough to help bring this outbreak under control.

“It’s a front and centre question,” Osterholm said.

The vaccine, called chAd3, is designed to protect against two different Ebola viruses – Ebola Zaire, which is causing the current West African outbreak, and Ebola Sudan. There are five known types of Ebola, but virtually all human disease is caused by Zaire, Sudan and Bundibugyo viruses.

The vaccine cannot infect the recipient with either disease, but it does induce the immune system to respond in ways that should protect if the recipient is later exposed to either strain of Ebola.

The vaccine is one of two which will soon be tested in West Africa in the hopes that they can help to contain the epidemic that has been ravaged Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. New case figures released Wednesday by the World Health Organization set the known cases at just shy of 16,000 and the death toll at 5,689.

The other vaccine, known as rVSV-EBOV, was designed by scientists at the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. The rights to the vaccine were purchased earlier this week by Merck, a major international player in the vaccine market.

READ MORE: Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood samples

There have been concerns that the GSK vaccine would be poorly immunogenic – that it might take two doses to induce a protective response. In the midst of an outbreak – especially one raging in countries with shattered health-care systems – a two-dose regimen is considered far from ideal and perhaps even unworkably complicated.

The Merck vaccine, for which the first trial results are still pending, is expected to generate a stronger immune response at a smaller dose, based on studies in non-human primates. But there have been concerns about it, related to what is known as reactogenicity – the side-effects seen when the vaccine is given.

The vaccine is expected to induce things like headache, malaise, chills and fevers. That constellation of side-effects might seem like a small price to pay for protection against Ebola. But they mirror the early symptoms of Ebola, which could complicate the situation on the ground in affected countries.

One of the surprises of the study of the GSK vaccine is that at the high dose, there were quite a few side-effects reported as well.

“This is sort of what I would have expected to see with the VSV” vaccine, said Dr. Daniel Bausch, an Ebola expert at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans.

Osterholm agreed: “From the initial data which is very limited here it raises questions if there would really be any difference between the two.”

Bausch wrote an editorial for the journal which was published with the study. It suggests the world is “one step closer to an Ebola virus vaccine.”

He called the results promising, but noted that scientists do not really know what a protected human immune system looks like; they are extrapolating from what is seen in vaccinated primates.

Bausch also cautioned that results in healthy adults in the United States may not truly reflect how well the vaccine works in people in West Africa. For instance, he noted that studies have shown that some vaccines do not work as well in populations where malaria is omnipresent.

On the plus side, he noted a different formulation of the GSK vaccine currently being tested in Britain – one that protects against only one strain of Ebola, Ebola Zaire – may be more protective than the two-strain version.

Both the GSK and the Merck vaccines are expected to go into trials in West Africa early in the new year.

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WATCH: Former Ms. Vancouver loses crown, sued by pageant organizers

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A South Surrey teen is raising concerns about alleged broken beauty pageant promises.

The teen says she won a competition called “Ms. and Mr. Vancouver”  but not only has she yet to receive any of the prizes, she’s also now being sued by the pageant.

One year ago, Ashley Brooks was crowned Ms. Vancouver but she and her mom say Ashley never received the prizes.

“I was supposed to receive an exotic trip to Jamaica, $5,000 in Apple prizes, and one year of personal training with Tommy Europe,” says Brooks.


Ashley says she had to pay $1,300 to be a contestant, and tickets to attend the dinner and pageant were $75 each.

But this August, she received a Termination of Title letter from Brinson Silver of Soft Box Film and Television of Beverly Hills.

“The prizes listed will be given after their successful reign with Vancouver Television which was to end this past Sunday,” says Harmon Bal of Vancouver Television Broadcasting Corporation.

Brooks says she was dropped as Ms. Vancouver after an incident at Red Robin, something she says never happened.

“They said I demanded free food, that’s why they dismissed me from my duties as Ms. Vancouver” says Brooks.

Bal says the marketing manager of Red Robin called Vancouver Television to complain about Brooks.

“I offered a free dessert, that’s the best I could have done, and I apologized, quite embarrassed obviously,” says Bal.

“I can pay for my own food,” says Brooks.

The Brooks say they have documented all sorts of problems with the pageant and Vancouver Television.

On the other hand, Vancouver Television says they have documented all sorts of problems with the Brooks.

“This morning, we have filed suit in B.C. Supreme Court for defamation,” says Bal.

From the Brooks’ perspective, losing the Ms. Vancouver crown was devastating, says Ashley’s mom.

“I was really worried about her, she was spending every night in her bedroom and I thought I was going to lose her,” says Linda Brooks.

– with files from John Daly

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Little, Frolik lead Jets to 2-1 win over Sabres

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec was ready for Buffalo’s third-period charge.

After a quiet 40 minutes, Pavelec made nine of his 19 saves in the final period as the Jets held on to beat the Sabres 2-1 on Wednesday night.

“Every time the game is like that, something’s coming,” Pavelec said. “It’s never like that for 60 minutes. The guys helped me in the first two periods, and it was up to me to help them in the third.”


Brian Little and Michael Frolik scored as the Jets built a 2-0 lead before Chris Stewart scored on a breakaway for Buffalo early in the third.

Pavelec’s best work came midway through the final period, when he made two saves on Matt Moulson during a 2-on-1. The late action was robust compared to the first two periods, when Buffalo barely made it into the Winnipeg zone.

“I was trying to stay in the game, doesn’t matter how,” Pavelec said. “Play the puck, go behind the net. We’ve been good defensively, so I was just focused on myself to stay in the game.”

For the Sabres, it was the end of their season-best, three-game winning streak.

For the Jets and coach Paul Maurice, it was another “ugly” road win.

“It’s what we’re good at,” he said. “That’s the kind of people that we have — they’re a highly competitive group and we can suffer some adversity over the course of the game and manage to survive.”

The Jets won their second road game in two nights and improved to 8-4-2 away from home. They are 4-5-1 at home.

Buffalo was hurt by sloppy play and an ineffective power play that went 0 for 4, including a 5-minute stint late in the second period that included Frolik’s short-handed goal.

“That first period and a half or so, I thought our hands were handling that puck like a grenade,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “It just kept bouncing and bouncing. That third period, we played the way we have to in order to be successful.”

An early roughing call on Patrick Kaleta gave Winnipeg a power play, and Little used Blake Wheeler’s screen to beat Enroth over his left shoulder at 3:41 of the first period.

Little has goals in his last three games.

Tyler Ennis energized a listless crowd in the second period when he flipped the puck through two Winnipeg defencemen to build a breakaway chance that was foiled by Pavelec.

Right afterward, Kaleta was boarded by Adam Lowry. The Sabres centre lost some teeth and was bleeding from the mouth, and Lowry was given a 5-minute penalty and a game misconduct.

But Andre Benoit gave the puck away behind his goal, and Frolik put a quick wraparound past Enroth for a short-handed goal with 14:20 gone in the second period.

“I tried to go high there,” Frolik said. “I don’t even know where I aimed, but I tried to flip it up short side high and it went through him, so it was a good goal.”

Stewart made it 2-1 early in the third when he raced to a loose puck and used his backhand to beat Pavelec for a breakaway goal.

Soon after, Pavelec was called upon to stop Moulson.

Buffalo controlled the majority of play in the final period, but Pavelec was up to the challenge.

Nolan complimented the Jets’ effort under Maurice.

“I’ve known Paul for a long time. He’s from my hometown and he takes the game very serious, and the way his team plays, they play very hard for him,” Nolan said.

NOTES: Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers was a late scratch with a lower-body injury. … Winnipeg wraps up a three-game road swing Friday in Boston. … Left wing TJ Galiardi cleared waivers for Winnipeg. … It was Kaleta’s first home game in 14 months after a series of injuries.

Ondrej Pavelec covers the puck as Drew Stafford with the Buffalo Sabres gets defended.

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Winnipeg Jet Mark Scheifele gets checked into the boards by Buffalo Saber Mike Weber.

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Buffalo Sabre Brian Flynn and Winnipeg Jet Jacob Trouba battle for the puck.

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Winnipeg Jet Grant Clitsome hits the ice with Buffalo Sabre Chris Stewart looming over him.

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Adam Pardy of the Winnipeg Jets controls the puck with two Buffalo Sabres coming up behind.

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Marcus Foligno of the Buffalo Sabres handles the puck past the Winnipeg Jets bench.

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Winnipeg Jet Bryan Little celebrates his first period goal with fellow Jet Blake Wheeler.

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Buffalo Sabres Brian Gionta and Zemgus Girgensons keep up with the play.

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Winnipeg Jet’s goaltender Ondrej Pavelec makes a save as the play continues past him.

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Buffalo Sabre Brian Gionta and WInnipeg Jet Mark Stuart battle for control of the puck.

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Calgary family reaches out to Good Samaritan who saved elderly man’s life

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CALGARY – A family in the southwest neighbourhood of Silverado is hoping to meet with the man they say saved the life of a beloved family member.

The original tweet that drew attention to the story Wednesday appears to have been removed but received hundreds of retweets after it was posted.

The note is addressed “To the man that performed CPR on an older man Wednesday November 12th in this area” was taped onto a community mailbox in Silverado.

“Just wanted to say a heartfelt Thank You for taking action and performing CPR. Because of you, a husband, father and grandfather is still alive.”

The family goes on to reference a grey scarf the man left at their home and their desire to return it to him and to thank him in person.


Global News has contacted the man who performed the CPR – a 30 year old, born and raised in Calgary.

He said he isn’t looking for recognition and did not want his name reported.

“I was in the area because I was doing a move for my job and I saw an old man that was lying on the ground,” he says.

The Good Samaritan works for a moving company and said he and his coworker had just finished loading furniture onto a truck around 11:30 a.m..

He said the elderly man appeared to have been shoveling the driveway when he went into cardiac arrest.

“He seemed to die in my arms a number of times, but then he keep coming back to.”

EMS confirmed they were called to the scene, but didn’t have any details on the man’s condition.

“It was a hectic situation,” said the Good Samartian. “I’ve never been in that situation before and I guess you never know how you’re going to react until you’re in it.”

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WATCH: Obama uses ‘executive action’ to pardon turkeys Mac and Cheese

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U.S. President Barack Obama pardoned two Thanksgiving turkey on Wednesday in what he said was sure to be the “most talked-about” executive action of the month, referring jokingly to his executive decision last week offering protection to roughly 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.


“I am here to announce what I’m sure will be the most talked about executive action this month,” Obama said at the White House ceremony. “Today I’m taking an action fully within my legal authority. The same kind of action taken by Democrat and Republican presidents before me. To spare the lives of two turkeys.”

The president, along with his two daughters Malia and Sasha, spared a 49-pound bird named “Cheese” and turkey 47-pounder named “Mac” from the dinner table.

His children seemed less enthused, however: Asked to pet the birds, his oldest daughter Malia declined.

Following the pardoning ceremony, Obama responded to news reports that questioned the wisdom of the tradition, saying “it is a little puzzling that I do this every year.”

Obama, who faces a Republican controlled House and Senate in 2015, said the ceremony provides a moment of levity.

“With all the tough stuff that swirls around in this office, it’s nice once in a while just to say `Happy Thanksgiving,’ and this is a great excuse to do it,” he said.

According to the White House, presidents going back to Abraham Lincoln have spared turkeys but the first president to officially pardon a turkey was President George H.W. Bush in 1989.

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