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.

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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the time he spent in jail in California and four months he spent receiving inpatient counselling after his probation was revoked.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.

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    “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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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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“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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6 militants killed in U.S. Somalia strike

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WATCH ABOVE: The pentagon confirms an operation against the al-Shabaab militant group in Somalia. David martin is at the pentagon, where defense officials are weighing the results.

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Al-Shabab’s top leader was travelling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night in a U.S. military strike, a member of the Somali Islamic extremist group said Tuesday.

The spokesman would not say whether al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was among the six militants killed.

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The two vehicles were heading toward the coastal town of Barawe, al-Shabab’s main base, when they were hit, Abu Mohammed told The Associated Press.

U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia Monday, the Pentagon said. A witness in Somalia described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that reportedly targeted the group’s leader.

Al-Shabab attacked the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 67 people a year ago this month and the U.S. targeted planners of the bloody assault. U.S. commanders were waiting to determine the attack’s outcome.

“U.S. military forces conducted an operation in Somalia today against the al-Shabaab network. We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.

After the U.S. strike in a forest south of Mogadishu, masked Islamic militants in the area arrested dozens of residents they suspected of spying for the U.S. and searched nearby homes, a resident said.

“Mass arrests just started, everyone is being detained,” said Mohamed Ali, who lives in Sablale district. “They even searched nearby jungles and stopped the nomads transporting milk and grass to the towns for questioning.”

A senior Somali intelligence official said a U.S. drone targeted Godane as he left a meeting of the group’s top leaders. Godane, also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, is the group’s spiritual leader under whose direction the Somali militants forged an alliance with al-Qaida. In 2012 the U.S. offered a reward of up to $7 million for information leading to his arrest.

The Somali official, speaking on condition of anonymity since he was not authorized to speak to the media, said intelligence indicated Godane “might have been killed along with other militants.” The official said the attack took place 105 miles (170 kilometres) south of Mogadishu, where al-Shabab trains its fighters.

As government and African Union forces were heading to a town in the district, they heard what sounded like an “earthquake” as the al-Shabab bases were hit, the governor of Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region, Abdiqadir Mohamed Nor, told The Associated Press.

“There was an airstrike near Sablale. We saw something,” Nor said.

The U.S. has carried out several airstrikes in Somalia in recent years.

A U.S. missile strike in January killed a high-ranking intelligence officer for al-Shabab and last October a vehicle carrying senior members of the group was hit in a U.S. strike that killed al-Shabab’s top explosives expert.

The latest U.S. action comes after Somalia’s government forces regained control of a high-security prison in the capital that was attacked on Sunday. Seven heavily armed suspected al-Shabab members had attempted to free other extremists held there.

Somali officials said all seven attackers, three government soldiers and two civilians were killed. Mogadishu’s Godka Jilacow prison is an interrogation centre for Somalia’s intelligence agency, and many suspected militants are believed to be held in underground cells there. The attack started when a suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of the prison and the gunmen then fought their way into the prison.

Al-Shabab had attacked the mall in Nairobi last year in retaliation against Kenya for sending troops into Somalia against the extremists. Godane said at the time that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the West’s support for Kenya’s Somalia intervention and the “interest of their oil companies.”

Al Shabab is now mostly active in Somalia’s rural regions after being ousted from the capital by African Union forces in 2011.

Somali military officials last week launched a military operation to oust al-Shabab from its last remaining bases in the southern parts of Somalia. On Saturday the militants withdrew from the town of Bulomarer, located about 110 kilometres (70 miles) south of Mogadishu, after hours of fighting.

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Ontario Liberals ‘enthusiastic’ about John Tory: MPP Brad Duguid

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WATCH ABOVE: MPP Brad Duguid  says Ontario Liberals ‘enthusiastic’ about John Tory. Mark McAllister reports. 

TORONTO – Cabinet minister Brad Duguid says the Ontario Liberals have not officially endorsed John Tory as mayor of Toronto but his party caucus is “enthusiastic” about that potential.

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“Many of us will be working directly on the campaign. Some won’t be directly involved, but there’s an incredible level of enthusiasm in the Liberal caucus for John Tory,” said Duguid while appearing side-by-side with Tory at the Kennedy Subway Station on Tuesday to endorse his candidacy.

Duguid, who represents the Liberals in the riding of Scarborough-Centre, touted Tory’s ability to bring stability to city council as a factor in his decision to back the former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.

“John knows how to work with people. He knows how to work with council. We’ll have a stable partner,” said Duguid.

The Liberal government has promised to invest $1.4-billion into building the Scarborough subway extension and Duguid said the province “needs a strong municipal partner” to help push that plan through.

READ MORE: Subways or LRT: Comparing the transit plans of Ford, Chow and Tory

“The biggest impediment to the potential project is instability at the local level. To carry on $3-billion plus project we need a strong municipal partner, a stable municipal partner,” Duguid said.

Tory made mention of his close ties to Queen’s Park and his strong relationship with Duguid.

WATCH: Liberal MPP Brad Duguid joined John Tory to support his transit plan and blamed local government for delays in local infrastructure development.

“He’s someone that I respect because he’s someone that fights for the city and for Scarborough,” said Tory.

“It is going to be absolutely essential for the next mayor of Toronto to work very closely and well with the government of Ontario and the federal government in Ottawa.”

Rob Ford didn’t speak to reporters Tuesday morning but his brother and campaign manager Doug Ford dismissed Duguid’s endorsement of Tory saying they were trying to piggy-back on the mayor’s accomplishments by supporting the Scarborough subway.

“It’s a shame that he has the gall to come out and pretend he’s for subways, it’s a real shame in my opinion,” Ford said. “We wouldn’t take an endorsement from Brad Duguid.”

Fellow candidate Olivia Chow didn’t seem too worried about Tory’s latest endorsement when she was asked about it during a campaign announcement at her headquarters on Tuesday.

“It doesn’t really change anything for me,” said Chow. “We have to invest to improve services and I will continue to work with Kathleen Wynne’s team.”

Chow has been trailing third in the the latest poll numbers behind Tory and Rob Ford.

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Doctors group: World 鈥榣osing’ Ebola fight

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WATCH: Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Thomas Frieden says the Ebola epidemic is “spiraling out of control” and the window to contain the disease spreading is closing

The international group Doctor Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is ‘losing the battle’ against Ebola, while U.N. officials implored all countries to quickly step up their response by contributing health experts and other help.

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Doctors Without Borders President Joanne Liu said her organization is completely overwhelmed as it treats Ebola patients in four West African countries. She called on countries with biological disaster response capacity to contribute civilian and military medical personnel.

“Six months into the worse Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it,” Liu said at a United Nations forum on the outbreak. “Ebola treatment centres are reduced to places where people go to die alone, where little more than palliative care is offered.”

World Health Organization Director Margaret Chan said the United Nations is urgently intensifying its response and called on all countries to contribute. She warned the outbreak would “get worse before it will get better and requires a global surge and scaled-up response.”

She thanked countries that have helped but said, “we need more from you. And we also need those countries that have not come on board.”

David Nabarro, who is co-ordinating the U.N. response, says the world body is “bringing in outside health workers as much as we can.”

But Ameerah Haq, head of U.N. peacekeeping’s Department of Field Support, warned that before bringing in external expertise, guarantees are needed for medical evacuations and treatment for any workers who become infected. Haq said “without one, the other will not happen.”

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,500 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

Earlier Tuesday, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization warned that food in countries hit by Ebola is becoming more expensive and will become scarcer as farmers can’t reach their fields.

Authorities have cordoned off entire towns in an effort to halt the virus’ spread. Surrounding countries have closed land borders, airlines have suspended flights to and from the affected countries and seaports are losing traffic, restricting food imports to the hardest-hit countries. Those countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – all rely on grain from abroad to feed their people, according to the U.N. FAO.

The price of cassava root, a staple in many West African diets, has gone up 150 per cent in one market in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia.

“Even prior to the Ebola outbreak, households in some of the affected areas were spending up to 80 per cent of their incomes on food,” said Vincent Martin, who is co-ordinating the food agency’s response to the crisis. “Now these latest price spikes are effectively putting food completely out of their reach.”

An estimated 1.3 million people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will soon need help feeding themselves, said the U.N.

Chan and other officials at the U.N. forum criticized the border closures because they are preventing supplies from reaching people in desperate need.

“The three worst-hit countries are isolated,” Chan said. “We cannot fly in our experts for help.”

The situation will likely worsen because restrictions on movement are preventing labourers from getting to farms and the harvest of rice and corn is set to begin in just a few weeks, the FAO said.

Ivory Coast decided Monday night to keep its borders with Guinea and Liberia closed but said it would open a humanitarian corridor to allow supplies in.

A separate Ebola outbreak has hit a remote part of Congo, in Central Africa, the traditional home of the disease. So far, 53 cases consistent with Ebola have been identified there, of whom 31 have died, WHO said Tuesday.

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Marc-Andre Boisvert in Abidjan, Ivory Coast contributed to this report.

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Girl who accidentally shot instructor with Uzi felt gun was too much for her

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WATCH: Police release frantic 911 calls from uzi shooting involving 9-year-old girl

PHOENIX – An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a vacation.

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    The statement came as investigators released police reports and emergency call recordings involving the Aug. 25 shooting of instructor Charles Vacca at the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona, about 60 miles (100 kilometres) south of Las Vegas.

    The police reports name the child’s parents as Alex Gen and Alison MacLachlan and don’t list the couple’s hometown.

    New Jersey-based lawyer Kevin Walsh said the family “prayed day and night that (Vacca) would survive his injury, and they continue to pray for his family during this terribly difficult time.”

    The police reports say that immediately after the shooting, the girl said she felt the gun was too much for her and had hurt her shoulder.

    Her family members were focused on the girl because they thought she was injured by the gun’s recoil and didn’t immediately realize that Vacca had been shot until one of his colleagues ran over to him, the reports state.

    WATCH: Owner of gun range where 9-year-old shot instructor says safety is top priority

    The shooting set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun. However, neither the reports nor the statement by Walsh explains why the parents let the girl take the Uzi.

    The family had taken a shuttle from Las Vegas to the range. After arriving, the girl, her parents, sister and brother took a monster truck ride before heading to the shooting range.

    The girl’s father was the first one in the party to handle a weapon. After he fired shots, Vacca instructed the girl on how to shoot the gun, showed her a shooting stance, and helped her fire a few rounds, the reports state.

    He then stepped back and let her hold the Uzi by herself. She fired the gun, and its recoil wrenched the Uzi upward, killing Vacca with a shot to the head, according to the reports.

    The girl dropped the Uzi, and Vacca fell to the ground. The girl ran toward her family, who huddled around her as she held her shoulder. Another instructor rushed over to help to Vacca. The other children were then taken away from the range.

    The reports describe the family as shaken by the accident.

    Recordings of emergency calls show that people at the shooting range desperately tried to keep the unconscious Vacca alive as they urged police dispatchers to send a medical helicopter.

    A dispatcher urged callers to apply pressure to Vacca’s wound.

    Vacca was flown to a Las Vegas hospital where he died hours later.

    Prosecutors are not filing charges in the case. Arizona’s workplace safety agency is investigating the death.

    County prosecutors say the instructor was probably the most criminally negligent person involved in the accident for having allowed the child to hold the gun without enough training. They also said the parents and child weren’t criminally culpable.

    The girl’s mother had video-recorded the accident on her phone.

    “All right, go ahead and give me one shot,” Vacca tells the girl in part of the video released by investigators. He then cheers when she fires one round at the target.

    “All right full auto,” Vacca says. The video, which does not show Vacca being shot, ends with a series of shots being heard.

    Sam Scarmardo, the range’s operator, has said the parents had signed waivers saying they understood the rules. He also said he never had a safety problem before at the range and his policy of allowing children 8 and older to fire guns under adult supervision and an instructor’s watchful eye is standard industry practice, though he noted his policies are under review.

    Vacca’s ex-wife and children have said they harbour no ill feelings toward the girl or her family. Instead, they feel sorry for the child and want to comfort her.

    Cornfield contributed to this report from Trenton, New Jersey. News Researcher Rhonda Shafner also contributed to this report from New York.

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