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the time he spent in jail in California and four months he spent receiving inpatient counselling after his probation was revoked.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


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.


“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.


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.


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.



  • 9-year-old girl with Uzi accidentally kills Arizona shooting instructor

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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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How to protect your data in the cloud

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WATCH: The slew of private photos of celebrities hacked from Apple’s iCloud and leaked online has people asking if anything can be kept private any more. As Jackson Proskow reports, it’s a reminder how we’re all vulnerable online.



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    TORONTO – Whether you partake in the art of “nude selfies” or not, the recent leak of hundreds of stolen nude celebrity photos might have you concerned about your private data.

    It’s believed that nude photos of a-listers, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and Kate Upton, were stolen directly from the celebrities’ online accounts – particularly Apple’s iCloud service.

    On Tuesday Apple confirmed that certain celebrity accounts were targeted in specific attacks, but denied reports that the leak stemmed from a security flaw in its iCloud services.

    READ MORE: Investigators probe leak of 100s of celebrity nude photos

    “After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet,” read the company’s statement.

    “None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone.”

    Nevertheless, the massive breach of privacy may have some users of cloud-based storage solutions worried about their data.

    The truth is no service is perfect and breaches happen – but the onus lies in the users hand to control what information they trust to the cloud.

    “Various services can guarantee different levels of security, but at the end of the day – for 99.9 per cent of individuals – it’s very hard to test or evaluate the claims of the company at fault,” said Chris Parsons, post-doctoral fellow with the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and cyber security expert.

    “In terms of highly sensitive material, cloud-based services may not be the best place to store that long term.”

    Cloud-based storage can be a lifesaver in instances where your computer crashes and you need to recover lost data, but Parsons suggests that users carefully weigh how they store sensitive information that may be embarrassing or damaging if it fell into someone else’s hands.

    READ MORE: Apple denies iCloud security flaw to blame for celebrity photo hack

    Sexual images, for example, might be better stored on a USB key locked away in your desk drawer – so long as you don’t have a habit of misplacing things.

    But Parsons added that consumer’s lack of knowledge about the cloud may also be to blame.

    “People are told that they should be using these services for backup, but the recommendation doesn’t mean that people understand what is really going on,” he said.

    For example, Apple users in particular may not realize that iCloud includes a feature called Photo Stream which automatically backs up the photos taken on their iPhone to the cloud. This may be how attackers gained access to some of the stolen celebrity photos.

    To check if your Photo Stream is turned on simply go to “Settings,” then “iCloud,” then scroll down and tap on “Photos.” If Photo Stream is turned on (indicated by the green toggle) that means the photos you take on your iPhone are being backed up to iCloud and shared with other devices attached to that iCloud account.

    Simply slide the toggle to the left if you wish to turn it off.

    Strong passwords

    As with any sort of a security worry, having a strong password can make all the difference. Parsons suggests that users create super long passwords to help ward off potential attacks.

    “A long password doesn’t have to be made up of upper and lowercase letter, dashes and other stuff you won’t remember. A series of phrases even works,” said Parsons, who suggested using a sentence for a longer password.

    Apple, in particular, requires user passwords to be eight characters long and include an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter and a number.

    Users should try to stay away from easy-to-guess passwords like “1,2,3,4″ or “Password” and easy to guess identifiers like your dog’s name. Passwords that use up to ten upper- and lower-case letters mixed with numbers are also proven to be more secure – despite being hard to remember.

    One tip is to construct a password from a sentence, mix in a few upper case letters and a number – for example, “There is no place like home,” would become “tiNOplh62.”

    READ MORE: How to create a more secure password

    Parsons also suggests that users look into a password manager that auto-creates alpha numeric passwords automatically and stores them in the manager.

    Apple recently introduced a similar product for iCloud users called iCloud Keychain, which can suggest complicated alpha-numeric passwords for the user and save them in the keychain. iCloud Keychain can also remember credit card and Wi-Fi information.

    Enable two-step authentication

    In light of the celebrity photo hack, Apple is suggesting concerned users enable two-step authentication on their accounts for peace of mind.

    Two-step or two-factor authentication requires the user to input their cellphone number to the service in order to send a text message containing a secondary login every time a login attempt is made.

    iCloud users can enable two-factor authentication by going to the “My Apple ID” website, clicking on “Manage my Apple ID,” selecting “Password and Security,” and follow the “Two-step verification” instructions.

    Other cloud-based services like Google and DropBox also allow users to enable two-step authentication.

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Toronto Morning: What you need to know today

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Police across the Greater Toronto Area are urging motorists to be mindful of school zones as thousands of children head back to class today. Global News has some road safety tips for you.Road safety is still a major concern in Leaside where a 7-year-old girl died this summer. Georgia Walsh was killed at the intersection of Millwood and McRae Drive in July when a driver allegedly ran a red light. Signs were put up last week, but when Global News returned on last Friday, it seemed many drivers were looking elsewhere and not obeying the ban.The City of Toronto has reduced the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane restrictions along Eglinton Avenue East between Leslie Street and Cedar Drive from three or more passengers to two or more beginning today. The city says the change is being made to improve the flow of traffic in the busy corridor.The number of Canadian firms applying for lucrative medical marijuana licences has topped 1,000, as a so-called “greenrush” continues to overwhelm Health Canada. So far, only two new licences have been approved this summer even as the department tightens the application rules – and as nervous investors await decisions on their multimillion-dollar bids.Milos Raonic was eliminated from the U.S. Open by Japan’s Kei Nishikori in five sets early Tuesday. The 10th-seeded Nishikori prevailed 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals after a match that had both players straining to find extra reserves of energy at the end.


Increasing cloudiness. 40 percent chance of showers late this morning. A few showers beginning near noon and ending this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h this afternoon. High 24. UV index 4 or moderate.

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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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Hold the champagne: rich-poor diet gap in U.S. has grown

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CHICAGO – Americans’ eating habits have improved – except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.

On an index of healthy eating where a perfect score is 110, U.S. adults averaged just 40 points in 1999-2000, climbing steadily to 47 points in 2009-10, the study found.


Scores for low-income adults were lower than the average and barely budged during the years studied. They averaged almost four points lower than those for high-income adults at the beginning; the difference increased to more than six points in 2009-10.

Higher scores mean greater intake of heart-healthy foods including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and healthy fats, and a high score means a low risk of obesity and chronic illnesses including heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Low scores mean people face greater chances for developing those ailments.

READ MORE: Eating healthy may cost $1.50 more per day or $550 a year

The widening rich-poor diet gap is disconcerting and “will have important public health implications,” said study co-author Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health. Diet-linked chronic diseases such as diabetes have become more common in Americans in general, and especially in the poor, he noted.

“Declining diet quality over time may actually widen the gap between the poor and the rich,” Hu said.

Harvard School of Public Health researchers developed the healthy diet index used for the study. It is similar to federal dietary guidelines but features additional categories including red and processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages and alcohol.

The study authors used that index along with government estimates on trans fat intake to evaluate information in 1999-2010 national health surveys that included interviews with people about their eating habits. The results are published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

READ MORE: Measuring meals by exercise, not calories helps consumers eat healthy

Hu said the widening diet gap reflects an income gap that deepened during the recent financial crisis, which likely made healthy food less affordable for many people. Hu also noted that inexpensive highly processed foods are often widely available in low-income neighbourhoods.

The overall diet improvement was largely due to decreased intake of foods containing trans fats but the disappointing results point to a need for policy changes including better nutrition education, Hu said.

In recent years the government and manufacturers have moved to phase out use of artificial trans fats in foods including processed cookies, cakes, frozen pizza and margarines. Trans fats contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels and can increase heart disease risks. These fats are made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil to improve texture and shelf life.

The study authors say their results are consistent with an earlier report showing that “nearly the entire U.S. population fell short of meeting federal dietary recommendations.”

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The federal guidelines are updated every five years and new ones will be issued next year. The current recommendations emphasize limiting intake of trans fats, sodium, processed foods and added sugars. They don’t specify amounts but encourage diets high in whole grains, vegetables and fruits.

The Harvard index has a similar emphasis with some specifics; to get a top score would include eating daily more than two cups of vegetables, at least four servings of fruit and at least one ounce of nuts.

A JAMA Internal Medicine editorial says the Harvard diet index isn’t perfect because it puts equal emphasis on various foods that may not contribute equally to health. Still, the study highlights a “growing chasm” that is a public health concern, the editorial says. It suggests that government efforts to close the gap with programs including food stamps may be insufficient and that limiting government benefits to cover only healthful foods might be a better strategy.



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Ukraine says Russian forces sighted in major eastern cities

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WATCH: Ukraine’s security chief, Colonel Andriy Lysenko, said on Tuesday that Russian forces have been spotted in the two major rebel-held cities of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.

KIEV, Ukraine – Russian military forces have been spotted in both major rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine, an official said Tuesday, prompting Ukraine to declare it now has to fight the Russian army, not just the separatists.



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    The statement on the Russians by Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security Council, came after the country’s defence minister said Ukraine’s armed forces are expanding their strategy from just fighting separatists to facing the Russian army in a war that could cost “tens of thousands” of lives.

    Lysenko told reporters Russian troops had been seen in the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as other locations throughout the east. The claim could not be confirmed independently. Lysenko also said 15 servicemen had been killed over the previous day.

    In Moscow, a Kremlin aide sharply criticized EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for breaching confidentiality when he quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin as saying that Moscow could take over Kyiv in two weeks if it wished.

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    Yuri Ushakov, the Russian leader’s foreign policy adviser, told reporters that Putin’s statement was “taken out of context and carried a completely different meaning.”

    Ushakov lashed out at Barroso, saying it was a breach of diplomatic practices and “unworthy of a serious politician” to speak publicly about a private conversation.

    Putin’s comment reportedly came in response to Barroso pointing out Ukrainian and Western claims that Russia had sharply escalated the conflict in eastern Ukraine by sending regular army units into Ukraine. NATO has estimated that at least 1,000 Russian soldiers have entered Ukraine, helping turn the tide in the last week in favour of the pro-Russian insurgents. NATO also says 20,000 Russian soldiers have been positioned along the Ukraine-Russian border.

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    Ushakov on Tuesday reaffirmed Moscow’s repeated denial that it has sent any soldiers in, even though a rebel leader said last week that Russian servicemen on leave were among some 4,000 Russians fighting in Ukraine.

    Ukrainian Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey said on his 苏州美甲美睫培训论坛 page that the counter-insurgency operation against the rebels is over and the nation’s military is now facing the Russian army.

    “This is our Great Patriotic War,” he wrote, using the local terminology for World War II.

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry dismissed Heletey’s remarks as “shocking” and accused him of trying to shift blame and keep his position amid a series of defeats suffered by the Ukrainian military.

    Pro-Russian rebels have been fighting Ukrainian government troops since mid-April in a conflict that has left more than 2,500 people dead and forced at least 340,000 to flee. In the last week, the rebels have scored significant gains on the ground, launching a new offensive along the Sea of Azov coast.


    Efforts to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the hostilities, which followed the ouster of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president and Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March, have failed.

    Representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the pro-Russian rebels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe made another attempt Monday to reach an accord in Minsk, the Belarusian capital. Rebels presented a negotiating platform that dropped their previous demand for full independence and expressed readiness to negotiate a settlement that would respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity in exchange for a broad autonomy for its eastern provinces.

    The talks lasted several hours and were adjourned until Friday, when the parties are expected to discuss specifics of a possible cease-fire and a prisoners’ exchange.

    However, the prospect of talks between Ukraine and the rebels appear dim.

    “We don’t co-operate with terrorist organizations,” said Iryna Herashchenko, the presidential envoy for eastern Ukraine, according to the Interfax news agency.

    And Oleh Tyanhybok, leader of the nationalist Svoboda party, said “I would warn the president and diplomats from sitting at the talks table” with rebels.

    Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday urged the United States to use its influence with Ukraine to encourage efforts to reach a political settlement.

    “It’s necessary to restrain the party of war in Kyiv and only the United States can do it,” he said at a briefing.


    Vladimir Isachenkov and Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow contributed to this report.

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