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Cops Make Arrest in Cyberbullying Suicide

Netherlands man, 35, allegedly blackmailed Canadian teen Amanda Todd

(Newser) - Netherlands police have arrested a 35-year-old man who allegedly blackmailed a Canadian teenager over nude photos before she killed herself , reports the CBC . Amanda Todd's case drew international headlines because of a YouTube video the 15-year-old posted before her death in 2012 detailing her ordeal. A Netherlands report says... More »

Canada Arrests Teen in Heartbleed Hack

Ontario suspect, 19, accused of stealing data from Canada's revenue agency

(Newser) - A 19-year-old computer whiz in Canada has been charged with taking advantage of the Heartbleed Internet breach to hack into the nation's version of the IRS, reports the BBC . Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes of London, Ontario, is accused of exploiting the flaw to steal 900 social insurance numbers from the... More »

Cops: University Student in Canada Stabs 5 to Death

It's Calgary's worst mass murder

(Newser) - A 22-year-old graduate of the University of Calgary who was about to enter its law school is accused of stabbing five people to death at a party, reports the Calgary Herald . The suspect in the city's worst mass murder has been identified as Matthew de Grood, the son of... More »

More Heartbleed Fallout: 'Major' Internet Disruptions

Security-certificate issue may seriously slow down browsing

(Newser) - The Heartbleed security flaw could pose a major nuisance even if your data isn't compromised, as hundreds of thousands of websites scramble to fix the problem—causing what the Washington Post predicts will be "major disruptions" to Internet service. At issue are sites' security certificates, or identification information... More »

Canada Shuts Down Online Tax System Over Heartbleed

How you can protect yourself

(Newser) - Just how bad is the Heartbleed exploit ? So bad that even the taxman can't handle it, at least in Canada. The Canadian Revenue Agency has cut off access to its online services because of the issue, and says they'll likely remain offline for days, the Toronto Star... More »

Canadian Stricken With Unknown Virus

The good news is it's not Ebola...

(Newser) - An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus may have jumped borders, with the AP reporting that it's thought to have spread from Guinea, where it has claimed at least 59 victims, to Liberia—but not, it turns out, to Canada. A Canadian has been hospitalized in Saskatchewan province with... More »

Woman Faked Quintuplet Pregnancy for Months

Canadian experienced a 'phantom' pregnancy, doctors say

(Newser) - A Canadian woman who looked very pregnant and said she was carrying quintuplets wasn't pregnant at all—and her boyfriend is devastated. Only when Barbara Bienvenue, 37, showed up to deliver her babies at a Quebec hospital last week did a nurse inform the man that there was no... More »

After 12 Years, Canada Ends Afghanistan Mission

Last personnel depart this week

(Newser) - After 12 years and 162 deaths, Canada formally ended its involvement in Afghanistan yesterday, hauling down the Canadian flag at NATO headquarters in a low-key ceremony journalists were ordered not to report on at the time because of security concerns. Canadian soldiers joined the hunt for Osama bin Laden in... More »

Beer: the New Sports Drink?

Canadian firm preps post-workout ale

(Newser) - Are beer cans the new water bottles? A Canadian company is hoping so. Vampt's Lean Machine "recovery ale" is reportedly full of nutrients, electrolytes, and protein—and it's got just 77 calories. For those hoping to get buzzed after their workout, however, a warning: It's also... More »

Canada Teaches Alcoholics to Make Their Own Beer

Program aims to steer users away from toxic drinks

(Newser) - Another innovative harm-reduction strategy from the Vancouver group that introduced crack pipe vending machines : Brewing lessons for hardened alcoholics. The Portland Hotel Society, which works to help addicts and the mentally ill in the Canadian city, says the aim is to steer extreme alcoholics away from more dangerous substances like... More »

Reveling Rob Ford Charges Groin-First Into Hydrant

Toronto's mayor was celebrating Canada's 3-0 Olympic hockey victory

(Newser) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford doesn't just walk into TV cameras and take pratfalls trying to play football . Yesterday, he took it a step further by celebrating a Canadian Olympic hockey win so joyously that he walked groin-first into a fire hydrant, the National Post reports. Ford was celebrating the... More »

O Canada! Men's Hockey Wins Sochi's Final Gold

Sweden loses gold medal game 3-0; forward benched after failing drug test

(Newser) - Jonathan Toews scored in the first period, captain Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the tournament, and Canada defended its Olympic men's hockey title today with a 3-0 victory over Sweden in the gold-medal game. Chris Kunitz also scored and Carey Price made 24 saves for the Canadians,... More »

Canada Beats US in Hockey, Again

Men's team defeats USA in semifinals

(Newser) - One day after Canada's women's hockey team delivered a crushing loss to Team USA, the men's team did the same. Canada beat the US 1-0 today in the semifinals, reports AP . Jamie Benn scored early in the second period, and Carey Price stopped all 30 American shots... More »

Canada Stuns US in OT for Women's Hockey Gold

Team USA gives up two late goals in the third in 3-2 loss

(Newser) - The gold-medal game in women's hockey played out as advertised, with yet another thriller between USA and Canada. The Canadians prevailed with a 3-2 win in overtime for their fourth straight gold medal, reports AP . The loss is especially stinging for the US because it held a 2-0 lead... More »

New Fossil Find One of History's Greatest

3K fossils, 55 species found in Canada's Kootenay National Park

(Newser) - Researchers in Canada have made an "extraordinary" find: a vast collection of fossils that offer an in-depth look at prehistoric life. The site in Kootenay National Park is being compared to what experts call one of history's greatest fossil finds, a 1909 discovery about 26 miles away in... More »

Canadian Coach Gives Ski to Stricken Russian

'You can't just sit there,' Justin Wadsworth says

(Newser) - A touching Olympic moment in Sochi: Canada's cross-country ski coach Justin Wadsworth came to the rescue yesterday as Russian Anton Gafarov tried to drag himself off the course with a broken ski. The coach, whose athletes had already been eliminated, hustled over with a spare ski so the Russian... More »

Oh, Canada: Vending Machines Hawk Crack Pipes

Nonprofit tries to boost health of Vancouver users

(Newser) - A pair of jaunty, polka-dotted vending machines in Vancouver are selling something unusual: Crack pipes for a quarter. They have been installed to make sure addicts have a cheap, reliable source of pipes. "They don’t run the risk of then sharing pipes, or pipes that are chipped or... More »

Woman Dies After Scarf Caught on Escalator

Horror in the Montreal subway

(Newser) - Safety mechanisms failed horrifically yesterday when a woman was strangled after her scarf and then her hair became caught in an escalator at a Montreal subway station. “The woman’s scarf got caught in the escalator and then she bent down to try to get it out and her... More »

Grim Search at Burned-Out Seniors' Home Buried in Ice

Cig may have caused fire that killed dozens

(Newser) - Work crews have resumed the grim task of searching for ice-covered bodies in the wreckage of a seniors' residence in Quebec, where a blaze is believed to have killed more than 30 people . Search teams working in bitter weather conditions are using hot air to melt more than 20 inches... More »

Firefighters Saw Seniors in Home, Couldn't Save Them

Fast-moving blaze trapped residents of Canada facility

(Newser) - A fire raged through a seniors' home in eastern Quebec yesterday, trapping residents dependent on wheelchairs and walkers. Five died, about 30 were missing and Canada's prime minister said there is little doubt the death toll will be high: Officials said firefighters saw and heard people in the building... More »

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