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Cop Buys Shirt and Tie for Shoplifter's Job Interview

Teen was busted trying to steal them from a Walmart in Toronto

(Newser) - A teen with no money and no good clothes to wear to an upcoming job interview made the misguided decision to try to steal a shirt and tie from Walmart. As Toronto's CP24 reports, the 18-year-old quickly got busted by store security. But that's when the kid caught... More »

Man Killed Mom, 2 Brothers Weeks Before His Wedding

He was afraid mother would tell fiancee he was jobless

(Newser) - A Toronto man who didn't want his fiancee to discover he was unemployed ended up slaughtering almost his entire family on a bloody day in August last year. Brett Ryan, 36, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years Friday after confessing to... More »

Teen Goes to Metallica Concert, Loses Car for Days

His dad had to place a Craigslist ad asking Toronto locals to help his 'doofy son'

(Newser) - For much of this week, Toronto residents have been on a scavenger hunt of sorts, with an odd target: a 2015 Nissan Versa, "misplaced" by a US teen who'd forgotten where he'd left it after a Metallica concert. The CBC reports on 19-year-old Gavin Strickland's parking... More »

Toronto's Trump Tower Is Changing Its Name

Owners had to pay millions to Trump Organization

(Newser) - It's sad news for big fans of alliteration, but nobody else seems to mind: The Trump Tower in Toronto will be getting a new name under a deal announced Tuesday, the New York Times reports. JCF Capital, which bought the 65-story hotel and condo complex earlier this year, has... More »

Uber's Latest Headache: Rotting Sandwiches

The UberEATS driver has confounded everyone

(Newser) - There wasn't anything terribly special about their order, but what happened next was truly unexpected. Toronto-area couple Anna Kotlikova and Blake Weinzettl ordered pizza and soda from a nearby haunt, Montana's, over the weekend, using UberEATS so they wouldn't have to go out and pick it up.... More »

Fake Bomb Leads to Arrest of US Man on Flight to Chicago

The 58-year-old was charged with mischief

(Newser) - An American citizen was arrested in Canada on Thursday after airport officials allegedly found a fake bomb in his suitcase, Reuters reports. According to the Toronto Star , 58-year-old Joseph Galaska was charged with mischief and has a hearing Friday. The "mock improvised explosive device" was discovered during a screening... More »

Canada's Biggest School System Bans Trips to the US

Fears students will be turned away at border

(Newser) - There will be no new trips to the Washington Monument for students within Canada's largest school system. The Toronto District School Board, which includes 245,000 students in 584 schools, will no longer green-light trips south of the border, citing uncertainty over border restrictions. "We strongly believe that... More »

Khizr Khan Says 'Travel Privileges' Under Review

He says he had to cancel talk in Canada

(Newser) - Gold Star father and prominent President Trump critic Khizr Khan has called off a speech he was due to deliver in Canada because "his travel privileges are being reviewed," the organizer of the Toronto talk says. Khan, a Pakistani-American lawyer who has been a US citizen for more... More »

Missing Brother Found, After 5 Years of Wandering

Anton Pilipa is reunited with family in Canada

(Newser) - Anton Pilipa disappeared in 2012 from suburban Toronto without a trace. Now the 39-year-old is back home, thanks to a police officer's online sleuthing in another continent. The officer picked up Pilipa wandering along the side of a highway in Brazil, and though he had no ID and was... More »

Rapist Who Attacked Up to 1K Women Being Sent Home

Selva Kumar Subbiah 'is a total, classic psychopath'

(Newser) - An unrepentant serial rapist believed to have attacked up to 1,000 women has finished a 24-year prison sentence in Canada, but he won't be enjoying a minute of freedom there. Instead, guards will accompany Selva Kumar Subbiah on a plane back to his native Malaysia and hand police... More »

Artist Takes Strangers' Tattooed Secrets to His Grave

Most of the secrets inked onto Andrew Henderson's body weren't even his own

(Newser) - Andrew Henderson knew he didn't have long to live due to his lymphoblastic lymphoma, which doctors told him was incurable. And so he held a "living funeral" last weekend, per the CBC , and the "Taking It to the Grave" event was a testament to the "ebullient... More »

MLB Wants Beer-Throwing, 'Loon-Ball' Fan Prosecuted

It's also pressuring Toronto to ban beer cans from the stands

(Newser) - Major League Baseball wants officials in Canada to prosecute the Toronto Blue Jays fan who threw a can of beer at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during the seventh inning of the AL wild-card game Tuesday, the AP reports. Toronto police on Wednesday released a photo of the fan... More »

Crossbow Attack Leaves 3 Dead in Toronto

The attack is connected to a suspicious package that shut down a building

(Newser) - Three people were killed with a crossbow Thursday afternoon in Toronto, Reuters reports. According to the CBC , police responded to reports of a stabbing to find three people with crossbow bolts in them inside a residential garage in a suburban area of the city. "It was going on for... More »

Toronto Police Apprehend Gun-Toting Terminator

A shoddy Schwarzenegger mannequin caused a scare this week

(Newser) - Toronto police did in one night what Hollywood cops couldn't do in an entire movie (not to mention multiple sequels): stop the Terminator. CBC reports someone called 911 Wednesday night about a person with a gun. Police secured the area before realizing there was no threat. "Police on... More »

Police to Apologize for Canada's 'Stonewall Moment'

1981 raids targeting gay men sparked gay rights movement

(Newser) - Some 35 years after police targeted gay men in a series of raids on bathhouses, Toronto’s gay community will finally get an apology. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders is expected to deliver an official apology Wednesday for the Feb. 5, 1981, raids on four bathhouses—known as Operation Soap—... More »

Huge 'Bonnie and Clyde' Rodents Loose in Toronto

The capybara pair escaped from High Park Zoo on May 24

(Newser) - A #CapybaraWatch hashtag is making the rounds online in the hopes that the public can help track down two giant capybaras that flew the coop of a Toronto zoo more than two weeks ago, National Geographic reports. The aptly nicknamed Bonnie and Clyde made a run for it on May... More »

'Morbid' Funeral Home Ad Wants Motorists to 'Text and Drive'

But it isn't quite what it appears

(Newser) - Motorists in Toronto were recently confronted by a huge billboard from Wathan Funeral Home instructing them to "text and drive," Adweek reports. The "provocative in the extreme" billboard understandably sent many angry Toronto residents to the Wathan Funeral website . There they were greeted with this message: “... More »

Baby Delivered After Mom Killed in Drive-By

Toronto cops say the whole city is outraged

(Newser) - A dangerously premature baby is clinging to life in Toronto after its mother was killed in a drive-by shooting. The child was delivered via emergency C-section after 35-year-old Candice Bobb, who was around five months pregnant, was fatally shot on Sunday night, CTV reports. She was a passenger in a... More »

Woman Hops Tiger Fence to Get Hat Back

Toronto Zoo wants to talk to 'moron' in video

(Newser) - People at the Toronto Zoo want to talk to somebody who got too close for comfort to one of their Sumatran tigers—for the sake of a hat. A video that surfaced over the weekend shows a woman hopping a fence at the tiger enclosure to retrieve a fallen hat,... More »

Mom Bills Son $1K for Being an 'A--hole'

Her son calls it a 'very effective parenting technique'

(Newser) - A Reddit user living in Toronto better be kissing up to his momma for quite a while: The 23-year-old student, who goes by Chalipo on Reddit, recently got into an argument with his mom about how much it had cost her to support him over the last 13 months, reports... More »

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