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Uber drivers in California get class-action status in payment case

Lawsuit claims Uber drivers are employees, not independent contractors<p>A U.S. federal judge granted class-action status Tuesday to a lawsuit in …

Understanding recession without saying the R-word

Are you facing your own personal recession or are all you 'all right, Jack'?<p>"It is what it is." That bit of popular wisdom contains so little …

Will British Columbia decide the election's outcome?

It is often said that federal elections are decided before many British Columbians even vote. But with the polls suggesting a close three-way race …

Which leader has answered the most questions (so far)?

Harper limits reporters to a strict quota, while Mulcair and Trudeau turn up the volume<p>At the start of his campaign, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair took some …

Prepare yourselves: A rare “supermoon lunar eclipse” is coming

If you missed Jupiter’s collision with Venus back in June, now’s your chance to see another spectacular celestial sight—and this one should be much easier to spot. On Sept. 27, Earthlings will be treated to a “supermoon lunar eclipse,” a rare confluence of events that last occurred in 1982 and has …

Supermoon

Gay-straight alliance bill for schools voted down in Alberta

A private member's bill that would make it mandatory for Alberta schools to allow for the creation of gay-straight alliances has been voted down in the legislature.<p>Kent Hehr, Liberal member for Calgary-Buffalo, said on Twitter he was disappointed the bill didn't pass but said he would continue …

Africa reels after Nigeria demands a GDP recount

Apparently, Nigeria has discovered more than $200-billion (U.S.) of national wealth that it previously didn't know existed, and the country's chief statistical officer wants to tell you all about it. It sounds rather like an email scam, one of those farcical attempts to draw you into releasing your …

Russian diplomat ordered to leave Canada to send ‘message’ to Moscow

Ottawa has ordered the departure of a Russian diplomat to "send a message" to Moscow as relations between the two countries increasingly fray over Vladimir Putin's efforts to destabilize Ukraine, sources say.<p>The tensions that led to Canada's asking Russian military attaché Lieutenant-Colonel Yury …

Russia

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

What Quebec and the rest of Canada need to know about Philippe Couillard

Who is Philippe Couillard and what kind of premier will he be?<p>He has been described as a mild-mannered brain surgeon, an intellectual who would pepper email messages to colleagues with Latin phrases, and a staunch federalist in a province where sovereignty is always a topic.<p><b>Vital statistics</b><p>56 years …

Canada

No harm in removing citizenship oath to Queen, Appeals Court told

Allowing would-be citizens to opt out of a "repugnant" oath to the Queen would cause no harm and allow them to retain their sense of integrity, Ontario's top court heard Tuesday.<p>In calling for the citizenship oath to be struck down, a trio of longtime permanent residents argued the requirement is …

Judiciary

Why you actually don't need to let your kids fail (and everyone should get a medal)

As parents, many of us choose to spend our five minutes of free time drinking in the latest theories on child-rearing. Depending on the day, it's about fostering grit and remembering not to over-praise, or fretting over the endless flow of trophies our kids bring home just for showing up.<p>But in his …

Parenting

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Gulf Oil Spill "Not Over": Dolphins, Turtles Dying in Record Numbers

Report warns that 14 species are still struggling from the 2010 disaster.<p>Four years after the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, several species of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico are still struggling to recover, according to a new report released today.<p>In particular, bottlenose dolphins and sea …

What Happens In Your Brain During a Female Orgasm

<b>The Buildup</b><br>Continued stimulation stokes your hippocampus, a region known to evoke dreamlike memories. (Remember sex in the car with the top down in that rented convertible? Good times.) Also activated is the amygdala, involved in emotional expression and intense feelings. Though researchers don't …

Double Mastectomy: Why Angelina Jolie Had Breast Removal Surgery

Actress Angelina Jolie has undergone a preventive double mastectomy, she revealed Tuesday in The New York Times.<p>She wrote an opinion piece, titled "My Medical Choice," explaining that she underwent the breast removal procedure because she has a mutated BRCA1 gene known to raise a woman's risk of …

Greyhound bus killer ready for more community passes, psychiatrist says

A man who beheaded and cannibalized a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba is likely to get more privileges in the coming weeks – something his victim's mother says should never happen.<p>Vince Li, 45, has stopped having hallucinations, has been a model patient at the Selkirk Mental Health …

Mental Health

Arctic aboriginals call for end to offshore drilling, pause in northern energy projects

A growing number of Arctic aboriginals have called for a moratorium on energy development in the North in a statement that seeks an end to offshore drilling and a pause in northern energy projects unless local aboriginals consent.<p>The statement was released Monday in Kiruna, Sweden, two days before …

Canada

B.C. NDP stays ahead as Liberals’ base erodes

The B.C. NDP holds a nine-point lead over the B.C. Liberals as voters head to the polls, according to a new Angus Reid survey conducted exclusively for CTV and The Globe and Mail.<p>The online poll surveyed 800 voters over the weekend, with the results released on Monday.<p>"I think what it shows more …

Canada

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Recon 2 predicts how metabolism misbehaves - Futurity

U. VIRGINIA (US) — The largest computer model of human metabolism offers a new way …

Metabolism

Salt adds to stomach bug's cancer risk - Futurity

VANDERBILT (US) — Combining a high-salt diet with a type of H. pylori infection can …

Cancer

Starman Chris Hadfield falls to Earth as Soyuz returns from ISS

A Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man crew returning from a five-month mission to the International Space Station landed safely Tuesday on the …