Top News Advisory for Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
(Canadian Press DataFile Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
Here are the top news stories from The Canadian Press. All times are Eastern unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject to change as news develops. Contact the National Desk at 416-507-2150.
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TOP NEWS THIS HOUR
Mohamed Harkat leads challenge of national security certificates in high court
OTTAWA _ Mohamed Harkat, an Ottawa man dogged by accusations of terrorist ties for more than a decade, heads to the Supreme Court of Canada today to challenge the constitutionality national security certificates. Harkat's lawyers argue the process is inconsistent with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms because it provides scant information about the allegations he faces. AUDIO
B.C. court to rule on assisted suicide in case destined for highest court
VANCOUVER _ The B.C. Court of Appeal is set to rule today on the constitutionality of Canada's prohibition on doctor-assisted suicide. The court was asked to examine the law after the B.C. Supreme Court ruled last year that the law violates the charter rights of gravely ill patients by preventing them from seeking the help of a doctor to end their suffering. AUDIO
Rogers voice and SMS services fully restored after cross-Canada outage
TORONTO _ It was a frustrating evening for Rogers Communications' wireless customers when party of the company's network went dark. The telecom giant (TSX:RCI.B) restored its wireless voice and text messaging services late Wednesday night after a major outage. Rogers and Fido will proactively credit all of its postpaid wireless customers for one day of service. AUDIO
Study shows one in six newly graduated medical specialists can't find work
TORONTO _ The findings are startling, given years of complaints about doctor shortages and long wait times for surgeries. But a new report suggests that nearly one in six recently minted medical specialists cannot find work in their field.
Ex-city councillor to be sentenced in New Brunswick for sexually abusing boys
SAINT JOHN, N.B. _ A former municipal politician and youth worker in New Brunswick is expected to be sentenced today in Saint John after admitting to sexually abusing boys and making pornographic images of children. Donnie Snook pleaded guilty in May to 46 charges, including sexual assault and possessing, making and distributing child pornography.
Libya's official news agency says abducted prime minister has been freed
TRIPOLI, Libya _ Libya's state news agency says Prime Minister Ali Zidan, abducted by gunmen at dawn, has now been freed. Details were sketchy but it appeared Libyan forces had intervened in some way and that the abductors did not free Zidan voluntarily. Hours earlier, Zidan was snatched by gunmen before dawn from a Tripoli hotel where he resides. PHOTOS, VIDEO
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala wins top EU human rights Sakharov Prize
BRUSSELS, Belgium _ European lawmakers have awarded their top human rights prize to Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year. The European Parliament announced Thursday that 16-year-old Malala won the Sakharov Award. PHOTO
Suicide car bombing kills 3 soldiers, 1 policeman in Sinai(at)
AL-ARISH, Egypt _ Egyptian officials say a suicide bomber has rammed his explosives-laden car into a checkpoint outside a coastal city in volatile Sinai Peninsula, killing three soldiers and a policeman. Five other people were wounded.
Edward Snowden's father voices doubt his son will return to the US
MOSCOW _ The father of former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden is in Moscow to meet with his son. Lon Snowden told Russian television he doubts his son, Edward, will return to the United States, where he is charged with violating the Espionage Act for disclosing NSA's highly classified surveillance of phone and Internet usage around the world. PHOOTOS
Budget impasse concerns likely to dominate IMF/World Bank forum
WASHINGTON _ Concerns that the political impasse in American government will derail a fragile global economic recovery are expected to dominate a meeting of world financial leaders in Washington this week. This comes as the IMF and other economic experts count on a strengthening U.S. economy to help carry a still-fragile global economic recovery.
Obama to meet Republican leaders to discuss debt-limit extension
WASHINGTON _ President Barack Obama is hosting top House Republicans today to seek an opening in an impasse that has shut down much of the government and threatens a catastrophic federal default. The White House meeting comes as House Republican leaders consider advancing a short-term debt limit increase designed to allow more time to resolve the partial government shutdown, now in its 10th day.
Passengers stuck for 2 hours on ride at Universal Studios Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. _ A dozen people were stuck for more than two hours on a roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida. The 12-person train stopped near the top of the first hill of the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit around 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday. Park officials said a glitch put the computers into safety mode, stopping the ride.
NASA diagnosing Juno spacecraft after post-Earth flyby problem
LOS ANGELES _ NASA engineers were troubleshooting why the Jupiter-bound spacecraft ran into some problems after successfully zipping past Earth to boost its speed toward the outer solar system. Despite the snag, the team said Wednesday Juno was on track to arrive at the giant gas planet in 2016. PHOTOS
Hundreds of years later, New Zealand's main islands finally get official names
WELLINGTON, New Zealand _ Eight hundred years after indigenous Maori first arrived in New Zealand and 370 years after Europeans spied its shores, the South Pacific nation's major land masses will finally get official Maori names. The North Island will be Te Ika-a-Maui and the South Island will be Te Waipounamu.
Endurance swimmer Nyad nearing end of marathon challenge
NEW YORK _ Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad is entering the final hours of her marathon Manhattan swim to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy. Nyad started the 48-hour swim Tuesday morning in a 40-yard pool set up in Herald Square. Her aim is to raise money for people still struggling a year after Sandy. PHOTOS
Kanye West, Jimmy Kimmel make nice
NASHVILLE _ Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel quickly dispelled the idea their so-called rap feud was a publicity stunt during a sometimes uncomfortable appearance on the comedian's television show. Speculation that the rapper's anger over a "Jimmy Kimmel Live" parody skit that mocked him was staged was immediate after West lashed out at Kimmel in late September.
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