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Obama jeered, Harper cheered on U.S. radio

US right-wing radio toasts Harper government over Mideast, while blasting Obama
Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON - A highly popular conservative radio talk show in the United States has heaped praise on Canada's Harper government, while simultaneously blasting U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration.

Its host delivered a gushing review of Canada's foreign policy to millions of listeners this week during a segment with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, where they discussed the Harper government's position on the Gaza conflict.

Big score for winner of CFL game 50-50 draw

Huge windfall for winner of 50-50 charity draw at Edmonton Eskimos game
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos say a 20-year-old man has won the largest 50-50 draw in the football club's history.

The CFL team says Connor Croken of Edmonton presented the winning ticket worth $348,534 when the Eskimos office opened this morning.

Tickets were sold during a game Thursday night against the Calgary Stampeders, which the Eskimos lost 26-22.

The game drew more than 40,000 people, many of whom stood in line for much of the first half to buy tickets.

Careening car in Cranbrook,B.C., creates chaos

When parking goes wrong: Cranbrook, B.C., man creates bumper car chaos
The Canadian Press

CRANBROOK, B.C. - A disoriented driver in southeastern British Columbia is accused of causing more than his fair share of mayhem after losing control in a parking lot in Cranbrook.

RCMP say the 86-year-old was pulling into a shopping centre parking lot Thursday when he confused the gas and the brake, sending his vehicle careening through the wall of the store.

The uninjured man then tried to reverse out of the building but lost control again, this time ricocheting off five parked vehicles.

Air Canada flight to Tel Aviv alters course

Air Canada flight to Tel Aviv told to alter course until it's safe to land
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - An Air Canada flight to Tel Aviv had to perform a "go-round" over southern Israel until it received confirmation that it was safe to land, an airline spokeswoman said Friday amid reports Hamas fired three rockets at the city's airport.

Airline spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said Flight AC84 was advised to do so by Israel's air traffic control shortly before noon, local time.

Woman in Montreal subway appears to eat raw bird

Police looking for woman who appears to be eating raw bird on Montreal subway
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Montreal police are looking for a woman who was caught on video in a subway train apparently eating a raw bird.

The YouTube video shows a woman sitting down, bent over, pulling the feathers off what looks like a bird and then devouring it.

She is quite oblivious to her fellow passengers, although the same can't be said of their reaction.

The man filming the July 1 scene exclaims he's about to vomit, while other passengers are seen moving to the other end of the subway car.

Ottawa has $730 million of unclaimed money

Ottawa sitting on $730 million stockpile of uncashed taxes, other benefits
Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Ottawa is sitting on a stockpile of more than $730 million in uncashed tax refunds and other government cheques, according to Public Works Canada.

Many Canadians eagerly await their pension, employment insurance and child-tax benefits, but the department says that 3.2 million cheques issued over the past five years have never been cashed for a variety of reasons such as cheques being lost, not delivered or recipients moving without registering a new address.

The largest amount held is $149 million in tax refunds owed to 338,000 recipients.

Black box found at Air Algerie wreckage site

Soldiers guard Air Algerie wreckage in Mali after black box found; no survivors
Elaine Ganley And Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press

PARIS - French soldiers recovered a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, officials said.

Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say bad weather is the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all 118 people onboard, including five Canadians.

Black box found at Air Algerie wreckage site

France recovers black box from Air Algerie wreckage site in Mali; no survivors
Elaine Ganley And Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press

PARIS - French soldiers have secured a black box from the wreckage of an Air Algerie plane that went down in a desolate region of restive northern Mali, the French president said Friday.

Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause of the crash, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather.

Arctic oil spills could cross borders: study

Arctic oil spills likely to spread across borders: study
Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

New research suggests that any type of significant oil spill in Canada's western Arctic would likely spread quickly and foul oceans around Alaska and possibly as far west as Russia.

"Spills originating from the Canadian Beaufort and resulting coastal oiling could be an international issue," says the report from RPS Applied Science Associates, a global environmental consultancy.

The research, funded by the World Wildlife Fund, comes as the National Energy Board prepares to consider blowout prevention plans in two separate proposals for offshore energy drilling.

Teen girl begins swim across Lake Erie

Teen girl who swam across Lake Ontario for charity begins Lake Erie challenge
The Canadian Press

ERIE, Pa. - A teen girl believed to be the youngest to swim across Lake Ontario two years ago is now taking on an even bigger challenge: a marathon swim across Lake Erie.

Annaleise Carr has started a 75-kilometre trek — one and a half times her last feat — at Presque Ile State Park in Erie, Penn.

The record-breaking swim, a fundraiser to send kids with cancer to camp, will end in Port Dover, Ont., and is estimated to take about 30 hours.

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