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- Drawing from its millions of English-language profiles, LinkedIn - the work-focused social networking site -- has produced a list of this year's most commonly used buzzwords.
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands by 'every word' he said in a TV interview in which he appeared to infer that a Toronto Star reporter is a pedophile.
- Canada's own WestJet airlines is spreading a bit of holiday cheer online this week, thanks to a "Christmas miracle" video that's gone viral.
- If you or a family member have experienced PTSD or if you have questions about support services for Canadian soldiers and veterans, we hope you'll join the conversation.
- A local family is gaining attention across North America for their part in a holiday video featuring the granting of the holiday wishes of dozens of WestJet passengers.
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper has condemned the use of riot police against peaceful protests in the Ukrainian capital, calling the action "undemocratic and excessive."
- The union representing postal workers says it will fight Canada Post's decision to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery as the company struggles with continued losses.
- A local woman was stunned to find out that she had been declared dead after she went to her doctor for a check-up last week.
- A disgraced former RCMP sergeant who helped investigate the Surrey Six massacre and the death of Robert Dziekanski pleaded guilty Wednesday to shoplifting a $70 hoodie.
- As a human rights controversy continues to swirl around the 2014 Winter Olympics, the City of Vancouver has announced it will vote on whether to send an openly gay city councillor as its representative to Sochi, Russia.
- A new social media policy is being introduced at some New Brunswick rinks to ensure the action on the ice isn't spilling over to the web.
- Doctors warn the use of painkillers has reached epidemic proportions in B.C., soaring 25 per cent above the national average.
- DHAKA, Bangladesh - Bangladesh's Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for the execution of an opposition leader convicted of war crimes when it rejected a last-minute appeal filed by his lawyers.
- JOHANNESBURG - The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela's memorial service said Thursday he saw "angels" at the event, has been violent in the past and suffers from schizophrenia.
- BEIJING, China - A 6-year-old Chinese boy whose eyes were gouged out in an attack more than three months ago was discharged Thursday from a hospital in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, where he was successfully fitted with prosthetic eyes.
- BANGKOK - Protesters cut off electricity to the prime minister's office compound on Thursday and demanded that police abandon the premises, piling fresh pressure on Thailand's government in a political crisis that has dragged on for weeks.
- NEW DELHI - India's law minister said Thursday that the government has not abandoned efforts to make homosexuality legal, saying the country must take swift action to challenge a Supreme Court decision banning same-sex relations.
- GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A growing number of American students are eager to cash in on expected boom market for drone operators after more unmanned aircraft become legal to fly in U.S. airspace, which could happen in the next few years.
- Jeff Carter scored midway through the third period as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 for their fifth straight win Wednesday. Carter beat former teammate Jonathan Bernier with a wrist shot between the legs on a two-on-one at 9:40 for his eighth of the year.
- Duncan Keith and Andrew Shaw scored in a 39-second span at the start of Chicago's five-goal second period Wednesday night, sparking the Blackhawks to a 7-2 victory over Ray Emery and the Philadelphia Flyers. Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists for Chicago, which has won three in a row after a three-game losing streak.
- The NHL has suspended Senators defenceman Jared Cowen two games for a head shot on Zemgus Girgensons of the Buffalo Sabres. Cowen struck Girgensons in the head late in the third period of Ottawa's game in Buffalo on Tuesday night. No penalty was called on the play.
- Tampa Bay forward Richard Panik was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL for boarding Washington defenceman Karl Alzner. Panik was given a major penalty for boarding in the second period of the Lightning's shootout loss Tuesday night in Washington. The suspension will cost him $7,590.
- Kirk Cousins will start for the Washington Redskins on Sunday -- and Robert Griffin III will be the No. 3 quarterback behind Rex Grossman. Coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday went ahead with his plan to sit Griffin, further stoking the turmoil surrounding the future of the coach.
- Major League Baseball plans to eliminate home plate collisions, possibly as soon as next season but no later than by 2015. New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, made the announcement Wednesday at the winter meetings.
- SEOUL, South Korea - A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets.
- SAN FRANCISCO - An aircraft fleet owned by Google's founders and former CEO received improper discounts on jet fuel that saved the three billionaires up to $5.3 million dating back to depths of the Great Recession in 2009, according to a government report released Wednesday.
- VANCOUVER - Absolute Software Corp. (TSX:ABT) says John Livingston has tendered his resignation as chief executive as well as a member of the software security company's board.
- NEW YORK, N.Y. - Facebook will join the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index, replacing technology supplier Teradyne Inc., while Abercrombie & Fitch is downgraded from the benchmark index.
- ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - New Jersey casino regulators dealt a losing hand Wednesday to the world's largest online poker website, barring PokerStars from conducting Internet gambling in the state for two years.
- Kent, Connecticut is a tiny town of less than 3,000, but this Kent home is anything but small. In fact, it has an 8,076 square feet interior set on 100 acres. It also has eye-catching ceilings, floors, light fixtures, and fireplaces (three, to be exact). Check out 175 Carter Road and sound off on your favorite feature in the comments. By Brandon Miller
- Hands up if you've ever turned a trip to the grocery store into a chance to pick up a new accessory or two with your milk and bread. Nearly everybody has the desire to keep some of their spending on the down-low. A 2012 poll conducted for the website creditcards.com found that 7% of live-in couples have some sort of hidden financial account. It is much healthier, however, for couples to agree to a set amount of discretionary spending they don't need to talk to their partner about. Here are seven seemingly innocent expenses that you should never hide from your partner. by Rebecca Cuneo Keenan