It’s not looking hopeful for the 239 passengers and crew, including two Canadians, who were on board a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that vanished from radar screens late yesterday. A Vietnamese search and rescue plane spotted two oil slicks in the water off the southern tip of the country, providing the first signs the jet had crashed. Flight MH370 was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
A former Mountie has been arrested on allegations of sexual assault involving eight youths in the 1970s and 80s. The RCMP says 58-year-old Alan John Davidson was arrested in Calgary on Thursday. It’s alleged the assaults took place in Clearwater, B.C. while he was a minor hockey and baseball coach. All the alleged victims were males under the age of 18, police said.
The Supreme Court of Canada has tossed out an appeal by a Nova Scotia man who was convicted of sexual assault for poking holes in his girlfriend’s condoms and impregnating her. Craig Jaret Hutchinson was sentenced to 18 months in jail in December 2011 after he admitted damaging the condoms so his former partner, whose identity is protected, would not break up with him.
Police have charged an Oshawa, Ont. Boston Pizza and three of its staff with selling liquor to an intoxicated person. It’s alleged the 36-year-old man was killed after walking into the path of a car a short distance from the restaurant early on Nov. 21, 2013. If convicted, the three could face a fine or jail time.
Have you ever had a “brain orgasm”? Maybe you have and didn’t know it. A Google search for “ASMR” delivers hundreds of YouTube videos of people whispering, blowing softly, tapping on cardboard, or making other relaxing sounds. The strange videos are an attempt to trigger an autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) or “braingasm,” a tingling, calming sensation in the brain. ASMR’s proponents say the videos help cure anxiety and insomnia.
Finally, the $50 million Lotto Max jackpot has gone unclaimed for another week. There were no winning tickets for the big prize in last night’s draw, though eight of thirty $1 million prizes were claimed in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, and two on the prairies. The jackpot will remain $50 million next week, organizers say.