Dec 19, 2011

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South Korea on high alert after Kim Jong-il’s death

In a “special broadcast” Monday, North Korea's state media said Kim JOng-il died of a heart ailment on a train due to a “great mental and physical strain” on Saturday during a “high intensity field inspection.”

Young, inexperienced general set to take over North Korea

Young and inexperienced, Kim Jong-un is seen as poised to take over North Korea with the death of his father and extend the Kim dynasty’s rule over the reclusive state for a third generation.

North Korea conducts short-range missile test: reports

North Korea conducted at least one short-range missile test Monday, the same day it announced the death of leader Kim Jong Il, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

ORNGE spinoff lands rich payout

In 2008, Ontario’s ORNGE air ambulance service bought 10 helicopters from an Italian aircraft manufacturer for $120 million. Two years later the Italian company’s U.S. office struck a “sales and marketing services” deal — eventually totalling $6.7 million — with a spinoff firm made up of ORNGE executives.

 
 
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Twitter gets $300m in Saudi cash

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, an investor in some of the world’s top companies, has bought a stake in Twitter for $300 million, gaining another foothold in the global media industry.


 
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5 ways to keep loyalty points from expiring

Loyalty programs are on the hook for trillions of banked miles and travel rewards. That’s why many programs have expiry dates and inactivity rules.

Seniors with travel insurance billed $107,000

An 80-year-old man got sick on an Alaskan cruise, but RBC denied his claim because he didn’t disclose a previous heart condition.

 

Why your heating bills aren't down a lot more

The price of natural gas has dropped by 65 per cent in the past five years, but your bill isn’t down that much. Here’s why.

Knowing warranty details can save thousands

Keeping track of warranty information along with the proof of purchase is the best way to improve your odds when dealing with a faulty consumer good.

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Sports
 

Cox: In defeat, Tebow shows even greater potential

Tim Tebow lost to the Patriots but wasn’t exposed. If anything, he showed he’s got more to offer than many have supposed.

Reimer trying to play himself into top form

Goalie James Reimer will be in net Monday night when the Leafs face the visiting Los Angeles Kings.

 

Too early to crown Kings as contender

The Los Angeles Kings seem to be going about this business of being a contender in a funny way.

Kelly: Bargnani gets with the program

On Sunday against the Celtics, Raptor Andrea Bargnani seemed engaged, aggressive even, on the defensive end of things for the first time in a long time. Maybe ever.

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Entertainment
 

War Horse script brought co-star Tom Hiddleston to tears

Actor, also known for Midnight in Paris and Thor, praises the film’s ‘classic storytelling’.

Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara ‘indomitable,’ says David Fincher

Rooney Mara, star of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, admits she is a shy person, especially with media.

 

Contents of mansion where Jackson died auctioned for nearly $1M

The daylong auction brought in nearly triple the company’s pre-auction estimate of $200,000 to $400,000.

The Big Interview: Jake Epstein â€" from Degrassi to American Idiot

Jake Epstein: Stormy on stage, sunny in real-life. Which is the real guy?

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Living
 

Porketta bingo is Sudbury's delicious passion

If it's Saturday afternoon in Sudbury, it's time to head to the Beef 'n Bird tavern to play porketta bingo.

FED: Only veggies on the menu for food sharers

Corey Mintz prepares dinner for a new vegetarian and a co-worker who toil at the nonprofit community group Foodshare.

 

New Toronto centre hopes to lead the way in music and medicine research

It has been called a window to the soul, the “brandy of the damned” and, most famously, the food of love.Now scientists believe music may also be an important form of medicine.

Cribb: Gifts guys really want

Don’t risk the fake gush over the Mr. Dressup argyle sweater he’ll never wear in public. Here is a list of gifts sure to please the men in your life.Argyle socks just won’t cut it as a gift for the men in your life. How about a nice impact driver for $230, or trade up to a gift certificate for a blepharoplasty with a local plastic surgeon?

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Travel
 

Ottawa to crack down on misleading airline ads

Transport Canada says moves will “enhance consumer protection” with “greater transparency” of air fares; a huge win for consumers.

2 days/2 nights in Zurich

How to spend 2 days and 2 nights in Zurich, the Swiss city that’s got more nightlife than most people give it credit for.

 

New Zealand draws new interest with 'Hobbit'

Folks flocking to Matamata to see where new Hobbit movies are being made.

Holiday deals in the Arizona sunshine

Phoenix’s too-toasty summer temperatures mellow considerably for winter and spring, making it an ideal getaway spot not just for golfers but anyone seeking for a little Arizona sunshine. Several of the city’s resorts are offering special deals and packages for the holiday season and beyond, including The Saguaro, a brand new property with a $100 (all prices U.S.) per night introductory rate to celebrate Arizona’s Centennial. Also offering low rates, the lead-in at the Courtyard Marriott is $89 over the holidays and that includes high-speed Internet and daily breakfast. At the iconic Arizona Biltmore, opened in 1929 with Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture, the Dream Holiday package starts at $179 and come with $25 in resort credit, while the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s Family Escape package comes with $100 in resort credit. And the Wigwam Arizona Resort’s golf package includes fairway accommodation, breakfast and unlimited golf from $189 (single) or $259 (double) per night. Holiday happenings in the capital include an annual Gingerbread House contest at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo, Las Noches de Las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden, even ice skating at the downtown NRG Ice Rink just in case you get homesick. For more Phoenix information see www.visitphoenix.com.

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