Jan 14, 2012

Thestar.com Morning Headlines

Saturday, January 14, 2012 Hello Cabuyano! 

Morning Headlines

Does Mitt Romney’s long love affair with Canada still have heat?

The Republican front-runner has deep roots, treasured memories and a family cottage north of the 49th parallel — but will that help Canada if he’s elected president?

Tense standoff in London ends peacefully

A tense, hours-long police standoff ended without incident Friday, after dozens of officers staked out a London, Ont. home.

Car takes icy plunge into Lake Ontario

An allegedly impaired driver took an icy plunge Friday morning after he drove right off the road and into Lake Ontario.

Weevils found in rice at Real Canadian Superstore

A grocery story at Weston and Hwy. 401 says it has “thoroughly” cleaned the shelves where weevils were found in several different brands of rice.

Winterlicious Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary

Check out Toronto.com's Winterlicious Guide

Over 175 top restaurants to choose offering prix-fixe menus January 27th to February 9th. Find all participating restaurants and menus at Toronto.com and reserve your table January 12th.
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Why this tiny pool should be saved

The City of Toronto's budget briefing notes don’t tell the whole story about the tiny pool at the Frankland Community Centre, which is a big boon to the community.


France loses AAA-rating in blow to eurozone

The French finance minister said Friday that Standard & Poor’s had stripped the nation of its top-notch credit rating, again throwing Europe’s ability to fight off its debt crisis into doubt.

Big banks offering ultra-low mortgage rates as competition heats up

Some of Canada’s biggest banks are advertising promotional ultra-low mortgage rates as the battle for customers intensifies amid a dropoff in consumer borrowing.


Canada posts surprise trade surplus in November

Statistics Canada says rebounding merchandise exports turned a trade deficit into a surplus in November.

New loonies, toonies to be made from steel

In an effort to save taxpayers about $16 million annually, new versions of the loonie and toonie will be introduced this spring made from steel.

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Two quick goals by Buffalo Sabres bury Maple Leafs

After shutting out the Sabres at home on Tuesday, Jonas Gustavsson allows a pair in the first four minutes of a 3-2 loss in Buffalo on Friday night.

Kelly: Without Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors look lost against Indiana Pacers

Toronto big man, injured against Sacramento Kings, sits out 95-90 loss and sophomore Ed Davis struggles as his replacement.


Mary Spencer one step closer to Olympic dream after beating friend turned foe Ariane Fortin

Three-time world champion Mary Spencer of Windsor put friendship aside in the ring â€" but not after scoring a big win

Luke Schenn not in trade mix, Maple Leafs GM says

Nothing on the table, Brian Burke tells Leafs defenceman after rumours of interest from Philadelphia Flyers.

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Golden Globes: Ricky Gervais gunning to provoke … thought

“I think I deal in taboo subjects because I want to take the audience to places they haven’t been before,” says Gervais.

Man whose cellphone interrupted New York Philharmonic apologizes

The man, identified as an executive and a longtime subscriber to the orchestra, says he feels terrible about the incident.


Feist lands Brit Award nomination for best international female solo artist

Leslie Feist has landed another Brit Award nomination after releasing her fourth studio album, “Metals.”

Judd Apatow says good idea needed before committing to ‘Bridesmaids’ sequel

Apatow said Friday that the danger of agreeing to a sequel without being committed to a good idea “usually leads to ‘Jaws 3-D.’”

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Barrie hair salon sells alcohol after change to Ontario liquor laws

Three Small Rooms hair salon in Barrie is the second salon in Ontario to be allowed to serve up alcohol with its blowouts.

PHOTOS: Luxury gear to keep you warm in the snow

Shop Like a Pro offers up some luxurious items to keep you warm this winter


Antidepressants in pregnancy may double rate of lung condition in babies

A large new study found a correlation between a widely used family of antidepressants and a rare but dangerous condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension when taken in late pregnancy. But some caution study is flawed. Women should consult their doctors before discontinuing a medication.

Baby name: House call inspires name of doctors’ daughter

Dr. Julia Miranda Rackal was out making a house call when she met a patient whose unique name inspired her and her husband.

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Chinese New Year 2012: Where to ring in the Year of the Water Dragon

Chinese New Year 2012 celebrated from Hong Kong to San Francisco, and Vancouver to Sydney, with festivals and parades. Not to mention Singapore, Manila, Bangkok and, of course, China.

Las Vegas Spas and Makeovers

From snakeskin pedicures to Red Carpet Facials, the possibilities for personal transformation in Las Vegas are endless.


New York City travel: How to save money in Midtown Manhattan

Want a New York holiday? The delights of midtown Manhattan don’t have to put you in the poor house.

Intrepid Travel offers up India, South America and more

Also on deck this week: deals for Italy, Niagara and Affinia Hotels in Chicago, New York and Washington D.C.

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