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Northern lights dance across Canadian skies

Northern lights dance across Canadian skies

TORONTO – If you were up early enough here in Canada, you may have caught a glimpse of the northern lights in the early morning sky Wednesday.

A coronal mass ejection – a stream of particles thrown out by the sun – reached Earth early Wednesday morning, sparking the dancing lights.

Garry Stone captured the northern lights as they danced across the sky near the Gardiner Dam in Saskatchewan Aug. 26-27.

FIle/Courtesy of Garry Stone

The Kp index, which is used to measure Earth’s magnetic strength, peaked at 4, which meant that high-latitude sky watchers across Canada were in the best place to catch the lights.

Notanee Bourassa captured a timelapse of the northern lights as they danced across the sky north of Regina, Saskatchewan.

WATCH: Northern Lights across Saskatchewan

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, were also spotted as far south as Wisconsin, in the United States.

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‘Cops’ crew member killed in police shootout – National

‘Cops’ crew member killed in police shootout – National

WATCH: Police Chief Todd Schmaderer describes the situation and what led to the shooting of the “Cops” crew member

OMAHA, Neb. – Police who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha struck and killed a crew member with the Cops television show and the suspect, who was carrying a pellet gun, authorities said Wednesday.

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Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said witnesses and officers thought the robbery suspect’s Airsoft handgun was real, but that it fires only plastic pellets. He said the suspect fired from the pellet gun before officers returned fire. The suspect was struck by gunfire, but fled outside of the restaurant before collapsing.

Officers continued firing on the suspect as he exited the restaurant, and that was when the Cops crew member was also struck, said Schamaderer.

Schmaderer said he believes the three officers involved acted properly during the attempted robbery Tuesday at a Wendy’s in midtown Omaha.

Schmaderer said 38-year-old Bryce Dion who worked for Langley Productions and the suspect, 32-year-old Cortez Washington, were killed.

Schmaderer said video captured by another crewman of the Cops reality television show shows the chaotic situation in the restaurant. He said police would not release the video but that it will be part of the grand jury investigation into the shooting.

All three officers are on leave.

Langley Productions is based in Santa Monica, California.

“We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy and our main concern is helping his family in any way we can,” spokeswoman Pam Golum said. “Bryce Dion was a long term member of the Cops team and very talented and dedicated person.”

Cops is a reality TV show that depicts law enforcement officers in action. According to its website, the show has been filmed in at least 140 U.S. cities and three foreign counties.

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Des Hague to donate $100,000 and serve 1,000 hours of community service

Des Hague to donate $100,000 and serve 1,000 hours of community service

WATCH: The dog abuse allegations against Centerplate CEO Des Hague have reached the U.S. The company is launching an internal investigation and NFL fans are pressuring stadiums to drop Centerplate. Asa Rehman reports.

A high-profile CEO recently caught allegedly abusing a dog in a Vancouver elevator will donate $100,000 and serve 1,000 hours of community service, but will not be fired.

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Centerplate, which offers catering to sports teams across the world, fined and censured Des Hague today following an internal review.

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He will be given a written censure, forced to serve 1000 hours of community service for an organization that protects animals, and personally donate $100,000 USD to create the Sade Foundation, which will support the protection and safety of animals in Vancouver.

Centerplate will also contribute a portion of their sales to the Sade Foundation

In a statement, the company wrote: “The company finds Mr. Hague’s personal behavior unacceptable and outside the bounds of our high standards and expectations of all of our staff. We do not condone nor can we overlook the mistreatment of animals and Mr. Hague’s personal misconduct.”

They also wrote that “Mr. Hague is truly ashamed of his actions and has expressed sincere remorse and shame for erratic behavior that is uncharacteristic of him.”

Global News was first to show the video that appears to show Hague kicking a dog, who he says belonged to his friend, several times before hauling it from a leash.

WATCH: Security Camera video from the elevator showing alleged dog abuse. Warning: disturbing content.

“We were surprised that the company still chose to employ somebody who apparently has anger management issues and clearly an appalling case of compassion towards animals,” says Leanne McConnachie with Vancouver Humane Society.

“They might have been better off to actually take that $100,000 and donate it to animals in need today.”

Chief Prevention and Enforcement officer for the BC SPCA Marcie Moriarty says it is inappropriate for them to comment on the most recent development as the enforcement agency responsible for the investigation.

“But we are pleased that the incident is not being ignored by the company,” says Moriarty.

Hague still faces the possibility of charges and fines for his actions. The SPCA is investigating and a search warrant has been issued.

People in Vancouver have called on BC Pavilion Corporation, which operates BC Place and the Vancouver Centre, to drop their relationship with Centerplate, but have thus far declined.

Hague has apologized publicly through his legal counsel for his actions, saying “a minor frustration with a friend’s pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response. Unfortunately, I acted in appropriately, and I am deeply sorry for that.”

Centerplate’s full statement:

Centerplate’s Board of Directors recently convened a special meeting following the completion of an internal investigation and review of an incident involving animal cruelty by its CEO Des Hague.
We pride ourselves as individuals and as a company on how we treat others—both humans and animals. The company finds Mr. Hague’s personal behavior unacceptable and outside the bounds of our high standards and expectations of all of our staff. We do not condone nor can we overlook the mistreatment of animals and Mr. Hague’s personal misconduct.

Thus, upon internal review of the incident, and recognizing that Mr. Hague is truly ashamed of his actions and has expressed sincere remorse and shame for erratic behavior that is uncharacteristic of him we have decided to take the following immediate actions:

Mr. Hague will be given a written censure by the Board whereby he will be placed on indefinite probation stating that any further acts of misconduct would result in immediate termination.
As a condition of his continued employment with Centerplate, Mr. Hague will personally donate $100,000.00 USD which will be donated towards the establishment of the Sade Foundation in honor of the dog he mistreated in the elevator to help support the protection and safety of animals in the city of Vancouver where the incident occurred.

Further, we are requiring Mr. Hague to serve 1000 hours of community service in support of an organization that serves to protect the welfare and safety of animals.

Centerplate in no way condones the mistreatment of animals, and as a strong sign of our conviction, we the company will also contribute a portion of our sales to the Sade Foundation. Additionally, we will open this foundation to all Centerplate employees and the general public who want to support and contribute in the hope that meaningful change can come out of this tragic situation.
Mr. Hague still faces potential charges in Vancouver, where he is personally responsible for charges and fines in relation to the incident.

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Independent candidate added to Fredericton South – New Brunswick

Independent candidate added to Fredericton South – New Brunswick

FREDERICTON, N.B. – The riding of Fredericton South will see another candidate on their ballot this upcoming election.

Courtney Mills, 28, is running as an independent in the already tight race. That pits her against incumbent PC candidate Craig Leonard, Liberal Roy Wiggins, the NDP’s Kelly Lamrock, and Green Party leader David Coon.

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“I’m not intimidated, I’m honoured to be running alongside these very qualified and experienced men,” said Mills. “At the same time, I feel that we need a change and I’m bringing a different perspective to the issues and to the type of candidate that we typically see.”

A recent graduate from UNB’s law school, Mills says she can’t find a job in her field. Instead, she’s serving at the King Street Ale House, and says most of her coworkers are in the same boat. So she’s making post-secondary education a corner-stone in her campaign.

“The parties have already decided to dictate what the issues of this election are going to be, and they’re not really listening to what New Brunswickers are talking about,” she said.

As one of only a handful of independents in the province, Mills says she has more freedom than other candidates, which is appealing to some voters like Norm Skelton.

“Party politics has been the destruction of democracy in Canada for the past 27 years,” said Skelton.

“I’ve been a card carrying Liberal for most of my life, but – it’s a secret ballot right?”

As for the possibility of “splitting” a vote, Mills says that might be her ticket to the legislature.

“People are tired of the status quo and the going back and forth between the liberals and conservatives. So the vote is already going to be split, I’m hoping that potentially could work to my advantage.”

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Hurricane Marie causing storm surge along southern California coast – National

Hurricane Marie causing storm surge along southern California coast – National

WATCH: Surfers are flocking to the southern California coast as Hurricane Marie is churning in the pacific causing the monster surf.

SEAL BEACH, Calif. – A low-lying street in the Southern California shore community of Seal Beach was inundated by rising seawater early Wednesday while authorities along the coast braced for an even bigger storm surge brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico’s Pacific coast.

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Several homes and garages were flooded after water cleared a 2 1/2 foot wall along several blocks of an oceanfront street, said police Sgt. John Scott.

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Resident Blanca Dubonbrown told City News Service she woke up late Tuesday to find her first-floor apartment bedroom under 3 inches of water. Several of her neighbours in ground floor apartments also experienced flooding.

“I was getting ready with the sandbags, but it was too late when I tried to put them up,” she said.

A bogieboarder rides a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico.

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Another breach was reported less than a mile to the north, in the Peninsula neighbourhood of Long Beach, where a sand berm was overtopped by the storm surge, causing minor street flooding, according to fire department spokesman Jake Heflin.

No injuries were reported.

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Seal Beach Marine Safety Chief Joe Bailey said crews were trying to dig a channel to allow water that had breached a beach wall to drain back into the ocean.

Workers were also piling sandbags along the streets and erecting a sand berm to hold back the storm surge before the next high tide, expected shortly before 11 a.m.

“I’ve been doing this for 25 years, and this is the biggest southern swell I’ve seen,” Bailey told City News Service.

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The National Weather Service said beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southern California coast would see large waves and rip currents. Swimmers and surfers were urged to be aware of the dangerous conditions.

This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Marie taken fom the International Space Station Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014.

AP Photo/NASA, Reid Wiseman

At The Wedge in Newport Beach, a famous surfing spot, dozens lined the beach on Tuesday to watch bodysurfers get pounded by storm-driven waves up to 10 feet high. People took photos and video and clapped, whistled, and cheered when a bodysurfer caught one of the swells.

Lifeguards with flippers and rescue batons at the ready patrolled the edge of the water and two rescue boats kept an eye on the dozen or so brave souls in the water. An ambulance was on stand-by.

Would-be big-wave surfers who came out said they were hoping for swells up to 30 feet Wednesday. If they materialize, it will be the biggest wave event at The Wedge since 1997, when Hurricane Linda produced monster swells, said Tim Burnham, who’s making a documentary about the famed surfing locale.

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“This is the stuff that you dream of: rainbows, unicorns, Southern Hemi swells, hurricane swells,” he said as he dried off from a session in the waves.

“You definitely have a healthy amount of fear,” Burnham said. “You know, you don’t want to be stupid. You’re here to push yourself, but at the end of the day you want to go home to your family.”

Some 60 miles to the northwest in Malibu, where waves were 6-to-8 feet high, a surfer was pulled unconscious from the water at Surfrider Beach on Tuesday and later died at a hospital, authorities said. It was not clear whether the death was related to the surf and may have been from a medical condition, Kyle Daniels, a Los Angeles County lifeguard captain, told the Orange County Register. Malibu Pier was closed after a piling was knocked loose Tuesday in big waves.

–Associated Press writer Christopher Weber contributed from Los Angeles.

©2014The Canadian Press

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