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Saskatoon woman hit in head with machete

Saskatoon police are searching for suspects after a woman was hit in the head with a machete.

It happened around 5:30 a.m. CST Sunday.

Police said they were called to the 400 block of Avenue X South on the west side of the city about a 23-year-old woman suffering from a cut to the head.

She said she had been walking in the area when two men approached her and one of them hit her with the machete.

The two men ran off.

The woman ran into a friend on the street shortly afterward and the police were called.

She was taken to hospital and treated for injuries police described as non-life-threatening.

The woman was unable to provide police with a description of the men or the exact location of the attack.

Source: CBC News


Hysteria: Family of smokers on airplane forces costly diversion

Sunwing Halifax-to-Dominican flight diverted to Bermuda; passengers spent night in hotel.

The airline that was carrying a family of smokers who caused a Halifax flight to be diverted to Bermuda this weekend says it was a costly incident for everyone involved.

A Sunwing flight travelling from Halifax to the Dominican Republic on Friday night had to make an emergency landing after passengers were found smoking in the plane's bathroom.

According to the Bermuda Police Service another passenger alerted the crew and the smokers became verbally abusive.

Police removed a mother, father and two sons, aged 16 and 22, from the flight.

"I cannot believe that passengers did this. I'll bet you it's been 20 years since smoking was allowed on an aircraft," said Daryl McWilliams, the vice-president of media relations with the airline.

"I couldn't believe it when I heard it. I said, 'No, no, what did you say?"

McWilliams said under Canadian transport regulations the plane needed to land at the nearest available airport, which happened to be Bermuda


Online search ads expose racial bias: study

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Ads pegged to Google search results can be racially biased because of how certain names are associated with blacks or whites, according to a new study.

Harvard University professor Latanya Sweeney found "statistically significant discrimination" when comparing ads served with results from online searches made using names associated with blacks and those with whites.

The study contrasted online searches using names such as "Ebony" and "DeShawn," with those such as "Jill" and "Geoffrey."


Oklahoma school says 'zero tolerance' for bullying after teen shoots self in bathroom


Cowetta School Superintendant Jeff Holmes
Authorities in Oklahoma on Monday were unable to confirm if bullying was involved after a 15-year-old male killed himself with a gun in a Cowetta school bathroom.

Speaking to reporters at press conference, Superintendent Jeff Holmes explained that a "ninth grade student at Cowetta Intermediate High School died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound" soon after school began on Monday morning.

Coweta Police Lieutenant Donnie Krumsiek praised the school faculty for their response, saying that "unfortunately a life was lost but it could have been a lot worse."


Alabama hostage standoff ends with boy safe and murder suspect dead

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Agents stormed the bunker after hostage talks with Jimmy Lee Dykes broke down, police said
After a weeklong standoff, police raid Jimmy Lee Dykes' bunker fearing five-year-old hostage was in 'imminent danger'

FBI agents raided the backyard bunker of a murder suspect holding a five-year-old boy on Monday, freeing the child whom they believed was in "imminent danger".

By the time the raid was over, the suspect, Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, was dead, FBI spokesman Steve Richardson said. The boy was unharmed and was receiving treatment at a local hospital.

Bad Guys

Alabama hostage crisis enters second week of standstill

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Jimmy Lee Dykes is shown in this undated handout photo. The man is suspected of shooting a school bus driver to death and taking a five-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker as the standoff with police continues in Midland City, Alabama.
As the Alabama hostage crisis continues into its seventh day, police say they have discovered more details about the captor holding a 5-year-old boy in an underground bunker after taking him off a school bus.

Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old Vietnam veteran, fatally shot an Alabama school bus driver and took the 5-year-old boy from the bus, taking him to the bunker underneath his home. Holding the boy hostage, Dykes promised not to hurt him and kept an open line of communication with authorities.

Authorities delivered items including medicine, a Hot Wheels toy car, and food, including Cheez-Its, to the 5-year-old using a ventilation pipe. The boy suffers from a mild form of autism, but the captor has done his best "to make the environment as comfortable as possible for the child," the FBI said.

The FBI has not discussed a motive for the kidnapping, but neighbors described the assailant as a loner with no children of his own. Dykes lives along a dirt road outside of Dothan, a small town in southeast Alabama. The 65-year-old is estranged from his family and told some of his family member "to go to hell", said Mel Adams, a Midland City Council member who has known Dykes since they were ages 3 and 4, in an AP interview. The man has an adult daughter, but lost touch with her two years ago. He also has a brother and a sister that he has lost contact with.

The kidnapper's neighbors told AP that Dykes once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for stepping onto his property, and guarded his property at night with a gun and a flashlight.

Birthday Cake

Oregon baker denies lesbian couple a wedding cake

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He isn't the first, either. How bakeries are becoming an unlikely battleground in the struggle for gay rights

Oregon baker Aaron Klein could face legal action after refusing to do business with a lesbian couple who sought a cake for their upcoming wedding.

As reported by KATU, the woman who filed the complaint says she had previously purchased a wedding cake from Sweet Cakes Bakery for her mother without incident, but was denied service after she told Klein the cake she wanted to buy was for her same-sex wedding.

Cue inevitable pun about this guy being anything but sweet.


Gun Control USA: Sandy Hook father owns Congress

A father of a student at the Sandy Hook elementary school sets the record straight for politicians regarding the right to bear arms in the US.

Comment: See also: SOTT Talk Radio: Gun Control USA: Do Guns Protect Freedoms?

Eye 2

Florida father with assault weapon forces wife to watch as he kills two sons


Isidro Zavala
A Florida man armed with an weapon that had once been banned under federal law forced his wife to watch as he strangled one of his sons and then shot a second before turning a gun on himself.

Victoria Flores Zavala told Boynton Beach police that 45-year-old Isidro Zavala went to her home on Saturday with a plan to kill her and their two boys because she had filed for divorce last year, according to WTVJ. But Isidro Zavala decide to spare his wife at the last minute so she could suffer while watching him murder 12-year-old Eduardo Zavala and 11-year-old Mario Zavala.

"What Mrs. Zavala had to go through - watch her children killed before her - is probably the most horrific thing you could ever imagine, at least for me," Boynton Beach Police Chief G. Matthew Immler explained at a press conference.

Bizarro Earth

New Jersey school asks girls - not boys - to take no-cursing pledge

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A New Jersey high school asked girls - but not boys - to take a pledge to refrain from cursing, reported northjersey.com.

Lori Flynn, the teacher who launched the pledge at Queen of Peace High School, said, "We want ladies to act like ladies."