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Canadian band Broke Social Scene play Manchester show one day after attack

News Talk 650 CKOM - 1 hour 14 min ago
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom — Canadian indie rock band Broken Social Scene has played the first show of their European tour in Manchester. The performance comes a day after a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in the British city killed 22 people and wounded dozens more. The Toronto band headlined at Albert Hall on Tuesday night, which is a little more than two kilometres south of where the terrorist attack took place at the Manchester Arena. Before the show began, the venue posted an update on its website saying it would continue its programming for the week, and management was in regular communication with police to enhance security. Broken Social Scene shared a message on social media ahead of the show saying: "Tonight, we play for the hearts of Manchester." English musician Johnny Marr joined them onstage at one point to sing "Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl." "What’s most important is tonight we’re here together, all of us," lead vocalist Kevin Drew told the crowd. "There’s no other place we’d rather be than here with you." Monday's explosion at the Grande concert sparked a stampede of young concertgoers, some still wearing the American singer's trademark kitten ears and holding pink balloons. Authorities said an eight-year-old girl was among the dead. Grande, who was not injured in the blast, tweeted after the attack, "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words." Drake was one of several Canadian stars with teenage followings who voiced sympathy and solidarity Tuesday for those affected by the bombing. Teen idol Shawn Mendes and pop singers Justin Bieber and Alessia Cara all took to Twitter with messages of support.   The Canadian Press Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Johnny Marr opened for the band, which was not the case. ©2017 The Canadian Press

Heavy rain, strong winds in forecast for western Sask.

CBC Saskatchewan - 1 hour 28 min ago
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for a large swath of western and central Saskatchewan.
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Booth bounces back to lead Saint John into Memorial Cup semifinal

News Talk 650 CKOM - 1 hour 44 min ago
WINDSOR, Ont. — Callum Booth made 31 saves and Joe Veleno had two goals and an assist as the Saint John Sea Dogs downed the Seattle Thunderbirds 7-0 on Tuesday to advance to the Memorial Cup semifinal. They will face the loser of the last round-robin game between host Windsor (2-0) and Ontario Hockey League champion Erie Otters (2-0). The winner of the all-OHL matchup earns a direct route to the championship game on Sunday.  The season is over for the Western Hockey League champion Thunderbirds after going 0-3 at the tournament. They scored just three goals and gave up 18. Chase Stewart, Mathieu Joseph, Spencer Smallman, Cole Reginato and Bokondji Imama supplied the rest of the offence for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Sea Dogs (1-2). Imama tacked on two assists for a three-point outing. Seattle's Carl Stankowski gave up four goals on 14 shots before getting yanked for the second straight game of the tournament for Rylan Toth, who made 11 saves in relief. Chabot got in alone on Stankowski in the game's opening minute only to wring a shot off the post. For the next 10 minutes both sides played a conserved game, unwilling to take any chances. But some 4-on-4 hockey led to Booth having to bail out his team by turning away Scott Eansor on a breakaway after a turnover by Veleno just outside the Saint John blue line. Shots were 8-6 Seattle after a scoreless first period. Veleno put his team on the board first, 1:14 into the second period, snapping a shot from between the top of the circles low glove side on Stankowski after Seattle turned the puck over on the sideboards. Thunderbirds captain Mathew Barzal blocked a shot with the back of his left leg that left him slow to get up, but he was out for his next shift and nearly scored with a wrist shot Booth had to turn away. Seattle had the better scoring chances in the first half of the second, but Booth was perfect on the 20 shots he faced in the game's first 30 minutes. Only a night earlier Booth gave up five goals on 14 shots and found himself on the bench watching his team drop a 12-5 decision against Erie. He entered Tuesday's tilt with a 5.46 goals-against average and a .784 save percentage in two tournament starts. Booth's play proved to be big as it allowed Saint John to take a 4-0 lead with three goals in a 53-second span.  Stewart scored on a pass from Jakub Zboril at 14:04, and Joseph snapped it blocker side on Stankowski before the P.A. announcer had a chance to call Stewart's goal just 15 seconds later. Smallman ended Stankowski's night with 4:03 to play in the second, putting a backhand past the helpless keeper. The goalie change didn't spark Seattle, though, as Reginato and Imama added goals only 44 seconds apart to make it 6-0. Just after killing off a Sea Dogs power play, Veleno made it 7-0 seven minutes into the third with he second of the night. Kyle Cicerella, The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Security to be increased at Winnipeg's MTS Centre after Manchester bombing

News Talk 650 CKOM - 1 hour 51 min ago
WINNIPEG — Security is being enhanced at Winnipeg's MTS Centre in the wake of the fatal bombing at an Ariana Grande show in Manchester, England. True North Sports and Entertainment will start by bringing in an explosives specialty dog for a sold-out Red Hot Chili Peppers show this Friday. Kevin Donnelly of True North tells CTV Winnipeg that the Manchester bombing, which killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens more, "changes everything." He says terrorist attacks have also taken place at shopping malls, train stations, airports and sporting events. He says True North is always looking to "increase, enhance and stay current" with security standards around the world. True North partners with the Winnipeg Police Service to provide security at large events. Const. Rob Carver says Dante, an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois, will patrol the MTS Centre before, during and after Friday's show. Carver says anytime there’s an incident on the international landscape, security changes are implemented and they’re rarely ever ratcheted down. However, aside from having Dante in attendance, police weren’t able to talk about exactly what changes they’re making in Winnipeg. “We don’t talk about the details of security enhancements,” Carver says. “We have other things as well, but they’re not things we’re going to be discussing to the public because it’s part of our security strategy to make sure that we’re looking at things, we’re deploying the resources, we’re changing tactics as we often are.” (CTV Winnipeg)   The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Judge will reconsider ruling blocking sanctuary cities order

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 14 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge Tuesday agreed to reconsider his ruling blocking President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit co-operation with U.S. immigration authorities. U.S. District Judge William Orrick accepted the administration's request to reconsider his April ruling. He gave the two California counties that challenged the executive order — San Francisco and Santa Clara — two weeks to file any documents opposing the request. The administration was facing a Tuesday deadline to file paperwork to seek a second review by Orrick. The Trump administration sought reconsideration in light of a new memo by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The memo issued Monday reasserts the department's position that Trump's executive order applies to a relatively small amount of money administered by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Homeland Security that require localities to comply with a specific immigration law related to information-sharing among police and federal immigration authorities. The Trump administration said the memo is "binding guidance" that undercuts Orrick's preliminary injunction. Santa Clara and San Francisco argued that Orrick had already considered the arguments in the memo in his ruling. Orrick cited Trump's reference to the order as a "weapon" as evidence that the administration intended to cut off a broad swath of federal funding, not just three U.S. Department of Justice and Homeland Security grants as government attorneys argued. And the judge said the order's "plain language attempts to reach all federal grants." The judge said President Donald Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress. The president called the ruling "ridiculous" and vowed to take the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Hannah Leflar's mother says killer's apology is 'bullshit'

CBC Saskatchewan - 2 hours 18 min ago
Janet Leflar says she will never forgive the teen who killed her daughter Hannah.
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Trump administration dropping nuclear waste burial test

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 19 min ago
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The U.S. Department of Energy is abandoning a test meant to determine whether nuclear waste can be buried far underground because of changes in budget priorities, the agency said Tuesday. A spokeswoman said in a statement that the agency doesn't intend to continue supporting the Deep Borehole Field Test project, which was meant to assess whether nuclear waste could be stored in approximately 3-mile-deep holes. Officials had stressed it wouldn't involve the use of actual nuclear waste. Federal energy officials said in December that companies were exploring potential sites for the test in South Dakota, Texas and New Mexico. Only one company would have eventually carried out the field test. The project's contract dictated that after the project was completed, the borehole would have been permanently sealed and the land restored. Local officials in North Dakota and South Dakota had previously rebuffed project organizers over nuclear waste concerns. South Dakota U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem in a statement applauded the Energy Department's move, saying that she and local community members were deeply concerned about doing testing in "our backyard" to see whether boreholes could store nuclear waste. "I am grateful to the Trump administration for hearing the concerns raised by these communities and subsequently withdrawing consideration of this proposal," Noem said. U.S. Sen. John Thune said in a statement that he's glad the Trump administration has decided to end the project in the wake of strong public opposition. A spokesman for Gov. Dennis Daugaard said in a statement that he didn't object to the test as long as it wouldn't have led to nuclear waste storage in South Dakota. The proposed site in South Dakota was in Haakon County. Edward Briggs, chairman of the county commission, said he was neutral toward the project. "They claimed that this thing was strictly a research hole," said Briggs, who wasn't fully convinced it wouldn't have meant future nuclear waste storage. "Your gut instinct tells you that's where it would probably lead to in 10-15 years." Todd Kenner, CEO of RESPEC, a company pursuing the South Dakota site, said that the company is reaching out to local community leaders to inform them of the decision. The Trump administration on Tuesday sent Congress a federal spending plan that seeks $120 million to revive the mothballed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, which is hugely unpopular in Nevada and was largely stopped by the efforts of former Democratic Sen. Harry Reid. Waste from commercial reactors in the U.S. now is stored onsite at nuclear power plants. The waste generated from defence activities is kept at a few secure locations. James Nord, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Juan Gabriel's son sues Univision, Telemundo for defamation

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 21 min ago
MIAMI — Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel's son is seeking $100 million from Spanish-language broadcasters Univision and Telemundo in a defamation lawsuit filed in a state court in Miami. The singer's son and daughter-in-law, Ivan and Simona Aguilera, say the networks falsely reported claims that Ivan was responsible for his father's death and that the couple was robbing him of his estate. Univision said in a statement Tuesday that the allegations lack merit. Telemundo said it is reviewing the complaint. The lawsuit filed Monday says several defamatory stories were published and broadcast without proper fact-checking after the artist died to boost the networks' ratings and website visits. The Aguileras say their reputation was harmed as they mourned their loss. Juan Gabriel died last August at age 66 and received two posthumous Latin Grammy Awards in November. The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Man testifies in his own trial in marijuana resort case

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 22 min ago
FLANDREAU, S.D. — A man on trial for his alleged role in a marijuana grow room on the Flandreau Santee Sioux Reservation testified Tuesday that he had visited the facility just three times, as prosecutors tried to tie him to day-to-day management of the operation. Eric Hagen, president of Monarch America, worked with the Santee Sioux Tribe on its operation about 45 miles north of Sioux Falls, after the Justice Department cleared the way for Indian tribes to grow and sell marijuana under the same conditions as some states that have legalized pot. The tribe ultimately destroyed its crop in November 2015 after federal officials signalled a potential raid. Hagen and fellow consultant Jonathan Hunt were charged about nine months later. Hagen, 34, of Sioux Falls, has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to possess, possession and attempted possession of more than 10 pounds of marijuana. Hagen testified Tuesday that when the tribe destroyed the crop in 2015, he walked away, according to the Argus Leader ( ). When tribal leaders initially touted their plan to open the resort on tribal land in Flandreau, President Anthony Reider said they wanted it to be "an adult playground." They projected as much as $2 million in monthly profits, with ambitious plans that included a smoking lounge with a nightclub, bar and food service, and eventually an outdoor music venue. They planned to use the money for community services and to provide income to tribal members. Hagen testified Tuesday that Monarch's agreement with the tribe was limited only to the grow facility, and had nothing to do with the smoke lounge. Hagen said Monarch did business with other tribes, but he also admitted that both Monarch and the Flandreau Santee Sioux stood to make money if the marijuana resort idea took off. The jury is expected to get the case Wednesday after closing arguments. ___ Information from: Argus Leader, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Rhode Island House passes bill to deregulate hair braiding

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 23 min ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed legislation that would deregulate the business of African-style hair braiding, which practitioners say is a cultural tradition and art form that shouldn't be subject to cosmetology rules. The House unanimously passed the bill Tuesday. It now moves to the Senate. It would exempt natural hair braiders from the costly licensing requirements for hairdressers and barbers. Braiders say training and chemical safety rules for cosmetologists aren't relevant to what they do. They're backed by a bipartisan group that included the bill's sponsor, Democratic state Rep. Anastasia Williams and conservative and libertarian organizations seeking to cut business regulations. The national law group Institute for Justice has been fighting for years to deregulate braiding around the country. Beauty schools have opposed the efforts nationally. The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Bill could turn back page, return power to Texas board of ed

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 23 min ago
AUSTIN, Texas — The often-combative Texas Board of Education would expand its ability to reject textbooks it doesn't like, rolling back limits that have been in place for more than two decades, under a proposal on the verge of clearing the state Legislature. Some fear the bill's benign language would, intentionally or not, return broad influence to a veteran bloc of social conservatives on the 15-member, elected board. That same bloc previously has attempted to deemphasize lessons on evolution and climate change, and insist that publishers edit classroom materials to better conform to Republican ideology. How impactful is the textbook market in Texas? Large enough that changes made for the state can affect what's taught nationwide, though modern, electronic classroom materials have made it easier to tailor lessons to individual states and school districts — thus diluting the board's national influence some in recent years. The board's ability to influence what gets published in textbooks — even sometimes line-editing materials to remove things its members didn't like — was far greater before 1995. That year, the Texas Legislature passed an omnibus education bill that included limits allowing the board only to reject textbook when discovering factual errors or material that didn't conform to Texas curriculum standards, which mandate what gets taught its about 5.3 million students. Texas' more than 1,000 school districts don't have to use board-approved textbooks, but most do. Some say a bill already approved by the Texas Senate, and scheduled for a state House vote Tuesday, would return sweeping influence to the board. The proposal would require that all materials on the Board of Education's instructional list be "suitable for the subject and grade level" for which it was submitted. That seems relatively tame, but classroom advocates say it is subjective enough to force wholesale textbook rewrites. "Board members will take this bill as an open invitation to return to the days of almost unrestrained bullying of publishers to change or censor textbook content for purely political reasons," said Dan Quinn, a spokesman for the Texas Freedom Network, a board watchdog group and frequent critic. "The board will become an even bigger political circus than it has been." The proposal's sponsor, Sen. Kel Seliger, doesn't see it as a broad expansion of power. "There's been a lot of weirdness, but as it's described in the bill, it's about age and grade appropriateness and things like that," said Seliger, a Republican from Amarillo. "The culture wars won't be played out in legislation." But Seliger also acknowledged that the proposed changes could have unintended consequences: "Absolutely there will be factions that try to stretch and look for things like ideological purity." Both the Texas House and Senate are Republican-controlled, but state lawmakers have long been wary of increasing board influence. In 2011, the Texas Senate voted to expand the board's veto power over classroom electronic materials. After the media called attention to the move, the Senate took the unusual step of returning hours later and amending its already passed legislation to remove that expansion. The House is expected to approve Seliger's bill. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott hasn't said if he'll sign it, but it will automatically become law after clearing the Legislature unless he issues a veto. But even if it stalls, there's another chance for it to become law. Identical language has been attached to a separate bill otherwise requiring board-approved state instructional materials to include "American principles." That cleared the Senate on Friday, but hasn't yet been scheduled for a House floor vote. Will Weissert, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Times Square crash: 5 still hospitalized, but teen goes home

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 24 min ago
NEW YORK — A New Jersey high school senior and another person mowed down by a driver on a Times Square sidewalk were released from hospitals Tuesday, but four other victims are still hospitalized, school and hospital officials said. The patients include one of the New Jersey student's own classmates. A Michigan teen was killed, and 22 other people were injured, when a driver who told police he was high on drugs plowed through a pedestrian-packed sidewalk for three blocks Thursday before hitting a barrier. Among the injured were Destiny Lightfoot and Jessica Williams, both students a month from graduating from New Jersey's Dunellen high school. Lightfoot was released Tuesday morning from Bellevue Hospital, Dunellen Public Schools Superintendent Gene Mosley said. Meanwhile, Mount Sinai Health System said it released its last patient from the crash Tuesday afternoon. Williams remained in the hospital after surgery on her legs Monday, Mosley said. Relatives of the students couldn't immediately be reached. Bellevue said it continued caring for five victims in total, with one in critical condition and another in serious condition. The hospital didn't release their names or details of their injuries, but prosecutors have said victims suffered head injuries, a collapsed lung and a broken pelvis. The impact killed Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old from Portage, Michigan, and injured her 13-year-old sister, Ava. A barricade at the site of the crash has become a makeshift memorial to Alyssa, adorned with flowers, photos and handwritten messages. "This city's outpouring is just unbelievable," her father, Thomas Elsman, wrote on Facebook Tuesday. The driver in the crash, Richard Rojas, 26, told police after his arrest that he had been smoking marijuana laced with the hallucinogenic drug PCP, according to a criminal complaint. He said he wanted to "kill them all" and police should have shot him to stop him, prosecutors said. Charged with murder and attempted murder, Rojas hasn't entered a plea. He told the New York Post in a jail interview Saturday that he had recently sought psychiatric help, and that the last thing he remembers Thursday is driving his car before waking up in a police precinct. Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Empire State Building goes dark for Manchester victims

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 24 min ago
NEW YORK — The Empire State Building in New York has gone dark in remembrance of the victims of the suicide bombing in Britain. A Twitter post says the landmarked building will remain dark Tuesday evening "in deep sympathy for the lives lost in Manchester, England." Monday's attack at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande left 22 people dead, including an 8-year-old girl, and injured 59. The bomber, identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, died in the attack. The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

UN: chemical experts found sarin exposure in Syria attack

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 25 min ago
A team from the international chemical weapons watchdog found exposure "to sarin or a sarin-like substance" in samples from an April 4 attack in northern Syria that killed over 90 people and now wants to visit the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, a senior U.N. official said Tuesday. U.N. disarmament chief Izumi Nakamitsu told the U.N. Security Council that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons also submitted a report into the alleged use of chemical weapons near Um Hosh in the Aleppo countryside on Sept. 16, 2016 which indicated the use of "sulfur mustard." OPCW fact-finding teams have been investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria but aren't mandated to determine responsibility for attacks. That has been left to a joint U.N.-OPCW investigative body known as the JIM. Last year, the JIM concluded that the Syrian government used chlorine gas in three attacks and Islamic State extremists used mustard gas in one attack during 2014 and 2015. Nakamitsu said the two latest reports from the OPCW fact-finding team have been sent to the JIM, which is now studying the findings "and will keep the Security Council informed of its next steps." Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons under a deal brokered by Russia and the United States in 2013 and declared a 1,300-ton chemical arsenal when it joined the OPCW soon after. That stockpile has been destroyed, but the organization continues to question whether Damascus declared everything in its chemical weapon program. Nakamitsu said work to address unresolved issues related to Syria's declaration had been expected to move forward during high-level consultations scheduled for early May, but they have been temporarily postponed. The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons and so has its close ally Russia, which has also carried out aerial attacks. In the attack in the area of Um Hosh last Sept. 16, Nakamitsu said an OPCW team was deployed at the request of the Syrian government but wasn't able to visit the site. She said a review of blood samples from two women victims of the alleged attack indicated exposure to sulfur mustard. The team also evaluated a mortar reported to be connected to the incident that was handed over by Russian experts, she said, and "laboratory analysis indicated that this mortar contained sulfur mustard." As for Khan Sheikhoun, Nakamitsu said the fact-finding mission's report said their team conducted interviews with victims of the alleged attack and witnessed the collection of biomedical samples from casualties in an unidentified neighbouring country. The team also received samples from dead animals reported to have been close to the site of the incident and environmental samples "from close to the impact point," she said. It also attended autopsies of three victims and witnessed biomedical samples being taken from their bodies. Nakamitsu said there is still work to be done in the Khan Sheikhoun investigation and OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu requested U.N. security, logistical and operational assistance for a visit to the town by the team. She said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres responded positively on May 4 and indicated that planning is under way. Nakamitsu said she is in contact with Uzumcu to help ensure that any visit to the site "would be accompanied by the most stringent security assurances." Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Grieving father says nine-year-old son slipped on rock and drowned

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 25 min ago
WINNIPEG — The father of a nine-year old Winnipeg boy who died in Ontario's Rushing River Provincial Park this weekend says his son slipped on a rock and drowned. Trevor Thomas tells CTV Winnipeg he was cooking supper Saturday night when his son, Kyree Bruneau-Thomas, disappeared. Hours later, after a search by Ontario Provincial Police and park staff, Kyree was found dead. Kyree was a grade four student at Cecil Rhodes school in Winnipeg. Thomas and Kyree's mother, Justine Bruneau, say they are heartbroken at the loss of their boy, who they described as affectionate and loving. Bruneau says the boy loved the outdoors. "Bugs, climbing, everything," she says. “He was going to be something special,” says his father. “Keep your kids close," says Bruneau. "I’ve been telling people that every day that have been coming to the house, supporting us, being with us, no matter what it is. Doesn’t have to be this situation, any situation." Ontario Provincial Police say an autopsy confirmed the cause of death was drowning and foul play is not suspected. The family says funeral services will be held Friday. Rushing River Provincial Park is reviewing procedures following the death. “Ontario Parks takes the safety of its visitors very seriously, and we always review our procedures following a fatality,” park superintendent Matt Yeo said Tuesday. Yeo said based on the review, emergency plans could be updated at the park, which is located about 30 kilometres east of Kenora, Ont. (CTV Winnipeg)   The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Prosecutors: Investigator tried to get Trump tax details

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 27 min ago
A private investigator in Louisiana unsuccessfully tried to obtain President Donald Trump's federal tax information through a government website, and "even sounded proud of what he had done," authorities said. Jordan Hamlett was charged with misrepresenting his Social Security number in the effort, prosecutors said. He is accused of using a computer application on a public government website in an attempt to get Trump's records. Hamlett did this in September, while Trump was still a candidate for president, by using the Federal Student Aid-Datashare application, prosecutors said. Trump refused to release his tax returns during the presidential campaign, saying he was under audit, and still has not made the records public. Hamlett, 31, owns a private investigations agency in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He pleaded not guilty. His lawyer didn't immediately respond to phone and email messages Tuesday. In an interview with federal agents in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel in Baton Rouge, Hamlett expressed pride in the technique he used, prosecutors wrote in court filings. Hamlett "immediately volunteered that he had committed the crime, and he even sounded proud of what he had done," they wrote. The application at the centre of the case allowed users applying for financial aid to locate their tax records, and transfer the information to the education website. In court records, defence lawyer Michael Fiser characterized the interview in the hotel as an "interrogation," and said his client's statements were not made voluntarily. Fiser is trying to keep the statements from being used as evidence. Prosecutors dispute that account, saying the encounter with federal agents was friendly and that Hamlett had agreed to speak with them during an hours-long interview in the hotel's public atrium, and that he was free to go at any time. Fiser also said in court filings that he needs more time to prepare for trial due to the volume of evidence, much of it in digital form. "For example, primary items of evidence in this case will include data and information on a seized HP laptop, a Toshiba laptop, a Sandisk 16 gigabyte card, and at least 10 recorded telephone calls," Fiser wrote. The charge is a felony. If convicted, Hamlett faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, which are the maximum penalties, said Corey R. Amundson, acting U.S. attorney in Louisiana's middle district for federal courts. Jeff Martin, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Mark Zuckerberg, wife visit Massachusetts high school

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 28 min ago
QUINCY, Mass. — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has visited the Massachusetts high school where his wife attended. The 33-year-old billionaire and his wife, Priscilla Chan, stopped by Quincy High School on Tuesday and made a donation to the school. The amount has not been disclosed. Chan graduated from Quincy High as valedictorian in 2003. Zuckerberg says in a Facebook post the couple had stopped by the school on their way to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Zuckerberg is set to deliver the commencement speech at Harvard University on Thursday. Zuckerberg livestreamed on Facebook his visit to his old dorm room at Harvard's Kirkland House Tuesday afternoon. Zuckerberg was spotted in Newport, Rhode Island, on Sunday. He and Chan visited a middle school in Providence on Monday. The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Google helps advertisers track spending in physical stores

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 28 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO — Google already monitors online shopping — and now it's keeping an eye on physical stores to try to sell more digital advertising. The internet company said Tuesday that a new tool will track how much money people spend in merchants' brick-and-mortar stores after clicking on their digital ads. The analysis will be done by matching the combined ad clicks of people who are logged into Google services with their collective purchases on credit and debit cards. Google says it won't be able to examine the specific items purchased or how much a specific individual spent. But even aggregated data can sometimes be converted back to data that can identify individuals, said Larry Ponemon, chairman of the Ponemon Institute privacy research firm. MINING CREDIT-CARD DATA Google says it has access to roughly 70 per cent of U.S. credit and debit card sales through partnerships with other companies that track that data. By matching ad clicks with this data, Google says it can automatically inform merchants when their digital ads translate into sales at a brick-and-mortar store. Previously, if people clicked on an ad without buying anything online, an advertiser might conclude that the ad was a waste of money. If the program works, it could help persuade merchants to boost their digital marketing budgets. The data add to the digital dossiers that Google has compiled on users of its search engine and other services, including Gmail, YouTube and Android. Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google's senior vice-president of ads and commerce, said the new tracking system was created in consultation with "incredibly smart people" to ensure it's not invasive. He described the program as "secure and privacy safe." But Ponemon said that even if Google has good intentions now, companies and governments in the future might not. The kinds of data that Google is collecting also could become an inviting target for hackers, said Miro Copic, a marketing professor at San Diego State University. "The privacy implications of this are pretty massive, so Google needs to tread very carefully," Copic said. GOOGLE'S OPPORTUNITY Google already runs the world's biggest online ad network, one that raked in $79 billion in revenue last year. That puts it in the best position to capture any additional marketing dollars spent on computers and mobile devices. The Mountain View, California, company touted the store-sales measurement tool Tuesday in San Francisco at an annual conference it hosts for its advertisers. This meeting was an opportunity not only for Google to flaunt its new tools, but to work on regaining ground with advertisers who have recently boycotted YouTube . Major advertisers began pulling back two months ago over concerns that Google hadn't prevented major brand advertising from appearing alongside extremist video clips promoting hate and violence. DIGITAL DOSSIERS Google already knows what you like based on the searches you make and the videos you watch. Online ads are then targeted to those interests. From there, Google can tell when you click on an ad and if you make an online purchase based on that. The new program takes that tracking into physical stores. Google says its computers rely primarily on log-in information, such as email addresses, to identify the people clicking on ads. It then matches that data with other identifying information compiled by merchants and the issuers of credit and debit cards to figure out when digital ads contribute to an offline purchase. It's all done in a "double-blind" way, Ramaswamy said, meaning the personal information that Google has can't be seen by merchants or its credit and debit card partners. By the same token, Google is blocked from seeing personal information held by its partners. When it first described the tracking program to The Associated Press, Google provided an example of how it would be able to identify a specific purchase made in a physical store by a consumer who had clicked on a digital ad run by the merchant. On Tuesday, though, Google executives stressed that it won't be able to peer that deeply into what people are buying. Google's tool won't work for cash payments or the 30 per cent of U.S. card transactions that Google can't currently access. And this works only for individuals who log in. Google gives its users the option to limit the company's tracking and control what types of ads they are shown — although in practice, relatively few users tweak such settings. Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Venezuela regional election date set amid opposition rebuke

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 29 min ago
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela's electoral council is announcing plans to hold regional elections in December, though the apparent olive branch may never come to fruition as a special assembly to rewrite the nation's constitution is slated to take place first. The chief of the embattled nation's electoral council said Tuesday that officials were looking to hold elections for President Nicolas Maduro's special assembly tasked with rewriting the constitution in July. That assembly could decide to change the nation's electoral calendar or not hold the regional elections at all. The government abruptly decided last year to postpone regional elections the opposition was heavily favoured to win and also called off a petition drive to force a referendum seeking Maduro's removal. At least 53 people have died in anti-government protests over the last two months. The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Alcoholics Anonymous sues for return of 12-step manuscript

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 29 min ago
NEW YORK — Alcoholics Anonymous is demanding the return of its 1939 original manuscript describing the "Twelve Step" program of recovery from alcoholism. Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc. in New York state court last Thursday sued an Alabama man, Ken Roberts, who owns the manuscript, a New York art gallery and a California auction house. The manuscript is to be sold June 8 at auction. The lawsuit said the manuscript was gifted to a man who left instructions for it to be given to Alcoholics Anonymous upon his death. But it never was. Now, it is being advertised by Profiles in History, which plans to auction it in two weeks. Aron Gerson, a spokesman for the Los Angeles-area auction house, declined comment. A man who answered the phone at QuestRoyal Fine Art in Manhattan, where the manuscript was displayed over the weekend, said he could not comment. On a web page devoted to the auction, Profiles in History described it as "The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous" and "The Bible to Millions," saying its 161 typed pages included handwritten edits by AA founders, including William Griffith Wilson, also known as Bill W. It said it had sold 30 million copies since 1939, been translated into 43 languages and has been ranked by the Library of Congress as a top non-fiction book that shaped America. The auction house estimated it will sell for between $2 million and $3 million. The lawsuit said the original working draft copy of the manuscript is "an original, historical document of unique importance." It said it "indisputably belongs" to Alcoholics Anonymous after Barry Leach, who received it from Wilson's widow, signed and notarized a letter in April 1979 saying it would belong to the organization upon his death. He died in 1985. The lawsuit blamed "either extreme negligence or potentially wrongful actions" around the time of Leach's death for it never reaching Alcoholics Anonymous. As a result, it said, the manuscript was sold at auction in June 2004 at Sotheby's to William A. Shenk for $1.57 million. The lawsuit said Roberts bought it at a Sotheby's auction in 2007 for $850,000 at a time when Alcoholics Anonymous was not aware of Leach's notarized letter. The lawsuit said Roberts informed Alcoholics Anonymous on April 7 that he planned to sell the manuscript on June 8. A phone message left for Roberts was not immediately returned. The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press