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B.C. father welcomes healthy newborn son, born weeks after wife declared legally brain dead The best and worst moment of Dylan Benson’s 32-year-old life arrived Saturday evening, when medical personnel in Victoria showed him cellphone photos of his new son who was born only moments earlier to his brain-dead wife, Robyn, his childhood sweetheart. It was the best moment because Benson said he was seeing images for the first time of his baby boy, Iver, who was born at 7:12 p.m., weighing just two pounds, 13 ounces, boasting a little bit of apricot-coloured hair, a ginger like his mother. Yet, it was also the worst moment because Benson said he knew the time was near when he’d have to say his final farewell to the woman he first met 16 years earlier, when she was still a teen and the two were embarking on their Grade 12 years in separate high schools. “I don’t think I have the right words to describe it,” said the new father in a Monday-night interview. “It’s the best and definitely the worst thing to ever happen to me in my life at the same time:” http://natpo.st/1kyneck

B.C. father welcomes healthy newborn son, born weeks after wife declared legally brain dead

The best and worst moment of Dylan Benson’s 32-year-old life arrived Saturday evening, when medical personnel in Victoria showed him cellphone photos of his new son who was born only moments earlier to his brain-dead wife, Robyn, his childhood sweetheart.

It was the best moment because Benson said he was seeing images for the first time of his baby boy, Iver, who was born at 7:12 p.m., weighing just two pounds, 13 ounces, boasting a little bit of apricot-coloured hair, a ginger like his mother.

Yet, it was also the worst moment because Benson said he knew the time was near when he’d have to say his final farewell to the woman he first met 16 years earlier, when she was still a teen and the two were embarking on their Grade 12 years in separate high schools.

“I don’t think I have the right words to describe it,” said the new father in a Monday-night interview. “It’s the best and definitely the worst thing to ever happen to me in my life at the same time:” http://natpo.st/1kyneck

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"In the locker-room now, nobody has pubic hair any more. Now you see everything, and they’re far more self-conscious about it"
The Post’s Steve Murray figures some ways to deal with income inequality that have nothing to do with the minimum wage. Like theft! http://natpo.st/1d88TL5

The Post’s Steve Murray figures some ways to deal with income inequality that have nothing to do with the minimum wage. Like theft! http://natpo.st/1d88TL5

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Good news everyone! China suspends 14-year-old video game console ban, paving way for Sony, Microsoft
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BEIJING — China has temporarily lifted a 14-year-old ban on selling video game consoles, paving the way for Sony Corp, Microsoft Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd to enter the world’s third largest video game market in terms of revenue.
China saw video game revenues grow by more than a third in 2012 to nearly US$14 billion last year, but console makers are likely to face an uphill battle for market share in a country where a whole generation has grown up without a PlayStation, Xbox or Wii and where free PC and mobile games dominate.
The absence of consoles has left PC games with almost two-thirds of the market, according to data released at the annual China games industry conference in December. Browser gaming accounted for just over 15% and mobile gaming was nearly 14%, the data also showed.
“If Sony and Microsoft want to expand in China they need to think of changing their business model, and study the success of Internet gaming market providers where games are free but they charge money from operating games,” said Roger Sheng, research director at tech research firm Gartner.

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Good news everyone! China suspends 14-year-old video game console ban, paving way for Sony, Microsoft

http://bit.ly/1gHNcWJ

BEIJING — China has temporarily lifted a 14-year-old ban on selling video game consoles, paving the way for Sony Corp, Microsoft Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd to enter the world’s third largest video game market in terms of revenue.

China saw video game revenues grow by more than a third in 2012 to nearly US$14 billion last year, but console makers are likely to face an uphill battle for market share in a country where a whole generation has grown up without a PlayStation, Xbox or Wii and where free PC and mobile games dominate.

The absence of consoles has left PC games with almost two-thirds of the market, according to data released at the annual China games industry conference in December. Browser gaming accounted for just over 15% and mobile gaming was nearly 14%, the data also showed.

“If Sony and Microsoft want to expand in China they need to think of changing their business model, and study the success of Internet gaming market providers where games are free but they charge money from operating games,” said Roger Sheng, research director at tech research firm Gartner.

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Hero teen who chased suicide bomber getting Star of Bravery for sacrificing his life to save classmates
Pakistan’s prime minister announced Friday that a teenage boy who sacrificed his life to stop a suicide bomber who wanted to attack his school should be honoured with the nation’s highest civil award of bravery.
Aitzaz Hasan, 17, died Monday in a remote village in Hangu, a district in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Pakistanis have praised the boy since his teacher told police that he saw Hasan chasing the bomber, who detonated his explosives, killing the teen.
Aitzaz’s friends had urged him not to confront the bomber but he ignored their pleas.
On Friday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif praised the boy in a statement, saying his “brave act saved the lives of hundreds of students and established a sterling example of gallantry and patriotism.” (Photo: AP Photo/Abdul Rehman)

Hero teen who chased suicide bomber getting Star of Bravery for sacrificing his life to save classmates

Pakistan’s prime minister announced Friday that a teenage boy who sacrificed his life to stop a suicide bomber who wanted to attack his school should be honoured with the nation’s highest civil award of bravery.

Aitzaz Hasan, 17, died Monday in a remote village in Hangu, a district in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Pakistanis have praised the boy since his teacher told police that he saw Hasan chasing the bomber, who detonated his explosives, killing the teen.

Aitzaz’s friends had urged him not to confront the bomber but he ignored their pleas.

On Friday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif praised the boy in a statement, saying his “brave act saved the lives of hundreds of students and established a sterling example of gallantry and patriotism.” (Photo: AP Photo/Abdul Rehman)

Your plane has just crashed into the Pacific. What do you do? Take a selfie, of course 

Your plane has just crashed into the Pacific. What do you do? Take a selfie, of course 

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After almost 70 years, former SS soldier charged over 1944 massacre that eliminated French town
An 88-year-old former SS soldier has been charged with multiple counts of murder related to one of the most infamous massacres of the Second World War.
German prosecutors brought the charges against the suspect, known only as Werner C., for his alleged role in the slaughter of almost the entire population of the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane on June 10, 1944.
The Oradour massacre came as retaliation for the supposed kidnapping of a German officer by the French resistance. An SS company sealed off the village, separating the men from the women and children. The men were taken to barns, where they were machine gunned before the barns were set alight.
The SS then packed the women and children into the village church and set fire to it. Anybody trying to escape through the windows was shot.
A total 642 people, including 205 children, died in the massacre. After the war Charles de Gaulle ordered the village to remain untouched and uninhabited as a memorial to Nazi cruelty and its victims. (AP Photo,File)

After almost 70 years, former SS soldier charged over 1944 massacre that eliminated French town

An 88-year-old former SS soldier has been charged with multiple counts of murder related to one of the most infamous massacres of the Second World War.

German prosecutors brought the charges against the suspect, known only as Werner C., for his alleged role in the slaughter of almost the entire population of the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane on June 10, 1944.

The Oradour massacre came as retaliation for the supposed kidnapping of a German officer by the French resistance. An SS company sealed off the village, separating the men from the women and children. The men were taken to barns, where they were machine gunned before the barns were set alight.

The SS then packed the women and children into the village church and set fire to it. Anybody trying to escape through the windows was shot.

A total 642 people, including 205 children, died in the massacre. After the war Charles de Gaulle ordered the village to remain untouched and uninhabited as a memorial to Nazi cruelty and its victims. (AP Photo,File)

York University stands by controversial decision to allow female-free schooling for religious student
York University appears to be standing by its controversial decision to permit a student to be excused from a group project because the presence of women interfered with his “firm religious beliefs.”
In a statement Thursday by provost Rhonda Lenton, the university affirmed its commitment to “gender equity, inclusivity and diversity,” but did not retract an October order authorizing the much-criticized “religious accommodation.”
The statement comes one day after York University sociology professor J. Paul Grayson went public with documents showing that university brass had backed a request from one of his students to be separated from female classmates for religious reasons.
“Seventy per cent of the students at York University are female,” Mr. Grayson told the National Post. “This kind of situation, from that point of view, is simply intolerable.”

York University stands by controversial decision to allow female-free schooling for religious student

York University appears to be standing by its controversial decision to permit a student to be excused from a group project because the presence of women interfered with his “firm religious beliefs.”

In a statement Thursday by provost Rhonda Lenton, the university affirmed its commitment to “gender equity, inclusivity and diversity,” but did not retract an October order authorizing the much-criticized “religious accommodation.”

The statement comes one day after York University sociology professor J. Paul Grayson went public with documents showing that university brass had backed a request from one of his students to be separated from female classmates for religious reasons.

“Seventy per cent of the students at York University are female,” Mr. Grayson told the National Post. “This kind of situation, from that point of view, is simply intolerable.”

Oregon couple allegedly tries to tip for steak dinner with envelope full of meth, predictably gets arrested
A waitress at a U.S. restaurant says she received an unusual tip — an envelope full of methamphetamine.
The Daily Astorian newspaper reports the Oregon waitress contacted police Friday after a couple included the envelope while paying for their drinks.
The responding officer identified the substance and arrested 40-year-old Ryan Bensen and 37-year-old Erica Manley.
“She was like ‘Whoa — what the …?’” said Steve Keszler, a manager at the steakhouse told The Oregonian. “We’re not a little dive bar or hole in the wall. We’re a classy place.”
The couple allegedly tried to pay with a gift card at first, but did not have enough money on they card. (Photo: Clatsop County Jail)

Oregon couple allegedly tries to tip for steak dinner with envelope full of meth, predictably gets arrested

A waitress at a U.S. restaurant says she received an unusual tip — an envelope full of methamphetamine.

The Daily Astorian newspaper reports the Oregon waitress contacted police Friday after a couple included the envelope while paying for their drinks.

The responding officer identified the substance and arrested 40-year-old Ryan Bensen and 37-year-old Erica Manley.

“She was like ‘Whoa — what the …?’” said Steve Keszler, a manager at the steakhouse told The Oregonian. “We’re not a little dive bar or hole in the wall. We’re a classy place.”

The couple allegedly tried to pay with a gift card at first, but did not have enough money on they card. (Photo: Clatsop County Jail)

Tagged with:  #news  #meth  #Oregon
Northern lights set to shimmer through the sky after massive solar flare and radiation storm
Northerners thawing out from a bitter freeze may get rewarded with shimmering northern lights over the next couple of days.
U.S. space weather forecaster Joe Kunches said the sun shot out a strong solar flare late Tuesday. It should shake up Earth’s magnetic field and expand the Aurora Borealis south. He said best viewing would probably be Thursday evening, weather permitting.
“It looks really, really good,” said Gary Boyle, president of the Ottawa chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society told the Ottawa Citizen on the chances for a celestial display on Thursday night. 
“Get out and enjoy it. It’s always a chance — it’s not etched in stone — but [they’re] predicting 90%, so it’s a pretty good chance.” (Photo: OVATION/NOAA)

Northern lights set to shimmer through the sky after massive solar flare and radiation storm

Northerners thawing out from a bitter freeze may get rewarded with shimmering northern lights over the next couple of days.

U.S. space weather forecaster Joe Kunches said the sun shot out a strong solar flare late Tuesday. It should shake up Earth’s magnetic field and expand the Aurora Borealis south. He said best viewing would probably be Thursday evening, weather permitting.

“It looks really, really good,” said Gary Boyle, president of the Ottawa chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society told the Ottawa Citizen on the chances for a celestial display on Thursday night. 

“Get out and enjoy it. It’s always a chance — it’s not etched in stone — but [they’re] predicting 90%, so it’s a pretty good chance.” (Photo: OVATION/NOAA)

Sorry, we can’t make you a dragon: Scientists apologize to seven-year-old who really wants a fire-breathing pet
Australia’s national science agency has apologized to the nation for failing to invent “a dragon or dragon eggs” after a seven-year-old girl wrote a letter asking for one for Christmas.
In the letter, addressed “Hello lovely scientist,” Sophie Lester from Queensland wrote: “I would like it if you could, but if you can’t that’s fine.” Sophie, who had begged her parents for a baby dragon as a present, promised to call the dragon Toothless if it were a girl, and Stuart if it were a boy.
In a response posted on its website, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, said it was proud of its work since 1926 but regretted that it had yet to create or observe a fire-breathing dragon. (Photo: How to Train Your Dragon)

Sorry, we can’t make you a dragon: Scientists apologize to seven-year-old who really wants a fire-breathing pet

Australia’s national science agency has apologized to the nation for failing to invent “a dragon or dragon eggs” after a seven-year-old girl wrote a letter asking for one for Christmas.

In the letter, addressed “Hello lovely scientist,” Sophie Lester from Queensland wrote: “I would like it if you could, but if you can’t that’s fine.” Sophie, who had begged her parents for a baby dragon as a present, promised to call the dragon Toothless if it were a girl, and Stuart if it were a boy.

In a response posted on its website, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, said it was proud of its work since 1926 but regretted that it had yet to create or observe a fire-breathing dragon. (Photo: How to Train Your Dragon)

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Former U.S. Marine kills stepfather with ‘atomic wedgie’: police
A former U.S. Marine is being accused of killing his stepfather with the classic schoolyard bullying technique known as the “atomic wedgie.”
Police in Oklahoma found Denver Lee St. Clair, 58, dead in his home in December with his underwear pulled over his head.
Brad Davis, 33, has been arrested in the death and told detectives the pair got into a fight because his stepfather was badmouthing his mother. He said after punches were thrown, he gave St. Clair an “atomic wedgie.” Davis said he and his stepfather were drinking. (Photo: Police Handout)

Former U.S. Marine kills stepfather with ‘atomic wedgie’: police

A former U.S. Marine is being accused of killing his stepfather with the classic schoolyard bullying technique known as the “atomic wedgie.”

Police in Oklahoma found Denver Lee St. Clair, 58, dead in his home in December with his underwear pulled over his head.

Brad Davis, 33, has been arrested in the death and told detectives the pair got into a fight because his stepfather was badmouthing his mother. He said after punches were thrown, he gave St. Clair an “atomic wedgie.” Davis said he and his stepfather were drinking. (Photo: Police Handout)

Tagged with:  #news  #atomic wedgie  #wedgie  #Marines  #Oklahoma
Utah woman, 58, set to give birth to her own grandchild after becoming surrogate for daughter
A 58-year-old Utah woman is set to give birth in a few weeks — to her granddaughter.
Julia Navarro is serving as a gestational surrogate for her daughter and son-in-law.
Lorena McKinnon says after struggling with fertility issues, she and her husband tried to find a surrogate. After several offers fell through, the Provo woman says her mother stepped up and offered to carry the baby. (Photo: AP Photo / The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann)

Utah woman, 58, set to give birth to her own grandchild after becoming surrogate for daughter

A 58-year-old Utah woman is set to give birth in a few weeks — to her granddaughter.

Julia Navarro is serving as a gestational surrogate for her daughter and son-in-law.

Lorena McKinnon says after struggling with fertility issues, she and her husband tried to find a surrogate. After several offers fell through, the Provo woman says her mother stepped up and offered to carry the baby. (Photo: AP Photo / The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann)

Tagged with:  #news  #pregnancy  #surrogate mother  #Utah
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