Giraffe gather at a water hole in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, August 2, 2015. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Idaho woman comes under fire for killing giraffe

SALMON, Idaho - A big-game trophy collector from Idaho has ignited a firestorm of criticism from animal-rights activists for flaunting online images of herself posed with the carcasses of a giraffe and other wildlife she killed during a recent guided hunt in South Africa.

A police cruiser sits parked in the driveway outside Nancy and Adam Lanza's Sandy Hook Village home in Newtown, Connecticut, in this file photo taken December 18, 2012. The town council of Newtown, Connecticut, voted unanimously on Wednesday to demolish the home of Adam Lanza, who killed his mother and 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. History. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

Families of Newtown victims get settlement

MILFORD, Conn. - The families of 14 people killed in the 2012 massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, and two survivors reached a $1.5 million legal settlement on Monday against the gunman's mother's estate, according to court records.

The last election saw a 61% voter turnout in Canada. POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Group says: 'Let's talk about voting'

As the federal election campaign officially kicks off, if you get a knock on your door between now and Oct. 19, it may not be about getting your vote for a particular party — it could just be about voting in the first place.

Dr. Bobby Rishiraj will be finding out his penalty after the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. meets on Aug. 24. FOTOLIA

Dentist to appeal ‘incompetence’ finding

A Kamloops dentist who sent a patient to hospital with brain damage will be appealing his college’s findings that he sped through the treatment of patients, didn’t monitor patients under sedation, and wasn’t authorized in the first place to do the deep sedation procedure.

The BCAA is in a labour dispute with its workers. FILE PHOTO

Students also part of BCAA dispute: ruling

Seven summer students who started work at BCAA a day after calltakers and dispatchers with the roadside service announced a strike — and were subsequently locked out — may be joining their union colleagues on the picket lines after a Labour Board ruling.

REUTERS FILE PHOTO From left are New Democratic Party Leader Thomas Mulcair, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

Stephen Harper calls Oct. 19 election

Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday called a parliamentary election for Oct. 19, kicking off a marathon 11-week campaign likely to focus on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power.

US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump answers questions from the media at a press conference during a visit to his Scottish golf course Turnberry Action Images via Reuters / Russell Cheyne Livepic

Trump's companies have sought visas for workers

NEW YORK - Donald Trump is staking his run for U.S. president in part on a vow to protect American jobs. But this month, one of his companies, the elite Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Florida, applied to import 70 foreign workers to serve as cooks, wait staff and cleaners.

The twelve Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Ministers hold a press conference to discuss progress in the negotiations in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii July 31, 2015. Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on Friday to free up trade between a dozen nations after a dispute flared between Japan and North America over autos, New Zealand dug in over dairy trade and no agreement was reached on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs. REUTERS/Marco Garcia

Pacific Rim free trade talks fail to end in deal

Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on Friday to free up trade between a dozen nations after a dispute flared up over auto trade between Japan and North America, New Zealand dug in over dairy trade and no agreement was reached on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs.

Hyeon Soo Lim speaks during a news conference at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 30, 2015. (REUTERS/KCNA)

Pastor confesses to trying to overthrow state

The head pastor of one of Canada's largest congregations who has been detained by North Korea since February appeared before media in Pyongyang and confessed to crimes aimed at overthrowing the state, the North's official news agency said on Friday.

A girl leaves a toy gun on a table during the "Culture of lawfulness" campaign at a school in Ciudad Juarez October 24, 2012. (REUTERS/Joe Luis Gonzalez)

U.S. stores to stop selling realistic toy guns

A handful of large U.S. online retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Inc have agreed to pay more than $300,000 in fines for selling realistic-looking toy guys to New York residents, the state's attorney general said on Monday.

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter speaks at the opening of a new exhibit, "Countdown to Zero, Defeating Disease" at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, in this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo. (REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files)

Jimmy Carter undergoes liver surgery

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter underwent elective surgery at Emory University Hospital and his prognosis is "excellent" for a full recovery, The Carter Center said on Monday.

Diane Brisebois, coordinator for, speaks at the Bare With Us Rally in Waterloo, Ont., on Aug. 1, 2015. Alysha Brilla and her two sisters, Tameera Mohamed and Nadia Mohamed, who were recently cycling topless when a police officer told them to cover up, organized the Bare With Us rally to help raise awareness about women's rights. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon)

Topless rally in Waterloo, Ont.

A rally and march organized by three sisters who were stopped by a police officer for biking topless a week ago was held Saturday in Waterloo, Ont.

A chimpanzee eats its lunch using a spoon at Villa Lorena animal refugee center in Cali, in this file photo taken October 20, 2009. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga/Files

Chimps in N.Y. animal rights suit to be retired

The chimpanzees at the center of a New York State Supreme Court case over the legal rights of animals will no longer be used for research, officials at the State University of New York at Stony Brook said on Friday.

French gendarmes work on a oversized crate, believed to contain plane wreckage, in the cargo area of the airport in Saint-Denis on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, in this still image taken from video shot on July 31, 2015. A flaperon, which help pilots control an aircraft in flight, is to be shipped tonight to France where authorities will analyze the plane debris found on Reunion Island to determine whether it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which disappeared without a trace 16 months ago with 239 passengers and crew on board. (REUTERS/Reuters)

Recovered plane debris flown to France for checks

Plane debris which washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and is thought to belong to the vanished Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was flown to France on Friday for checks officials hope could provide some insight into the disaster.