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July 12, 2018 12:31 AM There’s no tally of close calls on Toronto streets. So pedestrians are turning to #NearMissToronto

Abigail Pugh had just dropped her 9-year-old daughter off at school in Dufferin Grove when she witnessed a near miss. A driver didn’t see a boy crossing at a pedestrian crosswalk and slammed on the brakes, narrowly avoiding another headline-making tragedy. The experience spurred Pugh to create the hashtag and ensuing campaign #NearMissToronto. “I just decided 6

July 11, 2018 6:23 PM ‘A tough lesson to learn’: How a missed email put one tennis player in Illinois instead of Wimbledon

WINNETKA, ILL.—Centre court at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center in this leafy suburban enclave along Lake Michigan sits nearly 4,000 miles away from Wimbledon’s pristine grass-court setting. Tim Smyczek had planned on competing at the Grand Slam event, but instead he was here on Monday, locked in a three-set match in front of a couple hundred spectators 7

July 10, 2018 4:03 PM Trump made 30 false claims at his wild Montana rally

Trump added 13 more over the rest of the week for a total of 43 false claims. That makes last week the eighth-most-dishonest week of his presidency. It was more less dishonest, though, than the two previous weeks, during which he made 100 false claims and a record 103 false claims. Why the decline back toward normal? Likely because he spoke much less. Trump 7

July 10, 2018 12:38 AM A missing pet python was seen Canada Day weekend, but its whereabouts remain a hiss-tery

DELTA, B.C.—A missing pet python named Gypsy was spotted on the Canada Day long weekend in Delta, B.C., shortly after it disappeared into a farmer’s field June 30. Delta Police say someone spotted the dark caramel-coloured snake near the Westham Island Bridge and snapped a photo, but didn’t tell an animal shelter about what they had seen until July 3. The police 7

July 2, 2018 7:04 PM Wild brawl mars World Cup basketball qualifier in Philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES—Basketball’s governing body will investigate after a wild brawl between Australia and the Philippines, including Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker, broke out in World Cup qualifying on Monday. The fight spilled into the area behind the baseline, and video showed a chair being thrown at the back of an Australia player either by a fan or member 8

June 26, 2018 9:08 PM Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka gets wild-card entry for Rogers Cup

“We are very pleased to be able to announce the participation of Victoria Azarenka in our tournament by awarding her a wild card,” Rogers Cup tournament director Eugene Lapierre said Tuesday in a release. “She has been a major figure on the WTA tour in the last 10 years and tennis fans are very happy to see her back in action playing in various tournaments 9

June 17, 2018 4:41 PM Canada's Auger-Aliassime repeats as champ at Challenger tennis event

Montreal teen is No. 170 in ATP rankings Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime defended his ATP Challenger Sopra Steria Open title on Sunday in Lyon, France. The 17-year-old from Montreal beat 22-year-old Johan Sebastien Tatlot of France 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-2 on the clay court. After dropping the first set in a tiebreak, Auger-Aliassime broke Tatlot to go up 6-5 in the second 8

June 17, 2018 8:00 AM How we can prevent outer space from becoming the Wild West

Experts say that some sort form of regulation is needed, and soon In January, an Indian rocket arced across the sky over the island of Sriharikota as it soared into space. On board were several satellites, including an Indian mapping satellite, one from Canada and one from an asteroid mining company. But if you're not allowed to launch from the U.S., why not launch 9

June 13, 2018 3:29 PM Raccoon safe after climbing 25-storey Minnesota office tower

'Raccoons don't have very good impulse control,' Canadian expert observes A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-storey office tower in downtown St. Paul, Minn., was safely trapped early Wednesday, and animal control officials released it back into the wild. The caged raccoon looked a bit bedraggled but healthy after it was caught 29

June 11, 2018 12:44 PM Wild Atlantic salmon numbers drop for second year in a row: report

SAINT JOHN, N.B.—A new report from a group advocating for the protection and conservation of wild Atlantic salmon says the number of salmon in North American rivers has dropped for the second year in a row. The Atlantic Salmon Federation’s annual State of the Populations report says numbers in 2017 dipped overall by 15 per cent compared to the year before 12