Lady Gaga forced to cancel Indonesia show

(THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) JAKARTA, Indonesia – Lady Gaga told fans she was “devastated” at having to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia following threats by Islamic hard-liners, who called her a “devil worshipper.” Controversy over the concert is a blow to the predominantly Muslim country’s reputation as a tolerant, pluralist society that respects freedom of expression. Some fans accused police

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Ease the pain of guerilla gardening with stretches and proper tools

TORONTO — Lugging bags of potting soil, turning compacted flower beds and pulling hard-to-reach weeds offer plenty of exercise, but when these tasks are done incorrectly they can result in stiff and sore joints along with muscle, neck and back pain. Chiropractors and other specialists who treat people for aches and pains often see a surge in business after the

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Health Canada slow to move against alcoholic energy drinks

OTTAWA — Health Canada isn’t ready to crack down on pre-mixed alcoholic energy drinks, despite a long-standing request from government inspectors for direction on what “action can be taken against these products,” internal records show. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency pressed Health Canada for a decision last year, after fielding a complaint from the Association of Canadian Distillers last May

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Amour wins Palme d’Or as Cannes snubs Canada’s Cronenberg

Michael Haneke won the Palme d’Or (his second) at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, but the lion’s share of the jury’s love went to another past winner, Romanian director Cristian Mungiu. His film Beyond the Hills won for best screenplay, and the two young performers (Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan) shared the best actress prize. Haneke’s Amour (Love) tells

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Natural selection: Canada columbine

“Those who care for bees, and love hummingbirds, should plant the graceful red-flowered Canada columbine in their garden borders.”-Catherine Parr Traill, Canadian Wild Flowers (1868) Canada columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) Zone 3 Native from Nova Scotia to Saskatchewan The cheerful, nodding red- or pink-and-yellow flowers of Canada columbine begin to open in late spring and continue to bloom until the heat

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