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Inaugural winner of Hilary Weston Student Nonfiction Writing Contest reads her essay about being a foster child

Ashley Ash (Photo: CBC)

Ashley Ash (Photo: CBC)

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Toronto student Ashley Ash has won the inaugural Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Student Nonfiction Writing Contest with her essay 'No One's Girl.' The Toronto student has earned herself $2500. An additional $1,000 will be given to her high school, Vaughan Road Academy. 

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Monday: UK terror measures, Plane crash rescuer, Big cabbage, and more

Monday: UK terror measures, Plane crash rescuer, Big cabbage, and more
British Prime Minister David Cameron announces new anti-terrorism measures to curtail the movements and activities of suspected jihadists in the U-K....After a photo of her abuse at the hands of pro-Russian separatists sparks international outrage, a Ukrainian woman is released and identified and now she's speaking out... Paul Hindson was playing tennis when he heard the plane crash and he knew he hadn't a moment to lose in reaching the Cessna that crashed near Crawford, BC.

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In Wales, sheep are the new llamas -- they accompany trekkers

In Wales, sheep are the new llamas -- they accompany trekkers
Following on the trend of donkey, pony and llama trekking in the UK, Julia Blazer, of  Good Day Out has devised an outing she feels is much more native: sheep trekking, in Wales. She says that, in spite of an inclement season, people have been showing up in droves.

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Friday: Ebola sequencing, Decker glacer, Wales sheep trekking, and more...

Friday: Ebola sequencing, Decker glacer, Wales sheep trekking, and more...

In an effort to contain its spread, a team of American and African researchers sequences ninety-nine Ebola virus genomes from victims of the current outbreak...A man returns to the Decker Glacier after eight years to find it a very wet shadow of its former self...and a Welsh tour company gives humans a chance to hike the hilly countryside, guided by sheep -- who'll provide a combination of expertise and sheer woolpower.

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Scientists solve the mystery behind Death Valley's 'slithering' stones

Scientists solve the mystery behind Death Valley's 'slithering' stones

Snakes slither. Rocks do not. Unless they're in Death Valley, California, where you can often see rocks that have moved across the flat desert floor, leaving a slither trail in their wake. Scientists have tried to understand what caused this phenomenon for decades. Well, the mystery has been solved. And the results are chilling.

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Hello Kitty demands a new paradigm in the philosophy of physics

Hello Kitty demands a new paradigm in the philosophy of physics
A cat is in a sealed steel box with a Geiger counter containing a minuscule amount of a radioactive substance, and a tube of poison. Depending on what happens in the box, the cat will either be dead or alive -- but it cannot be both.

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Thursday: Russia's Ukraine 'invasion', Mexican deportees return to US, slithering stones, and more...

Thursday: Russia's Ukraine 'invasion', Mexican deportees return to US, slithering stones, and more...

Russia says it hasn't sent soldiers and tanks across the Ukrainian border -- but Ukrainian officials say it is, indisputably, a Russian invasion of their territory...Nine Mexican immigrants are allowed to return to the U.S. to explain why they believe they were coerced into accepting deportation...and three American scientists focus their attention, and their cameras, on the mystery of how rocks slither across the desert floor in Death Valley without human help.

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24-carat art project sparks gold rush on public beach in England

24-carat art project sparks gold rush on public beach in England
If you go down to the beach at Folkestone, England today, you might find a pleasant surprise. German artist Michael Sailstorfer has buried 30 gold bullion bars beneath the sand there. And now it's finders, keepers.

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Doctor proposes change in privacy laws to stop drunk drivers from using ER as escape route

Doctor proposes change in privacy laws to stop drunk drivers from using ER as escape route
Toronto emergency room doctor Brett Belchetz says that, too often, impaired drivers are using hospitals as escape routes after a car accident;. He'd like to see changes to privacy laws that often prevent him from reporting such patients to police.

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Lucky the Lobster finds a home

Lucky the Lobster finds a home
Blair Calkins and his family were fishing for prawns when they hauled in a lobster laden with eggs. In some places, this would be a perfectly normal event, except they were in British Columbia, where there shouldn't be any lobster.

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Close shave: Shaun the Sheep shears big but fails to shake Shrek's wool record

Close shave: Shaun the Sheep shears big but fails to shake Shrek's wool record
Shaun the sheep, who was found wandering last Sunday in Tasmania after years of waltzing merino, has finally been shorn. It is believed that this may be the sheep's first shearing, and there were high hopes that he would whip the world wool weight record set in 2004 by the late Shrek the Sheep, who dropped 27 kilograms when he was finally shorn.

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