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Lego minifigures designer remembered as a 'grown-up playmate' by friend

When Jens Nygaard Knudsen started throwing around his ideas for Lego, it wasn't a brainstorm — it was a "brain hurricane", says his longtime friend and fellow designer.

Vatican set to open secret archives of controversial wartime Pope Pius XII

For decades, Catholics have debated whether Pope Pius XII did enough to prevent the Holocaust. And accusations of inaction have delayed his canonization. But now, a new archive could help demystify the wartime pope's complicated legacy.

FedEx driver survives 23-metre fall after stopping to help stranded motorist

FedEx driver Jeremiah Cribb stopped to help stranded motorists but ended up jumping off a bridge to avoid oncoming traffic. Somehow he survived the 23-metre fall. But without health benefits, he is struggling to pay his medical bills.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Wednesday, February 26. 2020

China's 10-year sentence for Hong Kong bookseller 'extremely brutal', says dissident

China's jailing of a Hong Kong bookseller, who holds Swedish citizenship, for 10 years is "extremely brutal and extremely ridiculous," says a fellow dissident.

Mistaken demolition of century-old pink home in Texas a 'tragedy,' says owner

Robb Hagestad promised his dying friend that he would take care of her family home. Now all that's left is a dirt lot.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Harvey Weinstein guilty verdict is a 'monumental win' for women, says accuser

The conviction of Harvey Weinstein on rape and sexual assault is a signal that there are consequences for the powerful, says Katherine Kendall, one of the first women to accuse the ex-movie mogul of sexual misconduct. 

'It wasn't always pleasant': 62-year-old sets new planking world record

George Hood set the Guinness World Record for the longest time in the abdominal plank position by holding it for eight hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds.
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Why philosopher Jeremy Bentham's severed, stolen, and poorly preserved head is back on display

The severed head of philosopher Jeremy Bentham will be on display for the first time in decade at the University College London.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Monday, February 24, 2020

NYC woman 'ecstatic' as judge orders 20 floors cut from already built condo

A New York judge has ordered the developers of a controversial 52-storey condo project to lop 20 floors off their nearly completed building. That's after community members complained that it was built with a loophole in the zoning codes.

'This is our everyday Mexico': Brutal murders of woman and girl fuel mass protests

The gruesome murders of a woman and a young girl have pushed Mexicans into the streets, with protesters criticizing the government for inaction on violence against women. 

WW I helmet provides better overhead blast protection than modern version, study shows

A study finds that France's First World War military helmets better protect against overhead shock waves from explosions than their modern American counterparts.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Friday, February 21, 2020

German politicians 'did nothing' to curb hate that motivated shisha bar attacks, says Kurdish organizer

A gunman police say was motivated by racism killed nine people after shooting up two hookah bars in a West Germany town. Leyla Acar works with a group that represents the Kurdish diaspora and has been comforting two Kurdish families, who lost their sons.

She was bullied for her love of bugs. Now, this 11-year-old has written a picture book about it

When she was in Grade 1, Sophia Spencer was bullied for her love of bugs and decided to set her passion aside. But after her mother wrote to a group of entomologists for support, Sophia became an unexpected internet sensation. Now, she's sharing her story — and her love of bugs — in the picture book, The Bug Girl.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Shooting of two Ontario tow truck drivers brings fears of escalating turf wars

The tow truck industry in Southern Ontario has been mired in violence for the past 18 months.

Tech reporter stranded after driving out of cellphone range in app-powered smart car

California-based technology reporter Kari Paul and her partner were left stranded in the woods when their rental app-powered smart car lost connection to their cellphones and shut down.

Former boy scout says U.S. bankruptcy filing 'only the very beginning' for victims

Robbie Pierce says he was abused by a Boy Scouts of America employee in 1994. Now, he's hopeful that the organization's bankruptcy filing could facilitate justice for him and other claimants.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Thursday, February 19, 2020

Hudson Bay founder Pierre-Esprit Radisson was 'Forrest Gump' of his time

Pierre-Esprit Radisson played a vital role in the creation of the Hudson Bay Company but according to author Mark Bourrie, the 17th century explorer was more hustler than hero.

Diamond Cruise passenger starts 2nd quarantine in California after tense trip

After nearly two weeks quarantined on the Diamond Princess Cruise ship, a six hour bus ride and a tense overseas flight, Spencer Fehrenbacher is finally back on U.S. soil. 

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Tuesday, February 18, 2020