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The NY Times wrote his first obit in 1980 — but prankster Alan Abel died last week at 94

Celebrated hoaxster Alan Abel was known for fooling everyone from The New York Times to the U.S. State Department with his elaborate pranks. And, on one occasion, he successfully targeted As it Happens.

Kavanaugh allegations conjure memories of Anita Hill saga for former congresswoman

With Christine Blasey Ford invited to testify at Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearings, former congresswoman Pat Schroeder says it's déjà vu, all over again.

Hearts, brains and bones: Visitors to new museum will 'come a little closer to death'

The Maude Abbott Medical Museum is set to open on the Montreal campus Sept. 24.

This couple met 43 years ago through a matchmaking segment on As It Happens

When farmer Bob Craigue told As It Happens listeners he was looking for "a proper woman who would enjoy a country life," Karen from Toronto responded.

From talking pigs to spacelords: The 10 weirdest As It Happens stories of all time

Whether it’s a man who plays classical music on his teeth or a chicken that comes back from the dead, As It Happens is there.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018

How to solve a 'Gordian Knot' of rodent tails — and rescue five clumsy squirrels

The Wisconsin Humane Society untied the tails of five young squirrels that somehow managed to become entangled in what's been described as a rodent "Gordian Knot."

Famed Dutch resistance member who killed Nazis as a teenager dies at age 92

Freddie Oversteegen, the last surviving member of the armed female Dutch resistance against the Nazis, died in early September 2018 at the age of 92.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

This N.C. alderwoman has been going door to door, rescuing people from flooded homes

Jameesha Harris, an alderwoman in New Bern, N.C., has been wading through chest-deep water, knocking on doors and trying to convince people to flee their homes for higher land.

The future of weather reports? New tech creates Hurricane Florence simulation

The vice-president of design at The Weather Channel describes new technology that creates more immersive weather reports.

Meet the former refugee, 27, who beat a veteran incumbent in a Democratic primary

Safiya Wazir dealt a crushing defeat to veteran New Hampshire lawmaker Dick Patten, who complained she was "treated like a princess" because she's from Afghanistan.

Notorious Chicago towing 'pirates' that inspired folk song shut down

Chicago-based company Lincoln Towing has had its Commercial Vehicle Relocators Licence revoked by the Illinois Commerce Commission. And drivers, like Cheryl Reed, who've been at the mercy of Lincoln for decades are rejoicing.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

San Juan mayor calls Trump 'pathetic' for denying Puerto Rico death toll

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz says she fears for those facing Hurricane Florence because Trump hasn't learned any lessons from the devastating disaster in Puerto Rico.

Accused nerve agent attackers' tourist story 'obviously scripted,' says Russian journalist

Two Russian men accused of poisoning a former military intelligence officer and his daughter in the U.K. tell Russian state-funded TV they only visited Salisbury to see a church and its tall spire.

Massive trove of centuries-old undelivered mail seized by British warships going online

A massive trove of undelivered mail seized by British warships offers a rare glimpse into the lives of "ordinary men, women and children," says Dagmar Freist, director of the Prize Papers project.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018

'Everybody is hopeful,' says exiled Ethiopian rebel leader who returned after 11 years

After more than a decade, Ethiopia's top dissident and rebel army leader has finally returned home.

New fish species found in the Pacific depths turn to jelly when brought to the surface

Marine researchers have discovered three new snailfish species in the Atacama Trench — one of the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean.

50 years of As It Happens: Stories that will make you learn, laugh and cry

Over the last five decades, As It Happens has been there, bringing you the voices at the heart of the stories that have shaped history — and having a few laughs along the way.

Why a Hungarian EU lawmaker voted to condemn his own country's government

MEP Peter Nidermuller says he voted to take action against his country's government because Prime Minister Viktor Orban is turning his home into an "illiberal democracy."

New mining exploration 'absolutely a threat' to Minnesota's Boundary Waters: advocate

Environmentalists are calling out the Trump administration for lifting roadblocks against mining exploration near Minnesota's Boundary Waters, which they fear will lead to pollution of the area's rich wilderness.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018

Community buys grieving Red Deer family's classic car at auction — then gives it back

Ben and Marilyn Keryluke were forced to put their dead son's 1973 Pontiac Parisienne up for auction to pay for their grandchildren's medical care.