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Timothy Ray Brown, 1st person cured of HIV, was an 'unlikely rock star,' says friend

Timothy Ray Brown was just an ordinary guy, who happened to be in the right place at the right time, and served as "an inspiration to millions," says his friend and fellow HIV/AIDS activist Mark S. King.

Filmmaker who discovered large hole in sunken ferry says survivors want answers

A new documentary series is challenging how a ferry sank in the Baltic Sea nearly two decades ago, killing 852 people.

Dual-flush toilets are wasting more water than they save, says U.K. water utility

Toilets designed to save water are actually wasting it at an alarming rate, says the U.K.'s largest water utility. 

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Sept. 30, 2020

Close dine-in at restaurants and bars before it's too late, urges Toronto doctor

People want to make safe choices to protect themselves against COVID-19, but the Ontario government isn't making it easy, says Dr. Larissa Matukas.

A Canadian couple was sailing the world when the pandemic hit, and she was diagnosed with cancer

It wasn't how Larry and Angela Hunter imagined the final leg of their decades-long adventure of sailing around the world.

NASA's new $30M space toilet is smaller, better smelling and more female-friendly

Answering the call of nature in microgravity isn't easy, but NASA's hoping to make it a little more pleasant for their International Space Station crew with a new $30-million space toilet.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Sept. 29, 2020

Canadian musician Bob Wiseman reunited with hand-painted guitar after 28 years

Bob Wiseman says it feels "quite wonderful" to have his long-lost guitar back in his hands 28 years after it was stolen from the back of his car.

Man who played Trump during 2016 mock debates says the key is to 'get out of his way'

Four years ago, Philippe Reines played President Trump's stand-in during Hillary Clinton's mock debates. On the eve of the first U.S. presidential debate, Reines has some pointers for opponent Joe Biden.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Sept. 28, 2020

Sparrows sing 'sexier,' more complex mating songs during lockdown: study

Male sparrows have really improved their pick-up lines during the pandemic, a new study has found.

Man who erected a giant wooden penis on his lawn fights to keep it up

Jamie Gagne insists it was his wife's idea to carve a giant wooden penis with a chainsaw and erect it on their front lawn, but he'll gladly fight for it in a court of law.

Uncle Ben's is rebranding, but Master P has his own Black-run rice company

Percy Miller, a.k.a. Master P, says he's glad Uncle Ben's is finally changing its name and logo — but he'd rather see people support Black-owned brands.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Sept. 25, 2020

This man has held onto Richard Nixon's half-eaten sandwich for 60 years

Steve Jenne can’t imagine letting go of a sandwich he froze 60 years ago — a sandwich that was half-eaten by former U.S. president Richard Nixon.

'This is my passion,' says man who's been running Dungeons & Dragons campaign for over 38 years

A London, Ont., man who has been playing the same game of Dungeons & Dragons for more than 38 years says he has no intentions of ever stopping. 

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Sept. 24, 2020

'Justice is not served,' says Ky. state rep after no charges laid for Breonna Taylor's death

The fight for justice for Breonna Taylor is far from over, says a Kentucky state legislator. 

'I lost my mom and she was only 66': Woman calls for inquiry into N.S. long-term care deaths

Erica Surette wants a public inquiry into the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at a Nova Scotia long-term care home. Without one, she says she fears her 66-year-old mother will have died for nothing.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Sept. 23, 2020

Aid workers mapping WW II bombs killed in explosion in the Solomon Islands

Aid worker Per Breivik says he has no idea why his colleagues brought an unexploded Second World War bomb into a residential neighbourhood in the Solomon Islands.

After fending off alligator by poking its eyes, Florida man plans to paint the attack

After barely escaping from an alligator attack with his life, Mark Johnson, a Florida artist is coping in a very on-brand way — by painting a grisly portrait of the beast that tried to bite off his leg.  

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Sept. 22, 2020

Australian stinging trees inject people with a venom-like neurotoxin: Study

The leaves of Australia's stinging trees look "a bit fuzzy and not that scary" when you first see them, says pain researcher Irina Vetter. But don't be fooled.