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Canada's new impaired driving laws 'taking away constitutional rights,' says defence lawyer

Canada's new impaired driving laws will allow police to unfairly target people of colour and arrest people without due cause, says Scott Newman.

How Russian trolls tried to convince U.S. activists and people of colour not to vote

Russia's sweeping political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media was more far-reaching than originally thought, according to reports released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee.

Developer who tore down historic San Francisco house ordered to rebuild it 'exactly like it was'

After a developer in San Francisco illegally demolishes a 1930s designer home, the city's planning department orders him to rebuild a replica of what he bulldozed.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Dec. 18, 2018

Theatre historian, 90, can't get U.S. mail since ISIS fighter used his name as an alias

David Mayer has had trouble travelling and receiving mail after a Chechen ISIS militant known as “Akhmed the One-armed” adopted his name.

Storm surge unearths 'incredible' trove of dinosaur fossils in U.K.

A unique cache of well-preserved dinosaur fossils from 100 million years ago have been unearthed in the cliffs near Hastings, England.

'Grandma keeps snowball in freezer' and other P.E.I. newsmakers of 2018

It's time again for the completely unofficial list of P.E.I.'s top newspapers.

Georgia man who lost his job over butt-dial conversation sues ex-boss

James Stephens was at home with his wife complaining about his boss, who overheard the whole thing because of an accidental pocket-dial.

Who Has Seen The Wind, a holiday reading by Barbara Budd

From our annual holiday readings series, former As It Happens co-host Barbara Budd reads an excerpt from Canadian author W. O. Mitchell's novel.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Dec. 17, 2018

Why former foreign minister John Manley thinks Canada botched Huawei affair

With two Canadians still detained in China, Canada's foreign minister makes an appeal for the rule of law. But one of her predecessors warns that more creative measures might be needed when the rules are being bent by the big powers on the world stage.

New Yorker finds his dad's bones buried in the basement of his childhood home

Mike Carroll has always wondered what really happened to his father. When he started digging up the basement in his family's house, he realized the truth was close to home.

Oddly placed Holland Tunnel decorations spark anxiety, road rage

A disgruntled driver with an online petition has convinced officials to change the "gangled mess" of Christmas decorations on the Holland Tunnel that connects New York City and New Jersey.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Dec. 14, 2018

Where does outer space begin? That's up for debate after Virgin Galactic flight

What is space? And does going 82 kilometres above the Earth meet the definition?

Filmmakers arrested after probing Northern Ireland killings say they were targeted

The 2017 documentary No Stone Unturned is an investigation into what is known as the Loughinisland massacre — the 1994 killings of six men in a pub.

'China should release Michael Spavor immediately,' says detained Canadian's friend

Michael Spavor's buddies first noticed he was missing when he failed to show up at his own party, says a friend of the Canadian detained in China.

Quebec play about a man and his penis fined $500 over fake cigarette

A Quebec theatre is fighting for its "freedom of creation" after getting fined $500 because an actor smoked a fake cigarette while having an argument with a woman in a giant penis suit.

To Every Thing There is a Season: A reading of a Cape Breton Christmas story

To Every Thing There is a Season is Alistair MacLeod's nostalgic look back at childhood Christmases on Cape Breton Island.

'Controlled mayhem': Mr. T talks about his love of curling on As It Happens

Curling has a new ambassador — Mr. T. Ever since the start of the Winter Olympics he's been glued to the sport — and has been tweeting feverishly about his newfound love.

Ontario man finds live WWI-era artillery shell in neighbour's trash

Danny Vellow was pretty certain what he was looking at, set on the curb with his neighbour's trash: an antique artillery shell, possibly 100 years old.

Ex-diplomat's arrest is retaliation for Huawei CFO, says Canadian once jailed in China

Kevin Garratt spent two years in a Chinese prison following a similar diplomatic dust-up.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Dec. 13, 2018

Puma brings back fitness-tracking shoe considered 'useless' in 1986

Peter Cavanagh designed Puma's 1986 RS-Computer Shoe. It tracked distance, pace, and caloric cost — much like fitness trackers today.

Return of Norman Hardie wines to LCBO makes accuser feel like her 'experience didn't matter'

One of Norman Hardie's accusers is speaking out against the Liquor Control Board of Ontario for restocking the winemaker's products six months after he was accused of widespread sexual misconduct.