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Hot dog stand owner and customer go from strangers to friends through kidney donation

It's not every day that a person feels compelled to donate a kidney, but hot dog stand owner Skully White says his decision to donate to customer Tim Hiscock was 'an incredible journey.'

Black prosecutor felt 'hopefulness and joy' seeing Kamala Harris become U.S. vice-president

When Kamala Harris raised her right hand and swore to serve as Vice-President of the United States on Wednesday, Runako Allsopp said it gave her a hopefulness that she hasn't had over the past four years.

Teacher in National Guard deployed for Biden inauguration teaches music remotely

Sgt. Jacob Kohut is a band teacher, and he's also in the U.S. National Guard, so when he was called up to Washington, D.C. ahead of president-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday, he knew he wanted to keep teaching his students remotely.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

These climbers from Nepal just became the first to conquer K2 in winter

On Saturday a group of Nepalese climbers — led by elite mountaineer Nirmal Purja, known as Nimsdai — became the first team to overcome K2's avalanche-prone terrain and frigid temperatures in order to summit during the winter months.

Alberta mayor 'wasn't prepared' to hear of Biden's plan to cancel Keystone XL pipeline

News that U.S. president-elect Joe Biden has plants to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit surprised Doug Jones, the mayor of Oyen, Alta., a community whose population has doubled thanks to construction work on the pipeline.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Why this $20 US bill with a Del Monte banana sticker is worth $57K or more

Dustin Johnston, the vice president of currency at Heritage Auction, says a $20 US bill with a Del Monte fruit sticker on it is coveted by collectors. So far, online bidding on the bill has reached up to $57,500 US ($73,300 Cdn).

This man owns $321M in bitcoin — but he can't access it because he lost his password

Stefan Thomas is a bitcoin millionaire. Or, he would be if only he could remember his password. 

A pigeon named Joe was spared from a grisly fate because he's not American

When Kevin Celli-Bird found an emaciated pigeon in his backyard, he didn’t expect it to become a heated international story full of politics and mystery. 

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Monday, January 18, 2021

As It Happens vs. artificial intelligence: Can you tell which headlines are real?

Research scientist Janelle Shane fed real As It Happens headlines from 2020 to an AI called GPT-3, and it generated a few of its own. Can you tell which stories are real, and which ones were invented by an artificial intelligence?

Basketball helped her find her 'true self.' Now she's sharing it with other Muslim women

When Fitriya Mohamed played basketball in high school, she didn't see a lot of other Muslim girls on the court. So when she graduated from university, she decided to do something about it.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Jan. 15, 2020

'We are simply not the best,' Montreal restaurateur says of his very honest menu

The owner of Aunt Dai in Montreal has been grabbing international headlines for what some observers have dubbed his "brutally honest" menu descriptions.

From our archives: Lost weather balloon found — along with incredible space images

In 2013, Bryan Chan and his friends launched a weather balloon into space, never to be seen again. Or so they thought.

Bison rangers wanted to oversee U.K. herd — no bison experience necessary

A small group of wild, European bison will be introduced to a woodland reserve in England, and the group overseeing the project is looking for two rangers to manage the herd, no previous experience required.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Jan. 14, 2020

Why this British restaurant owner tried to launch his bestselling samosa into space

A restaurant owner in Bath, England launched one of his popular samosas into space. Or at least, it crossed the English Channel and landed in France.

N.J. congresswoman gets COVID-19 after sheltering with maskless colleagues during U.S. Capitol siege

"I've got cold symptoms, but nothing more serious than that," said Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey. The 75-year-old cancer survivor previously received the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

NDP leader calls for Proud Boys to be designated a terrorist group

Following the attack at the U.S. Capitol building last week by an array of pro-Trump groups, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says the Proud Boys, a right-wing group with roots in Canada, should be designated a terrorist group.

As It Happens: Wednesday edition

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Why this teenager publicly ID'd her family at D.C's pro-Trump protests

Helena Duke says she publicly identified her mother, aunt and uncle from a crowd of Trump supporters in Washington, D.C., because it was "the right thing to do."

How TikTok users designed a better pill bottle for people with Parkinson's

Jimmy Choi usually uses social media to showcase his incredible feats of athleticism. But recently, he decided to post a video of a simple task that he struggles to execute — taking his Parkinson's medication. It inspired an online community of tinkerers and designers to work together on a 3D-printed solution.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Tuesday, January 12, 2021