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Canadian truck driver who shares last name with Iranian general says he can't cross U.S. border

A Canadian truck driver says he's worried about his livelihood after he was denied entry to the United States by border guards who questioned him about last name — one he happens to share with an executed Iranian general.

What it's like living in Wuhan, a Chinese city on lockdown over coronavirus

The streets should be bustling in Wuhan, one of China's biggest cities, as millions prepare for Lunar New Year celebrations. But the outbreak of coronavirus has turned it into a ghost town. 

Water taxi driver refuses to take reporters to Harry and Meghan's suspected B.C. home

Photographer turned boat captain Miles Arsenault is refusing to take paparazzi to Harry and Meghan's North Saanich, B.C. waterfront home even though he could use the business.

Statue of Félicette, the 1st cat in space, unveiled at International Space University

Félicette, the first cat in space, has finally been honoured with her own statue at the International Space University in France.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Jan. 23, 2020

Patriotic Millionaires urge the rich to pay 'higher and fairer taxes'

A group of wealthy people, business leaders and investors is calling for "higher and fairer taxes on millionaires and billionaires," as leaders and public figures from around the globe gathered today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

'She didn't deserve it': Gilles Duceppe's family suing seniors' residence where mother died

Former Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe says he's forced to relive his mother's death every day because the luxury seniors' residence where she froze to death has not been held responsible.

Anxiety and fear as China struggles to contain deadly coronavirus

To contain the spread of the coronavirus in China, the government has asked residents of Wuhan — where the outbreak is believed to have originated — not to leave. Transportation to and from the city is being shut down. Meanwhile, the virus has already spread to at least six other countries.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020

Soaring rates of Indigenous people in prison 'unacceptable,' says federal watchdog

Canada's Correctional Investigator says the percentage of Indigenous people in federal custody has jumped dramatically in the past four years — a trend he describes as 'a national travesty'.

How to make sure a restored Notre-Dame Cathedral gets the acoustics right

A researcher in Paris is working to ensure that those rebuilding Notre-Dame Cathedral listen carefully — not just to arguments about its aesthetics, but also its acoustics.

B.C.'s oldest practising lawyer just turned 100 and isn't retiring yet

It takes a lot to slow down Constance Isherwood, British Columbia's oldest practising lawyer.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020

Gay pastor forced out of Lutheran Church in the '80s becomes 1st to be reinstated

Becoming the new pastor at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Toronto was like coming home for Ralph Carl Wushke.

Couple didn't let N.L.'s worst blizzard in decades stop them from tying the knot

Chris and Brianne Butt were determined to get married this past Saturday in Newfoundland and Labrador. And they weren't going to let a blizzard, which ground everything in the St. John's region to a standstill, prevent them from tying the knot.

Mathematician crunches the numbers to find most efficient way to board a plane

A new study finds that the fastest way to board an airplane is to let the slowest passengers board first.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Jan. 20, 2020

As It Happens co-hosts Carol Off and Chris Howden play with puns

AIH Hosts Carol Off and Chris Howden play a little game of wordplay to celebrate Chris's move from the writer's chair to the studio at CBC Radio's As It Happens.

B.C. woman left in a Calgary parking lot as a newborn 32 years ago finds her birth parents

More than three decades after Teanna Elliot was found abandoned in a Calgary parking lot as a newborn, she has reconnected with her birth parents. 

For 1st time in 40 years, extreme snowstorm keeps St. John's cabbie off the road

In his 40 years of driving a cab in St. John's, N.L. Joe White never let extreme weather stand in his way — until Friday.

From chesterfields to bunnyhugs, Canadians share their local slang

We asked our listeners to tell us their favourite Canadian colloquialisms. Here's what they had to say.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Jan. 17, 2020

Squirrel 'had a party' at Georgia couple's new home, doing thousands in damage 

A Georgia man says his family is facing a $20,000 bill, after a squirrel found a way into their newly-purchased home over the holidays.

U.S. Virgin Islands sues Jeffrey Epstein estate over alleged abuse of girls on private island

Jeffrey Epstein used his private Caribbean islands as a "safe haven" to traffic and sexually abuse dozens of underage girls and women up until 2018, according to a lawsuit filed by the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Rocky Johnson was a champion for black equality, says tag-team partner Tony Atlas

To some, he's best known as the father of wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson. But to wrestling fans, Rocky Johnson was a legend all his own.