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At least one Canadian was among the 295 people aboard MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine yesterday. RCMP have laid 31 charges against Mike Duffy. Marvel Comics have announced a new Captain America and a New Thor.
MALAYSIAN AIRLINES – MH17
Ukraine has accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, with 298 people aboard, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to pull both the East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied downing the aircraft. American intelligence believes a surface-to-air missile brought the plane down Thursday but is unsure of who exactly fired it. International inspectors headed to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 to search for the flight data recorders among human remains and debris. The Boeing 77 jet fell from the sky in eastern Ukraine with 298 people aboard, including one Canadian. Bodies, debris and burning wreckage of the Boeing 777 were strewn over a field near the rebel-held village of Hrabove in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, about 40 kilometres from the Russian border, where fighting has raged for months. Rebels earlier this week had claimed responsibility for shooting down two Ukrainian military planes.
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RCMP LAID 31 CHARGES AGAINST MIKE DUFFY
The RCMP laid 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery against Mike Duffy yesterday. Convictions on the charges could result in a prison sentence. The bribery count carries a maximum of 14 years.The charges involve Duffy’s claims for living expenses, claims for travel expenses unconnected with Senate business and fraudulent contracts. They also cover a $90,000 payment Duffy allegedly received from Nigel Wright, the prime minister’s former chief of staff. Duffy’s first court appearance is set for Sept. 16, the day after Parliament is scheduled to resume.
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MICROSOFT JOB CUTS
Microsoft has swung the heavy ax. CEO Satya Nadella promised bold changes and he’s delivering. Microsoft said yesterday that it would cut 18,000 jobs within the next year – about 14% of the company’s 125,000 employees. Microsoft is trying to keep pace with Google, Apple and Amazon in mobile and cloud development.
FEDEX DRUG INDICTMENT
Prosecutors have charged FedEx with knowingly shipping prescription drugs from illegal online pharmacies to drug dealers and addicts across the U.S. A prosecutor said corporations that “enable illegal activity” must be held accountable. FedEx states it is innocent and will plead not guilty.
NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA
Marvel Comics has dropped another huge switcheroo this week. The new Captain America will be African-American. Falcon, who is the superhero buddy of Captain America, will now step into his friend’s red, white and blue shoes. On Tuesday, the company announced that the new Thor will be a woman.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY…
This day in 1978, Def Leppard make their live debut at Westfield School, Sheffield, in front of 150 students.