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Mansion dangling off cliff in Texas set on fire – National

WATCH ABOVE: Mansion dangling off cliff in Texas set on fire

TORONTO – A luxury home in Texas on the verge of falling into a lake was set on fire early Friday afternoon.

The owners vacated the 4000 square-foot home, which sits 75-feet above Lake Whitney in Hill County, after a crack in the cliff was discovered two weeks ago.

Earlier this week the bluff started crumbling, taking part of the house with it.

Neighbours across the lake told WFAA that it sounded like an earthquake when the cliff began crashing into the water.

Aerial footage released Wednesday (below) gave a clear view of the extensive damage the home has endured.

Debris from a section of it can be seen in the footage scattered below and the interior is exposed.

New video released by CBS on Thursday showed how massive the crack in the bluff had grown.

“It could go at any time. It could go tonight. We just don’t know,” Hill County Chief Deputy Mark Wilson told CBS.

The owner decided to burn the house Friday morning.

After close to two hours of prep work by officials, the home was set ablaze just before 1 p.m. ET.

Black smoke billowed out and the home was quickly engulfed in flames.

A house in Lake Whitney, Texas close to falling off the cliff it sits on was set on fire Friday afternoon.

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Chunks of the house falling off the cliff set the debris below on fire.

A long-reach excavator will be used to clear the debris after the fire is out.

Building permits are not required in unincorporated areas of Hill County, which is why the house was allowed to be built so close to the edge of the cliff.

According to The Associated Press, the house was built in 2007 and is worth more than $700,000US.

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Ontario students vote for Wynne, NDP forms opposition – Toronto

TORONTO – It seems young Ontarians agree with their elders: they too wanted a majority Liberal government.

Nearly 170,000 students from 1,261 schools across Ontario voted in Student Vote 2014, showing more support for the left side of the political spectrum than Ontarians of voting age.

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In the student vote, the Liberals won a majority government with 62 seats in the student vote – increasing their count from 39 when the mock vote was held in 2011.

READ MORE: Here’s what Wynne promised

The NDP didn’t fare as well as the Liberals but did end up forming the Official Opposition with 33 seats, losing seven from 2011.

Tim Hudak on the other hand, didn’t win his riding in the student vote and his party won only 11 seats. In fact he finished third behind the Liberals and the NDP in his riding of Niagara West – Glanbrook.

The mock vote is meant to teach students about the democratic process, candidates and parties. Kids also spend time debating the future of Ontario. At the end of the lesson, they vote for representatives in their electoral riding.

The students may be interested in electoral reform after the results: eight per cent of the popular vote went to parties who did not win seats. In fact, the Libertarian Party won 3.3 per cent of the vote.

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Fitness competitors may look great, but not feel it on event day – Saskatoon

Watch above: looking great doesn’t equate to feeling great for fitness competitors

SASKATOON – Fitness competitors from across Saskatchewan will be in Regina this weekend for the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness provincial championships; however, preparation began weeks, if not months earlier.

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Marc Morris, a men’s physique competitor, said most contestants start to alter their diet three to six months before they take the stage. Some will also try to reduce water weight in the weeks leading up to an event.

This helps achieve the “look” needed to be successful in a physique competition; however it can come at a cost.

“You’re not going to feel your best when you’re at that low body fat, it’s just one of those things,” said Morris, who won the men’s short physique title at the IFBB Saskatchewan Novice Championships in May.

“Your body’s fighting to be at a different body weight, it doesn’t want to be this lean,” he added in an interview before his daily workout.

Overall, a bodybuilder’s lifestyle is a healthy one, according to Harvey Viteychuk, a veteran of the sport, who is the judging chairman for the Saskatchewan Amateur Bodybuilding Association.

“Obviously the proper diet and the consistent training, things like that are very healthy,” said Viteychuk, who started bodybuilding in the late 1980’s.

“Getting ready for an actual competition, there are a few parts of it that you would look at it and probably not consider as healthy,” he added.

However, it’s not just the pre-event phase that can be delicate for a fitness competitor. After the psychological and physical strain of preparing for one day of competition, a participant might binge on the food he or she has deprived their body from in the lead up to the event.

“There can be some adverse effects after the contest, overeating being one of them,” said Viteychuk, who will be judging the competition this weekend.

“I’ve had situations where I’ve gained thirty-five pounds in a week.”

“There are unhealthy components of any type of sport or any type of athletic endeavor and its just finding ways of recognizing those aspects and trying to control them and deal with them,” said Morris, who is originally from Ontario, but now calls Saskatoon home.

Morris may have an advantage to navigating the health-related areas of fitness competitions better than some of his fellow competitors. He’s currently pursuing a doctorate in nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan.

“If it’s taken you a long time to get down to that low body fat you should probably take the time needed to actually get up to healthy body fat,” said Morris.

“I definitely want to take the time and be slow and progressive, adding body fat back on, or it can be a disaster,” he added.

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Top 5 tech-inspired gifts for Father’s Day – National

TORONTO – With Father’s Day just around the corner, you may be looking for a unique gift for the dad that has everything.

But after years of golf shirts, barbeque accessories and “World’s Best Dad” mugs you’ve run out of ideas.

So to help you out, we’ve put together a list of tech-savvy gadgets that dad will love.

Game Golf, CAD$279

If your dad is looking to improve his golf game, this wearable tech is the perfect solution.

Game Golf uses sensors, GPS and NFC technology to provide the user with a stream of data related to the user’s stroke, club performance, driving distances and more. Users can then watch animations of their game on a smartphone or computer to get tips on how to improve.

The system even allows the user to compare their stats to leading PGA golfers.

LG Pocket Photo, CAD$169

The LG Pocket Photo is great for gadget-obsessed dads who do everything on their smartphone. The device acts as a wireless Bluetooth printer, allowing users to edit and print photos instantly from their iPhone or Android device.

And, if your dad lacks patience, don’t worry – the Pocket Photo prints images in just 45 seconds.

iGrill Barbeque gadgets, CAD$19.99 to $99.99

Let’s face it – some dads are happiest when they are in front of the grill. If this describes your dad, why not get him a BBQ accessory that will make him feel like an advanced chef.

iGrill makes a series of Bluetooth-connected  BBQ gadgets that connect to users’ smartphones to help with the grilling process.

The iGrill 2 ($99.99) works with the iGrill app to monitor your meat’s temperature with up to four temperature probes.

Logitech Smart Control, CAD$129.99

If your dad is known to yell, “Where’s the remote,” then this is the gadget for him. The Logitech Smart Control turns your smartphone into a remote. Users can consolidate eight remotes into one app and even add up to 50 favourite channel icons.

Misfit Shine, CAD$99.99

Wearable-tech-maker Misfit Wearables’ has created Misfit Shine, and activity tracker that allows users to track their fitness level, calories burned and even analyze sleep patterns. The device, which is the size of a quarter, is also water and sweat-proof.

Unlike other activity trackers, the user can wear it virtually anywhere – dad can clip it to his tie, his shoes, or even his sunglasses.

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Mother of survivor of election-night shooting furious with Bain’s bail request – Montreal

MONTREAL — He’s charged with the first degree murder of Denis Blanchette, and with attempting to kill several others during a Parti-Quebecois victory party in 2012.

If convicted, Richard Henry Bain could very well spend the rest of his days behind bars.

Yet despite that possibility, Bain thinks he deserves to be released from prison this summer.

Today at the Montreal courthouse, lawyers for the alleged election-night shooter advised a judge they will be making a formal request for bail, pending the start of Bain’s trial.

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    Richard Henry Bain in court

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“He’s got the right to present a motion,” defence attorney Marcel Guerin told reporters.

“Will it be granted?  That depends on the judge.  But he’s got the right to present a motion for bail.”

The bail hearing begins July 29 and is expected to last three days.

Guerin told Global News they plan to present several witnesses, including the accused.

“On a bail hearing he has to be a witness,” Guerin noted.

READ MORE: Richard Henry Bain to be tried in 2015

The mother of Dave Courage, one of the survivours of the shooting, is furious with the legal move.

Yvonne Courage describes it as insulting.

“No, no, no, no, it can’t be. It’s impossible,”  Courage told Global News in a telephone interview.

“He’s asking to be released?  This man is very bad.  I don’t understand what is going on in Canada and Quebec.”

Last April, Yvonne and Dave Courage launched a civil lawsuit against the Quebec government.

They are demanding close to $300,000 in damages as a result of the shooting, where Dave Courage narrowly escaped death.

Richard Henry Bain’s trial is slated to begin in January 2015.

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