Tracy Morgan makes triumphant return to Emmys stage

LOS ANGELES – Tracy Morgan made a triumphant return to the Emmy Awards on Sunday, telling TV’s biggest stars and power players that he had missed them after spending months recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

Morgan’s presentation of the night’s final award was one of the ceremony’s biggest moments and the culmination of months of rehabilitation and work by the comedian.

“Thank you so much,” Morgan told the crowd boisterously cheering his return. “I miss you guys so much.”

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He referenced words from Jimmy Kimmel, who told last year’s audience that Morgan would return.

Morgan said, “Well, Jimmy, thanks to my amazing doctors, the support of my family and my beautiful new wife, I’m here. Standing on my own two feet.”

READ MORE: Tracy Morgan weds long-time fiancee

Morgan was seriously injured on June 7, 2014, when a Wal-Mart truck crashed into the limousine Morgan was riding in. The collision killed one of Morgan’s close friends.

Federal investigators determined the truck driver was fatigued at the time and they also faulted the comedian and others in the limo for not wearing seatbelts, which contributed to the severity of the injuries.

After the serious moments at the Emmys, Morgan began cracking jokes again. He said that after waking up from a coma, he was ecstatic to find out, “I wasn’t the one who messed up.”

Morgan was humble and low-key while onstage Sunday night and showed off his fighting spirit while talking to reporters backstage.

Morgan, 46, pointed to scars on his forehead at one point and forcefully told reporters about his recovery, “I don’t give up.

“My father was drafted into Vietnam at 17 and I never see him give up. Even when he had AIDS, he never gave up. We don’t do that as Morgans.”

READ MORE: Driver fatigue cited as cause of accident that injured Tracy Morgan

The comedian’s appearance backstage was a rarity for an actor who hadn’t won an award at the current show.

He said he was overcome with emotions walking out onto the stage Sunday night. “I wanted to let them know I missed them very much,” he said.

Morgan said another key factor in his recovery was his desire to marry his fiance on his own terms.

“I wanted to walk my wife down the aisle, with no cane,” Morgan said. The comedian married Megan Wollover in August.

He also said he hoped his accident would lead to positive changes.

“I just hope the thing that happened to me, can be prevented now from people just dying on the road,” Morgan said. “That’s what I hope.”

AP Entertainment Writer Lindsey Bahr contributed to this report.

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Huge victory as Alouettes defeat Blue Bombers

MONTREAL – Jonathan Crompton threw touchdown passes to Samuel Giguere and S.J. Green in his first game back from an injury and the Montreal Alouettes defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 35-14 on Sunday afternoon.

Stefan Logan returned a punt for a TD and Boris Bede booted four field goals and added two points on kickoff singles for Montreal (5-6), which has won three of its last four.

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The win put Montreal, last in the East Division, one win ahead of West clubs Winnipeg and B.C. in the race for a crossover playoff spot.

The Alouettes ended a five-game losing run to the Bombers over the last three seasons, and beat them at home for only the second time in their last seven meetings.

Backup quarterback Brian Brohm scored a touchdown and Lirim Hajrullahu had two field goals for Winnipeg (4-8).

Crompton began the season as the Alouettes starter but injured a shoulder in the season opener. He was intercepted twice.

Rakeem Cato, who had taken over as starter, but who missed two games attending to a family matter, went on late in the game.

A crowd of 23,262, the largest at Percival Molson Stadium in nearly two years, saw Montreal get field goals on its first two drives.

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Breakfast Buzz: Should Uber be allowed in Saskatoon?

SASKATOON – The Breakfast Buzz is back with it’s new host Carly Robinson! Let’s start with a hot debate that has been raging across the country: Uber.

In cities where the ride-sharing service exists, some people swear by it while others loath the very concept.

When Uber looks to expand to a new city or region it gears up for resistance. That’s because regulation on the service remains unclear, and the cities and provinces need to draft new laws and legislations to deal with the service.

Right now in Saskatchewan, SGI requires all drivers for a rides-sharing service like Uber to have the same licencing and insurance requirements as taxis. Last week, Saskatoon city councillors passed a motion to lobby the provincial government to keep it this way.

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Pastor, churchgoers hailed as heroes in US shooting that left 3 injured

EAST SELMA, Ala. – The pastor and members of the congregation that wrestled a gun away from a man who police say opened fired in an Alabama church are being praised as heroes.

James Junior Minter, 26, is being held without bond in the shooting of his girlfriend, his infant son and the church pastor, Earl Carswell, who tried to intervene Sunday morning, according to police Lt. Curtis Muhannad in the city Selma.

Minter was arrested shortly after he opened fire during a church service at Oasis Tabernacle Church in East Selma, Alabama.

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“A whole lot more people could have been shot,” District Attorney Michael Jackson said, “They all played a heroic role.”

Witnesses told police Minter sat in the front row in the church between his girlfriend and the baby, and then pulled out a handgun and started shooting, according to a statement released by the Selma Police Department. The girlfriend, 24, fell to the ground, and Minter fired at her, striking her in the jaw and shoulder. The baby, a 1-month-old boy, was shot in the hand.

Carswell, 61, then grabbed Minter and was shot in the leg. Members of the congregation helped subdue Minter and managed to wrest away his gun, according to police. Minter then ran out of the church.

The victims are in stable condition.

After he fled the scene, Minter was captured by police less than a mile away. His vehicle was left at the scene and a gun was recovered at the church, the statement said.

Police said Minter was likely upset over a recent breakup and visitation issues with his son.

Minter was being held at the Dallas County jail. The Selma Police Department said Minter has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and may face other charges.

Family identifies man in fatal officer involved shooting on stretch of Highway 59

WINNIPEG — The 44-year-old man who died after an officer involved shooting has been identified by family as Haki Sefa.

Winnipeg police say the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday on Highway 59, just north of Highway 44. The Independent Investigation Unit has been called in to investigate.

IIU Civilian Director Zane Tessler said they were called in to investigate the shooting at 11:24 p.m.

Tessler said the victim’s family called police Sunday evening because they were concerned for the well being of the driver, giving police the description of the van.

WATCH: IIU Executive Director breaks down response to officer involved shooting on Sunday

“We do have information from family members that were indicating there was some issues at home and the assistance from the police were sought,” said Tessler.

Officers located the van at Concordia Avenue and Lagimodiere Boulevard and followed him up Highway 59 where officers stopped the vehicle.

“at some point the police officers discharged their firearms and then began to apply life saving techniques on the occupant of that van,” said Tessler.

“I heard four times like bang bang bang bang, I said oh my goodness, am I dreaming,” said Marta Janusz, who lives nearby, “then I said to my husband gunshots you heard the gunshots.”

The IIU investigates all serious incidents involving police officers in Manitoba, whether occurring on or off duty.

RCMP blocked off Highway 59 Northbound until 2 pm. It has since re-opened.

WATCH: Global’s Skyview-1 helicopter over the scene of officer involved shooting

Global News was on scene Monday and could see a white cube van with no back windows sandwiched between two black unmarked Winnipeg Police tactical SUVs.

WATCH: Global’s Lorraine Nickel updates the situation from the scene

The doors on both of the black SUVs were still open along with the van’s driver side door.

Just a few feet from where the white van sits, what appears to be a black handgun is on the ground near a yellow police marker and a pair of glasses.

WATCH: Residents near the scene describe hearing gunshots

There are three Winnipeg police cars stopped behind the van.

A person has died following an officer involved shooting on Highway 59,

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A person has died following an officer involved shooting on Highway 59,

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A person has died following an officer involved shooting on Highway 59,

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A person has died following an officer involved shooting on Highway 59,

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A person has died following an officer involved shooting on Highway 59,

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A person has died following an officer involved shooting on Highway 59,

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STARS Air Ambulance tells Global News the crew was dispatched but were told to stand down before going airborne.

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Israel struggles to counter new wave of Palestinian rock-throwing attacks

JERUSALEM – After finding high-tech solutions to halt suicide bombings and rockets, tech-savvy Israel is struggling with the resurgence of a weapon dating back to David and Goliath: the hurled rock.

Rock throwing is becoming commonplace in Jerusalem amid a wave of Palestinian unrest, leading to calls for a harsh crackdown and adding to tensions over access to a key holy site. But the outbursts appear to be decentralized and unorganized, and any tough new measures risk setting off another full-fledged conflict.

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The Palestinian rock thrower emerged as an iconic image of the first uprising against Israeli occupation in the 1980s and even as the second uprising last decade took on a more militant nature with suicide bombings and shooting attacks, rock throwing has been a regular feature of demonstrations since then. But in recent months, stone throwing has become a near daily occurrence in some neighbourhoods of east Jerusalem, the section of the city captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war and claimed by the Palestinians as their capital.

After an Israeli motorist was killed when his car crashed after being pelted with stones on the eve of the Jewish New Year, the Israeli government pledged to crack down.

Israel quickly built a new fence and installed greater surveillance measures at the site of the attack, and the government has pushed for more lenient rules of engagement for police. It is also promising tougher minimum sentences for offenders and heavy fines for minors and their parents as part of a zero-tolerance approach.

“Rocks and firebombs are lethal weapons. They kill and have killed,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday. “Those who try to harm us, we will harm them.”

Over the weekend, police said it arrested 48 suspects in stone-throwing and firebombing incidents. Gilad Erdan, Israel’s new minister of public security, has taken an even tougher line – and outraged the country’s judiciary – by suggesting that the promotion of judges should be tied to how harshly they sentence Palestinian rock throwers.

Netanyahu appeared to side with Erdan on Sunday, saying “with all due respect to the courts,” it is the government’s “right and duty” to punish perpetrators as harshly as possible.

But at a special meeting Sunday, Israel’s attorney general, Yehuda Weinstein, said he opposed the proposed changes in open-fire regulations or setting minimum penalties for stone throwers, saying the current regulations are sufficient. Under pressure from Netanyahu and other ministers, Weinstein agreed to search for a compromise ahead of another meeting Thursday.

Neither Israel nor the Palestinians seem interested in another round of major violence. But following last week’s deadly rock-throwing incident, along with days of clashes at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, the city appears to be on the precipice of a crisis.

The main source of tension is the situation at the hilltop compound in Jerusalem known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

The site is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. It is located on the spot where the biblical Jewish Temples once stood.

The conflicting claims to the holy site in Jerusalem’s Old City have frequently spilled over into violence.

In recent weeks, Israel has limited Muslim access to the mosque compound on several occasions to allow Jewish visitors to ascend. While Israel said this was a temporary move meant to reduce frictions, Muslims claim this is a violation of a longstanding “status quo” in place since Israel captured the area in 1967, and rumours have spread that Israel is plotting to take over the spot.

Netanyahu on Sunday called such suggestions “baseless, wild provocations” and said he was committed to preserving the status quo. More than 350 visitors toured the compound on Sunday with no violence.

For those living near where 64-year-old motorist Alexander Levlovich was killed last week, the new measures seem like a weak response to a danger that has been overlooked for some time. Rock attacks are rarely reported when they don’t cause casualties.

“It seems to me like giving a painkiller to a cancer patient,” said Nava Segev, a Jerusalem resident who says her home was hit with 17 firebombs in a single week. “This tradition of coming after something happens doesn’t seem effective to me.”

But Israel is limited in what it can do.

The rock throwing is mostly the domain of young men who appear to be unorganized and leaderless, making it hard for Israel to gather intelligence on pending attacks. Israel is also concerned that a harsh response to such attacks could lead to an escalation of violence, possibly igniting a new uprising. The collapse of peace talks last year and lack of contact between the two sides has only added to the tense environment.

Palestinians say the rock throwing is a visceral expression of frustration over their status in the city and particularly that of the mosque compound, where Israeli forces entered over the Rosh Hashanah holiday last week to disperse protesters who threw rocks and firecrackers. Palestinians consider the Israeli response excessive.

“We are talking about youth and kids who see on TV and social networks the practices of the Israeli police … and they react to it with throwing mainly stones and in some instances firebombs to show that they are angry,” said Adnan Husseini, the Palestinian minister for Jerusalem.

“Unfortunately, the Israeli government is responding to the anger of these kids with tough measures like allowing the use of live ammunition … This is a license to kill.”

While it is unlikely that the young rock throwers receive direct orders to carry out attacks, they operate in an ideological environment that encourages attacks on Jews, said Shaul Bartal, a reserve Israeli intelligence officer who is conducting research into the phenomenon of “lone wolf” attacks for Bar-Ilan University.

He said the new government measures may be able to make a dent, but short of infiltrating the Arab neighbourhoods it would be hard to completely erase the threat.

“There can always be a situation where someone just decides to do something,” he said. “Israel has to figure out a way to cope with that.”

Gun tests link suspect to Phoenix freeway shootings

PHOENIX – Soft-spoken and handcuffed, a 21-year-old landscaper insists that he is not responsible for a string of Phoenix freeway shootings and that his gun has been sitting in a pawn shop for months.

Despite Leslie Allen Merritt Jr.’s impromptu assertion in court Saturday, investigators said they have proof that the gun wasn’t in any pawn shop at the time of four shootings they say he carried out.

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Newly released charging documents detail the detective work that traced the gun to the suspect after he took it to a pawn shop. Weapons from various local pawn shops were test-fired at the state lab, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said.

The Glendale resident faces several charges, including aggravated assault, criminal damage, disorderly conduct, carrying out a drive-by shooting and intentional acts of terrorism. Merritt told a judge that authorities have “the wrong guy.”

READ MORE: SWAT team arrests man suspected in string of Phoenix-area freeway shootings

In a brief court appearance, a prosecutor said Merritt should face a high bail after drivers spent the last three weeks on edge. Overall, 11 freeway shootings were reported, but Merritt is only charged in four.

“The suspect presents a dramatic and profound threat to the community,” said Ed Leiter of the Maricopa County attorney’s office.

Superior Court Commissioner Lisa Roberts set bail at $1 million, and Merritt, who had remained quiet during the proceedings, asked to address the court.

“All I have to say is I’m the wrong guy. I tried telling the detectives that. My gun’s been in the pawn shop the last two months. I haven’t even had access to a weapon,” he said as he stood handcuffed in a black and white striped jail uniform.

But a charging document released late Saturday night by Maricopa Superior Court said that investigators determined Merritt had not pawned his gun at the time of the incidents.

Merritt was arrested Friday evening after a SWAT team swarmed him at a Wal-Mart in Glendale. Minutes later, Gov. Doug Ducey proclaimed on 桑拿会所, “We got him!”

Graves said the break in the case was the result of exhaustive investigative work. Evidence from shell casings and bullet fragments determined that a gun Merritt pawned was used in four of the shootings on Aug. 29 and 30, Graves said. A tour bus, SUV and two cars were hit by bullets on Interstate 10 on those days.

Graves declined to comment on Merritt’s statement in court that his gun was in the pawn shop at the time of the shootings and similar statements made by his family.

“The evidence as you’ll see in the next couple of days speaks for itself,” Graves said. “We’re not going to get in a debate about that.”

The charging document said that investigators determined by testing that the bullets and the bullet fragments from four incidents came from a gun that was owned by the suspect.

Burges McCowan, a criminal defence attorney who used to work as a Maricopa County prosecutor, said he would piece together where Merritt was during the shootings if he were handling his case.

“I suppose it’s always possible the state jumped the gun and didn’t thoroughly look through his timeline before going after him,” McCowan said. “But I would hope in a case this important, they would make sure that the gun was not pawned during the time of the shootings.”

McCowan said he would also emphasize the other incidents and why Merritt hasn’t been charged in those. He also would not have allowed him to talk in court.

“I would agree with the judge who told him he shouldn’t talk. He might have pinned himself in now for his defence,” McCowan said. “If the records don’t match up with that statement, he’s made his situation worse.”

Eleven vehicles in all were hit by bullets or other projectiles, such as BBs or pellets, while driving along Phoenix freeways between Aug. 29 and Sept. 10. There have been no serious injuries, although a 13-year-old girl’s ear was cut by glass when a bullet shattered a car window.

Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said the investigation continues into who is behind the other shootings.

Messages seeking tips about the shootings will remain posted on electronic signs along freeways, and a $50,000 reward is still available, Graves said.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Merritt’s father was adamant that his son had nothing to do with the shootings and anyone who says he was involved is a “moron.”

Leslie Merritt Sr. said he believes his son is being made a scapegoat by police who were desperate to make an arrest under immense public pressure.

“He has way too much value for human life to even take the slightest or remotest risk of actually injuring someone,” the elder Merritt said. He said his son likes guns but is not a criminal.

Merritt Jr.’s Facebook page, confirmed by his father, has two video clips that show him firing guns into the desert toward a palm tree, exclaiming “whoo” after squeezing off a round.

The Wal-Mart where Merritt Jr. was arrested Friday is 6 miles north of where some of the shootings occurred along I-10, a major route through the city.

The shootings prompted several school districts to keep their buses off freeways, and some commuters altered their routes.

Associated Press writer Bob Christie contributed to this report.

Toronto and Montreal among world’s most expensive cities: new report

Living in Toronto is almost as expensive as living in Paris, and Montreal isn’t far behind. But it’s New York City, Zurich and Geneva that are three of the world’s costliest cities. That’s according to UBS’s latest Prices and Earnings survey, which examines prices, wages and earners’ purchasing power in 71 cities worldwide.

So where can you get the most bang for your buck? Well, it depends on what you’re after.

Time off

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If work-life balance is most important to you, Paris is the place to be. Workers there put in around 35 hours per week, thanks to new government regulations, and enjoy an average of 29 days of paid vacation per year. Those who work in Hong Kong put in over 1,000 more hours than their Paris counterparts and only get 17 days paid vacation days.

Other cities where you can be paid to take a month or more off include Dubai and Rio de Janeiro (30 days), Dublin and São Paolo (31), Luxembourg (32), and Manama (34).

In some places, legal holidays can make a big difference. Bangkok, for example, averages only nine days of paid vacation but has 16 days of legal holidays so that brings the total of time off to around 25 days or five weeks. São Paulo has the highest combined amount of time off, with an average of 50 days, or around 10 weeks.

READ MORE: Are unlimited holidays the key to work-life balance?

Employees get an average of 18 paid vacation days in Montreal and 19 in Toronto. Those are the two Canadian cities on the list.

WATCH: Toronto may be expensive, but the majority of people surveyed last year said it’s worth it. Alan Carter reports. 

Of the American cities in the study, the average worker in Chicago and Los Angeles has the least amount of paid vacation a year (14 days).

On average, though, the survey states that a typical workweek around the world is over 40 hours, with over 4.5 weeks of paid vacation.

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Looking to make a lot of dough? Head to Zurich, Geneva or Luxembourg.

Montreal comes in 11th on wage levels list, behind L.A. and Chicago. Toronto is in 15th place, behind London and Brussels.

In Nairobi, Jakarta and Kiev, the lowest-ranked cities, workers receive only around five per cent of average gross earnings in Zurich.

Cost of living

Zurich is the most expensive city in the survey, with a cost of living that’s 185 per cent higher than that of Kiev, the least expensive city on the list. Zurich residents have to pay four-and-a-half times more for the food than those in Kiev.

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Fun fact: the price of a haircut is most expensive in Oslo and 20 times higher than in Jakarta, which is the cheapest place to get your locks tended to.

Canadian cities like Vancouver and Calgary are notorious for their high cost of living. However, they were not included in the UBS index, which has been published every three years since 1971.

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Woman in life-threatening condition after double shooting at Toronto restaurant

TORONTO — A woman is fighting for her life in hospital after she and another man were shot inside a downtown Toronto restaurant on Sunday night.

Police say they responded to a 9:50 p.m. shooting call at Michael’s, an upscale steakhouse on Simcoe Street. Two patrons, a 29-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman both suffered gunshot wounds.

Police believe the shootings were targeted.

“You hear shots you hear noises, screams, breakage, I was on the phone, you know, it was very scary,” said restaurant owner Michael Dabic.

“They were in and out, they knew who to look for and they knew where they were. They weren’t searching the restaurant — the people that shot them, they knew where they were.”

Police said the suspects fled the area on foot.

Both victims were rushed to hospital with the male suffering from non-life threatening injuries. Meanwhile, the woman remains in critical condition.

Police say they are looking for witnesses and anyone with information is urged to come forward.

“We have numerous shell casings recovered. It would appear that no one else was targeted,” said Det. Paul Ward of 52 division, adding that police ascertained from evidence and witness statements that the hooting was not an indiscriminate “melee shooting.”

“Two suspects wearing masks came in and shot them. The man was shot in the neck and the woman was shot in the hip.”

Dabic also released an official statement Monday, saying “Our thoughts and prayers are with the couple involved in the targeted shooting and we wish them both a speedy recovery.”

With files from Caryn Lieberman

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NDP candidate Pat Martin apologizes for “intemperate language” during campaign

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WINNIPEG – Pat Martin says he regrets the language he has used on the campaign trail in recent days and has offered an ‘unreserved apology’ to his fellow candidates.

In a story on the Huffington Post Saturday, the NDP incumbent for Winnipeg Centre called Liberal candidate, Robert-Falcon Ouellette a “political slut” and accused his wife of being “afraid she’ll have her hubcaps stolen if she ventures too far into the riding.”

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The comments follow a debate earlier in the week where the NDP MP  could be heard muttering “son-of-a-bitch” following questions from the Green Party candidate Don Woodstock.

In a statement Sunday night, Martin wrote:

Over the last few days I have used some intemperate language that I regret. I would like to offer an unreserved apology to my fellow candidates and to anyone else who may have taken offense to the tone and content of these remarks.

I hope we can move past this and return to having a healthy discussion of the issues affecting Winnipeg Centre voters.

Ouellette finished third in the Winnipeg mayoral race in 2014. In the HuffPost article, Martin was also quoted as saying:

“He is full of shit, frankly. I mean, who do you think you are? You show up, and three years later you are going to be the mayor of Winnipeg. And that doesn’t work out, so, that’s okay, I’ll be the member of Parliament?”

Martin’s campaign adviser said the NDP candidate would not be speaking further to his comments, saying the apology and the statement made over the weekend “stand”.

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