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Canada Shooting: Parliament Building on Lockdown Amid Shootings

iStock/Thinkstock(OTTOWA, Ontario) — Heavily-armed police cleared Canada’s Parliament building Wednesday, searching for at least one gunman after three shooting incidents near the Parliament left a soldier wounded. Gunfire was heard inside Parliament.

The gunfire prompted security force to hustle Prime Minister Stephen Harper to a safe place. His office is in a building near the shooting site.

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Ottawa Police said via Twitter the initial shooting took place at 9:52 a.m. at the National War Memorial of Canada, but that was just the beginning of the violent episode, which has now stretched into investigations in two other locations: Parliament Hill and the nearby Rideau Centre.

Earlier Wednesday witnesses told Canada’s CTV they saw a man with long hair carrying a rifle and heard four shots fired at the soldier, who was guarding Canada’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

A witness told Canada’s CBC the gunman then ran the short distance to Canada’s Parliament, jumped a wall, stopped a car at gunpoint and hijacked it, the witness said. The driver got out safely, then the man drove the car to the Centre Block on Parliament Hill where senior government leaders have their offices. Representatives for the prime minister said he has been taken to a safe place.

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A CBC reporter inside the Canadian Parliament reported chaos there, hearing lots of gunshots. A lawmaker reportedly said more than 30 shots were heard inside Parliament’s Center Block. Ottawa Police Constable Marc Soucy told ABC News they have no confirmation of shots being fired inside Parliament.

All military bases in Canada have been put on lock down in response to the events in Ottawa, CTV reported. The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa recently followed suit.

Canada raised its national terrorism alert level Wednesday, following an incident Monday in which a Canadian soldier was killed in a hit-and-run by a man suspected to have been a radicalized jihadist.

“This level means that intelligence has indicated that an individual or group within Canada or abroad has the intent and capability to commit an act of terrorism,” Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for the Public Safety Ministry said, according to AFP.

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Georgia to Apply for Gurley’s Reinstatement

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The University of Georgia is doing everything they can to get their Heisman Trophy candidate back on the field as soon as possible.

Georgia officials will apply to the NCAA on Wednesday for the reinstatement of their running back Todd Gurley, who has been sidelined due to an ongoing autograph investigation.

Gurley has been inactive since Oct. 9 and the school is hoping for his return before their game against Florida on Nov. 1, reports ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.

“Todd has confirmed his desire to seek reinstatement, and the University fully supports Todd’s request,” the university said in a statement issued Wednesday. “The University hopes for and expects a prompt ruling by the NCAA so that Todd, his coaches, and teammates can adequately prepare for our next game.”

“Todd has taken responsibility for his actions and is ready to rejoin his teammates,” Gurley’s attorney, William King of the firm Lightfoot, Franklin & White of Birmingham, Alabama, said in the statement. “The University has been great throughout the past two weeks and has done everything it can to support Todd.”

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Cops: Soldier Shot Near Canadian Parliament, Incident Ongoing

iStock/Thinkstock(OTTOWA, Ontario) — A suspect opened fire at a Canadian war memorial near Canada’s Parliament in Ottawa Wednesday, injuring a soldier and prompting local police to warn citizens to “stay away… due to [an] ongoing police incident.”

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Ottawa Police confirmed via Twitter a shooting took place at 9:52 a.m. Witnesses told Canada’s CTV they saw a man with long hair carrying a rifle and heard four shots fired at the soldier, who was guarding Canada’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

A witness told Canada’s CBC the gunman then ran the short distance to Canada’s Parliament, jumped a wall, stopped a car at gunpoint and hijacked it, the witness said. The driver got out safely, then the man drove the car to the Centre Block on Parliament Hill — where the Prime Minister and other senior leaders have their offices. Representatives for the Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, said he has been taken to a safe place.

A CBC reporter inside the Canadian Parliament reported chaos there, hearing lots of gunshots. A lawmaker reportedly said more than 30 shots were heard inside Parliament’s Center Block. Ottawa Police Constable Marc Soucy told ABC News they have no confirmation of shots being fired inside Parliament.

All military bases in Canada have been put on lock down in response to the events in Ottawa, CTV reported.

Tuesday Canada raised its national terrorism alert level, following an incident Monday in which a Canadian soldier was killed in a hit-and-run by a man suspected to have been a radicalized jihadist.

“This level means that intelligence has indicated that an individual or group within Canada or abroad has the intent and capability to commit an act of terrorism,” Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for the Public Safety Ministry said Tuesday, according to AFP.

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Cops: Shots Fired Near Canadian Parliament, One Injured

iStock/Thinkstock(OTTAWA, Ontario) — A suspect opened fire at a Canadian war memorial near Parliament in Ottawa Wednesday, injuring at least one person and prompting local police to warn citizens to “stay away…due to [an] ongoing police incident.”

Ottawa Police confirmed via Twitter a shooting took place at 9:52 a.m. A local news report from the Ottawa Citizen said the injured man was a uniformed soldier who has received emergency medical attention.

Witnesses told Canada’s CTV they saw a man with long hair carrying a rifle and heard four shots fired at a soldier guarding Canada’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

A CBC reporter inside the Canadian Parliament reported chaos there, hearing lots of gunshots. A lawmaker reportedly said more than 30 shots were heard inside Parliament’s Center Block where the Prime Minister and other senior leaders have their offices. Ottawa Police Constable Marc Soucy told ABC News they have no confirmation of shots being fired inside Parliament.

The Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, said he has been taken to a safe place.

The Canadian Parliament in Ottawa is less than a mile from the war memorial.

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“Back to the Future” Today? Inventor Raises Funds for Hoverboard

(NEW YORK) — Admit it. Didn’t you always want Marty McFly’s gravity-defying hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II? Well, today, the future may just be here.

Just in time for the 25th anniversary of the time travel classic film, Greg Henderson, a California inventor has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring the Hendo Hoverboard from film to the real world.

“Thanks to Marty McFly, this is the perfect example of the stepping stone. …We can’t go over hedges or mobile sidewalks yet, but we’ll get there,” Henderson said of his creation that will carry a $10,000 price tag.

Ever since Marty McFly — played by Michael J. Fox — dropped in on Oct. 21, 2015, the film’s fans have been searching for a way to get their hands on the real deal, likely thanks in no small part to the movie’s director, Robert Zemeckis, pulling off a hoax video featuring stuntmen testing the boards in a behind-the-scenes special.

The video falsely claimed that hoverboards had been around for years, and that parent groups would not allow toy manufacturers to make them. It added that the film’s creators got their hands on them and put them into the movie.

There have been attempts at the real thing over the years, such as a water-powered board. Another sold by Mattel in 2012 bore the heartbreaking disclaimer: “Hoverboard will not actually hover.”

Kickstarter’s investors are ready to believe in McFly’s hoverboard being made today. As of Wednesday morning, Hendo Hover pulled in more than $200,000 of its $250,000 goal.

“We knew there was going to be a lot of interest, just Google hoverboards,” Henderson said, adding: “being able to make some dreams come true is really great.”

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Shoppers Have a New Way to Save Money at Walmart

Daniel Aguilar/Getty ImagesBy Elisabeth Leamy

(NEW YORK) — Retail behemoth Walmart has introduced an online tool likely to delight customers and frighten competitors: the Savings Catcher comparison tool. The tool allows Walmart shoppers to see if they could have gotten their purchases for less at another store and then refunds them the difference, if so.

Here’s how it works. After shopping at a Walmart store, customers can visit Walmart.com or use Walmart’s mobile app. Simply type in your receipt number (you can find it near the bottom of each Walmart receipt) and the date you shopped. The Savings Catcher tool then compares your purchases with prices for those same products as advertised in other retail store circulars. If the tool identifies an advertised price that is less than what you paid at Walmart, you get a Walmart eGift certificate for the difference.

On the pro side, Walmart has offered price matching for years and this tool automates the process. Previously, customers had to check competitors’ ads themselves and request a price match at the Walmart checkout, so this is far easier. If I’m going to be picky and offer a “con,” it’s that the price reduction doesn’t just happen automatically at the register. Perhaps that day will come, but, for now, customers must take an extra step. Walmart’s tutorial also says the “Savings Catcher” only looks at “eligible” items, so presumably, some types of products are excluded, which might mean savings missed.

Still, anything that makes price matching easier for customers is welcome because it’s one of the essential tools for any “guerrilla grocery shopper” who wants to save big money. When I did a price matching experiment of my own, I found this technique could bring grocery bills down by as much as 40 percent, bested only by creative couponing and stockpiling as strategies.

A similar service, Citi Price Rewind, refunds the price difference on Citi credit card purchases you’ve made within 60 days, with the exception of tickets, and certain large ticket items like jewelry and boats.

Walmart says Savings Catcher will initially index roughly 80,000 products and will later add fresh produce and more. So check it out and–if you like the savings you see–ping the company and let them know so they’ll expand the tool further, faster.

Opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author.

Elisabeth Leamy is a 20-year consumer advocate for programs including “Good Morning America” and “The Dr. Oz Show.” She is the author of “Save BIG” and “The Savvy Consumer.” Elisabeth is also a professional speaker, delivering talks nationwide on saving money, media relations and career success. Elisabeth receives her best story tips from readers, so please connect with her via Facebook, Twitter or her website to share your ideas.

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Christie Fed Up with Talk About Raising Minimum Wage

ABC/ LOU ROCCO(WASHINGTON) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is no fan of raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour as urged by President Obama.

Christie, who many expect will run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, “I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am.”

The governor went on to say that parents in U.S. want more for their children than aspiring to make the minimum wage.

He then went on to mock Obama and his constituency, saying, “The president [is] playing to the lowest common denominator on a higher minimum wage.”

Christie also went on to attack the Affordable Care Act, calling the health care law “fiction. It doesn’t work, and it should be repealed.”

And while he was on a roll, the Republican governor picked on one of his favorite enemies, teachers unions, saying “It’s time to start offending them.”

In response to Christie’s remarks on minimum wage, Democratic National Committee spokesman Michael Czin said, “Raising the minimum wage to just $10.10 could help lift nearly 5 million Americans out of poverty. A raise could also add billions to the GDP and add 85,000 jobs to the economy.”

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Report: Pats Lose Chandler Jones for About a Month

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones has a hip injury that will sideline him for about a month, according to the Boston Globe.

Jones is a tough loss for a Patriots defense that’s already playing without defensive tackle Sealver Siliga and linebacker Jerod Mayo.

The 24-year-old Jones has done well this season, leading the Patriots with 4.5 sacks. Jones also has 26 tackles, two passes defended, one forced fumble, and a blocked field goal that he recovered and returned for a touchdown.

The Boston Globe also reports that due to Jones’ injury, the Patriots traded for linebacker Akeem Ayers from the Tennessee Titans and will sign defensive lineman Alan Branch.

The Patriots have a tough schedule coming up. This weekend they play the Chicago Bears, followed next week by the Denver Broncos — both at home — before getting a bye week and then going to Indianapolis to take on the Colts.

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NHTSA Expands Faulty Air Bag Warning to 6.1 Million Vehicles

bizoo_n/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration updated its list of vehicles being recalled due to defective air bags on Tuesday.

The agency had announced the recall of about 4.7 million vehicles on Monday, a figure that was expanded to about 6.1 million in a Tuesday release. The recall impacts vehicles made by BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota, all of which used air bags manufactured by Takata Corporation.

As with Monday’s announcement, the NHTSA urges particular caution for those drivers who own impacted cars in warm and/or humid environments.

A full list of impacted makes and models can be found on the NHTSA’s Safercar.gov website.

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Some Russian Troops Move Away from Ukraine Border, ‘Doesn’t Change’ Role in Conflict, Pentagon Says

berean/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KIEV, Ukraine) — The Pentagon says it has seen some Russian troops moving away from the Russia-Ukraine border, a change that Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby called “welcome.”

“We have seen movement of some forces away from the border,” Kirby said during a Tuesday briefing. “Movement of that kind is, of course, welcome,” the spokesperson said, “but it doesn’t change the outcome, and that is that there are still large numbers…that continue to threaten the security and the territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

The Kremlin announced last week that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered over 17,000 troops home from the border.

“Nothing has changed about the fact that Russia continues to foment instability inside Ukraine,” Kirby noted.

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