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A black bear climbed up a hydro pole near Shellbrook, Sask., last Friday and stretched out for a...

A black bear climbed up a hydro pole near Shellbrook, Sask., last Friday and stretched out for a snooze. (SaskPower/Handout/QMI Agency)

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Here's a roundup of news and tibits to get you started today.

1. Snowden gives interview

Former U.S. Defense contractor and document-leaker Edward Snowden gave his first interview with a U.S. network, which aired last night.

Snowden said he hasn’t shared any information with the government of Russia, where he has been living in asylum for almost a year.

"I have no relationship with the Russian government at all," Snowden said. "I'm not supported by the Russian government. I'm not taking money from the Russian government. I'm not a spy."

Check out the rest of the clips here.


2. Jays still rockin’ it

The Habs aren’t the only Canadian team that matters right now - Toronto’s Blue Jays are on a nine-game winning streak.

Last night’s 3-2 series final against Tampa Bay was a nail-biter until the end, with the teams tied inning after inning. Jays clinched victory after a bunt by Anthony Gose and a couple of fumbled catches on Tampa’s part worked in their favour.

Watch the play:

The Jays start a series against the Kansas City Royals tonight at the Rogers Centre.


3. Bear takes a power nap

It’s unclear what inspired a black bear in Shellbrook, Sask., to climb a hydro pole and take a nap up there last week, but it sure made for good pictures.


(SaskPower/Handout/QMI Agency)
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Officials thought they were going to have to remove the snoozy bruin, but he came down of his own accord.


4. Gross, huge flower blooms in Niagara

The tallest flower in the world bloomed yesterday at Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse in Niagara Falls, Ont.

Amorphophallus titanum or Titan Arum blooms every few years but it only lasts about 12 hours. Oh - and the smell is supposed to be reminiscent of rotting flesh, giving it the nickname "corpse flower."

Bruce Macdonald, assistant supervisor at the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse, is seen beside the world's tallest flower. Mike DiBattista/QMI Agency

If you know your ‘90s trivia, you may remember this plant from the 1993 Dennis the Menace movie.


5. Some guy attacked Brad Pitt

Vitalii Sediuk, a Ukranian reporter who is infamous for his red-carpet stunts, allegedly jumped over a fence and hit Brad Pitt last night at the premiere of Maleficent.

Sediuk is the same guy who kissed Will Smith in Moscow.

Pitt was unhurt and Sediuk has been arrested for misdemeanour battery.

With files from Reuters and QMI Agency.


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