By Rebekah Kebede KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Jamaicans were bracing on Saturday for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, as it approached that island as well as Haiti and Cuba, bringing winds reaching 140 miles per hour (220 kph), powerful enough to wreck homes. Matthew, the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean since Felix in 2007, was forecast to make landfall as a major storm on Monday on Jamaica's southern coast, home to the country's capital, Kingston, and its only oil refinery. With Matthew about 400 miles (645 km) southeast of Kingston, the U.S. National Hurricane Center ranked it at Category 4 of the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity.
BEACH HAVEN, N.J. — Police say a 59-year-old man who wore a bikini fashioned out of see-through plastic wrap on a New Jersey beach is facing a criminal charge.
President Barack Obama was left cooling his heels after attending the funeral for Israel's Shimon Peres as former President Bill Clinton chatted on the tarmac. At one point, Obama yells, "Bill, let's go." He claps his hands to get Clinton's attention and motions for Clinton to come aboard.
A B.C. Supreme Court justice has convicted a senior member of the Hells Angels of conspiring to import and traffic cocaine following an elaborate RCMP sting operation. David Giles was one of five men on trial in Vancouver in connection with a 2012 undercover operation which saw investigators posing as organized criminals in meetings from Vancouver to Panama City. According to a decision written by Justice Carol Ross, Giles told officers he thought were with a South American drug cartel that he was broke after fighting previous charges and trying to get back on his feet.
Russia warned the United States Saturday against carrying out any attacks on Syrian government forces, saying it would have repercussions across the Middle East as government forces captured a hill on the edge of the northern city of Aleppo under the cover of airstrikes. U.S.-Russian tensions over Syria have escalated since the breakdown of a cease-fire last month, with each side blaming the other for its failure. Syrian government forces backed by Russian warplanes have launched a major onslaught on rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo.
A sea lion carcass washed up on the beach in Vancouver's Point Grey neighbourhood is attracting plenty of attention, and some beach users are hoping that someone steps in to dispose of the bloating beast. It could just explode," said nearby resident Ross McIntosh, who walks on the beach near MacDonald Street every day. McIntosh is concerned the animal's thick flesh will allow enough pressure to build up that the carcass catastrophically erupts, but according to Vancouver Aquarium research biologist Chad Nordstrom, that seems unlikely.
Donald Trump suggests in a videotaped deposition released Friday that his presidential campaign could boost business at his hotels and increase the value of his personal brand. District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Brian Holeman ordered the release of Trump's deposition from June following requests filed by news organizations. Trump's company sued Geoffrey Zakarian last year when the restaurateur withdrew from his lease to open a high-end eatery in the new Trump International Hotel in Washington after the candidate characterized Mexicans as being criminals, drug dealers and rapists.
Police are searching for a convicted murderer who escaped from the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert, Sask. today.
When Kyle MacDonald and his fiancée booked a five-night stay at a luxurious two-bedroom downtown suite through Airbnb, they didn't expect to be caught in the crossfire between the owner and the building's strata. "I think there is potentially a higher risk for people making Airbnb bookings in the City of Vancouver ... This will happen to other people, other people will get locked out of their buildings," he said.
Fri, Sep 30: Parents at an elementary school in Ajax, Ont. claim teachers are not allowing students to eat certain snacks deemed unhealthy. Cindy Pom explains.
Officials say more than 1,700 households in the southwestern Ontario communities of Windsor, Tecumseh and Lakeshore have been damaged due to a rainstorm that began Wednesday night. Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara, who declared a state of emergency on Thursday, says 10 per cent of households in his town were affected by rain. Windsor also declared a state of emergency on Thursday saying it needed to get access to support from higher levels of government.
Mike Towell, who was 25, had to be carried from the ring on a stretcher after a fifth-round loss to Dale Evans in Glasgow on Thursday. Towell had been undefeated going into the fight — an eliminator for the British welterweight title — with 11 wins and one draw on his professional record. Towell's partner, Chloe Ross, said she was "absolutely heartbroken" to announce that he died Friday night, 12 hours after he was taken off life support.
Ontario's police watchdog is investigating a fatal shooting of a man by police near a GO Transit station in downtown Hamilton. The Special Investigations Unit said Hamilton police received a call about an assault that allegedly occurred outside an establishment at corner of King William Street and Catharine Street North at about 11 p.m. on Friday night. Police went to the scene to speak to the person involved, and at the same time, an officer recognized a man allegedly involved in the assault who was walking in the middle of James Street near the GO Transit station, several blocks away from the establishment, the SIU said.
A super-luxury yacht said to be worth around $80 million U.S. docked in Saint John harbour this week.
A 74-year-old Canadian photographer who "saw beauty in everything" was killed in Merida, Mexico, officials and a business associate said Saturday. State prosecutor spokesman Baruch Velasquez identified the victim of an apparent homicide as Barbara McClatchie Andrews, a one-time photojournalist who had turned to abstract photography in recent years. Velasquez said McClatchie Andrews was a resident of Merida, the capital of Yucatan, where she ran an art gallery called "In Lak'Ech".
Alberta took a giant step Friday to taking medical lab testing away from private sector providers. Alberta Health Services announced Friday it will pay DynaLife $50 million for its assets and take over as employer for its 1,200 staff. The plan kicks in when the recently extended contract with DynaLife expires in 2022.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton put himself in the best possible position to wrest back the lead in the Formula One drivers championship by claiming pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday. Hamilton beat his teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg by four tenths of a second in qualifying. The British driver headed Mercedes' first-ever front-row lockout in Malaysia and set a new Formula One lap record at the Sepang International Circuit with a time of 1 minute, 32.850 seconds.
The mysterious disappearance of a Japanese woman studying English in Vancouver is now a police investigation into her death. Police announced Friday that the body of 30-year-old Natsumi Kogawa was found on the grounds of an empty heritage mansion in the city's West End. Police said the woman was last seen in the neighbouring city of Burnaby on Sept. 8 and reportedly spoke with friends the following day.
Residents of eastern P.E.I. are calling for a long-term plan to improve ferry service to Nova Scotia. Ferry service has been cancelled since Thursday, with an announcement expected Saturday about whether service will resume on Sunday. "We need it settled this fall and we need a marketing plan now to undo the damage that has been done so we can have a viable 2017 season tourism-wise and economically-wise," said Gary Herring, the chair of the Municipality of Murray Harbour.
After a week of trailing the royal couple, B.C. Premier Christy Clark was asked by the Haida Nation not to come to Friday's event. The community is opposed to the controversial Pacific NorthWest LNG project that received approval from the federal government this week. Clark was not part of the events Friday on Haida Gwaii.
Quebec Transport Minister Laurent Lessard announced Friday that upcoming construction work will hinder motorists driving in from the West Island for the next two years. The ramp connecting Highway 20 East to the Turcot Interchange will be down to one lane starting Oct. 14 until 2018.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level Friday, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts. Duterte issued his latest threat against drug dealers and users early Friday on returning to his hometown in southern Davao city after visiting Vietnam, where he discussed his anti-drug campaign with Vietnamese leaders and ways for their governments to fight transnational crimes, including illegal drugs. Duterte has said his public death threats against drug suspects are designed to scare them to stop selling drugs and to discourage would-be users.
Fri, Sep 30: 18-year-old Desmond Lincoln Williams has been charged with second degree murder in the stabbing death of 15-year-old Kareem Deerr. A 14-year-old has also been charged with manslaughter. Ashley Molnar has the latest.
Dermot Williams says hackers are creating new tricks to mount cyberattacks all the time making it more challenging to protect against them. Williams, the chief executive officer of the information technology security firm Threatscape in Ireland spoke to Shift New Brunswick host Vanessa Vander Valk.
The ride-hailing company that precipitated a change to Ottawa's bylaws regulating the taxi industry has applied for — but hasn't yet received — its licence under the new regime. "We have applied for our [private transportation company] licence and look forward to receiving it from the City of Ottawa soon," Heath wrote. Last spring, the City of Ottawa passed new "vehicle-for-hire regulations" — the first jurisdiction in Ontario to do so — to bring ride-hailing services like Uber in line with the city's taxi bylaws.
Ottawa home owners will soon be allowed to build coach houses in their yards, if new rules presented by city staff are adopted by council later this month. "The idea of the coach houses is to allow for a gradual and discreet kind of intensification, particularly in lower-density neighbourhoods that might have originally been built as nothing but single, detached houses," said Tim Moerman, the city planner leading the file. The City of Ottawa has long had zoning to allow for apartments within existing homes, but not for smaller, second units in people's yards.