As the search for survivors ground on, Premier Matteo Renzi pledged new money and measures Thursday to rebuild quake-devastated central Italy amid mounting soul-searching over why the seismic-prone country has continually failed to ensure its buildings can withstand such catastrophes. A day after the deadly quake killed 250 people, a 4.3 magnitude aftershock sent up plumes of thick grey dust in the hard-hit town of Amatrice. Firefighters and rescue crews using sniffer dogs worked in teams around the hard-hit areas in central Italy, pulling chunks of cement, rock and metal from mounds of rubble where homes once stood.
A woman who fell 35 feet to her death from a zip line platform had disconnected herself from the safety system, the attraction's operator said Thursday. Delaware State Police investigators are investigating how Tina Werner tumbled off the platform at the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure attraction in Lums Pond State Park on Wednesday. Participants at Go Ape courses are equipped with climbing harnesses and two sets of ropes with carabiners that they unclip and clip to safety wires in sequence as they move through the trees.
Ron Gidwitz, Dan Webb and William Kunkler are veteran Republicans — and friends — from Chicago's political money circuit. Gidwitz is hosting fundraisers for Donald Trump. Webb wrote a big check for Hillary Clinton.
Toronto police confirm there is a link between the three deaths involving a crossbow in east Toronto and a suspicious package found in the downtown area of the city. Earlier Thursday, police revealed that three people are dead, all of whom were found with apparent crossbow injuries, in the Scarborough area of Toronto on Thursday afternoon.
"I was shocked," Mary Wernicke, from Neville, Sask., said when she learned she was the winner of a recent $60-million lottery draw. Neville is a village of about 80 residents, about 50 kilometres south of Swift Current. Wernicke bought a $5 quick pick ticket from a Swift Current drug store.
Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defence in Brazil. The indictment will also be sent to the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission, it said.
A Burlington optician is outraged after discovering a psychiatrist he'd never met wrote a critical two-page psychiatric evaluation about him without ever seeing or talking to him. The optician, Jay Hakim, filed a complaint with the provincial medical regulator, which concluded the psychiatrist's conduct was appropriate. It also parallels issues raised in the United States over whether psychiatrists can ethically provide opinions on the mental health of presidential candidates they've never met.
Hearings are underway at the National Assembly today to unravel the controversy surrounding the sale of the Quebec hardware company Rona to its American competitor, Lowe's. The fallout from the deal ultimately forced Jacques Daoust to step down as Quebec's transport minister and give up his seat in the National Assembly. Last February, the U.S. home hardware chain Lowe's announced it was buying Rona in a friendly takeover valued at $3.2 billion Cdn.
A California court said Thursday that a judge who was harshly criticized and subjected to a recall campaign for the leniency of a six-month jail sentence for a former Stanford University swimmer who raped an unconscious woman will no longer hear criminal cases, a move that came at his own request. Santa Clara County Presiding Judge Rise Pichon said she has granted the request for reassignment of Judge Aaron Persky. "While I firmly believe in Judge Persky's ability to serve in his current assignment, he has requested to be assigned to the civil division, in which he previously served," Pichon said in a statement.
Six-year-old Ayden Geary was headed home after the fireworks on Canada Day when he got the idea to open his own store. The autistic child was concerned after he realized there were no open signs in many of the shops he passed at night. The hours of operation for Storage Superstore's physical location are being determined.
The Newfoundland T'Railway council says it needs help paying for repairs to a crucial bridge, before the snow falls. The bridge is located in the community of Terra Nova. "We didn't think this was going to be an issue," says Jamie Warren, president of the board of directors.
A California couple wanted in connection with a woman's killing and the kidnapping of her three children in the Los Angeles area were arrested Thursday in Colorado. Joshua Aaron Robertson, 27, and Brittany Humphrey, 22, were arrested without incident in Pueblo, about 40 miles south of Colorado Springs, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The couple was wanted in connection with the death of Humphrey's half-sister, Kimberly Harvill, whose body was found with multiple gunshot wounds along a road in a remote area of Los Angeles County on Aug. 14.
The Labrador retriever mix that killed a smaller dog last week in Linden Woods has also jumped a fence to charge a toddler and another shih tzu, says a neighbour who wants the dog removed from the area. CoCo, the two-year-old dog that killed a shih tzu out for a walk with its owner on Aug. 13, has prompted neighbourhood complaints to Winnipeg's animal services agency before. April Harrison's family had just moved into their home across the back fence from CoCo's owner when the dog came into their yard on June 4, she said.
Thu, Aug 25: Former Degrassi High actor Jason aka Byrd Dickens and 3 women charged with child exploitation.
A LinkedIn profile for a Brampton app developer boasts expertise in several programming languages.
A 100-metre stretch of concrete on the outskirts of town has residents of Smithers, B.C., scratching their heads. It all started when North Central Plumbing and Heating decided to move to a then-vacant building on the frontage road along Highway 16. The building required substantial renovations, and a Smithers bylaw requires projects over $75,000 to include public infrastructure.
A transgender woman in Charlottetown has filed a complaint with the P.E.I. Human Rights Commission alleging she was refused service at a local salon because of her transgender status. Kristen McKay says she went into Carrie's Esthetic Salon in downtown Charlottetown on Tuesday afternoon to get her nails and makeup done and for makeup lessons. McKay said a woman at the salon informed her that she didn't do services for men, and when McKay replied that she's not a man but a transgender woman, McKay was still refused service.
A new initiative by Queens District RCMP has lead to more than 80 speeding fines in the last two days. The RCMP partnered with Provincial Highway Safety Enforcement members to increase patrols Wednesday and Thursday. "We found that there has been a lot of excessive speeding," said Sgt. Leanne Butler.
Tom Gordon is not one of the dozens of people who have overdosed in Vancouver over the past 24 hours, but he's no stranger to the experience. Gordon said he survived a three-day coma after a cocaine and Fentanyl overdose last April. The addict — who joked about having cocaine for breakfast — is convinced opening the supervised injection site 24 hours a day when social assistance cheques are delivered will save lives.
A Harley Davidson motorcycle, more than a dozen guns and some gold and silver coins are among numerous items that Manitoba RCMP believe were stolen by one man. A 38-year-old man from Dauphin, Man., faces 25 charges that include firearms trafficking and possession of weapons obtained by crime in connection with several break-ins, including three that were reported in May and July, police announced on Thursday. In one case, RCMP say 13 firearms — including pistols and rifles — along with a gun safe, some ammunition and holsters were stolen from a home in the Dauphin area on May 2.
Despite new federal legislation making it easier for patients to grow marijuana at home, some medical specialists aren't so sure that's a good idea. Dr. Doug Smith, a Fredericton specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, says while he's been prescribing marijuana for almost a decade and seen "quite a few remarkable stories of it being a life-changer," patients who grow their own cannabis might have less control over what they're getting. Previously, patients looking to grow medical marijuana or get someone else to grow it for them could only get seeds and plants from Health Canada.
Now FDA-approved, the process of genetically engineered mosquitoes who mate with wild mosquitoes in order to produce offspring that die before they mate is being considered by mosquito officials in the Florida Keys. (Aug. 23)
After losing her case in Quebec's highest court, the province's most infamous maple syrup producer is taking her fight to sell her product freely to the Supreme Court of Canada. Angèle Grenier imagined retiring on the profits of her maple farm, but she's ended up paying more than $100,000 in legal fees after Quebec's Maple Syrup Producers Federation took her to court for selling her syrup to New Brunswick. The federation exists to enforce a supply management system — including regulating quotas and prices — of maple syrup production in Quebec.
A public university in New York says the #StopWhitePeople2K16 used as the title of a recent training session was chosen for its irony and the session — about diversity — wasn't anti-white. A Binghamton University administrator issued an explanation Wednesday as the title and criticism of it made the rounds on social media. The optional, one-time session this month was organized by three student resident advisers as part of a training program for other RAs.
A couple from Langley is baffled, frustrated and a little frightened after someone picked their plum tree clean earlier this month. "There were hundreds of plums," said Sunnie Skoumal, who planted the Italian plum tree seven years ago as a gift to her husband Denny.
John Neville breaks down when he's asked if he can forgive the man charged with setting fire to his house. John Henoche, 30, has been charged with arson, breaking and entering, and breaches of probation.