Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule with a lethal injection that left the prisoner lurching and convulsing 20 times before he died. Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m., 13 minutes after the execution began at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner. An Associated Press reporter who witnessed the lethal injection said Williams' body jerked 15 times in quick succession, then the rate slowed for a final five movements.
A young woman stranded for hours after scaling a construction crane in the middle of the night is a thrill seeker, a friend said Thursday. Marisa Lazo, 23, appeared in court Thursday to face six counts of mischief by interfering with property. "When I saw it, I knew that it was maybe not the best decision, obviously, maybe some logic was not playing into place," Burton said outside court.
O'Leary's stunning news — he's throwing his support behind Quebec rival Maxime Bernier — appeared to catch even some members of his campaign team off-guard as they gathered to prepare for Wednesday's final leadership debate. Behind the scenes, however, O'Leary has been mulling the idea for about a week, say sources, ever more convinced that as leader, he might never be able to rally enough support in Quebec to deliver a majority Conservative mandate in 2019. The tipping point, he said, came when he saw Conservative membership numbers overall that were even higher than he expected, which meant he didn't have as large a share of the support as he thought he did.
A woman who spent hours suspended high above a construction site after scaling a crane in downtown Toronto was rescued by being strapped to a rappelling firefighter and lowered to the ground as dozens watched in suspense from below. Cheers erupted from onlookers as the pair's feet hit the ground at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, bringing the dramatic, hours-long rescue operation to a safe conclusion. The woman, who police identified as 23-year-old Marisa Lazo, was then handcuffed and handed over to paramedics.
Syria's military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbours . Apparently seeking to interrupt weapons transfers to the Hezbollah group in Lebanon, Israel has struck inside Syria with increasing frequency in recent weeks, making the war-torn country a proxy theatre for Israel's wider war with Iran. The increasing tempo of attacks risks inflaming a highly combustible situation drawing in Israel, Syria and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, a staunch ally of President Bashar Assad's government with thousands of fighters in Syria.
First, Donald Trump threatened to rip up NAFTA. "A negotiating ploy," said Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson Institute, a top U.S. expert on the North American Free Trade Agreement. It's basic negotiation theory. It involves the concept that negotiating clout stems from the power to walk away. That power belongs to parties who don't fear the WATNA — the acronym for Worst Alternative To A Negotiated Agreement.
Rickie Murley's grandmother was one of the women who sent 62,000 pairs of socks to troops fighting oversees between 1914 and 1916. "If my grandmother did it, then I can do it as well," said Murley. During a presentation ceremony in Corner Brook on Wednesday, several soldiers received socks from the 66 pairs knitted since the fall.
The Oilers' playoff run is providing some Edmonton businesses with a slick marketing opportunity. Tim Hortons, Cookies By George, even a local car dealership are all jumping on the bandwagon. "They want to be connected with their customers," said Paul McElhone, dean of the Mihalcheon School of Management at Concordia University in Edmonton.
The sale of nine Soviet-era masterpieces that fetched $3 million at a London auction in 2014 is causing uproar in Moscow's art community, where it was largely perceived as a theft of the family jewels. The sale of the paintings, one of which now has a place of pride in a Moscow oligarch's private museum, has triggered a criminal investigation. There also has been a push to re-nationalize the collection that once belonged to a Soviet artists' trade union.
The Netherlands marked the 50th birthday of King Willem-Alexander on Thursday with orange-clad citizens holding parties and street sales throughout the country. The monarch and his family spent King's Day in the city of Tilburg, where thousands of people — many wearing inflatable orange crowns — lined the streets to catch a glimpse of Willem-Alexander, his Argentine-born wife, Maxima, and their three daughters. It's my birthday and I can celebrate it together with so many people," Willem-Alexander told national broadcaster NOS as he walked through the crowded streets.
An independent report says it's safe for John Fisher Junior Public to remain open while a 35-storey residential tower goes up next door, so long as certain conditions are met. "The TDSB hired the group to do the analysis," said Ryan Bird, spokesperson for the Toronto District School Board.
"Coming into Fort McMurray I was nervous, I didn't know what it was going to be like," said Jesso, who is originally from Montague, P.E.I. She and her daughter Jamie Dawn and son Brandon moved to Alberta four years ago, while husband Eddie has been working out west for a decade. The family returned to Fort McMurray a month after they were evacuated. "It was emotional because they had these great big signs saying, 'We're here, we're strong,'" said Jesso.
An endangered vaquita porpoise was found dead in the Gulf of Mexico, the country's environmental protection authority said Wednesday, bringing to four the number of dead vaquitas found in 2017. There are only 30 remaining vaquitas (Phocoena sinus), scientists warned in February. The remains of the vaquita were found Tuesday, 24 kilometers (15 miles) north of the town of San Felipe, in the state of Baja California on the Barra del Primer Estero beach, the statement read.
In a statement, the confederacy said it's been lobbying for almost a decade to have recognition of Mi'kmaq history at the Rocky Point site. The confederacy also said it respects the concerns raised by Mi'kmaq elders and community members over the issue. Last year, Mi'kmaq Grand Council Keptin John Joe Sark requested Parks Canada drop the name Amherst from the site, arguing General Jeffery Amherst was a tyrant and an enemy of Indigenous people.
In her job as a substitute teacher, Kayleigh Spencer of Mistissini, Quebec, spends her time trying to get young people to see their potential. "They [young people] have special talents, they have something they are amazing at," said Spencer in an interview with CBC's Maamuitaau after being crowned Miss Mistissini. After winning Mistissini's local pageant in December, Spencer was crowned the inaugural Miss Eenou/Eeyou Nation in February.
The province is pitching in to keep a rural hospital in Lambton County from closing. "Bluewater Health and the Town of Petrolia determined that we needed to collaborate differently to ensure that this community continues to be served with a rural hospital," said Bluewater Health CEO, Mike Lapaine.
It was five decades ago that Montreal welcomed the world to Expo 67, an international exhibition and iconic event that saw millions of visitors flock to the city over six months. The event would put Montreal on the map and is remembered fondly by those who attended as drawing them into a futuristic fantasy world and opening their eyes to people and places they'd never experienced before. Yves Jasmin, the event's director of advertising, information and public relations, said he believes Expo, which coincided with the country's centennial, also had a positive national impact.
The city has seven spots downtown for food trucks, in a few locations. So far, five vendors have been given spots. Others have not applied to return, such as vendors selling Indian and Thai food, as well as a grilled cheese truck. The operators of Ski Bum Pizza are converting an old 1984 mail van they bought off Craigslist in Vancouver into a wood-fired pizza truck.
In his final week as chief justice of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Neil Wittmann is being celebrated by colleagues as a fierce advocate, a "brilliant legal mind" and a man whose love of animals is so great he signed-off on a plan to house the Calgary Zoo's lions in the basement cells of the courthouse if needed during the 2013 flood. Wittman, who has been dogged in lobbying Ottawa for more appointments to this province's superior court, will have his last day as leader of Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench on Friday. "He cared about everyone's right to justice," said Justice William Tilleman.
It's been nine months since Bobby Lachance was left for dead on the side of a road near Meadow Lake, Sask. The days have been agonizing for Lachance's family, who are still actively seeking out the driver involved. In an email to CBC News, Meadow Lake RCMP said the investigation is ongoing.
"The vehicle entered into traffic off of a driveway, so essentially what we have is a vehicle that failed to yield to through traffic as it entered the roadway," said Clinton Stibbe, spokesperson for Toronto Police Service's Traffic Services. The motorcyclist, a 30-year old man from Oshawa, suffered life-threatening injuries and was initially transported to hospital.
By Makiko Yamazaki OSAKA (Reuters) - Nintendo Co Ltd expects its new Switch console to more than double annual operating profit and end the eight-year sales decline that dogged its previous offering just as players were turning to smartphone gaming. The Japanese firm entered the mobile gaming market last year to the relief of shareholders fretting about diving console sales. Now the early success of the Switch has fueled hope of a long-term earnings recovery and sent the firm's share price about 20 percent higher since the console's March debut.
Thousands of social assistant clients and subsidized residents in community or long-term care on P.E.I. will see their monthly comfort allowance rise on June 1. The personal comfort allowance was increased in the 2017-18 provincial budget released earlier this month. "The majority of our long-term care residents are subsidized, so this will have a broad impact for seniors across the province," Health and Wellness Minister Robert Henderson said in a statement.