The son of a Nazi official has returned three artworks that his family had looted from the southern Polish city of Krakow during World War II. Polish officials said Monday they hoped the gesture by Horst von Waechter of Austria would inspire other Nazi descendants to follow suit. In the ceremony Sunday in Krakow, von Waechter returned an 18th-century map of Poland, built into a small table, and two historic drawings that his mother, Charlotte von Waechter, had appropriated there in late 1939.
A simmering dispute between leaders of the House intelligence committee spilled into the public Monday over an investigation into whether President Donald Trump has ties to Russia, even as they pledged to conduct a bipartisan probe. The Republican committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, said he has heard no evidence so far that anyone in Trump's orbit was in contact with Russians during the presidential campaign. The top Democrat on the committee, Adam Schiff, also of California, said the committee's investigation was hardly off the ground and it was premature to make any conclusions.
An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana's potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use. Many parents use the drug and think it's OK for their kids, but "we would rather not mess around with the developing brain," said Dr. Seth Ammerman. The advice comes in a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published Monday in Pediatrics.
It's too soon to discuss whether new safety rules will be established after a man accused of driving drunk plowed into a Mardi Gras parade crowd, a New Orleans police spokesman said Monday. The Krewe of Endymion travels a route more than 5 miles long, most of it on four-lane streets divided by a wide median. The current superintendent, Michael Harrison, said earlier that she was on parade duty.
When francophone parent Olivier Baenninger moved to Vancouver in 2011, he fully expected his children would be schooled in French. "Vancouver is growing and becoming more international, and we should be welcoming to this plurality," said Baenninger.
California water authorities stopped the flow of water down the Oroville Dam's crippled spillway Monday, allowing workers to start clearing out massive debris that's blocking a hydroelectric plant from working. Water will not be released for the next five to seven days, in the hopes that workers can remove between 500,000 and 1 million cubic yards of debris by barge and excavator, said Lauren Bisnett, spokeswoman with the Department of Water Resources. Water managers turned to the emergency spillway for the first time in the 48-year history of the country's tallest dam after a chunk of concrete tore out the main spillway following heavy rains.
Halifax police are adamant that bad record keeping rather than any criminal activity by its officers was behind the "misplacement" of 3,000 of nearly 10,000 drug-related exhibits uncovered in a recent inventory. Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais told reporters Monday that the force was confident there had been no wrongdoing. Blais released the overall inventory numbers during an appearance before the city's board of police commissioners, during which he also gave an update on a drug exhibit audit released last June.
Her eyes glued to the feeble movements of her malnourished baby with protruding ribs and sunken eyes, Fadumo Abdi Ibrahim struggled to hold back her tears in the stifling and crowded feeding centre in Somalia's capital. The Somali government warns of a looming famine. An estimated 5 million Somalis, out of population of 10 million, need humanitarian assistance, according to the U.N. humanitarian office.
An accident investigator says it will be challenging to determine exactly what caused a plane crash that killed two flight instructors from Calgary's Mount Royal University. Fred Burow of the Transportation Safety Board says the plane's major components were destroyed in the crash and the resulting fire. The aircraft also wasn't carrying — nor was it required to carry — a cockpit voice recorder or a flight data recorder.
Electricity bills in Ontario could be cut by ending mandatory time-of-use pricing, reducing the delivery charge for rural customers and renegotiating power contracts, the NDP proposed Monday. The party released its plan both for reducing hydro bills by up to 30 per cent and returning Hydro One to public ownership, ahead of an upcoming announcement from the Liberal government about how it will cut costs. "I think it would be fantastic if the Liberals took this plan and implemented it," said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.
Convicted killer Kelly Ellard has been granted temporary escorted absences from prison to attend doctor's appointments and parenting programs for her baby. Ellard has spent about 15 years in prison after she was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1997 beating and drowning death of 14-year-old Reena Virk at the Gorge waterway near Victoria. Ellard, who was 15 at the time of the crime, was tried three times and has recently taken more responsibility for her part in the murder, saying that she rolled Virk's unconscious body into the water.
Yonge Street, in the downtown core, spans from Queen Quay to Bloor Street, and has long been one of the city's main arteries. And according to city Coun. "People moving north and south on Yonge Street, there is a lot of people. The project — led by Jennifer Keesmat, Chief Planner for the City of Toronto and Wong-Tam — is in the discussion phase and requests for proposal (RFP) are being received by the city.
Fire crews were on scene in Letellier, Man., on Sunday evening battling a fire at Oscar's Bar and Letellier Hotel. A fire official at the Emerson fire hall said crews were dispatched around 8 p.m. Brian Zolondek said he was watching the Academy Awards with his wife when she got up to grab something and saw the flames out the window at around 7:45 p.m.
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Four days before Christmas 2014, a young woman approached a parked police cruiser in the early hours of the morning. Months later, the officer who drove her home, Const. Doug Snelgrove of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, was charged with sexually assaulting her that night. Snelgrove's acquittal Friday night by a jury has led to protests and calls for rethinking the notion of consent.
When Yvonne Chartrand takes the stage to perform the Red River Jig, she is conscious that her ancestors once danced the same steps. The Métis performer has danced the high-paced and fiddle-led jig countless times, and even tries to add her own steps when she can — just like her ancestors did. Chatrand is the artistic director of V'ni Dansi — a Vancouver-based Métis dance company.
The national spy service saw little risk to the personal privacy of Canadians in a self-penned evaluation of its secret data-crunching centre — a shadowy program now at the centre of intense controversy, newly released documents show. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service centre touched off a firestorm late last year when a judge said CSIS had broken the law by keeping and analyzing the digital metadata of innocent people. "The assessment process has identified no high privacy risks," says the 62-page CSIS report.
Oscar winner, take two. Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" — not, as it turned out, "La La Land" — won best picture at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar upset and an unprecedented fiasco that saw one winner swapped for another while the "La La Land" producers were in mid-speech. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway apparently took the wrong envelope — the one for best actress winner Emma Stone — onto the stage for the final prize.
Thousands of people poured onto the cobblestone streets of a northern Italian town on Sunday to throw oranges at a makeshift monarchy, a tradition dating back more than 150 years. The juicy battle in Ivrea is part of the town's yearly carnival, which recreates a centuries-old revolt by commoners against the monarchy. "Some may think these people are crazy, but for us in Ivrea, this is something we have in our DNA.
The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and already has indicated a looming need for private prison cells seems poised to usher in a reversal of that trend. Jeff Sessions, a former federal prosecutor sworn in this month as the country's chief law enforcement officer, signalled at his confirmation hearing — and during private meetings in his first days on the job — that he sees a central role for the federal government in combating drug addiction and violence as well as in strict enforcement of immigration laws. The result could be in an increase not only in the number of drug prosecutions brought by the Justice Department but also in the average length of sentence prosecutors pursue for even lower-level criminals.
"When I looked over, here he was, of course, half bottom-up with the snow machine on his leg," said Sturge. "Then I took off, I ran over there," Sturge told CBC Radio's Central Morning Show from his home in St. Chads, on the Eastport Peninsula.
North Korea executed five senior security officials with anti-aircraft guns because they made false reports that "enraged" leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea's spy agency said Monday. The comments by the National Intelligence Service in a private briefing to lawmakers come as Malaysia investigates the poisoning death of Kim's estranged elder half brother, Kim Jong Nam.
Two-wheeled commuters are unlocking a new cycling season in Edmonton — with help from the city's annual Bike and Multi Sport Show. Nearly 50 local bike shops and organizations traded ideas at a public symposium in the University of Alberta Butterdome over the weekend, finishing Sunday. "A trend that we're seeing now is somebody saying, 'I want one bike and I want it to do a whole bunch of things instead of being extremely good at one thing and useless at everything else,' " Hockenhull said.
By Thomas Wilson and Julie Zhu TOKYO/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Japan's SoftBank Group Corp is close to making an investment in U.S. office-sharing startup WeWork expected to be worth over $3 billion, CNBC reported on Monday, as it expands its reach beyond tech and telecoms. Led by founder Masayashi Son, SoftBank has made a string of surprising acquisitions and investments over the past months, most recently an all-cash deal to buy asset manager Fortress Investment Group . The deals come as SoftBank moves towards cutting-edge tech investments as telecoms services markets mature, announcing last year the creation of a tech investment fund with Saudi Arabia that could grow to $100 billion and make the group one of the world's largest private equity investors.