The FA-18 Super Hornet revs its engines to maximum thrust, and the jet fighter's nose wheel is locked into a steam-powered catapult on the aircraft carrier's flight deck. The thunderous noise reaches an overwhelming, bone-jarring intensity, and in less than three seconds, the jet is gone — hurled over the bow of the ship at 200 kilometres per hour. "This is an acknowledgment of our respect and our celebration with you for Canada 150," U.S. Rear Admiral Jim Malloy said from aboard the nuclear-powered ship, which at 333 metres is almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall.
The Trump administration on Wednesday set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a "close" family or business tie to the United States. The move came after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump's executive order that was widely criticized as a ban on Muslims. Visas that have already been approved will not be revoked, but instructions issued by the State Department say that new applicants from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the United States to be eligible.
A man yelled "Freedom!" as he crashed his vehicle into Arkansas' new Ten Commandments monument early Wednesday, nearly three years after he was arrested in the destruction of Oklahoma's monument at its state capitol , authorities said. The privately funded Arkansas monument had been in place outside the state capitol in Little Rock for less than 24 hours before it was knocked from its plinth and smashed to pieces. Michael Tate Reed, 32, of Van Buren, Arkansas, was booked in the Pulaski County jail shortly after 7:30 a.m. on preliminary charges of defacing objects of public interest, criminal trespass and first-degree criminal mischief.
Crown attorney Tim Stokes told Kenneth Fenton's sentencing hearing the man's truck was estimated to be going as fast as 90 kilometres an hour in a 50-kilometre zone when it entered the intersection and slammed into Const. Stokes told the court, Fenton, 29, had been drinking beer and was distraught over the recent suicide of a friend. Fenton's blood-alcohol reading was .287 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, Stokes said.
The man who tossed a beer can onto the Rogers Centre field during the Toronto Blue Jays wild card playoff game last year was given a conditional discharge on Wednesday but sentenced to 12 months of probation for mischief. Ken Pagan, who pleaded guilty to mischief under $5,000 on May 30, will not have a criminal conviction, but he will be required to perform 100 hours of community service.
Barack Obama took his wife and daughters to the ancient Borobudur temple on Java on Wednesday on a family vacation to Indonesia, where the former US president spent part of his childhood. The Obamas arrived in the city of Yogyakarta in central Java and headed straight to explore the Borobudur, an ancient Buddhist temple built in the 8th and 9th centuries. "Obama is fascinated by Borobudur, and he remembers that he has seen this temple when he was a child," said Edy Setijono, head of the temple management complex, who accompanied the family at the site.
Organizers of last weekend's Escapade music festival at Lansdowne Park are celebrating a relatively successful event with few medical emergencies, but at least one incident was very serious, and may have involved a notorious drug that's catching on with partygoers. It happened around 7:30 p.m. Sunday during a performance by Black Tiger Sex Machine, after thunderstorms forced the concert indoors to the TD Place Arena. Witnesses said a 21-year-old man jumped from the stands and landed on the arena's concrete floor, where he smashed his head and appeared to go into a seizure.
With their padded walls, green screens and top-of-the-line hardware, a new crop of Toronto businesses want to make virtual reality (VR) arcades the city's next entertainment hotspots. "I think the response to VR in Toronto has been incredibly strong, people are wanting to see what this new technology is about," said co-founder Jonah Brotman. Just a few blocks north on College Street, the arcade VRPlayin powered up its headsets in April, its owners sensing growing public curiosity and technology that's finally ready for the mainstream.
What do Canadian geese, a tyrannosaurus rex and a caribou have in common? Partial fossils of their once living husks will be on display at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. One hundred and fifty items will be on display from the province's natural history and fossil collections, chosen by the museum's curators from a selection of more than 239,000 fossils and plants.
The 2018 Grammy Awards will be held in New York City, but the show will return to Los Angeles for four years beginning in 2019. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday it signed a four-year deal with the AEG entertainment company to host the show at the Staples Center. The academy says the show brings an estimated economic benefit of $82 million to Los Angeles each year it is held.
James Ruben Jr., of Paulatuk, N.W.T., had only seen moose on TV. Paulatuk, N.W.T., population 300, sits on the shore of Darnley Bay, some 100 kilometres northeast of the tree line. Dennis Murray, a biology professor and Canada Research Chair at Trent University, isn't shocked to hear about the sighting.
A massive aircraft carrier is in Halifax this week for a rare visit. The nuclear-powered USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is one of the largest weapons in the arsenal of the United States military.
South Windsor residents who turned their taps to find brown, cloudy water pouring out have nothing to worry about — but they probably shouldn't drink it. The utility provider is completing routine flushing in the area to keep the water from becoming stagnant, said director of water distribution David Melnyk. EnWin aims to flush 20 per cent of the city every year, a practice that freshens up water mains and ensures fire hydrants are colour-coded for the right water pressure.
(Reuters) - Shaw Communications Inc on Wednesday reported strong quarterly subscriber gains at its revamped cable business and notched wireless profit growth even as it spent heavily to build up both businesses. Shaw said its wireless business - the former Wind Mobile business it acquired in early 2016 and rebranded as Freedom Mobile in November - added 20,085 net postpaid customers in the third quarter ended May 31, with revenue jumping 16.7 percent from a year ago. "They've been executing well on that business though there's still a long way to go," said Edward Jones analyst Dave Heger.
The manager of a consortium of forestry companies that log on western Nova Scotia Crown land says his group isn't to blame for the struggles of private woodlot owners who say they can't find buyers. The 13 companies that make up WestFor are taking heat from some private woodlot owners who say the consortium is flooding the market. Marcus Zwicker, the general manager of WestFor Management Inc, which is licensed by the province to operate on western Crown land, admits forestry is experiencing "a serious contraction" because of fewer buyers.
In a story June 27 about F. Lee Bailey's bankruptcy, The Associated Press incorrectly identified his bankruptcy attorney. The attorney is James Molleur, not John Molleur. Famed defence lawyer F. Lee Bailey has filed for bankruptcy again to tie up loose ends following his bankruptcy filing last year.
The hand-held, pen-like instrument, known as a Raman spectroscopy probe, is able to differentiate between cancer cells and healthy cells by measuring the way each reflects laser-based light. "Minimizing, or completely eliminating, the number of cancer cells during surgery is a critical part of cancer treatment, yet detecting cancer cells during surgery is challenging," said Dr. Kevin Petrecca, the chief of neurosurgery at the Montreal Neurological Institute who helped design the probe. "Often it is impossible to visually distinguish cancer from normal brain, so invasive brain cancer cells frequently remain after surgery, leading to cancer recurrence and a worse prognosis.
Kenyan literary icon Ngugi wa Thiong'o, often tipped for the Nobel literature prize, has pulled out of an annual Swedish book fair in protest at the presence of a right-wing extremist newspaper, his publisher said Wednesday. The 75-year-old author of "A Grain of Wheat" (1967) and "Petals of Blood (1975), wrote an e-mail to his Swedish publisher Modernista informing them he would cancel his attendance at the Gothenburg Book Fair "in solidarity with the writers withdrawing and of course with the concerns behind their withdrawal," referring to the newspaper Nya Tider, which will be represented at the fair. "We can confirm that Ngugi wa Thiong'o has cancelled his attendance at the book fair in Gothenburg in the autumn," Kristofer Andersson, development director at Modernista, told AFP.
A taxi driver in Gander has his money back after a weekend robbery, but the theft has made him more cautious about who he lets in his cab late at night. Guy Budden was on shift Saturday night, after a busy few weeks working extra hours to earn cash for his wife's upcoming back surgery.
British Columbia's legal aid society will no longer represent new immigration and refugee claimants starting August 1, 2017 because the society says there is a lack of funding. The Legal Services Society (LSS) says the money comes from the federal government — the jurisdiction primarily responsible for funding immigration and refugee legal aid. The LSS says the society receives $1.7 million total per year for immigration legal aid.
This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes this one so special — at least for Americans — is that it will cut diagonally across the entire United States.
Arthur Joseph LeBlanc, a longtime justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, was sworn in as the new lieutenant-governor on Wednesday. LeBlanc, who is from West Arichat in Cape Breton, is the first Acadian to hold the role. LeBlanc graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish with a bachelor of commerce in 1964.
Farming is stressful — and a recent suicide has Saskatchewan farmers speaking out on the issue. Kim Keller, a farmer from Gronlid, Sask., sparked the latest conversation on the weekend after she was contacted by an industry professional looking for resources to help the family of a client who had taken his life.
Here are the top 10 hardcover fiction and non-fiction books in Canada for the week ending June 25 as compiled by Maclean's magazine. The previous week's position is in parentheses.
Developer Danny Williams, president and CEO of DewCor, along with St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe christened the neighbourhood's first street as Beaumont Hamel Way on Wednesday morning. Members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment were on hand for the unveiling of Beaumont Hamel Way, as Williams recounted the feeling of standing next to the Danger Tree on the site where the troops fought in 1916. "I get cold shivers, it really makes me tremble when I talk about it," Williams said.