An inmate once called the "Houdini" of Alabama's death row for escaping seven past execution dates through legal challenges was put to death early Friday for a 1982 murder-for-hire shooting. Tommy Arthur, 75, was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. CDT Friday following a lethal injection administered at a southwest Alabama prison, authorities said. Arthur was convicted of killing riverboat engineer Troy Wicker, who was fatally shot as he slept in his bed in the north Alabama city of Muscle Shoals.
Masked gunmen riding in three SUVs opened fire Friday on a packed bus taking Coptic Christians on a visit to a monastery south of Egypt's capital, killing at least 28 people, including two little children, authorities said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the fourth to target Christians since December, but it bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group. The bloodshed came on the eve of the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Monstrous cyclones are churning over Jupiter's poles, until now a largely unexplored region that is more turbulent than scientists expected. NASA's Juno spacecraft spotted the chaotic weather at the top and bottom of Jupiter once it began skimming the cloud tops last year, surprising researchers who assumed the giant gas planet would be relatively boring and uniform down low. It's very different, very complex," Juno's chief scientist Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute said Thursday.
Canada's deeply entrenched role in the fight against global extremism is more focused these days on intelligence-gathering — and sharing — than on putting more boots on the ground in the Middle East, Justin Trudeau suggested Thursday. "The track record has shown that collaboration and co-operation between allies, friends and partners has saved lives and keeps all of our citizens safe," Trudeau said at the outset of a day-long NATO meeting in Brussels. It was in this way that Trudeau brushed aside concerns that NATO's agreement to increase intelligence-sharing in the fight against terrorism comes amid accusations that President Donald Trump and others in the U.S. are playing fast and loose with sensitive secrets.
Manitoba has a new treaty commissioner after a year-long vacancy in the position and Loretta Ross says she's ready to get started. A member of the Hollow Water First Nation in Manitoba, a lawyer for more than 20 years and a former member of the Manitoba Human Rights board of commissioners, Ross said helping people understand treaties and the role they played in creating the country is particularly important this year as Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. "It's a big part of our identity, a big part of our identity as Indigenous people … and it's a huge part of non-Indigenous people's identity as well," she said.
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — In a clash of Canadian icons, a hungry Newfoundland moose destroyed a Maple Leaf tulip display planted to mark Canada 150 celebrations. The intruder left tell-tale hoof prints as it laid waste to hundreds of sprouting plants at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden in St. John's, N.L. "You can imagine what a botanical garden is to moose in spring," said horticulturalist Tim Walsh.
Wait times will likely continue to increase in the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region as both the area's population and the demand for care increase, the health region's CEO says. Keith Dewar says the funding provided to the health region has not matched the increased population pressure and demand for services. In 2015-16, the health region posted a $15.2-million deficit.
While energy investment in Alberta will remain sluggish, oil production is set to rise, and that will give a boost to most major industries in both cities, according to the board's Metropolitan Outlook: Spring 2017. The conference board predicts Calgary's economy will grow — for the first time in three years — by 2.3 per cent with the addition of about 9,000 jobs this year and 10,000 more in 2018. Calgary lost 12,500 jobs in 2016.
Sudbury, Ont., is getting more support to deal with its long-standing nuisance bear issue. The provincial government announced on Thursday it is doubling the number of local technicians available over the summer to help police assess bear sightings and immobilize the animal if it becomes aggressive. The change means Sudbury will have four bear technicians in total — the most out of any district in the province.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump joined other NATO leaders Thursday for a handover ceremony at the organization’s new Brussels headquarters.
The N.W.T. is looking at a cooler, milder fire season after a late start to spring this year. Kerry Anderson, a fire research scientist with Natural Resources Canada, says this won't be a "terribly exceptional" summer for the territory. Three years ago, the N.W.T. experienced one of its worst fire seasons on record. In 2014, 385 fires burned in the territory — 57 per cent more than average — and burned 3.4 million hectares of land.
Canadian distance runner Cam Levins enjoyed a superb U.S. collegiate career, culminating in a splendid 5,000-metre/10,000-metre double victory for Southern Utah University at the 2012 NCAA championships. The 28-year-old from Black Creek, B.C., who turned professional with the Nike Oregon Project under controversial coach Alberto Salazar, hopes that surgery to repair broken bones in his left foot last July has paved the way to a comeback. "It was very difficult having to watch the Rio Olympics from my couch on crutches," says Levins, who finished 11th in the 10,000 at the 2012 London Olympics and 14th in the 5,000.
Most grizzly bears rarely visit railway tracks, but those that do most often are not the bears that end up getting hit by trains, a University of Alberta study suggests. The study, part of bigger project examining the behaviour of bears around railways, looked at scat collected near the railway tracks and data from GPS collars on 21 grizzlies in Banff and Yoho national parks, whose range included the the Canadian Pacific rail line.
After shying away from the spotlight in recent years, the sisters are speaking out in an attempt to convince the Canadian government to protect the house where they were born. Cecile wants the log house in North Bay, Ont., preserved as a symbol of their story — both their incredible birth and the struggles that followed. The Dionne quintuplets made history when they were born on May 28, 1934, believed to be the first quintuplets to survive past infancy.
Hill was last seen around 1:30 a.m. April 29 when he was dropped off at home by a taxi driver. As of Thursday, after a lengthy search for the driver of a white cube van, Wilson voluntarily spoke to investigators.
By Solarina Ho TORONTO (Reuters) - Modernizing Canada's aging payments systems will help strengthen the stability and efficiency of the country's financial system and reduce systemic and liquidity risk, a senior official at the Bank of Canada said on Thursday. In a speech that mentioned monetary policy only in passing, Deputy Governor Sylvain Leduc said that while the fast pace of technological change makes updating the high-value payment system challenging, inaction is not an option. Leduc said a sound payments system is as important for the stability of the financial system as a reliable electrical grid is for the economy.
If the Victoria Day weekend is any indication, the Green Gables Heritage Place in Cavendish, P.E.I. will be a busy place during the 2017 tourism season.
By Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's postal service was hit by Wannacry ransomware last week and some of its computers are still down, three employees in Moscow said, the latest sign of weaknesses that have made the country a major victim of the global extortion campaign. Wannacry compromised the post office's automated queue management system, infecting touch-screen terminals which run on the outdated Windows XP operating system, one of the workers said. Terminals were still blank in some parts of Moscow this week but it was not clear exactly how many branches had been affected.
"I believe, initially, we responded honestly, but probably not in the best way," Nalcor's vice-president Jim Keating told CBC Radio's Labrador Morning. "We've got to include as many people as we can, independent of Nalcor and those folks," Ball said at the public meeting on the Victoria Day holiday.
A fish plant on a small New Brunswick island has been destroyed by fire — yet another blow to a community hit by a major ice storm this winter and suspected tornadoes last week. Workers inside the Miscou, N.B., plant noticed smoke coming from above at around 1 a.m. Thursday, and fled after smelling burning plastic and discovering plumes of smoke rolling off the roof. RCMP Sgt. Stephane Blanchard said no one was injured, but the Miscou Fish Product plant — a local landmark with a huge Acadian flag painted on its roof — burned to the ground.
The young man stabbed to death in broad daylight in Winnipeg on Tuesday is being remembered as a mentor to newcomer youth. Jarso Boku Ano, 22, was a role model to the many kids he volunteered with, said Dalili Lokwa, a friend of Ano's. Both men came to Canada from Kenya, and connected in Swahili when Lokwa arrived in Winnipeg three years ago. Since then, Ano has been like a brother to him, Lokwa said.
Based on epidemiological research that suggests sitting increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease, the study looked into the effectiveness of standing desks and whether or not they actually make people sit less. An intervention group was given standing desks, while a control group continued to work sitting down. Travis Saunders, an assistant professor of applied human sciences at UPEI said the study's main purpose was to determine if standing desks made people sit less.
Grace McCarthy, a former Social Credit cabinet minister in British Columbia who blazed a trail for women in politics and business, has died. McCarthy began her career in the flower business in the mid-1940s, when she opened her first store and later expanded her business to several stores. The statement says at the age of 17, McCarthy cashed in a $50 war bond and opened her own flower shop in Vancouver, Grayce Florists, which she developed into five retail locations across the city.
A popular Calgary playground has been forced to close for improvements because the sun is making metal slides too hot for kids to handle. Slides on the south-facing side of the playground are getting so heated that they reportedly singed a child. The metal slides are to be replaced with concrete ones in a new location.