Firefighters struggled to get to bodies in the rubble Saturday after a fire tore through a converted Oakland warehouse during a late-night electronic music party, killing dozens and making the charred structure unsafe for emergency crews to enter.>> Read More »
Police investigating a notorious gang in a city on California's central coast issued a fake press release that the chief credited with saving two men by deceiving gang members who wanted to kill them, but the ruse was criticized by news organizations who reported it as fact. Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin defended the rare tactic this week when it came to light, saying he had never done such a thing in his 43-year career, but he wouldn't rule out doing it again. The daily newspaper and local television stations were unaware the information in the release was false when they reported that two men, Jose Santos Melendez, 22, and Jose Marino Melendez, 23, had been picked up for identity theft and handed over to immigration authorities.
A survey conducted at the behest of the auditor general suggests nearly all Ontarians who heat their home using natural gas want to see the costs of cap and trade clearly displayed on their bills — and so does the auditor herself. The Liberal government's plan to have companies buy and sell pollution credits to reduce Ontario's greenhouse gas emissions is expected to add about $5 a month to home heating costs, but those increases will be buried in the "delivery" line on natural gas bills. The Ontario Energy Board announced this summer that cost impacts of cap and trade, which comes into effect Jan. 1, will not appear as a separate line item on consumers' bills for natural gas, which is used to heat most homes in the province.
A Green Party-backed campaign changed its strategy to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and said late Saturday night that it will seek help in the federal courts, rather than the state courts. The announcement that it would seek an emergency federal court order on Monday for a recount came hours after it dropped a case in the state courts.
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A child care centre operator says the Nova Scotia government is being "hypocritical" by asking centres to quickly accommodate school age children after pushing for stronger regulations. Early last week, staff called all licensed operators in Nova Scotia to see if they had space available, and what they might be planning in the case of the contract dispute disrupting students' ability to attend school. Lisa Rondeau, co-owner of Giant Steps Children's Centre, says she was asked whether she'd be interested in accepting school-aged children for a day camp run out of her gymnasium.
Employees of the Town of Banff can't always afford to live in the townsite, so a program offering interest-free loans to home buyers has expanded its reach. Spokesperson Kelly Gibson says a few employees approached the town saying they couldn't afford to buy a home in Banff, and requested the program include nearby Canmore and the Bow Valley. "Town of Banff employees face the same challenges as other Banff employees in finding a place to call home.
Police in St. John's believe slippery road conditions were to blame for a collision on St. Thomas Line Saturday night. At 7:38 p.m., the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary responded to a report that a vehicle had crashed into a home. Police said the 18-year-old female driver was taken to hospital with what were believed to be minor injuries.
A graduate student arrested on suspicion of killing the professor who oversaw his work at the University of California was described by some of his fellow classmates as a quiet but seemingly normal young man while others say he was troubled and pegged as most likely to quit the group's rigorous doctoral program. David Jonathan Brown, a 28-year-old brain and cognitive science student, was arrested on a murder charge in the Friday attack on the Los Angeles campus.
One Sunday in October, Scott Komus was on vacation, sitting with his wife in a Boston restaurant, when he got a phone call no parent wants to get. Police believe speed, alcohol and distracted driving were likely factors.
A researcher has found that a federal subsidy intended to reduce astronomical food prices for northern families has resulted in stale-dated, unreliable food on store shelves without making grocery bills more affordable. Food in the North costs between two and three times what it does in the south. Such costs are a major cause of food insecurity.
Indonesian rescuers on Sunday recovered body parts in the sea where a police plane with 13 people aboard is believed to have crashed the previous day. The light aircraft lost contact Saturday on the way to the island of Batam, which is near Singapore, after taking off from an island off the southeast coast of Sumatra. The M28 Skytruck plane is believed to have plunged into 24-meter (79-foot) -deep waters, said National Search and Rescue Agency chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo.
A gunman killed a local town councillor and two journalists in an apparent random shooting in a nightlife district in a small town in southeastern Finland, police said Sunday. The chairwoman of Imatra Town Council and two female reporters were gunned down in a pedestrian area outside a restaurant in the town just before a police patrol car arrived to the scene around midnight Saturday, police spokeswoman Heli Jamsen-Turkki said. Saku Tielinen, who is leading the investigation, said the suspect had a criminal record, including for violent incidents and theft but declined to identify him or give more details.
Chaos erupted in eastern Mosul on Sunday when hundreds of civilians overwhelmed aid trucks distributing food and water. The Iraqi government has called on Mosul's residents to stay in their homes during the operation to retake the city from the Islamic State group, hoping to avoid large-scale displacement, but as progress on the ground slows, hundreds of thousands are now stuck with dwindling food and water supplies. The Iraqi government sent truckloads of food, heating oil and drinking water to residents in areas retaken from IS on Sunday, but few of the trucks could make it to civilians trapped near front-line fighting.
According to the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba, 48 deaths occurred in the agriculture sector between 2006 and 2015, far more than the transport sector, which saw 37 deaths over the same period and the construction sector with 36. "These stats are really quite troubling when you look at them," said Dan Mazier, president of Manitoba's Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP). According to the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, people being trapped or pinned by equipment remains the No. 1 agricultural killer in Canada.
Newfoundland and Labrador has been feuding with Quebec since before the Atlantic province joined Canada, with a barely hidden animosity driven by border disputes and hydroelectric power feuds that have wound through courts for decades. Which is why headlines were made last month when Quebec began talking about possibly "burying the hatchet" on an epic scrap over the lopsided Churchill Falls hydro deal. Premier Philippe Couillard told reporters that it's not just energy issues — the two provinces can collaborate on other things and need to build more neighbourly ties. Premier Dwight Ball says he's open to talks with Quebec, if they help his province.
Principals of the company 3twenty Modular were on the show six years ago looking for backers interested in their company that specialized in building portable structures by reusing and adapting cargo containers. Saskatchewan-born entrepreneur Brett Wilson liked what he saw and invested.
Once an employee of the powerful CIA, Jeffrey Sterling now sits behind bars at a federal prison in Colorado. Nearly two years after Sterling was found guilty of leaking government secrets to a reporter, the 49-year-old maintains that he is innocent. Sterling is now pinning his hopes for an early release on a federal appeals court, which will soon consider whether to reverse his convictions.
Following multiple reports of harassment by camera drones in St. John's, the province's privacy commissioner says he's very concerned about the airborne vehicles. Rozalind MacPhail shared her story with CBC News Wednesday, describing a "stalker drone" following her movements and spying on her through the windows of her downtown apartment.
A service started in St. John's this week offers to alleviate that by sending a nurse practitioner to your door for a fee. "We're putting a modern spin on old-fashioned health care," said Raleen Murphy, a nurse practitioner and founder of Caredrop, a health service that responds to acute but non-urgent requests for care. "Right now there are a lot of pains with not being able to access care in a timely manner," said Murphy.
With piles of posters and a set plan, more than 100 people took to the streets around Winnipeg searching for 33-year-old Bryan Balong. Balong has been missing since Nov. 22. Bryan, the father of two young girls, was last seen at his home on Leila Avenue near Salter Street.
Edmonton police have arrested a man after a hidden camera was found in the men's shower stall of a gym at the University of Alberta hospital. According to a notice posted by management, a hidden camera was found the morning of Nov. 28 in a shower stall in the men's locker room at the Pulse Generator Fitness and Recreation Club, a private, staff-only gym within the hospital. According to the notice from gym management, the Edmonton Police Service determined the camera was in the shower stall from Nov. 27 after 5 p.m. to Nov. 28 at around 9 a.m.
A new Canadian documentary called The Apology follows the journeys of three former "comfort women," as they were known, and will screen in Vancouver this weekend. "The film really highlights and focuses on the human spirit and their resilience and strength through all these years after surviving such atrocities," filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung told On The Coast host Stephen Quinn. While many "comfort women" have never told their stories, a number of them have spoken out, demanding justice from the Japanese government.
Universities and colleges in several states are considering labeling themselves "sanctuary campuses" amid fears from immigrant students. College administrators in New Mexico are looking into proposals that would grant immigrant students living in the country illegally protections while they pursue their studies. New Mexico has a higher percentage of Latino residents than any other state.
A loss prevention officer was assaulted in an attempted theft from a Calgary-area shopping centre Friday evening, police said in release.
As a first time Liberal MP for Burnaby-North-Seymour, Terry Beech is facing the biggest political decision of his young career. On Saturday, Beech's constituents came to his riding office for an open house armed with questions. What is your position and how will you spend your time?" Those are some of the questions Beech said people asked him.