Kenya's president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species. Uhuru Kenyatta put a flame
A late-night phone call to police about a crying child led to the discovery of eight children unsupervised at a San Antonio home, including a 2-year-old boy chained in the backyard and a 3-year-old girl tied to a door with a dog leash, authorities said Friday. The mother of six children found inside, who returned after authorities arrived at the home, was charged with two felony counts. Prosecutors said officials were searching for the parents of the toddlers restrained outside, who authorities believe are siblings.
Authorities are investigating whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing drugs for the musician in the weeks before he was found dead at his suburban Minneapolis home. Questions about Prince's health surfaced April 15, when his private plane made an emergency stop in Moline, Illinois. While the plane was on the tarmac, the person said, first-responders gave Prince a shot of Narcan, an antidote that is used to reverse suspected opioid overdoses.
Judge Maria Berkenkotter said the harshest sentences for the most serious charges were justified by the brutality of the 2015 attack, which she described as performing a cesarean with a kitchen knife. Berkenkotter also said the victim, Michelle Wilkins, as well as her family and the community needed Dynel Lane, 36, to express remorse. Lane also did not speak in her defence during her trial, which ended in February when jurors found her guilty of attempting to kill Wilkins after luring her victim to her home with an ad for maternity clothes.
In the wake of the businessman's commanding wins in five Eastern states this week, a growing number of national Republicans and GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill say Trump has taken on an indisputable air of inevitability. Some argue they should get behind him now and abandon the "Never Trump" efforts still nursed by some establishment Republicans. Embracing Trump, these Republicans say, may be the GOP's only hope of blocking Democrat Hillary Clinton in November.
The Canadian government will hold on to Villa Grandi — its official residence in Rome — after all, according to a news report. The newspaper reported that other properties that the previous government planned to sell were under review and could also end up going off the market, according to a government source.
The federal government ran a budgetary surplus of $7.5 billion over the first 11 months of its fiscal year — putting Ottawa's books well ahead of its 2015-16 deficit prediction with one month to go. The Finance Department's latest monthly fiscal monitor, released Friday, suggests the government would have to run about a $13-billion deficit in March to reach the Liberals prediction of a $5.4-billion shortfall. Ottawa had a $3.2-billion surplus in February alone, the report said.
A judge in Peterborough, Ont., is mulling the fate of a local police officer charged with sexual assault after his trial heard graphic details from a woman who claims he raped her in his house. Christopher Robertson pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the woman during an alleged incident that took place in January 2015, while he was off-duty. Much of the trial focused on what Robertson and the woman remembered.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hauled large jugs of drinking water and spoke with school children Thursday as he was immersed in the daily struggles of an isolated reserve that has been under a boil advisory for 19 years. Trudeau spent seven hours on Shoal Lake 40 First Nation — a man-made island near the Manitoba-Ontario boundary, cut off from the mainland a century ago during construction of an aqueduct that carries fresh water to Winnipeg. It was a day for him to see and feel it, our daily struggles here," Chief Erwin Redsky said afterward.
The Latest on four girls who ran away from a foster home near Tampa, Florida. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says authorities have found four girls who apparently ran away from a facility for foster children near Tampa. Spokeswoman Debbie Carter said in an email that the children were found Friday evening as they tried to climb back over a fence at the facility.
The CEOs of two of Canada's biggest energy companies spoke out Friday against recent moves by federal and provincial governments to toughen emission-based regulations. Russ Girling, CEO of TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP), said he believes new federal requirements that take into account upstream emissions when reviewing pipelines are not needed. Oil and natural gas projects are already subject to vigorous regulation, Girling said, adding that the regulatory process for pipelines should focus on safety and spill response rather than issues he said aren't germane to pipeline development.
The Trudeau Liberals may have promised to exclude the F-35 from the competition to replace the air force's aging CF-18 jet fighters, but federal officials meeting the day after last fall's election were singing a completely different tune, documents reveal. The records, obtained by The Canadian Press, show top Industry Canada bureaucrats met on Oct. 20 and discussed what advice to give the incoming government about the controversial procurement, emphasizing the decision should be based on requirement, not politics. "A procurement decision like C-18 replacement is primarily driven by the operational needs of the Canadian Forces," said the briefing.
By Allison Martell NEW YORK (Reuters) - Canada's biggest railway struggled to keep some heavily used track in adequate repair even after a string of derailments last year showed the danger of moving oil on poorly maintained track, documents obtained by Reuters show. The third train spilled crude oil in and around a river near the town of Gogama, igniting a fire that burned for days. More than 100 pages of correspondence and inspection reports obtained by Reuters under Canada's freedom of information law show that a March inspection by Transport Canada, the ministry responsible for rail safety, found a number of problems with the track.
A social policy showdown could be in the works for next month's Conservative party policy convention. On the other: efforts to get the existing policy banning same sex marriage dropped altogether. The party can't afford to lose its base of social conservatives, said Jack Fonseca, program manger with Campaign Life Coalition, which recently published a list of six pro-life, pro-family resolutions it says will be debated at the convention in May including the same sex marriage one.
The families of two missing teen fishermen have agreed to allow Apple to analyze an iPhone recovered eight months after their disappearance. The phone is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the family of Perry Cohen, who was with Austin Stephanos in the small boat that left Jupiter on July 24, then vanished. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Gregory Keyser ordered Friday for the iPhone 6 to be shipped overnight to Apple.
Victoria's police chief has been suspended amid allegations stemming from reports that he sent inappropriate Twitter messages to the wife of one of his officers. A new investigation into Chief Frank Elsner's conduct was announced by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner Friday involving new information that includes allegations of false statements and the deletion of data. A spokeswoman for the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board said in an email that the adjudicator of the new investigation has ordered the chief be suspended immediately.
Fri, Apr 29: Many condo declarations set out rules for renting units and those who don't abide by them could be taken to court by condo boards. Mark McAllister reports.
North Korea sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison with hard labour after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year. Kim Dong Chul was sentenced Friday after a brief trial in Pyongyang by North Korea's Supreme Court, which found him guilty of espionage and subversion under Articles 60 and 64 of the North's criminal code. North Korea regularly accuses Washington and Seoul of sending spies in an attempt to overthrow its government.
The union representing more than 50,000 postal workers says it expects the federal Liberals to refrain from legislating their way through a potential labour dispute at Canada Post — in contrast to what the previous Conservative government did five years ago. The union won a key court victory Thursday when an Ontario court found the Conservatives' back-to-work legislation that ended a dispute at Canada Post in 2011 was unconstitutional because it took away the union's right to strike. Mike Palecek, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, said the ruling should bolster the workers' bargaining position.
Prosecutors in California have charged two sons with murder in the killing of their parents. Sean Webby, public communications officer for the Santa Clara County district attorney's office, said 22-year-old Hasib Bin Golam Rabbi and his 17-year-old brother will be arraigned Friday. Shamima and Golam Rabbi were found shot to death Sunday in their home on a quiet cul de sac in San Jose.
Fri, Apr 29: Musical icon Prince didn’t have a will when he died suddenly last week now his family is left to sort through his estate. Meaghan Craig finds out how important that document could be in the event of your own death.
A helicopter carrying Statoil workers from an offshore rig in the North Sea crashed Friday on an island off western Norway, killing all 13 people on board, rescuers said. The Airbus EC-225 helicopter shattered into pieces as it slammed just after noon into the rocky shoreline of Turoey, a tiny island outside Bergen, Norway's second-largest city. The helicopter's fuselage was found in the water off the island while its rotor system was on land, he said.
A concert musician who was not allowed to board a flight with her violin says she hopes the incident will raise awareness of regulations that permit violins and other small instruments as carry-on luggage. Rachel Barton Pine was told by a flight attendant and captain of an American Eagle flight that she could not bring her 18th century violin on board the plane Thursday from Chicago to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Child welfare officials say two of eight children found unsupervised in a San Antonio home in the middle of the night remain hospitalized and that authorities are concerned all of the children may be malnourished. Authorities say one of the children, a 2-year-old boy, was found chained to the ground with a metal chain strapped around his ankle, and that a 3-year-old girl was tied to a door with a dog leash. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said the six others had been placed into foster care.
The Bank of Canada says it now has a list of a dozen women who could be featured on a new banknote. The list, selected by an advisory council from public submissions, includes artists Emily Carr and Pitseolak Ashoona and authors Lucy Maud Montgomery, Pauline Johnson and Gabrielle Roy.
[Norman MacDonald says plans are underway to fulfil the wishes of the late Gary Robert Dupuis after the mystery man’s ashes washed up on the shores of Cape Breton inside a tequila bottle. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Norman MacDonald]