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Canada Soccer is backing Sweden's request to reschedule their women's gold-medal game from its current start time of 11 a.m. Tokyo time on Friday because of concerns about excessive heat. The national organization cited the "health and safety" of its players as the reason for its position, as heat continues to play a factor at the Olympics. The temperature at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium at 9 a.m. Wednesday for the men's decathlon 100 metres was 33 C, but felt like 47 C with the humidity. "Canada Soc
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday blocked Texas from allowing state troopers to stop vehicles carrying migrants on the grounds that they may spread COVID-19 as worries and new cases are rising along the U.S.-Mexico border. The temporary order by U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone of El Paso is at least a short-term victory for the Biden administration, which had warned that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's plan would create more problems amid high levels of summer border crossings in T
Rocky View County is the latest Alberta municipality to declare an agricultural disaster, as drought conditions continue to plague the province's crops and pastures. Weeks of extreme heat and little rain have caused projected crop yields to drop by as much as 75 per cent in some regions. In recent days, Vulcan County, Foothills County, Greenview, the County of St. Paul and Lac Ste. Anne County, among others, have declared agricultural disasters as well. Dan Henn, Reeve of Rocky View County and a
Smoke conditions persist in some communities across the N.W.T., as wildfire officials provide an update on the forest fire season. The territory has seen 131 forest fires so far this year, affecting 114,174 hectares of land. That's slightly below the territory's 10 year average, which is 175. Some regions are hotter and drier than usual, like the Beaufort Delta, so they're seeing more fire activity, whereas other parts of the territory have had more wet conditions due to high water levels. The N
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called on resistant Republican governors to “get out of the way” of vaccine rules aimed at containing the more transmissible and dangerous COVID-19 variant. He backed city and private mandates requiring people to be vaccinated to go about some daily activities. Speaking Tuesday from the White House, Biden sharply criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other officials who have moved to block the reimposition of mask mandates to slow
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jorge Polanco delivered a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Heath Hembree (2-6) walked the first two Minnesota batters before striking out Brent Rooker. Polanco fouled off four two-strike pitches before connecting on a liner just inside the foul pole in right field. “It was a great at-bat put together against a guy with good stuff,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “(Polanco)
The federal government has denied Alberta's request to amend the Criminal Code to allow people to carry pepper spray for self-defence. Provincial Justice Minister Kaycee Madu sent a letter to both his federal counterpart and the public safety minister two weeks ago, arguing victims of recent hate-motivated violence in the province would have benefited from carrying pepper spray. Madu also asked Ottawa to establish mandatory minimum sentences for those convicted of hate-motivated crimes. Pepper s
A 65-year-old Edmonton man is dead after the canoe he was in flipped in Isle Lake Sunday, RCMP say. Evasnburg RCMP said in a news release Tuesday that reports of a police drowning came in around 3 p.m. near the Summer Village of South View at Isle Lake. Preliminary investigation shows the canoe turned over in the water from the wake of a passing motor boat. About a half hour later, another boat helped pull two people out of the water and took them to shore. A 64-year-old woman survived but the 6
It's one of the most memorable bear encounters that Brian Keating has experienced — and the Calgary naturalist is no stranger to bears, having had the privilege of seeing many over the years. He and his wife came across a grizzly and two cubs while hiking in Castle Wildland Provincial Park on Friday morning. "It's left my wife and I with an intensely profound feeling that we have seen such an amazing symbol of our Canadian wilderness out there trying to make a living," Keating told The Homestret
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration drew up a strategy to contain one coronavirus strain, then another showed up that’s much more contagious. This week — a month late — Biden met his goal of 70% of U.S. adults having received at least one COVID-19 shot. Originally conceived as an affirmation of American resiliency to coincide with Independence Day, the belated milestone offered little to celebrate. Driven by the delta variant, new cases are averaging more than 70,000 a day, ab
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN anchor Chris Cuomo appeared to offer advice on a statement by his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, addressing allegations of sexual harassment, according to a report issued on Tuesday. The CNN prime-time personality testified to investigators looking into his older brother’s behavior. His name appears four times in the 165-page report issued by New York Attorney General Letitia James as one of several outside advisers who were “regularly provided with confidential and oft
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in a new report that the threat to international peace and security from the Islamic State extremist group is rising, pointing to an “alarming” expansion of its affiliates in Africa and its focus on a comeback in its former self-declared “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq. The report to the U.N. Security Council, which was circulated Tuesday, said IS and other terrorist groups have taken advantage of “the disruption, grievances and develop
The iPhone maker has warned of supply shortages as the U.S.-China trade tensions and the coronavirus pandemic have intensified pressure on global supply chains. Beijing is also strengthening efforts to create world-leading local tech firms, with apparently government-supported Chinese firms working to manufacture products for global firms including Apple. According to the Nikkei report, China's Luxshare Precision Industry Co Ltd is set to build up to 3% of the iPhone 13 series, Lens Tech Co Ltd will supply metal casings and Sunny Optical Tech Group Co Ltd will supply rear camera lenses.
CALGARY — Daan Klomp scored the go-ahead goal in the 71st minute, and Cavalry FC rallied to beat FC Edmonton 2-1 on Tuesday in Canadian Premier League play. Klomp's winner came shortly after Joe Mason tied the game for the homeside in the 64th minute at ATCO Field. Cavalry FC (5-3-2) -- which is third in the CPL standings with 17 points -- finished the game with 16 shots and seven on target, compared to just two on net for the visitors. Easton Ongaro put FC Edmonton (3-5-2) ahead in the 19th min
Japan warned on Wednesday that coronavirus infections were surging at an unprecedented pace as new cases hit a record high in Tokyo, overshadowing the Olympics and adding to doubts over the government's handling of the pandemic. The Delta variant was leading to a spread of infections "unseen in the past", Health Minister Norihisa Tamura said as he defended a new policy of asking patients with milder symptoms to isolate at home rather than going to hospital. "If things don't turn out as we expect, we can roll back the policy," Tamura said, adding the policy shift was a move to deal with the unexpectedly fast spread of the new variant.
A 54-year-old man from Montreal Lake Cree Nation is facing numerous charges after he allegedly set a house on fire while three people were inside, officials said. On Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. Saskatchewan RCMP were called to a house fire on Montreal Lake Cree Nation. Police say the fire was set deliberately while three people were inside the house. No one was injured, but the house was extensively damaged, said police. The 54-year-old has since been arrested and charged with one count of attempted mu
New York City businesses will soon be required to ask customers to show proof of vaccination before they’re allowed inside restaurants, gyms and entertainment facilities. The move comes as about 45 per cent of the city’s population remains unvaccinated and case counts are rising due to the delta variant.
The Biden administration encouraged lawmakers on Tuesday to finally repeal an authorization for military action in Iraq crafted when Saddam Hussein was still alive, rejecting Republican arguments it would further signal to Iran that the U.S. is retreating from the Middle East. Debate in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on ending Congress's 2002 resolution for military force against Iraq comes as part of a larger discussion by some lawmakers on axing or replacing decades-old congressional a
BOSTON (Reuters) -Stocks, Treasuries and other major markets were mixed Wednesday after July data showed that U.S. jobs growth slowed but demand for services increased, all as Federal Reserve officials signaled a likely pullback in market support. Employers added 330,000 jobs last month, the ADP National Employment Report showed on Wednesday. “The market is surprising resilient given the weak ADP numbers and a bond market apparently signaling slower growth ahead," Nancy Tengler, chief investment officer of Nashville-based asset manager Laffer Tengler Investments, said.
Students, teachers and guardians will soon learn more details about the back-to-school season, a government source told the Free Press. The source indicated the province plans to reveal its blueprint for the 2021-22 academic year — which will be the third consecutive school year affected by COVID-19 — on Thursday afternoon. Since the final bell rang in June, school administrators have anticipated a return to classroom instruction will occur with limited public health restrictions, similar to how