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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States served notice Monday that it will keep existing COVID-19 restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant. It was the latest sign that the White House is having to recalibrate its thinking around the coronavirus pandemic as the more infectious variant surges across the U.S. and a substantial chunk of the population resists vaccination. It was also a reversal from the sentiment P
Despite completely losing her eyesight, Stella Wilm kept working toward her goal of becoming an educator — a journey that started 12 years ago when she first applied to the University of Saskatchewan. When Wilm was a toddler she got into a car accident, which damaged the right side of her body. That is probably what then caused Wilm's lung to collapse later in life, her doctors told her. She had to be put on 24/7 oxygen, and the nerves in her eyes became swollen. Eventually, she lost her eyesigh
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man was sentenced Tuesday to seven months in federal prison for making death threats against U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris when they were candidates during the 2020 campaign. The threats were contained in a scrawled letter left on the doorstep of a neighbor who had yard signs supporting the Democrats. Looking disheveled with a thick black beard and wearing a red prison jumpsuit, James Dale Reed told a federal judge he was “deeply remorseful
(Reuters) -Google parent Alphabet Inc's quarterly revenue and profit surged to record highs, the company reported on Tuesday, powered by a rise in advertising spending as more consumers shopped online. Shares of Alphabet, the world's largest provider of search and video ads, rose 3.3% in extended trading after the results, which handily beat analyst estimates. Shares of Facebook, which competes with Google in web ad sales and reports its own results on Wednesday, rose 1.3%.
TORONTO — Ontario is planning to soon provide more regular updates on how many COVID-19 cases are in vaccinated and unvaccinated people, as the province's top doctor said Tuesday the risk of getting the disease is 6.4 times higher for unvaccinated people. Chief medical officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore said that it's complicated work to tie individual cases to vaccination status, but it's important information. There are about 1.8 million eligible Ontarians who still need a second shot of a COV
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Globally renowned for its natural beauty, Rio de Janeiro received a new international distinction Tuesday as UNESCO added landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx’s former home to its list of World Heritage sites. The Sitio Burle Marx in western Rio features more than 3,500 species of plants native to Rio and is considered a laboratory for botanical and landscape experimentation. The recognition was granted during a meeting of UNESCO’s Heritage Committee in China. The site wa
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) -An Israeli soldier killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, the Palestinian health ministry said, and the army said he had approached troops with an iron bar in his hand. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the Palestinian, carrying an iron bar, had "advanced rapidly" toward troops despite them firing warning shots in the air. The West Bank is among territories where Palestinians seek statehood.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Several members of the group arrested after an armed standoff along a Massachusetts highway earlier this month have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that state courts have no jurisdiction over the case. The suit filed by Rise of the Moors in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island last week alleges “defamation, discrimination of national origin and deprivation of their rights under the color of law.” “If the state courts continue their unlawful prosecution and or conviction,
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy replaced the commander of Ukraine's armed forces Tuesday, his official website announced, with his spokesman citing conflicts between the military and the Defense Ministry. The president signed a decree dismissing Col. Gen. Ruslan Khomchak as commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Ukraine, and appointed Valeriy Zaluzhny to the post. Khomchak was appointed first deputy secretary of the country's National Security and Defense Council. President
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated Julissa Reynoso, the chief of staff to first lady Jill Biden and a former ambassador, to serve as his ambassador to Spain and Andorra. Reynoso has also served as the co-chair of the White House Gender Policy Council, a role that has her advocating on behalf of women and girls in the U.S. and around the globe. She is expected to remain in her current role until she is confirmed by the Senate. A successor has not been named, according to t
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's Liberal leader is promising an additional $131 million to bolster the province's health system if elected Aug. 17, saying the money will build on the nearly $400 million earmarked for health care in the 2021-22 budget tabled in March. Iain Rankin used the backdrop of the province's largest hospital, which is undergoing a $2-billion redevelopment, as he announced his party's health-care platform in Halifax Tuesday. Rankin said the Liberal plan targets investments in areas
The University of British Columbia is planning on doing the "bare minimum" to keep students safe from COVID-19 when in-person classes return in the fall, the school's student society says. An open letter penned by the Alma Mater Society (AMS) to UBC executives and the board of governors says the university must consider mandating masks in lecture halls and ensuring students living in residences are vaccinated, in line with some other Canadian universities. It follows an AMS "return to campus" su
A 29-year-old man from Alberta has been charged after trying to flee Yellowknife by plane following an assault at a downtown business, according to local RCMP. In a statement, police said they responded to the call around 7:40 p.m. on Thursday and found an unconscious man who was taken to Stanton Territorial Hospital and later medevaced to Edmonton. Investigators said they were able to identify a suspect in video surveillance footage. The 29-year-old was arrested at the Yellowknife Airport on Su
(Reuters) -Microsoft Corp posted its most profitable quarter on Tuesday, beating Wall Street expectations for revenue and earnings, as PC sales declines stemming from a global chip shortage were more than made up for by a boom in cloud services. Shares ticked up 0.7% after Microsoft projected that growth in its Azure cloud computing business will continue apace following a quarter in which sales climbed 51%. Overall revenue rose 21% to $46.2 billion, beating analysts' consensus by about $2 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans mourned the death of retired Sen. Mike Enzi, who died after he broke his neck in a bicycle accident. (July 27)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In their search for a new approach to arms control, Moscow and Washington are likely to soon encounter an old bugaboo: Russia's demand that the U.S. stop resisting limits on its missile defenses, which the Russians view as a long-term threat and the Americans see as a deterrent to war. It is likely to arise when U.S. and Russian officials open a “strategic stability” dialogue Wednesday in Geneva — talks meant to lay the groundwork for future arms control and to reduce the risk
MONCTON, N.B. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is urging Canadians who still have not got a COVID-19 vaccine to roll up their sleeves, saying that the overwhelming majority of cases are in people who haven't received their two shots. Only 0.5 per cent of new COVID-19 cases are in fully vaccinated people, Trudeau told a news conference Tuesday at a vaccine clinic in Moncton, N.B. The prime minister said the vaccines are effective and safe, having passed Canada's world-class standard for medical ap
TORONTO — Ontario's top doctor says students aged 12 to 17 who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 will be subject to stricter isolation rules in the event of virus outbreaks this fall. Dr. Kieran Moore says students who are fully vaccinated against the virus will have to take COVID-19 tests if they're in contact with a high-risk person. Students who test negative can go back to school, but those who aren't immunized will be off school for a minimum of 10 days while they wait for test results. Mo
A Cessna A185F float plane with four passengers flipped in the water near the Tofino shore on Monday, forcing people to scramble out on a sandbar. Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council president Judith Sayers, who was a passenger on the plane, says she's sore but "grateful" to be alive after a trip out of Tofino went wrong. Sayers said that she was sitting beside the pilot up front and noticed the plane began rocking and tilting from side to side as the aircraft accelerated for takeoff. "The next thing
Plagued with growing traffic blunders, Grey County is currently examining the speed limit along problem roadways - including Highway 13 through the village of Kimberley in Grey Highlands. “Speeding is its own epidemic,” said Pat Hoy, director of transportation for Grey County. “We have received more calls about speeding this year than we have ever before. It’s a combination of people home during the pandemic, more people walking and cycling. There is a lot of traffic coming up here from the city