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PHOENIX (AP) — Board members overseeing Arizona’s most populous county reached an agreement Friday evening with the Republican-controlled state Senate that will end a standoff over a Senate demand that they hand over computer routers for use in an unprecedented partisan election review. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors announced that a special master will take questions from the Senate’s election review contractors and provide them with information contained on the routers they say they
Six executives of China's heavily indebted Evergrande had redeemed some of the company's investment products in advance earlier this year, the property group said on Saturday. Between May 1 and Sept. 7, the six executives made early redemptions of 12 investment products, Evergrande said in a statement on its website, without identifying the executives or giving details on the nature of the products. "Regarding the early redemption of Evergrande wealth investment products by some managers, the group company views the matter seriously," the company said.
The N.W.T. is reporting 30 new COVID-19 cases across the territory Friday. The number of active cases now stands at 248 across the territory, an increase of 28 in one day, according to a Friday evening news release. The majority of the cases are in Yellowknife where there are 145 cases reported, 11 more than on Thursday. The office of the chief public health officer (OCPHO) also issued a public exposure notice for the Capitol Theatre in Yellowknife for Sept. 14 between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The OCP
MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Australia's police arrested 235 people in Melbourne and 32 in Sydney on Saturday at unsanctioned anti-lockdown rallies and several police officers were injured in clashes with protesters. Victoria police said six officers required hospitalisation. About 700 people managed to gather in parts of Melbourne, as 2,000 officers made the city centre virtually a no-go zone, setting up checkpoints and barricades.
A man serving a life sentence for the brutal slaying of a woman in Terrace in 1998 has been released on day parole near Prince George. Christopher Maurice Alexander, now 40, was convicted of second-degree murder in 2002 for the Dec. 9, 1998, killing of 36-year-old Linda LeFranc and has sought release since 2008 when his seven-year parole ban concluded. His case was reviewed by Canada’s Parole Board in August, being granted day leave on Aug, 26, effecting Sept. 13. The parole is for a period of s
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed. “The strike was a tragic mistake," Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told a Pentagon news conference Friday. McKenzie apologized for the error and said the United States is considering making reparation paym
In a last-minute campaign sprint, Green Party Leader Annamie Paul will travel to Victoria on Saturday to help give local B.C. candidates a boost, the party confirms. The leader's spokesperson, Victoria Galea, said Friday night that Paul will make a swing through Victoria and Esquimalt. She will be on the ground for less than 24 hours, and she will make an appearance with Green MPs Elizabeth May, running again in Saanich–Gulf Islands, and Paul Manly, seeking re-election in Nanaimo–Ladysmith. The
Phil Flett's friends describe him as "a mountain of a man" who loved entertaining people and cooking for them in the outdoor kitchen he built in his backyard. "He was a hell of a guy —larger than life," said Rob Dubuc whose friendship with Flett spanned more than two decades. "[He was] a jack of all trades, a hard worker and Phil just loved doing the social thing. I was always over [at his house] for the barbecues and he made his own pizza oven." Flett, 62, died last Saturday after catching COVI
Yukon's acting chief medical officer of health is reporting four new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday, while issuing another public exposure notice in Watson Lake. In a news release Friday, Yukon health officials issued a public exposure notice for students and staff that are not fully vaccinated in certain grades at Johnson Elementary School in Watson Lake: Grade 1 in class between Sept. 7 and Sept. 9 Grade 4 in class between Sept. 7 and Sept. 9, and Sept. 13 to Sept. 15 Students and staff that a
The RCMP says it needs more powers to search and exclude people at an old-growth logging protest area on Vancouver Island where over 1,000 arrests have been made since mid-May. Donnaree Nygard, Attorney General of Canada lawyer, told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Douglas Thompson that the Mounties need more space to safely enforce a court injunction blocking old-growth logging access in the Fairy Creek watershed area north of Port Renfrew. "Unless the RCMP has the ability to control access to the r
TOKYO (Reuters) -Two of the candidates vying to become Japan's next prime minister denied on Saturday they had toned down their positions on nuclear energy and gender issues to attract conservative backing in a tight ruling party leadership election this month. The winner of the Sept. 29 contest to lead the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is almost certain to succeed Yoshihide Suga as the country's next premier because the party has a majority in the lower house. Suga announced he would step down two weeks ago amid sinking approval ratings, triggering the leadership race between four candidates.
A Forestry group near Hazelton has managed to lower greenhouse gas emissions by reducing pile burning and sending the residual wood fibre to coastal pulp mills to be recycled. As part of this project, 1,050 truckloads of residual wood fibre from NorthPac Forestry Group Ltd is delivered to Kitimat. The pulp logs purchased by All West Trading Limited is barged to coastal pulp mills to be used to make pulp, paper products, and green energy. According to NorthPac’s CEO Cathy Craig the project is a s
Some severely immunocompromised people in B.C. have received their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine after the province announced earlier this week that 15,000 clinically extremely vulnerable people would be invited for a third jab. The group includes 50-year-old Michael Coyle, who received a kidney transplant last year. He currently takes immunosuppressant drugs so his body doesn't reject the organ. "I'm happy this is another piece of the puzzle," said Coyle after receiving his third dose of t
It was fun while it lasted, but Newfoundland and Labrador is bringing back its mandatory mask mandate as of midnight Friday over concerns about high COVID-19 case counts outside the province and unsourced cases within its borders. That includes the province’s K-12 system, in which masks have been primarily optional since the beginning of the school year. As before, they will not be required for children in grades lower than Grade 4. “We want to ensure that children can stay in school for their p
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A Los Angeles jury convicted Robert Durst on Friday of murdering his best friend 20 years ago, a case that took on new life after the New York real estate heir participated in a documentary that connected him to the slaying that was linked to his wife’s 1982 disappearance. Durst, 78, was not in court for the verdict from the jury that deliberated about seven hours over three days. He was in isolation at a jail because he was exposed to someone with coronavirus. Durst, wh
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is trying to fend off a rise in support for the People’s Party of Canada, which could cause a vote split on the right in some ridings across the country. Plus, analyst Éric Grenier on what this could mean on election day.
After rescheduling several times and reorganizing plans repeatedly, Juvenis Festival's Battle of the Bands will return in a live capacity. Tomorrow in Confederation Park music will kick off at 2 PM, featuring eight different local music acts. Competing this year will be Flute Gang, Futura Free, Fake Jazz Orchestra, The Backsteps, Sarah Zanibbi, Boat Soup, Claire Brackenbury and Lauren and The Dirty Blonde. Battle of the Bands was initially set for April, but due to lockdowns and changing COVID r
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A gathering of leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean this weekend in Mexico is the latest sign of that country flexing its diplomatic muscle as it looks to assert itself as the new mediator between the region and the United States. Whether or not Saturday’s meeting in Mexico City of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, culminates in a rumored mass exodus from the Organization of American States, Mexico has signaled that it wants a leadership r
VANCOUVER — Premier John Horgan says the province is willing to help Alberta when it comes to battling COVID-19, but the priority is on ensuring hospitals in British Columbia don't become overwhelmed. Horgan says he's spoken to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney about the COVID-19 situation and B.C. will help in any way it can. But Horgan says the focus for B.C. is ensuring that its intensive care units do not become overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and force the cancellation of more surgeries. B.C.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was an hour President Joe Biden would no doubt like to forget. On Friday, the Pentagon acknowledged that a drone strike in Afghanistan killed 10 civilians, including seven children, not terrorists. A panel advising the Food and Drug Administration voted to not recommend COVID booster shots for all Americans over 16, dashing an administration hope. And France announced it was recalling its ambassador to the U.S. out of anger for being cut out of a secret nuclear submarine dea