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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced the move during a meeting with BLM employees on Friday, the agency said in a statement. Interior is the agency that oversees BLM. The announcement comes two years after the Republican Trump administration said putting BLM's headquarters in the West, where most federal lands are located, would save taxpayers $50 million and bring officials closer to the areas they serve.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison guard was arrested this week on suspicion of beating a Wells Fargo branch manager and calling him a racial slur after being asked to wear a mask inside the bank, police said. James Allen Jones, Jr., 50, was arrested at his job at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo on Tuesday following a 10-day investigation into the Sept. 3 attack. Police said Jones, who is white, made racist comments to the Hispanic victim. It’s not known whether Jo
A 42-year-old data engineer on the first all-civilian astronaut crew to reach orbit made some spaceflight history on Friday, with a zero-gravity ukulele performance in a SpaceX capsule hundreds of miles above Earth's surface. Chris Sembroski, a Lockheed Martin employee and U.S. Air Force veteran, strummed a few chords for home-bound viewers during a 10-minute show-and-tell session by the four-member Inspiration4 team as they flew at about 17,500 miles per hour (28,000 km per hour) over Europe. SpaceX, the private rocketship company owned by high-tech mogul and Tesla Inc electric automaker CEO Elon Musk, announced afterward that the crew was expected to return to Earth on Saturday.
The University of Saskatchewan says the vast majority of its students, staff and faculty have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The university says 25,000 students, staff and faculty — 92 per cent of the total fall campus population — have shared their vaccination status. Of those, 97 per cent have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 91 per cent are fully vaccinated, the university said in a Thursday update on its website. That's well above Saskatchewan's provincial rate. As of Friday, 8
The number of workplace incidents causing injury in the Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division have declined through the first six months of the year, according to a safety report provided at the school board’s regular meeting on Sept. 13. Education director Robert Bratvold gives the report each year. It outlines Workers Compensation Board (WCB) data from January to July 2021. The report stated that incidents causing injury declined to 15 in 2021. In 2019 there were 45 and in 2020 there were
Many drug users could have access to life-saving inhalable prescription heroin for the first time in Canada — if British Columbia’s provincial government gets on board. The first shipment of inhalable prescription heroin procured by B.C.’s only non-profit pharmaceutical company will arrive from Europe by the end of the month, a step that experts hail as key to curbing the surging overdose crisis. But provincial government efforts to expand safe alternatives to increasingly poisoned and fatal str
LYTTON, B.C. — Heavy rainfall that has increased the risk of landslides caused the B.C. government to announced the closure of a section of the Trans-Canada Highway on Friday. The Ministry of Transportation announced Highway 1 was being closed starting at 4 p.m. on Friday between Spences Bridge and Lytton, most of which was destroyed by a wildfire in late June. It says in a statement that intense rainfall over land scorched by wildfire poses the risk of landslides and motorists should expect to
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors inched closer on Friday to concluding their case at the R. Kelly sex-trafficking trial, calling two final witnesses to try to further cement allegations he groomed young victims for unwanted sex in episodes dating to the 1990s. One witness was a former assistant for the R&B singer who echoed testimony of other ex-employee s describing his mercurial behavior and the control he exerted on everyone around him. The other was an expert witness on abusive relationships who
The Liberal critic for equity and anti-racism initiatives says the Black community is worried about what will transpire after white men were appointed to the Department of African Nova Scotian Affairs' positions of minister and deputy minister. "Honestly, it's fear. People are scared," said Angela Simmonds, the MLA for Preston. "Just with these actions, it speaks to not being heard." On Thursday, Nova Scotia cabinet ministers received their new mandate letters, which lay out departmental priorit
CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says COVID-19 vaccine bookings have nearly tripled in the province since he announced a passport system. Kenney said in a Facebook live video that nearly 25,000 vaccine appointments were recorded by Thursday night. The government's “restrictions exemption program” allows businesses and venues to operate without capacity limits and other public health measures if they require proof of vaccination or a negative test result from anyone entering. "This is a cri
Surges in coronavirus cases in several U.S. states this week, along with staffing and equipment shortages, are exacting a mounting toll on hospitals and their workers even as the number of new admissions nationwide ebbs, leading to warnings at some facilities that care would be rationed. Montana, Alaska, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Kentucky experienced the biggest rises in new COVID-19 hospitalizations during the week ending Sept. 10 compared with the previous week, with Montana's new hospitalizations rising by 26%, according to the latest report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sept. 14. In Alaska, the influx is so heavy that the state's largest hospital is no longer able to provide life-saving care to every patient who needs it due to the influx of COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to an open letter from the medical executive committee of Providence Alaska Medical Center this week.
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; retired Adm. Mike Mullen, former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Fauci; Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. ___ CBS’ “Face the Nation" — Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby; Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner. __ CNN’s “State
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has indefinitely blocked Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee from allowing parents to opt out of school mask requirements in Shelby County, saying Friday that evidence shows Lee's order prevents children with health problems from safely going to school during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Sheryl Lipman issued the preliminary injunction after parents of students with health conditions argued that the Republican governor's executive order endangered their
SpaceX got its all-amateur crew into orbit following Wednesday night's launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. (Sept. 17)
City councillor Scott McKeen sometimes feels he has only himself to blame for all the road construction he sees. "There have been days where I've been driving around my ward and I got so upset, I was mad at myself," McKeen told CBC News this week. "I didn't know who else to blame." McKeen and his fellow council members approved a massive construction season this year. The city has been working on 273 projects, in addition to regular road and utility maintenance. McKeen, who represents the downto
Mayors across Canada are calling on the federal parties to take urgent action on housing and homelessness as voting day fast approaches. In an open letter to the federal parties, 17 mayors from cities across the country — including Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, and Edmonton — push the next federal government to use its leadership to deal with the “devastating consequences” of Canada’s underfunded affordable housing and social services. “I'm hoping this letter
Ontario officials are "having conversations right now" to determine what support the province can provide to help Alberta's crippled health-care system as it battles its deadly fourth wave of COVID-19. Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott confirmed Ontario would be providing assistance to Alberta during a news conference on Friday, saying, "We will be there to support them and help them." "Our officials are having conversations right now to understand exactly what they need,"
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday 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. McKenzie apologized for the error and said the United States is considering making reparation payments
University athletes wearing their signature green-and-gold uniforms joined with hundreds of students at Enoch Cree Nation in a run and walk to celebrate a new hub for sports and wellness. The maskêkosihk Hub for Sport and Well-being — a partnership between the University of Alberta's Golden Bears and Pandas cross-country running teams, the non-profit Ever Active Schools and the Kitaskinaw Education Authority — will provide culture camps and coaching and sport opportunities. It will also create y
Montreal public health is asking post-secondary school administrations to help with COVID-19 contact tracing until more investigators can be hired and trained. Contact tracing is a system used to identify those who may have caught COVID-19 from someone who tested positive. Eric Forest, a spokesperson for the agency, says public health investigators will continue checking close contacts quickly. However, post-secondary officials are asked to identify and notify low-risk contacts that they are not