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PARIS (AP) — A giant panda on loan to France from China gave birth to female twin cubs early Monday, a French zoo announced, declaring “they are very lively, pink and plump.” The Beauval Zoo, south of Paris, said the twins were born shortly after 1 a.m. They weigh 149 and 129 grams (5.3 and 4.6 ounces). Their mother Huan Huan and father Yuan Zi are at Beauval on a 10-year loan from China aimed at highlighting good ties with France. The twins are their second and third cubs after the first panda
A residential break-in near Penhold, Alta., ended with a man being shot and killed, police say. On Monday at 3:11 p.m., RCMP received a report that a home break-in was underway near C & E Trail and Township Road 374 in Red Deer County. When police arrived, officers discovered a man was shot and the homeowner was injured. EMS confirmed the man with the gunshot wound died at the home, and the homeowner was taken to hospital where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police would
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of children traveling alone who were picked up at the Mexican border by U.S. immigration authorities likely hit an all-time high in July, and the number of people who came in families likely reached its second-highest total on record, a U.S. official said Monday, citing preliminary government figures. The sharp increases from June were striking because crossings usually slow during stifling — and sometimes fatal — summer heat. U.S. authorities likely picked up more th
A U.S. labor board official has recommended a rerun of a landmark Amazon.com Inc union election in Alabama where employees had voted overwhelmingly against making their warehouse the online retailer's first to organize in the United States. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which workers rejected joining earlier this year by a more than 2-1 margin, had said Amazon illegally threatened staff with reduced benefits and compromised the election's integrity via a ballot collection box it secured outside the warehouse. The labor official's recommendation in support of a new election focused on problems with the collection box, a person familiar with the matter said.
Denver is requiring all city employees and private sector workers in high-risk settings to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 30. The move comes as virus infection rates and hospitalizations in the city have risen. (August 2)
SHANGHAI (Reuters) -China's Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Tuesday it would further curb minors' access to its flagship video game, hours after its shares were battered by a state media article that described online games as "spiritual opium". Economic Information Daily cited Tencent's "Honor of Kings" in an article in which it said minors were addicted to online games and called for more curbs on the industry. The outlet is affiliated with China's biggest state run news agency, Xinhua.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho state lawmaker refused to answer questions she deemed “irrelevant” during a hearing Monday to determine whether she violated ethics rules by publicizing in disparaging social media posts the name of a woman who accused another lawmaker of rape. The lawmaker also argued that the young Statehouse intern who said she was raped wasn't actually a victim or entitled to privacy under the law. Republican Rep. Priscilla Giddings became the subject of two ethics complaints by
The U.S. on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot into 70% of American adults -- a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant that is swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules and mandatory vaccinations around the country. In a major retreat in the Deep South, Louisiana ordered nearly everyone, vaccinated or not, to wear masks again in all indoor public settings, including schools and colleges. And other cities and states like
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The slender, bushy-tailed Sierra Nevada red fox will be listed as an endangered species, federal wildlife officials announced Monday, saying its population has dipped to just 40 animals in area of California stretching from Lake Tahoe to south of Yosemite National Park. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided against listing a distinct population of the foxes in the southern Cascade Range of Oregon and near Lassen Peak in Northern California. But it said in a listing rule to
OTTAWA — Former Afghan interpreters now living in Canada are pleading for the federal government to help extended family members stuck in Afghanistan as the Taliban continues its march across the country. The former interpreters are among about 800 Afghans resettled under two different programs between 2008 and 2012 who say their previous work with Canada has left parents and siblings back home at risk of Taliban reprisals. “If they cannot get their hands on you, they will get your brother, they
Dozens of firefighters battled a large blaze with the help of rain Monday at Millett Lumber in Chester Grant, N.S. Chief Doug Rines of the Chester Basin Volunteer Fire Department said they were called to the fire just before 1 p.m. AT. The main building was "totally engulfed in flames" when crews arrived, Rines said, so they took a defensive stance and made sure the fire didn't spread to the surrounding buildings. They were joined by another 11 departments from the surrounding areas, and in tota
A Winnipeg runner didn't let training in the flat prairie city keep her from winning a gruelling marathon in the Rocky Mountains this weekend. Gina Tranquada, 35, even set a course record for the women's Near Death Marathon in Grand Cache, Alta., covering 42 kilometres in four hours, 52 minutes and 52.6 seconds. "At times you're sliding on your bum down a mountain, which is quite scary for a Winnipegger," said Tranquada, who has also won the half and full versions of the Manitoba Marathon. "And
The head of the Japan Medical Association called on Tuesday for a nationwide state of emergency to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases in Olympics host city Tokyo and elsewhere, Kyodo news agency said, as worries grow about a strained healthcare system. The call by JMA President Toshio Nakagawa followed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's announcement that only COVID-19 patients who are seriously ill and those at risk of becoming so will be hospitalised, while others isolate at home, a shift in policy some fear could boost the death toll. Japan has seen a sharp increase in coronavirus cases.
Hot weather in Yukon in recent days has sparked some new wildfires, and fire officials are urging people to be cautious in the coming days. "We're definitely being kept busy by this weather, that's for sure," said Julia Duchesne, with Yukon Wildland Fire Management, on Monday afternoon. "We've had quite a few new starts over the weekend, and that sort of added to ... quite a big number of existing fires." There were 69 fires burning in the territory on Monday afternoon, Duchesne said, but none w
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several House Democrats have called on House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to apologize to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or resign after audio surfaced of him saying at a weekend fundraiser that it would be “hard not to hit her” with a gavel if he’s sworn in as speaker after the 2022 midterm elections. The comment is emblematic of the rising tension between the two leaders since the Jan. 6 insurrection, in which a violent mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters broke
NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators conducting an inquiry into sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo questioned him for eleven hours when he met with them last month, The New York Times reported Monday. The Times spoke to five people who had been briefed on the meeting, and who recounted some details on the condition of anonymity. The Times reported that at points, the videotaped interview was tense, with Cuomo challenging one of the investigators on his fairness and indepen
BOSTON (Reuters) -U.S. stocks rose, 10-year Treasuries were flat and oil prices fell as markets assessed mixed signals from corporate earnings and economic growth data. The dollar index rose 0.03%, with the euro down 0.03% to $1.1864.
Researchers say there was "no unusual change" in the rate of preterm or stillbirths in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to previous years stretching back to 2002. A study from Sinai Health in Toronto, which was published Tuesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, looked at more than 2.4 million hospital births in the province over nearly two decades to see whether pandemic conditions overall — not COVID-19 infections in pregnant people — impacted rates of preterm births or
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham has become the first senator to disclose a breakthrough infection after being vaccinated against the coronavirus, saying Monday he is “very glad” he received the vaccine, without which his current symptoms would be “far worse.” The news prompted several other lawmakers to get quick COVID-19 tests and report their status. A handful of Senate colleagues spent part of the weekend working and socializing with the South Carolina Republican, who attended a gat
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A divided federal appeals court panel has struck down several campaign contribution caps in Alaska, including a $500-a-year limit on what an individual can give a candidate. The decision, released Friday, also struck down a $500-a-year limit on individual contributions to non-party groups and the $3,000-a-year cap on total nonresident donations a candidate for office like state House can raise. It upheld as constitutional a $5,000 limit on what political parties can contrib