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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has struck down portions of a Florida immigration enforcement law that was a priority of the state's Republican governor, saying in her ruling that the measure was racially motivated. U.S. Judge Beth Bloom on Tuesday rejected sections of the law that ban local government sanctuary policies and require local law enforcement to make their best effort to work with federal immigration enforcement authorities. The office of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who signed the bi
Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 23 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the majority of them in the Central Health region and linked to a growing outbreak in the Baie Verte area. Dr. Rosann Seviour, acting chief medical officer of health, said 21 of the new cases are in the Central Health region. One of the new cases is a contact of a previous case, one is related to travel within Canada and the other 19 cases are under investigation. Thirteen of the 21 new cases in the Central Health regi
President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the United States is doubling its purchase of Pfizer's COVID-19 shots to share with the world to 1 billion doses as he embraces the goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population within the next year. The stepped-up U.S. commitment marks the cornerstone of the global vaccination summit Biden convened virtually on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, where he encouraged well-off nations to do more to get the coronavirus under control. World le
The Ottawa bus driver in a 2019 fatal crash at the Westboro transit station has been acquitted of all criminal charges. In a decision delivered Wednesday, Ontario Court Justice Matthew Webber acknowledged the "pure magnitude of human suffering" that gripped the city in the aftermath of the Jan. 11, 2019, crash. OC Transpo bus operator Aissatou Diallo was driving bus 8155 when she crashed into the steel awning of the Westboro transit station, killing three passengers — Anja Van Beek, Judy Booth a
NORTH BAY, Ont. — Police in North Bay, Ont., say they're investigating a video that appears to show students involved in antisemitic behaviour at a local school. The force said it is also investigating the circumstances that motivated that behaviour. A spokesman said officers were called to École Secondaire Catholique Algonquin on Friday and said police are working to determine whether a crime related to hate, genocide, or incitement of hatred has occurred. Police Chief Scott Tod said the video
(Reuters) -Apple Inc has blacklisted "Fortnite" from the iPhone maker's popular App Store for several years until all the court appeals are done, Epic Games Chief Executive Officer Tim Sweeney said on Wednesday. Epic Games' opening brief in its appeal to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is due Dec. 12, according to a court filing and Apple's reply is due by Jan. 20, 2022. The full appeal process could take years.
Ontario's vaccination verification program officially launched on Wednesday, requiring all individuals to show proof of full vaccination when entering non-essential venues across the province. According to a media release, Ontarians need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities such as all gyms, indoor restaurant dining, fitness facilities and movie theatres. Doctor's notes for medical exemptions
Public health orders designed to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the N.W.T. are being extended, according to the territory's chief public health officer, Dr. Kami Kandola, and new restrictions are coming to the capital starting Friday. A containment order in Behchokǫ̀ will go on until Oct. 7. A similar order in Whatì has been extended to Oct. 9. Starting Sept. 24, increased restrictions are being placed on the order that limits gatherings in Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilǫ for 10 days, until Oct
United Airlines Inc is facing claims that it unlawfully denied religious and medical exemptions from a requirement that employees receive COVID-19 vaccines after allegedly making it difficult for workers to apply for them. Six United employees filed a class action in Texas federal court on Tuesday claiming that workers who sought exemptions from the vaccine mandate were subjected to intrusive inquiries about their medical conditions or religious beliefs, including a requirement that they obtain letters from pastors. Chicago-based United in a statement said the lawsuit was without merit, and that it has seen an overwhelmingly positive response from employees since announcing its vaccine requirement last month.
The food you keep in your backyard could be attracting unwanted wildlife. A young black bear was spotted wandering through Blairmore and the Protective Services Enforcement Branch released a report on Sept. 20, stating food left out by residents could be drawing it to the area. Protective services received complaints from local residents of food sources left on properties along 21st and 22nd avenues, including bird seed on baking trays and rotting apples on trees. Residents are being asked to re
HOUSTON (AP) — A former Houston police officer has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges for taking part in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol building. Tam Pham entered the pleas Monday to two federal misdemeanor charges — entering a restricted building and engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct on Capitol grounds — the Houston Chronicle reported. “Mr. Pham entered a plea to a very low level or petty misdemeanor and all other charges against him were dismissed,” Pham’s lawyer, Nicole
The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly: ___ The chair of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s presidency called upon the United Nations to uphold its commitment to human rights, citing ethnic inequality within his own country. Željko Komšić is the Croat member of the western Balkan country’s presidency, which is shared between the country’s Croats, Bozniak Muslims and Serbs. Komšić on Wednesday hailed bilateral and regional cooperation during the pandemic, saying neighbors provided aid before multilateral
As we push for a real solution — an increase in housing supply and related supports — the encampment evictions must stop. We need to make encampments unnecessary.
President Joe Biden says the U.S. is doubling its purchase of Pfizer’s COVID-19 shots to share with the world. The purchase of another 500 million shots brings the total U.S. vaccination commitment to more than 1.1 billion doses through 2022. (Sept. 22)
About 172 staff members at Windsor, Ont. hospitals have been suspended without pay for not getting their COVID-19 shots by the deadlines set out by their employers. Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) and Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare (HDGH) both have policies mandating that as of Wednesday, Sept. 22, all staff and physicians must have at least one dose of the vaccine to continue working unless an approved exemption is provided. WRH confirmed in a news release that 96 per cent of its employees are ful
More than 80 per cent of coal, gas, and oil reserves, especially deposits located in the Alberta tar sands, should be left buried.
A 31-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in the death of Toronto police Const. Jeffrey Northrup has been released on bail. Umar Zameer's lawyer Nader Hasan confirmed Justice Copeland has now ordered him released on bail. Shortly after midnight on July 2, Northrup was killed after being struck by a vehicle in what investigators have called an "intentional and deliberate act," in the parking garage at city hall. In a statement, Hasan said: "Mr. Zameer's family is very pleased with the ou
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President George W. Bush will headline a fundraiser next month for top Donald Trump critic Liz Cheney, turning her reelection race into a proxy war of sorts between the ex-presidents who represent two competing factions of the Republican Party. Bush will be the featured guest at an Oct. 18 event in Dallas supporting the Wyoming congresswoman's reelection campaign, according to a person familiar with the plans who was not authorized to discuss the fundraiser by name and spo
REGINA — The Saskatchewan Health Authority says it will continue to oversee five homes operated by a private long-term care provider for at least another month. The health authority was appointed administrator of Extendicare facilities on Aug. 5 after the province’s ombudsman released a report highlighting mismanagement that led to Saskatchewan’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreak at one of the homes. In total, 194 of 198 residents at Parkside Extendicare in Regina contracted COVID-19 last winter, and
Nunavut eased public health restrictions in Arviat Wednesday after more than 80 COVID-19 tests in the community came back negative. The surveillance tests were taken to see if COVID-19 was being transmitted undetected in the community following a presumptive case of a school-aged youth that was reported on Sept. 17. While that case returned negative after a second test, health officials in the territory said testing in the community of about 2,650 people was necessary to rule out "potential hidd