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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.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — A small earthquake shook the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area Friday night, but there weren't any immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The magnitude-4.3 quake struck shortly after 7:58 p.m. and was centered near Carson, about 21 miles (34 kilometers) southeast of downtown LA, according to preliminary information from the U.S. Geological Survey website. Its depth was reported at about 9 miles (14 kilometers), the USGS reported. Some people reported feeling a j
TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $55 million jackpot in Friday night's Lotto Max draw. There were also four Maxmillion prizes of $1 million each up for grabs, and one of them was won by a ticket holder in Ontario. The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Sept. 21 will grow to an estimated $60 million, and there will also be six Maxmillion prizes to play for. The Canadian Press
There are 10 active cases of COVID-19 at local schools in Greater Sudbury and surrounding districts. The Sudbury Catholic District School Board has five confirmed cases, including three at St. Charles College in Sudbury and two at Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School in Hanmer. An outbreak has been officially declared at St. Charles College as a result of the cases. According to a chart posted to the school board’s website, two classes have been closed at St. Charles and six classes
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
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — Military leaders on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson have declared a public health emergency and encouraged all personnel to avoid places that do not require masks or social distancing in response to increasing COVID-19 cases in Alaska, officials said. “We’ve all seen COVID-19 cases continue to spread rapidly across our nation, the state of Alaska and in our local community,” U.S. Air Force Col. Kirsten Aguilar, 673d Air Base Wing and JBER commander,
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
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
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.
Two doctors answer questions about the safety of vaccines on pregnant people, and the risks unvaccinated pregnant people face when they catch COVID-19.
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
Public Health Sudbury & Districts and urging residents of the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts to take every action within their control to lessen the impact of the fourth wave of COVID-19. “Reaching the goal of 90 per cent of eligible people being fully vaccinated against the virus is critically important to prevent potential impacts on school or businesses, and to protect the capacity of our healthcare system,” Medical Officer of Health Dr. Penny Sutcliffe said in a release. “With the official
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
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
MONTREAL — More than three-quarters of Quebecers support mandatory vaccination for health-care workers, according to a new Leger poll, which also found strong support for vaccine passports across the country. Seventy-six per cent of survey respondents in Quebec said they support mandatory vaccination for health-care workers, including 57 per cent who said they strongly support the mandate. Health-care workers in Quebec have until Oct. 15 to get two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or risk being suspe
NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida said they are working with the FBI to find 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, whose girlfriend disappeared during a cross-country trek in a converted van. North Port police said late Friday that Laundrie's parents told them that they haven't seen him since Tuesday. Police said they spoke with the family at the family's request. Laundrie and his 22-year-old girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, left in July on a journey that took them to national parks out West.
For John Lalonde, just getting together with fellow entrepreneurs in Sudbury was a thrill. To walk away with the Entrepreneur of the Year award at this year's Bell Business Awards made the evening even more special. “It was pretty cool just to be at the awards ceremony (Thursday) night with the Sudbury business community,” said Lalonde, the founder of Sessions Ride Company. “It was pretty cool just to be at the awards ceremony last night with the Sudbury business community,” he said. “All of the
Le « coup dans le dos » que l’Australie a porté à la France est lié à un besoin pressant de contrer l’hostilité grandissante de la Chine en s’appuyant sur une alliance de longue date avec Washington.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A frontrunner in the race for a joint opposition candidate to fight Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in next year's national election opened his campaigning Friday promising to “liberate” the country from the right-wing populist leader. Budapest’s liberal mayor, Gergely Karacsony, who is one of five contenders to lead a coalition of main opposition parties, spoke to several hundred supporters who gathered despite early autumn drizzle in the capital. Karacsony said n
Despite no longer being able to play instruments, Nicole Edwards didn't let her disease stop her from creating music, her friend and collaborator Andrea McColeman says. "She was constantly creating stuff in her head, and she would sing it to me," said McColeman. "Not just, here's the song and here's the words, but here's all the parts, and here's how it should feel, and here's the beat. She had a clear vision of what she wanted to create and was really good at communicating." Edwards, a musician