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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Tom Cruise got a sneak preview of what it’s like to circle Earth in a SpaceX capsule. Representatives for SpaceX’s first privately chartered flight revealed Friday that the actor took part in a call with the four space tourists orbiting more than 360 miles up. Thursday’s conversation, like the entire three-day flight, was private and so no details were released. “Maverick, you can be our wingman anytime,” came the announcement from the flight's Twitter feed. Cruise st
DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — A US official says the Biden administration is planning “massive movements” of Haitian migrants in a small Texas border town on flights to Haiti starting Sunday. Plans have yet to be finalized, but officials are considering five to eight flights a day. San Antonio, the nearest major city, may be one of the departure cities. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The flights represent a swif
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
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.
Even trustees need to continue to keep learning. That was the message as Board Development Committee chair trustee Darlene Rowden provided a report and led a discussion about trustee learning opportunities at the Sept. 13 Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division board meeting. Bratvold said trustees are acting as role models in learning and growth through their trustee development. “I just think that it's important that people know that the school board trustees are learning all the time,” dir
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republicans, vastly outnumbered by Democrats in California, needed a huge turnout in this week's recall election to have any chance of removing Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. It didn’t happen. About 9.2 million votes were counted Tuesday and an estimated 2.9 million were still left to tally. That suggests overall turnout was around 55%, about average for a California midterm election and way below the 80% that voted in the 2020 presidential race. Last year, then-President Dona
Donna Swapp was one of many people standing in line on Friday at Regina's Southland Mall to get a COVID-19 shot. One day after Premier Scott Moe announced a proof of vaccination program for Saskatchewan coming Oct. 1, some people in Regina and Saskatoon headed to the cities' COVID-19 walk-in vaccine clinics to get their first, second or even third shots. "Today is the first day that I'm able to actually get it," said Swapp, who was waiting in line at Southland Mall to get her second dose of the
Schools in and around Salmon Arm, B.C., were put on hold and secure on Friday after anti-vaccine protesters entered them, according to a letter sent to parents from the school district. The temporary lockdown meant students could not enter or leave school during the day. The school district said schools would be locked in this way beginning Monday, Sept. 20. Parents who want to enter during school hours will need to notify the school, according to the letter. "We have recently experienced protes
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
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
As the federal election campaign nears its end, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is fighting off criticism from progressive environmentalists by trying to shift the focus back to Justin Trudeau’s climate record. In the past week, the NDP has appeared vulnerable on the climate file. A demonstration Thursday by Climate Justice Toronto called on Singh to protect old-growth from logging at Fairy Creek. The party also recently took flak for not having a clear stand on the Trans Mountain expansion project, at
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 Yukon education department is hosting a private meeting for parents of Hidden Valley Elementary School next week about a former educational assistant accused of sexually abusing two more children. Representatives from the departments of education and justice, as well as the family and children's services branch and RCMP will be present to "address any questions and concerns from parents and guardians," according to a notice from the Hidden Valley School Council. The meeting comes after polic
NANAIMO, B.C. — A court injunction against old-growth logging protests on Vancouver Island will remain in effect beyond its expiry date later this month at least temporarily, says a judge who will rule on its future. British Columbia forestry company Teal Cedar Products Ltd. was in court this week applying for a one-year extension to the injunction, which was set to expire on Sept. 26. But Justice Douglas Thompson said Friday it will be a matter of weeks before he provides his written decision o
Pandemic protests are ramping up in the B.C. interior. Just two weeks after disrupting health care services at hospitals, opponents of COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine mandates are now targeting schools.
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
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
More than 24 years after her death, actor Kristen Stewart is stepping into the shoes, specifically Chanel shoes, of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, in the film Spencer, part of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found at a home on Pelican Lake First Nation. Spiritwood RCMP received a report of the man's death on Friday around 8:30 a.m. CST. Saskatchewan RCMP's major crime unit (north) and Prince Albert forensic identification section are now investigating. The investigation is still in its early stages but Saskatchewan RCMP says there is no risk to public safety. Updates will be provided once they become available, according to police
The visitor centre at Petroglyphs Provincial Park northeast of Peterborough near Woodview has been closed since early June due to the failure of a main electrical transformer and resulting power outage, but the park store and Teaching Rocks remain open to the public with capacity restrictions in place until the park’s closing date of Oct. 11. “While the visitor centre has not been available to the public since the infrastructure failure, we have been working on fixing the electrical issue, and t