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Record-sized hailstones fell across Australia's east coast this week, with ice pellets larger than grapefruits lashing residents in parts of Queensland, the country's metereology bureau said on Wednesday. A thunderstorm struck the Yalboroo area north of Mackay, 954 km (593 miles) north of Brisbane on Monday, bringing record-sized hailstones measuring 16 cm (6.3 inches) in diameter, the Bureau of Metereology (BOM) said. Video obtained by Reuters also showed vehicles and buildings at an industrial site in the Gold Coast being pelted by hail on Monday, with a man picking up one hailstone the size of a golf ball and showing it to the camera.
Dr. Daisy Fung finds it hard to measure time these days. She just keeps working until she's done. Amidst the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Edmonton family doctor works "killer hours" treating patients, even visiting some of her palliative, geriatric and house-bound patients in their homes. "Everything during COVID just seems to take a lot longer," said Fung, an assistant clinical professor in the department of family medicine at the University of Alberta. She recently spent two hours
ISTANBUL (AP) — Sebastian Coates waited years to score his first Champions League goal but only 12 minutes for the next one, a near-exact copy. The Sporting Lisbon captain scored two headers in almost identical circumstances and won a penalty for good measure, as he led his team to a 4-1 win against Besiktas in the Champions League on Tuesday. Uruguayan defender Coates was left unmarked in front of goal to head in when Pedro Goncalves' corner was flicked on by Goncalo Inacio at the near post in
One person is dead after a crash between a motorcycle and a truck in Richmond, B.C., on Tuesday evening. Richmond RCMP say the collision happened at about 5:30 p.m. PT in the 21000 block of Westminster Highway. Police have not released any further information about what happened and say the investigation is still in the preliminary stages. Investigators asked drivers to avoid the area Tuesday night. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call RCMP at 604-278-1212.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents were carrying out “law enforcement activity” on Tuesday at a Washington mansion and New York City townhouse tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. FBI officials would not provide any additional information about the circumstances surrounding their presence at either property or any information about potential investigations involving Deripaska. A spokesperson for Deripaska told reporters that the searches were “
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Maryland couple arrested earlier this month on charges of trying to sell information about nuclear-powered warships to a foreign country have been indicted, the Justice Department said Tuesday. Federal prosecutors say Jonathan and Diana Toebbe are each charged with one count of conspiracy to communicate restricted data and two counts of communication of restricted data. They were arrested in West Virginia on Oct. 9 and charged in a criminal complaint with violations of the At
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Wednesday: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP E After consecutive losses to open its Champions League campaign, Barcelona needs to find a way to beat Dynamo Kyiv at home to have a realistic chance of advancing to the knockout stage. It is last in the group, a point behind third-place Dynamo. The Catalan club has made it past the group stage every season since an early elimination in 2000-01. While Barcelona has struggled, Bayern Munich has cruised and now vis
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift will induct newcomers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during its annual ceremony, set for Cleveland on Oct. 30. McCartney will give the presentation for Foo Fighters, the hall announced on Monday. He's close to Foo Fighter frontman Dave Grohl, who after next week will share the distinction of being inducted twice. McCartney's in as a Beatle and solo artist, while Grohl joined as a member of Nirvana in 2014. Swift will induct songwriter Carole K
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Kamloops yesterday to meet with the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc people. Indigenous legal scholar Rachel Snow talks with Jen Palma about some ways that the PM can make amends for his mistakes on Truth and Reconciliation Day.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved on Monday redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation’s largest red state. GOP Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign off on the changes, which must reach his desk by Tuesday. Civil rights groups sued before Republican lawmakers were even done Monday. “Texas is using all the means at its disposal to prevent the inevitable c
P.E.I. is lowering the age for people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at pharmacies, in an effort to get more young people vaccinated. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison made the announcement at a briefing on the pandemic Tuesday. "Our rates of full vaccination are among the highest in the country, and we will continue to stress the importance of immunization in the younger age groups," said Morrison. "Right now, our rates in the under-40 age groups are too low, especially the 20- t
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The MTV Europe Music Awards will be held Nov. 14 in Hungary, the network said Tuesday, reaffirming and defending the location despite the country’s recent passage of legislation widely condemned as anti-LGBTQ. The ceremony is an opportunity to make a stand for gay and trans civil rights worldwide in the central European nation that has moved to curtail them, said Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of MTV Entertainment Group Worldwide. “We’re looking forward to using the event t
Nikolas Cruz has pleaded guilty to murder in the 2018 Parkland High School shooting. Anthony Borges, who was shot five times, said he accepts Cruz's apology, but noted that it was not up to him to decide the confessed murderer's fate. (Oct. 20)
When do flu shots start in Ontario and how does it work with COVID-19 vaccine administration?
DETROIT (AP) — As an American leader, Colin Powell’s credentials were impeccable: He was national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs and secretary of state. But his legacy as the first Black person in those roles is murkier, with some African Americans saying that his voice on their behalf could have been louder. Powell, who died Monday of COVID-19 complications, spent 35 years in the Army and rose to political prominence under Republican presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush an
A plan to keep electricity rates from skyrocketing once the Muskrat Falls project is fully online will be finalized before the end of this year, but still beyond the original deadline of Sept. 30. An official with the Department of Industry, Energy and Technology confirmed to CBC News on Tuesday afternoon that a deal is just weeks away, and that an earlier statement issued by the department was incorrect. On Monday, in response to an inquiry from the CBC, the department issued a statement saying
TOKYO (AP) — A volcano in southern Japan erupted Wednesday with a massive column of gray smoke billowing into the sky. The Japan Meteorological Agency raised the warning level for Mount Aso to three on a scale of five, warning hikers and residents to avoid the mountain. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said there has been no report of damages or injuries. NHK national television aired footage of a massive smoke column above the volcano. The smoke rose as high as 3.5 kilometers (11,480 fe
COVID vaccinations for children aged five to eleven could soon be available in Canada after Pfizer-BioNTech requested an approval from Health Canada for their vaccine. Ontario is meeting to determine how that rollout will look. Morganne Campbell has more on this.
REGINA — Police in Regina say a man is accused of sending a threatening email from a fake account to two people, one of whom a spokeswoman in the premier's office says was Scott Moe. The Regina Police Service says in a news release that an investigation began on Oct. 4 with an email that allegedly threatened "the lives and safety of an elected official and an official with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health." Police say the email was received by several people with no apparent connection to eac
An app that would match unattached patients with local family doctors won a Dragon's Den-style competition put on by the University of Ottawa's Department of Family Medicine. Three finalists duked it out on Monday afternoon in front of a panel of judges that included the president of Montfort Hospital and experts in Indigenous health and patient advocacy. Participants submitted ideas throughout the summer for a chance to win $3,500. The idea for the competition came to Dr. Clare Liddy, chair of