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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City plumber who's moonlighted as a fringe political candidate is in hot water for allegedly storming the U.S. Capitol during January's insurrection, boasting about it on social media and then trying to cover his tracks. Daniel Christmann, a 38-year-old who screamed at the city's current Republican mayoral nominee during a debate two years ago, was arrested Wednesday at his Brooklyn home after the FBI was alerted to videos on his Instagram feed showing rioters inside t
MONTREAL — Three men were charged Wednesday in connection with an alleged kidnapping that triggered an Amber Alert in Montreal a day earlier. The men — two 21-year-olds and a 22-year-old — face 13 charges between them. All three face one count each of kidnapping and unlawful confinement, while one of the 21-year-old suspects faces two additional counts of assault and one each of mischief and uttering threats. The 22-year-old suspect faces two additional counts of assault and one of mischief. Jus
Grey Bruce is no longer a provincially designated COVID-19 hot spot, according to the Grey Bruce Health Unit (GBHU). “We thank everyone for their continued support as we collectively work together to bring numbers down,” said Dr. Ian Arra, medical officer of health for GBHU in a news release. “If the weekly pattern of new cases continues to decrease or remain stable thru the coming long weekend, we will be in a good position to move to full Step 3. Until then, we are asking the public in Grey Br
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Navy sailors have died due to complications from COVID-19, amid growing concerns about the deadly Delta variant. A Navy reservist based in Idaho died Monday, and a doctor assigned to the Naval Medical Center at Camp Lejeune, N.C., died last Friday, bringing the total number of sailor COVID deaths to 10. The Navy identified the solders Wednesday as Master-at-Arms First Class Allen Hillman, 47, of Boise, and Capt. Corby Ropp, 48, of Camp Lejeune. Their deaths are the first CO
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — The governors of California and Nevada called for more federal firefighting assistance Wednesday as they toured a region blackened by one of several massive wildfires that have destroyed dozens of homes in the West. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and California Gov. Gavin Newsom stood on ashen ground as they surveyed burned homes and a mountain range of pine trees charred by the Tamarack Fire south of Gardnerville, Nevada, near Topaz Lake. The governors, both Democrats, call
OTTAWA — The long-standing tradition of the Governor General acceding to Canadian prime ministers' requests to dissolve Parliament will practically push Mary Simon to accept a plea from Justin Trudeau to call an election, a constitutional law expert said Wednesday. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has asked Simon to refuse any request from Trudeau that would send voters to the ballot box, noting that the fixed-election law states that every general election must be held on the third Monday of October fo
Louisiana is seeing one of nation’s worst coronavirus surges per capita. (July 28)
Most Canadians have probably never heard of Fred Simpson. But Alderville First Nation Chief Dave Mowat is continuing his lifelong quest to have more people learn about the accomplishments of his great-grandfather. Mowat has been reflecting on Simpson in recent days because the Summer Olympics are being staged in Tokyo. Simpson, nicknamed the Ojibway Thunderbolt, is Mowat’s mother’s maternal grandfather. He placed sixth in the marathon event at the 1908 London Olympics. The race included Onondaga
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Canadian geologist may have found the earliest fossil record of animal life on Earth, according to a report published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Around a billion years ago, a region of northwest Canada now defined by steep mountains was a prehistoric marine environment where the remains of ancient sponges may be preserved in mineral sediment, the paper says. Geologist Elizabeth Turner discovered the rocks in a remote region of the Northwest Territories accessible only b
CHICAGO (AP) — The hordes of people expected to descend on Chicago's Grant Park for the Lollapalooza music festival this week will be required to show proof that they've been vaccinated for COVID-19 or tested negative for the disease within the last three days. The four-day festival starts Thursday and is expected to be back at full capacity, with roughly 100,000 daily attendees. After missing last summer because of the threat of the coronavirus, it will easily be Chicago's largest gathering sin
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The lawyer for the families of the three people former Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah shot and killed has filed a federal lawsuit against Mensah and others in one of the deaths. Attorney Kimberley Motley said she wants to know more about the 2015 fatal shooting of Antonio Gonzales. It was the first shooting Mensah was involved in and it came five years before widespread protests calling for his removal. A review of the case shows that Mensah shot the 29-year-old Gonzales
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — As Rebecca Flores set out on a nearly 30-mile voting rights march to the Texas Capitol on Wednesday, she recalled another long distance: the drive her parents made from the outskirts of town in the 1950s to cast their ballot, after paying a $3 poll tax. “They just want to keep us in our place,” said Flores, 78, an activist from San Antonio. “And I am frankly, I’m sick of it. That’s why I’m here." As far as protests go over tighter voting laws, the march in Texas that beg
This article contains accounts of police violence, as well as accounts of racism and hate against Indigenous people that could be triggering. Please read with care. A busy pier forms the backdrop to the small courtyard next to Island Funeral Services funeral home in Campbell River on July 20. Alunaye, Laura Holland sits in the shade of a nearby maple tree, waiting for the memorial ceremony for her son to begin. She recalls one of her favourite stories about her lost loved one. When he was seven
Hubble images of Ganymede, some taken over 20 years ago, have revealed the first evidence of water vapour in the giant moon's atmosphere.
There's more than meets the eye to the dress new Gov. Gen. Mary Simon wore on her installation day. For one, it was made especially for her with the help of Inuit designers. And for another, the two-piece garment was designed, sewn and beaded in a very short time frame. Designer Victoria Okpik, originally from Quaqtaq, Nunavik, in northern Quebec, was asked by Simon to make a garment for the investiture ceremony on Monday, when Simon was officially sworn in as Canada's 30th Governor General — th
TORONTO — An Ontario court is poised to determine whether private schools are entitled to pandemic support from the province after three schools launched a legal challenge over the government's allocation of federal COVID-19 funding. The schools -- two in Toronto and one in Kitchener, Ont. -- argue that in doling out the provincial portion of the federal Safe Return to Class Fund, the Ontario government left out some 1,500 independent institutions and the more than 150,000 children who attend th
VICTORIA — COVID-19 is battering British Columbia's economy and the provincial government's bottom line, but the effects of the pandemic haven't been as bad as earlier feared, says Finance Minister Selina Robinson. B.C.'s public accounts, which cover the 2020-21 fiscal year that ended March 31, show better budget numbers than originally forecast and stronger growth than much of Canada has experienced, she said Wednesday. The deficit of $5.5 billion has come in almost $3 billion lower than was fo
P.E.I. is now allowing Islanders to drop in for last-minute COVID-19 vaccination appointments when there are extra doses left. In a written statement, the province said people can present themselves to a vaccination clinic after 2 p.m. to register for an appointment later that day or check Skip the Waiting Room for same-day appointments. The appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis as long as there are extra doses at the end of the day. There are only 10 spots for a last-minute appoi
Health Canada is proposing to allow three times the current limit for residue of an insecticide and a fungicide in wild blueberries sold to Canadian consumers. It's also proposing a seven-fold increase for a fungicide in raspberries. Two public consultations are underway, one of which ended Tuesday. The other is ongoing until September 28. Federal officials say there is no health risk. Lac-Saint-Jean, Que., blueberry farmer and president of the Quebec association of blueberry producers Daniel Go
DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Sharon Schechter escaped the South Florida condominium tower collapse with just the nightclothes she was wearing, so she cried shortly after when the Global Empowerment Mission gave her an electric toothbrush, a phone charger and a $500 gift card to buy essentials. Now GEM, other charities and businesses announced Wednesday that they will be paying the first and last months rent and security deposit at new apartments for Schechter and about 30 other individuals and families di