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Wal-Mart Says Inquiry Names Ousted Official

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

A federal grand jury in Arkansas is investigating allegations that the former head of U.S. operations at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. misused up to $500,000 in corporate funds, the giant retailer said yesterday.



Canada's Martin Promises New Vote

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

TORONTO, April 21 -- Prime Minister Paul Martin on Thursday promised to call a new federal election late this year or early next year, 30 days after a federal judge finishes an inquiry into a political scandal that Martin said was "an unjustified mess."



Muslims Detained at Border Sue U.S. Homeland Security

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

American Muslims detained at the border as they returned from a religious conference in Toronto sued the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday alleging they were targets of ethnic and religious profiling.



U.N. Envoy To N. Korea Steps Aside For Probe

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

The United Nations' special envoy to North Korea, Maurice F. Strong, decided Wednesday to step aside until U.N.-appointed investigators and federal prosecutors finish examining his financial ties to a South Korean lobbyist accused of trying to bribe U.N. officials.



GOP Spars Over Drug Import Bill

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

Party divisions over whether to allow Americans to import lower-priced medications from such countries as Canada exploded in an unusually public and personal exchange between two New England lawmakers.



Canada Plans to Reverse Slide in Status

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

Government says it will beef up its military, bolster its diplomatic corps and overhaul its foreign aid in a bid to reverse the country's diminishing influence in global affairs.



Merck to Discount Drugs for Uninsured

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

Drug manufacturer Merck & Co. will provide uninsured Americans steep discounts for many of its prescription medicines, joining other pharmaceutical firms in slashing some prices during debate over importing drugs from Canada.



U.N. Envoy Says Park Invested in His Firm, Advised Him on N. Korea

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

UNITED NATIONS, April 18 -- A senior U.N. official said Monday that he "was associated" with a company that received investments from a South Korean businessman who was charged last week with lobbying U.N. officials as an unregistered agent for Saddam Hussein's government.



Papal Prospects Who Aren't on the Short List

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

Experts are mentioning dozens of cardinals -- some little-known outside their regions, others from predominantly non-Catholic nations -- as long-shot possibilities to become the next pope.



Boston Globe Admits to Fabrications

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

The newspaper acknowledges publishing a partially fabricated story by a freelance reporter about a Canadian seal hunt that had not taken place.



More Flu Strain Samples Are Destroyed

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

Most of the samples of a dangerous flu virus sent to laboratories around the world have been destroyed, easing concerns that the specimens might trigger a deadly pandemic, health officials said Friday.



Bush Questions New Passport Rules

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

President Bush said Thursday that he was surprised by his administration's plans to require U.S. citizens to show a passport when reentering the country from Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.



Canada's Liberals Reeling As Quebec Scandal Grows

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

TORONTO -- Ads for Quebec's celebration of the 125th anniversary of the famed Canadian Mounties in 1999 featured a prominent "Canada" logo, as one would expect. Few people would have guessed the government paid $2.5 million to make sure it was there.



Wal-Mart Leaves Bitter Chill In Quebec

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

Retailing behemoth announced it will shut the doors in Jonquiere, Quebec May 6 after workers voted to make this the first unionized Wal-Mart in North America, leaving 190 bitter employees out of work.



New Blood, Old Ideas: Horror's Familiar Scripts

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

Hollywood is gripped by horror.
Opinions are divided as to whether the current glut of movies that fall inside the very porous boundary of classic horror -- with vividly suggestive titles, relatively modest budgets, lack of expensive star names -- is a welcome dose of lifeblood to an...



Canada Fights Myth It Was 9/11 Conduit

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

TORONTO -- True or false? Shortly before Sept. 11, 2001, several of the terrorists who would carry out the attacks that day slipped into the United States from Canada.



In Canada, Secretive Ritual Prompts Very Public Uproar

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

BRENTWOOD BAY, B.C. -- Marianne Edwards had received her song from the other world, and now, up on Mount Newton, she stripped and backed into the black, frigid pond to purify her body and cleanse the human odors that would offend the spirits.



U.S. Will Tighten Passport Rules

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

Under a proposed anti-terrorism strategy, millions of Americans would be required to show passports when returning from Canada, Mexico.



Automakers Agree to Cut Emissions In Canada

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

Major automakers signed an agreement yesterday with the government of Canada to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new cars and trucks, a move hailed by environmentalists as a breakthrough that could force the industry to sell cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles in the United States as well.



Slow Delivery Frustrates

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 7:40:30 GMT

Poor customer service has been the comment from many Nationals ticket holders who are still waiting the arrival of their season allotments.