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Prince Harry, Melania Trump at Invictus Games opening

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:59:59 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Britain's Prince Harry and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump are scheduled to join Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the opening ceremony of Harry's Invictus Games for wounded veterans. But there's no indication Harry's girlfriend will be there. Harry visited one of Canada's top mental health facilities before Saturday night's ceremony. His actress girlfriend Meghan Markle lives in Toronto, but hasn't appeared with Harry since he arrived in the city. She recently told Vanity Fair they're in love. About 550 competitors from 17 countries are slated to compete in 12 sports. U.S. Master Sgt.



Company to pay $35M for falsely marketing cholesterol drug

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:42:20 UT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts drug company has agreed to pay more than $35 million to resolve criminal and civil charges that it falsely marketed a cholesterol medication. The U.S. attorney's office in Boston said Friday that Aegerion Pharmaceuticals has agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of violating federal law when it sold and promoted the drug Juxtapid as a general treatment for high cholesterol. Federal regulators had approved the drug only for use in patients with a rare genetic disease that causes extremely high cholesterol. The drug may cause serious liver and stomach problems. The civil settlement resolves a lawsuit filed by three former Aegerion employees, who are now entitled to a portion of the money.



Canada imposes sanctions on key Venezuelan figures

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:08:13 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada announced Friday it has imposed sanctions against key figures in the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in what the government said is a clear message that their anti-democratic behavior has consequences. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the targeted sanctions are aimed at 40 officials and individuals — including Maduro himself — who are helping to undermine the security, stability and integrity of democratic institutions in Venezuela. The sanctions freeze any assets the individuals may have in Canada and bans Canadians from engaging them in business dealings.



Canadian retailers see potential NAFTA change as threat

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:04:45 UT

TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian looking for a high-end men's shoe from can buy it from a major online retailer in the U.S. or get it for 25 percent less at the bustling Eaton Centre mall in downtown Toronto. But that price advantage could end, potentially devastating Canadian retailers, if the U.S. gets one of the major changes it seeks while it renegotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement with its two neighbors. To protect its domestic companies, Canada currently imposes duties on any goods worth more than $16 in U.S. currency. Officials want to raise that duty-free limit to $800, vastly expanding the number of untaxed consumer goods flowing north.



Ex-Mountie headed to US prison for smuggling narwhal tusks

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:16:32 UT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks was sentenced Wednesday to five years, two months in a U.S. prison for related money laundering counts. Gregory Logan, 60, of St. John, New Brunswick, smuggled about 300 tusks valued at $1.5 million to $3 million into Maine in false compartments in his vehicle, federal prosecutors said. They were shipped from Ellsworth, Maine, to buyers across the country. Narwhals are protected in the United States and Canada. The medium-sized whales are known for their spiral tusks that can grow longer than 8 feet.



Toys R Us joins bankruptcy list as Amazon exerts influence

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:40:25 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — In filing for bankruptcy, Toys R Us joins a list of dozens of store chains that have done so already this year as online leader Amazon increasingly exerts its influence over a huge part of the retailing world. The toy chain, hobbled by $5 billion in debt and more intense competition, filed for protection from its creditors ahead of the key holiday season. Like so many retailers that find it harder to co-exist with Amazon, analysts say Toys R Us needs to improve its online services and offering special experiences in the stores. For Toys R Us, that might be game demonstrations or hosting birthday parties. It says it'll keep its 1,600 Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores open, and keep serving customers while in bankruptcy.




Woman asks judge to declare missing Michigan student dead

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:19:08 UT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The wife of a University of Michigan doctoral student who went missing after a plane crash in Canada wants a judge to declare him dead, according to recently filed court documents. Surong Ruan filed a petition in Michigan's Washtenaw County saying she doesn't believe her husband, Xin Rong, is alive, The Detroit Free Press reported . Rong, a 27-year-old certified pilot, was a doctoral student from China studying artificial intelligence when he went missing in March. Investigators have said Rong rented an airplane from an airport in Ann Arbor on March 15, with the charted destination of Harbor Springs, Michigan, which is about 270 miles (435 kilometers) north.



Equifax says 100,000 Canadians may be affected by breach

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:47:56 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Equifax said Tuesday that approximately 100,000 Canadian consumers may have had their personal information compromised in the massive cyberattack on the credit data company that was revealed this month. The credit data company said the information that may have been compromised included names, addresses, social insurance numbers and in some cases credit card numbers. It said an investigation was ongoing. "We apologize to Canadian consumers who have been impacted by this incident," Lisa Nelson, president and general manager of Equifax Canada, said in a statement.



Veteran who fought library attacker among 18 Carnegie Heroes

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:41:34 UT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An Army veteran who fended off a mentally ill man who tried to attack a chess class the veteran was teaching at an Illinois public library is one of 18 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based in Pittsburgh, announced the winners on Tuesday. James O. Vernon , 75, was in a conference room at the Morton Public Library with 17 children and four women when 19-year-old Dustin Brown burst in with two large knives on Oct. 13, 2015. "He actually ran into the room yelling, 'I'm going to kill some people,'" Vernon told the Pekin Daily News days after the attack. The knives were hunting-type weapons with fixed blades about 5 inches long, Vernon said.



Toys R Us files for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, to continue normal business operations

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:43:07 UT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Toys R Us files for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, to continue normal business operations.



Great Lakes states renew push for new lock at critical point

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:56:41 UT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials from Great Lakes states are making a renewed push to win approval of a long stalled proposal for adding a new lock to the Soo Locks complex, a critical chokepoint that connects Lake Superior to the lower Great Lakes. Only one of the two working locks there handles large iron ore boats. A Homeland Security study says an unplanned six-month closure of the Poe Lock due to an accident or terrorist attack would shut down much of the U.S. steel industry and that the economic shockwaves could cost 11 million jobs. That's more than the Great Recession. A Treasury Department report projects a net economic benefit of up to $1.7 billion from a new Soo Lock.



Trudeau: Canada could stop dealing with Boeing over dispute

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:47:27 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday his government could stop doing business with Boeing if the U.S. company doesn't drop a trade complaint against Canadian plane maker Bombardier. Trudeau said Canada "won't do business with a company that's busy trying to sue us and put our aerospace workers out of business." Canada had been in talks to purchase 18 Super Hornet fighter jets from U.S. aerospace giant Boeing, but those have been on hold because of the Bombardier dispute. Trudeau's comments are Canada's strongest yet. Chicago-based Boeing's complaint claims Bombardier's new C Series passenger aircraft receives Canadian government subsidies that give it an advantage internationally. The complaint prompted a U.S.



UK PM, Trudeau say Canada-EU deal a 'basis' for new talks

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:21:52 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Ministers Theresa May of Britain and Justin Trudeau of Canada said Monday their countries are working toward a new bilateral trade deal for after the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union. Both leaders said the template for a deal would be the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, which comes largely into effect this week between Canada and the European Union. CETA eliminates over 90 percent of trade barriers between Canada and the EU, and Trudeau said it provides "an excellent basis for ensuring a smooth transition" post-Brexit. May also said using the Canada-EU agreement as the basis for a bilateral deal will ensure the best path forward for all parties.



Activist urges walrus rafts in absence of Arctic sea ice

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:20:16 UT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An environmental activist is calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider placing anchored rafts in the ocean as resting platforms for walruses after stampedes killed 64 animals on Alaska's northwest coast. Rick Steiner, an environmental consultant and former University of Alaska marine conservation professor, pitched the idea two years ago. The Fish and Wildlife Service concluded it didn't have the money or manpower to provide artificial resting platforms that might give a few walruses relief but not benefit the population as a whole in the absence of ice in the Chukchi Sea.



Hoeven, industry want study of North Dakota oil potential

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 19:08:04 UT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota oil drillers and U.S. Sen. John Hoeven want federal geologists to reevaluate the amount of recoverable crude oil in the state, saying a new assessment likely would show stronger production potential and attract investment. The U.S. Geological Survey once said two massive shale formations found in North Dakota held the largest continuous oil accumulation it ever assessed. But the title was given to a formation in Texas' Permian Basin last year, after a USGS assessment found nearly three times the amount of recoverable oil than in the Bakken and Three Forks formations.



California crabbers use GPS to find whale-killing gear

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:16:56 UT

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — Fisherman Jake Bunch leans over the side of the fishing boat "Sadie K," spears his catch, and reels it aboard: an abandoned crab pot, dangling one limp lasagna noodle of kelp and dozens of feet of rope, just the kind of fishing gear that has been snaring an increasing number of whales off U.S. coasts. Confirmed counts of humpbacks, blue and other endangered or threatened species of whale entangled by the ropes, buoys and anchors of fishing gear hit a record 50 on the East Coast last year, and tied the record on the West Coast at 48, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.



Canada judge who wore Trump hat suspended without pay

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 21:28:20 UT

TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian judge who wore a hat in court with Donald Trump's campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" has been suspended without pay. The Ontario Judicial Council said Tuesday that the conduct of Justice Bernd Zabel warrants the most serious reprimand possible short of removing him from the bench. The council said the hat incident was an "inexplicable act of judicial misconduct" from an otherwise respected judge. Zabel will be suspended for 30 days. "Justice Zabel's conduct that day gave rise to a perception by many that he was a Trump supporter and that he agreed with Trump's views and policies.




Police ask Canada government to postpone legal marijuana

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:55:43 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's police services told the Canadian government Tuesday that there is no chance they will be ready to enforce new laws for nationwide legalized marijuana by next summer. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police already wrote to the federal government this week officially requesting a delay in implementation of the plan by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to implement legal pot sales next July 1. Some of the premiers of Canada's 10 provinces told the government in June that they also might not be ready by that deadline, and only one province has completed and published its rules for the sale of recreational pot, including regulations on where it can be sold.



Jury hears openings at trial of American terror suspect

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:10:09 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. citizen whose terrorism trial started Tuesday, a day after the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, is both a dangerous al-Qaida operative and someone who has a right to a fair trial in his native country, a federal prosecutor said during opening statements. Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, who was born in Houston, raised in Dubai and went to college in Canada before ending up in Pakistan, is "an American citizen who turned his back on this country, joined terrorists and lived with them for seven years before he was caught," Assistant U.S. Attorney Saritha Komatireddy said in federal court in Brooklyn.



Reunited after 50 years, couple marries in hospital room

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:46:15 UT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — He was an Elvis Presley-loving sailor who spun records for the U.S. Navy radio station on the Caribbean base where he was stationed. She was a local woman whose brother worked at the base. More than a half century after the brother introduced Jennifer Meyerink and Stephen Walbert, the long-separated couple's love was finally sealed in Rochester, where they were married Monday in the hospital where Walbert has been undergoing treatment for leukemia. "That eternal flame turned into a bonfire, and it's still roaring today," the 73-year-old Walbert said as relatives and staff at Rochester General Hospital crammed into his room to view the marriage ceremony officiated by the city clerk.