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Global aviation emissions deal in Montreal

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:17:38 UT

MONTREAL (AP) — Efforts to reach the world's first climate deal governing the aviation sector got under way at a conference in Montreal. Delegates to the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization general assembly are being asked to approve, in two weeks, a program for the industry to become carbon neutral after 2020 and to halve net emissions by 2050 compared to 2005. Canadian Transportation Minister Marc Garneau said Tuesday strong that approval by the 191 participating countries will send a strong signal to other sectors. So far, an estimated 58 ICAO countries have agreed to provide their support. Some including India, have voiced concerns.

Cranberries at 200: Market changes, drought create a crisis

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:51:54 UT

ROCHESTER, Mass. (AP) — All is not well in cranberry country this harvesting season, the 200th anniversary of the world's first known commercial cultivation. In the birthplace of the industry, many Massachusetts growers whose families have tended bogs for generations are in "dire straits," facing challenges that include rising production costs, decreasing crop values, changing consumer habits and increasing competition from other states and Canada, a recent task force report found. In addition, one of the region's worst droughts in decades threatens to leave farms without enough water to flood bogs for harvest.

Failure to get Syria cease-fire stole spotlight at UN

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:20:29 UT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The failed attempt by the U.S. and Russia to revive a cease-fire in Syria stole the spotlight at the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders but every other global hotspot had its moment — and there were some chuckles as well including a message to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be ready to receive his gift of a "white bull" from South Sudan. With the final speeches of the six-day gabfest delivered on Monday, there were also a few high points. Last December's Paris climate agreement got 31 more ratifications at a high-level event hosted by Ban, topping the 55 countries required and just over 7 percent short of the 55 percent of global emissions needed for the deal to enter into force.

California man gets 30 years for trying to join terror group

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:20:48 UT

(AP) — A Southern California man convicted of trying to become a fighter for the Islamic State terrorist group was sentenced Monday to 30 years prison. In June a jury convicted Elhuzayel and co-defendant Muhanad Badawi of conspiracy to aid a foreign terrorist organization after a two-week trial. Badawi, whose hunger strike and court-ordered force feeding became a side story in the run-up to trial, will be sentenced in October and could get up to 35 years in prison.

Driving rain and wind diverts plans for Canadian royal tour

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:24:01 UT

William and Kate were greeted with a rousing cheer when they arrived at the Wawiskas Community Hall, where they met aboriginal community members and about two dozen hereditary chiefs who were part of the official welcoming party.

Britain's Prince William, Kate tour Vancouver without kids

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:30:58 UT

The 3-year-old George made headlines in the United Kingdom when George, seemingly shy and overwhelmed, declined to high-five and then shake the hand of Trudeau during the arrival ceremony Saturday at the airport in Victoria, B.C. The prime minister was among several dignitaries waiting on the tarmac to greet the royals when they emerged from their flight. The Mirror wrote: "Superstar politician Mr. Trudeau might have endeared himself to millions online through his outspoken feminism, support for diversity and willingness to embrace internet memes, but it seems to take more than that to impress Will and Kate's eldest." The couple then stopped at an outreach center for women with drug and alcohol addictions who are pregnant or parenting.

Prince William, Kate arrive in Canada with 2 young children

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:29:00 UT

The public will only see the children once at their departure on Oct. 1 and the media will only see the kids a few times during an eight-day visit. The airport welcoming ceremony was closed to the public. The kids did not attend the official welcoming ceremony where several thousand people greeted the royal couple at British Columbia's ornate government buildings in the provincial capital of Victoria. The 44-year-old Trudeau, who also received loud cheers, joked that getting the kids back on the plane could be a challenge after they see Canada's beautiful Pacific Coast. Crowds of frenzied teenage girls greeted the princes in Vancouver then, cementing William's status as a teen heartthrob. Far from Victoria's marbled halls and manicured lawns, the royal couple will move to Vancouver on Sunday for a visit to the city's gritty Downtown Eastside, a dozen square blocks of poverty and addiction. The royals will then visit an immigrant welcome center where they will meet with a newly arrived refugee family from Syria.

William, Kate bring young prince, princess on Canada trip

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:58:11 UT

While the public will only see the children once at the departure on Oct. 1 and the media will only see the kids a few times during an eight-day visit, Canadians are excited about seeing them. Crowds of frenzied teenage girls greeted the princes in Vancouver, cementing William's status as a teen heartthrob. The children will not be with their parents as they are welcomed to Canada at British Columbia's ornate government buildings in the provincial capital of Victoria. Far from Victoria's marbled halls and manicured lawns, the royal couple will move to Vancouver on Sunday for a visit to the city's gritty Downtown Eastside, a dozen square blocks of poverty and addiction. On Wednesday they'll visit the Yukon and Thursday the royals will be back in Victoria for a private children's tea party with military families.

Trump hotels settle with attorney general over data breach

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:11:38 UT

In May 2015, multiple banks analyzed hundreds of fraudulent credit card transactions and determined the hotel group, one of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's businesses, was the last merchant with legitimate transactions, according to the attorney general's office. According to the attorney general's office, the company last March received additional reports of a second security breach, an investigation showing a hacker got unauthorized access last November and installed credit card harvesting malware on 39 systems affecting five hotels, including Trump SoHo New York.

Top 2 Trudeau aides apologize for moving expenses

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:14:39 UT

Chief of staff Katie Telford and principal secretary Gerald Butts said in a statement Thursday they followed all the rules but don't feel comfortable about some of the relocation costs.

Canada's first Afghan minister now says she was born in Iran

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:35:21 UT

Maryam Monsef, the 30-year-old minister of democratic reform, said that because her refugee story resonated with Canadians she is taking the time to clear up misconceptions. Opposition Conservative lawmaker Michelle Rempel raised questions in tweets about Monsef on Thursday, asking if her country of birth was accurately represented on her refugee application and warning there would be serious consequences if not. A spokeswoman for the prime minister did not respond to messages seeking comment.

Canada and China announce free trade talks

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:28:44 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday he's launched exploratory talks toward a free trade deal with China — Canada's second biggest trading partner. China has embraced Trudeau in part because of his father, former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who in 1970 became one of the first Western leaders to establish diplomatic relations with Communist China. Trudeau has been criticized by human rights groups for considering an extradition treaty with China over concerns about torture and the death penalty. Trudeau said here is a lot of anxiety about globalization and trade in the world but said his government is focused on creating trade opportunities that benefit Canada's middle class and said he's happy to promote free trade on the global stage.

Defense: Man in same-sex parental dispute was trying to help

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:59:41 UT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Virginia businessman was being kind, not condemning homosexuality, when he helped a mother move her daughter out of the country and away from her ex-partner, his lawyer said Wednesday at the start of the man's parental kidnapping trial. Prosecutors said Zodhiates, owner of a direct mail business that serves conservative Christian groups, helped orchestrate Miller's move when it became clear she was losing a yearslong custody battle to Janet Jenkins, with whom she'd entered a civil union in Vermont in 2000. After the two split up, Miller became an evangelical Christian and defied court orders granting Jenkins visitation with Isabella, prosecutor Paul Van De Graaf said during his opening statement.

US, Canada broker agreement to share dwindling cod fishing

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:47:13 UT

The two fisheries overlap in the eastern reaches of Georges Bank, a key fishing area located off of New England. The council voted in 2014 to slash U.S. fishermen's total Gulf of Maine cod catch limit from 1,550 metric tons to 386 metric tons. Atlantic cod remain available to consumers because of fish caught by fishermen from countries such as Norway and Iceland, but the fish's decline off of New England is a major threat to the domestic fishing industry.

Police declare evacuated Prince Edward Island schools safe

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:00:01 UT

TORONTO (AP) — More than 19,000 students on the small Canadian province of Prince Edward Island were evacuated Wednesday after police received a threat that bombs were placed at a number of schools. A senior police official said a "swatting" style computer distributed a threat to jurisdictions across Canada and in the U.S. and they are trying to locate the source. Swatting is when someone contacts emergency services to deceive officials and report a bogus threat so that emergency personnel go to a scene. Students at more than 60 English language and French language schools in Prince Edward Island were taken to safe locations by staff outside the schools, where buses met them. Parker Grimmer, the island's director of public schools, said police contacted the school system Wednesday morning about "a threat that was of a significant nature" and asked for the evacuation of all schools.

AP NewsAlert

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:30:50 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Police: All schools on the small Canadian province of Prince Edward Island evacuated due to "potential threat."

Maine wild blueberry crop bigger than expected amid drought

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:37:29 UT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's wild blueberry crop was better than expected this year despite a drought that has hit some sectors of New England agriculture hard, and consumers could benefit from the heavy supply. The wild blueberry industry has struggled recently with oversupply and competition from the Atlantic Canadian provinces, which also produce wild blueberries. Wild blueberries are not as well known to consumers as the fatter cultivated blueberries, but they are commonly available in frozen food sections of grocery stores.

GM, Canadian workers reach deal to avert strike

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 06:14:40 UT

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors and the Canadian auto workers union Unifor have reached a tentative contract agreement, averting a strike that was threatened for midnight Monday. Details were few at an early morning press conference in Toronto, but Dias said workers will get pay raises and lump-sum payments, and about 700 temporary employees at the plants will go full-time if the deal is ratified by members. The three cars it makes, the Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Impala and Buick Regal, are scheduled to go out of production in 2019. GM said in a statement that the deal will bring significant new products, technology and investment to Oshawa and St. Catherines, "placing those operations at the forefront of advanced manufacturing flexibility, innovation and environmental sustainability." With 75 percent of Oshawa's workers eligible for retirement, the company could save money by offering buyouts and replacing those workers with new hires, who would get a defined contribution plan.

Fake gun, real crime: Police notice uptick in replicas

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:42:00 UT

If I can't go get a real gun, it's easier for me to waltz into Wal-Mart or whatever store sells these things and go get a replica. Because if I go to a store to hold it up, the guy behind the counter isn't going to know it's not real, said Geoffrey Alpert, a criminal justice professor at the University of South Carolina. While the federal government does not track criminals' use of toy or replica guns, some individual police departments say they've noticed an uptick. An officer responding to a report of a $10 armed robbery shot the teen after he pulled out a BB gun that looked "practically identical" to the weapon that police officers use, Columbus police said. In the late 1980s, after a rash of high-profile police shootings of suspects carrying toy or lookalike guns, Congress authorized a study that found thousands of robberies and assaults to have been committed with imitation weapons between 1985 and 1989.

Calgary officer stabbed in mall after chase, suspect shot

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 03:14:25 UT

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — A Calgary police officer was severely injured after being stabbed following a chase into a shopping mall. Acting Chief Trevor Daroux said Saturday that an officer responded to a fight on a transit LRT line and then later chased a suspect into the mall. Daroux says the officer used a Taser on the suspect who pulled out a knife. The officer then shot the suspect. He says both the officer and the suspect are hospitalized in stable condition.