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APNewsBreak: Live Asian carp discovered near Lake Michigan

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:14:16 UT

(AP) — A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan — well beyond an electric barrier network designed to prevent the invasive fish that have infested the Mississippi River system from reaching the Great Lakes, officials said Friday. Silver carp are among four types of Asian carp threatening to invade the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could compete with native species, unravel aquatic food chains and devastate the region's $7 billion fishing industry.



Officials: Live Asian carp discovered 9 miles from Lake Michigan, beyond electric barrier designed to stop invasive fish

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:02:39 UT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Officials: Live Asian carp discovered 9 miles from Lake Michigan, beyond electric barrier designed to stop invasive fish.



The Latest: Doctors: Officer stabbed at airport recovering

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:49:00 UT

(AP) — The Latest on the investigation into a stabbing of a police officer at the airport in Flint, Michigan (all times local): Doctors say the Flint, Michigan, airport officer stabbed in the neck during what federal authorities are investigating as a terrorist act is recovering well from the life-threatening attack. Hurley Medical Center doctors said Friday that Bishop International Airport police Lt. Jeff Neville could be released from the hospital within a couple days. Hospital officials in Flint, Michigan, are expected to discuss the medical condition of an airport officer stabbed during what federal officials are investigating as an act of terrorism.



Q&A: A look at US-Canada border after airport stabbing

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:46:42 UT

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a Canadian man from Tunisia crossed legally into the U.S. days before stabbing a police officer in the neck at a Michigan airport. The attack raises questions about security along the northern border, including what the process is for travelers and how many people are detained or denied entry. Travelers need a valid passport, enhanced driver's licenses offered in some U.S. states and Canadian provinces, or another official expedited entry card, such as Nexus. [...] documentation became required in 2009 for U.S. and Canadian citizens who enter the U.S. at land and sea ports of entry from within the Western Hemisphere. Border officials say agents at all ports of entry identify nearly 900 individuals on a daily basis who raise national security concerns. The 1999 arrest of Ahmed Ressam as he arrived at Port Angeles, Washington, by ferry from Canada with explosives in his rental car raised concerns about attackers living and operating north of the border due to lax immigration and refugee laws. Ressam was convicted in 2001 of planning to bomb Los Angeles International Airport during millennium celebrations. WHAT ARE THE STAFFING LEVELS OF U.S. BORDER PATROL AGENTS?



Officials to discuss condition of officer stabbed at airport

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:33:30 UT

DETROIT (AP) — The Canadian man charged with stabbing a police officer at the Flint airport in a possible act of terrorism was a part-time caretaker at the Montreal apartment building where he lived and had once studied to sell insurance, a landlord and an insurance company spokesman said. Licensed gun dealers first must put purchasers through an electronic background check of U.S. law enforcement databases, which could make Canadians ineligible, said Brady Schickinger, director of the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners. Ftouhi, a dual citizen of Canada and Tunisia, stabbed airport police Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife after yelling "Allahu akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great." According to the FBI, Ftouhi said something similar to "you have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die." Montreal police spokesman Benoit Boiselle said officers were assisting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the search on behalf of an FBI request. North African emigrants often choose to settle in the French-speaking province of Quebec, drawn by its immigration policies that favor francophone applicants. Neville "fought him to the end," managing to stop the stabbing and bring Ftouhi to the ground as other officers arrived to help, according to Chris Miller, the airport police chief.



Timeline of events surrounding Michigan airport stabbing

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:08:07 UT

(AP) — A Canadian man has been charged in the stabbing of a Michigan airport police officer, and authorities are investigating the attack as a possible terrorist act. The timeline below is based on statements by David Gelios, head of the FBI in Detroit, and the federal complaint charging Amor M. Ftouhi, 49, of Quebec, in the stabbing of Lt. Jeff Neville on Wednesday at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan. Ftouhi goes up an escalator to the second level of the airport where he turns left to go to a restaurant.



Summer of Slime: DIY goo takes over tweens' lives

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:18:11 UT

[...] instead of being able to copy newsprint on the gooey substance (remember newsprint?) or sculpt a grubby, avocado-green animal that resembles a Picasso nightmare, 21st century slime is slick and pretty. Glue, baking soda and contact lens solution are all it takes to make satisfyingly stretchy slime. Some recipes call for Borax (although concerns over chemical burns have led some goo-makers to substitute other ingredients), shaving cream or Tide laundry detergent. Because of the increased demand, the Elmer's team boosted production of various glues. Many parents feel the need to purchase glue in gallon jugs online because of shortages in brick-and-mortar stores. The goo has become something of a cottage industry for tweens who want to earn a bit of pocket money, or at least cover the cost of supplies. Slime is tailor-made for social media because it's so pretty — especially when it contains rainbow-colored beads or shimmery blue glitter. Since March 1, Elmer's has received nearly 200,000 social media mentions about slime. Sarah Rubens of St. Paul, Minnesota, reports that her family has witnessed the onslaught of Styrofoam beads, kinetic sand, shaving cream, food coloring, acrylic paint and, the horror of all craft horror, glitter.



Stabbing suspect was caretaker, studied insurance sales

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:05:04 UT

DETROIT (AP) — The Canadian man charged with stabbing a police officer at the Flint airport in a possible act of terrorism was a part-time caretaker at the Montreal apartment building where he lived and had once studied to sell insurance, a landlord and an insurance company spokesman said Thursday. Licensed gun dealers first must put purchasers through an electronic background check of U.S. law enforcement databases, which could make Canadians ineligible, said Brady Schickinger, director of the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners. Ftouhi, a dual citizen of Canada and Tunisia, stabbed airport police Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife after yelling "Allahu akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great." According to the FBI, Ftouhi said something similar to "you have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die." Montreal police spokesman Benoit Boiselle said officers were assisting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the search on behalf of an FBI request. North African emigrants often choose to settle in the French-speaking province of Quebec, drawn by its immigration policies that favor francophone applicants. Neville "fought him to the end," managing to stop the stabbing and bring Ftouhi to the ground as other officers arrived to help, according to Chris Miller, the airport police chief.



The Latest: FBI says airport attacker tried to buy gun in US

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:57:17 UT

The FBI says a Canadian man from Tunisia may have chosen to attack a police officer in Flint, Michigan, simply because it has an international airport. The FBI is investigating the attack as a possible act of terrorism but Gelios says the agency has "no information" that the attack was part of a wider terrorism plot. The FBI says a Canadian man accused of stabbing a police officer at the Flint, Michigan, airport tried unsuccessfully to buy a gun while in the United States for five days. According to the FBI, Ftouhi said something similar to "you have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die." The man charged with stabbing a police officer at the Flint, Michigan, airport in a possible act of terrorism lived quietly with his family at a Montreal apartment complex where he was also a caretaker.



Timeline of events surrounding Michigan airport stabbing

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:07:59 UT

(AP) — A Canadian man has been charged in the stabbing of a Michigan airport police officer, and authorities are investigating the attack as a possible terrorist act. The timeline below is based on statements by David Gelios, head of the FBI in Detroit, and the federal complaint charging Amor M. Ftouhi, 49, of Quebec, in the stabbing of Lt. Jeff Neville on Wednesday at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan. Ftouhi goes up an escalator to the second level of the airport where he turns left to go to a restaurant.



Ex-Canada ski coach found guilty on 37 charges in sex trial

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:56:21 UT

SAINT-JEROME, Quebec (AP) — A Quebec judge has found a former high-performance Canadian ski coach guilty of 37 charges related to the exploitation and sexual assault of young female students, calling him a sexual predator. Bertrand Charest's crimes took place more than 20 years ago as he trained aspiring professional downhill skiers.



FBI: Michigan airport stabbing suspect unsuccessfully tried to buy gun in U.S. before attack, did buy knife here

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:53:56 UT

DETROIT (AP) — FBI: Michigan airport stabbing suspect unsuccessfully tried to buy gun in U.S. before attack, did buy knife here.



Sears Canada says it is seeking court protection

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:53:18 UT

The struggling retailer, a separate, publicly traded company that was spun off from Sears Holdings in 2012, said it will close 20 full-line locations, plus 15 Sears Home stores, 10 Sears Outlet stores and 14 Sears Hometown locations. The announcement came after the company was granted temporary court protection from creditors under Ontario's Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act this morning.



Canadian charged in US airport attack investigated as terror

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:09:29 UT

(AP) — A Canadian man from Tunisia shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck Wednesday at a Michigan airport, and referenced people being killed overseas during the attack that's now being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal and court officials said. The attack at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, is being investigated as an act of terrorism, but authorities have no indication at this time that the suspect was involved in a "wider plot," said FBI Special Agent in Charge David Gelios. The criminal complaint said Ftouhi stabbed airport police Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife after yelling "Allahu akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great." According to the FBI, Ftouhi said something similar to "you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die." Neville was in satisfactory condition after initially being in critical condition, airport police Chief Chris Miller said at a late afternoon news conference where the charge against Ftouhi was announced. Montreal police spokesman Benoit Boiselle said officers with their department were assisting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the search on behalf of an FBI request. Ftouhi spent some time in public, unsecured areas of the airport before going to a restroom where he dropped two bags before attacking the officer with a 12-inch knife that had an 8-inch serrated blade, Gelios said.



Latest: Officials: Suspect a dual citizen of Canada, Tunisia

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 03:30:22 UT

A published report says the man accused of stabbing a police officer at an airport in Flint, Michigan, is a dual citizen of Canada and Tunisia. A Montreal landlord says the Canadian man accused of stabbing a police officer at the Flint, Michigan, airport was a model tenant. A Canadian man accused of stabbing a police officer at the airport in Flint, Michigan, has appeared in federal court. Montreal police spokesman Benoit Boiselle says officers with their department are assisting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a search of an apartment in the city. Boiselle says the FBI requested the search after a police officer was stabbed Wednesday at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan. U.S. and Canadian authorities say they are cooperating in the investigation of a Canadian man accused of stabbing a police officer at an airport in Flint, Michigan. The FBI says a Canadian man charged with stabbing an airport officer in the neck in Flint, Michigan, made references during the attack to people being killed in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Special agent in charge David Gelios says authorities are investigating the attack by Amor Ftouhi as an act of terrorism. Ftouhi spent some time in public, unsecured areas of the airport before emerging from a restroom, yelling "Allahu akbar" — the Arabic phrase for "God is great" — and attacking the officer with a 12-inch knife that had an 8-inch serrated blade. The criminal complaint says Ftouhi stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife and declared "Allahu akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great." A Michigan county commissioner says an airport police officer has undergone surgery after being stabbed in the neck. The FBI says it's aware of reports that an attacker made statements during the stabbing of a police officer at the Flint, Michigan, airport but that it's too early to determine their nature or whether the incident was an act of terrorism. Earlier a l



FBI: Alleged airport stabber during attack referred to people being killed in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:43:44 UT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — FBI: Alleged airport stabber during attack referred to people being killed in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.



FBI: Stabbing at Flint, Michigan, airport by resident of Canada is being investigated as an act of terrorism

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:33:54 UT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — FBI: Stabbing at Flint, Michigan, airport by resident of Canada is being investigated as an act of terrorism.



Federal prosecutors charge Canadian man in stabbing of airport officer in Flint, Michigan

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:28:24 UT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors charge Canadian man in stabbing of airport officer in Flint, Michigan.



Michigan cuts ties to contractor on oil spill analysis

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:08:15 UT

(AP) — A company hired to analyze the worst-case scenario of an oil pipeline failure in the Straits of Mackinac has been fired because of a conflict of interest with Enbridge Energy, the state of Michigan announced Wednesday. An email seeking comment was sent to DNV GL, which develops standards and provides technical expertise in the maritime and energy industries. Another contractor, Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems, is studying alternatives to the pipeline in the straits area, which connects lakes Huron and Michigan.



Jailing of indigenous assault victim sparks debate in Canada

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:53:08 UT

MASKWACIS, Alberta (AP) — A homeless indigenous woman, victim of a stabbing and sexual assault, was forced to testify in shackles, then jailed in a cell alongside that of her attacker in a case that has roused indignation in Canada about the treatment of the people it calls the First Nations. The Alberta provincial justice minister has launched two investigations, the chief judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta is reviewing the decision to detain the woman and activists are denouncing a legal system they say is chronically unfair to the indigenous. Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley has apologized to the family of the victim, a Cree woman whose name has not been made public because she was the victim of a sexual assault. Police called him an "extremely violent and opportunistic" offender in a public warning. According to court documents, she was "clearly agitated and aggressive" while testifying. In December, a different judge found Blanchard guilty of aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful confinement and aggravated sexual assault. The inequities are on display in Maskwacis, a rural community of gravel streets and graffiti-sprayed homes where people have struggled with unemployment, gang violence and drug abuse.