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Constitutional arguments begin in Canadian polygamy case

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:50:57 UT

CRANBROOK, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian man found guilty of marrying two dozen women says he believed he was entitled to practice polygamy because he wasn't charged when police investigated him in the 1990s. Winston Blackmore appeared in British Columbia Supreme Court in Cranbrook this week where a judge is hearing arguments on whether Canada's polygamy laws infringe on his rights to freedom of religion and expression. Blackmore is a leader of the community of Bountiful, British Columbia, where residents follow the teachings of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.



PolyMet offers $544M in financial assurances for mine costs

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:32:02 UT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — PolyMet Mining Corp. is offering the state a $544 million package of financial assurances to serve as an insurance policy to protect taxpayers from potentially having to cover the costs of closing and cleaning up a controversial copper-nickel mine it wants to build in northeastern Minnesota. The company said the package of surety bonds, irrevocable letters of credit and a trust fund would be sufficient to cover all costs, including treating the mine's wastewater "as long as necessary," if the mine were to close and the company couldn't cover the costs. PolyMet used an estimate of 100 years in its financial modeling, spokesman Bruce Richardson said.



Another human foot washes ashore in British Columbia

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:58:45 UT

SOOKE, British Columbia (AP) — Another human foot has been found on British Columbia's coastline, the latest in more than a dozen such grim discoveries over the past decade. British Columbia Coroners Service spokesman Andy Watson said Wednesday foul play isn't suspected. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said a man was out for walk on the beach in Jordan River on Vancouver Island when his dog found the foot in a shoe with part of the leg attached this month. The body part was seized and the area searched. The investigation has been turned over to the B.C. Coroners Service. Watson said an early analysis suggests the remains are human. He said the foot is the 13th to wash up on B.C.



Canada to buy used Australian jets over new Boeing aircraft

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:55:47 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada has ditched a plan to buy 18 Super Hornet jet fighters from U.S.-based Boeing and will instead buy 18 used F-18 fighters from Australia. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had previously warned that Canada would stop doing business with Boeing if it doesn't drop a trade complaint against Canadian plane maker Bombardier, and the government warned again on Tuesday that the company will have little chance of winning a new contract for 88 additional fighter jets under the status quo. Trudeau's government also said Tuesday it will assess companies' overall impact on Canada's economy before buying the 88 additional fighter jets to replace its aging F-18s.



Michigan panel urges temporary shutdown of Mackinac pipeline

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:45:51 UT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A government safety panel on Monday urged the temporary shutdown of twin oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac until their operator can finish inspections and repair coating gaps, after some members expressed concerns over a recent deal between the state and Enbridge Inc. The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board approved the non-binding resolution as members of Gov. Rick Snyder's administration who sit on the panel abstained from voting. Other non-binding resolutions call for temporarily halting the flow of oil during storms that produce sustained waves at least 3 feet (0.9 meter) high for longer than an hour, instead of an 8-foot (2.



Oregon town seeks first microbrewery, offers benefits

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 17:20:39 UT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon town near one of America's microbrew meccas is thirsting for a piece of the action and offering incentives for the first brewery to establish itself in the community. In an internet presentation aimed at luring craft brewers, Madras — which sits between irrigated farmland and high desert within sight of the snow-capped Cascade Range — says it will assist in site selection and costs of architecture, engineering, permits and building renovation. It also offers expedited permitting, technical assistance and an opportunity for a start-up loan. Consumption of craft beer in the U.S. keeps reaching new heights. Sales rose 6.2 percent by volume in 2016, to 24 million barrels, the Brewers Association said.



Sen. Warren critical of Trump decision on Jerusalem

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 00:39:08 UT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she worries that President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital will make it harder to achieve peace in the Middle East. The Massachusetts Democrat spoke to several thousand attendees Friday at The Union For Reform Judaism convention in Boston. Warren says she believes a two-state solution is the best hope for peace. She says Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and diplomacy between Israelis and Palestinians should determine the final status of Jerusalem. She says Trump should deliver a "comprehensive strategy" for negotiations.



Officials have more work ahead on Enbridge pipeline review

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 20:32:03 UT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials need to do more work on the environmental review of Enbridge Energy's proposed replacement for its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline, which has drawn strong opposition from environmental and tribal groups. The Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to declare that the environmental impact statement is "inadequate" and sent it back for revisions to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, which conducted the review, the Star Tribune reported. The PUC isn't scheduled to decide the bigger question of whether the project is needed until late April at the earliest.



Obama talks at climate change summit as mayors sign charter

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 00:33:57 UT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday told a summit of mayors driven to act after President Donald Trump rejected the Paris climate accord that cities and states are the "new face of American leadership" on climate change. Obama, who did not mention Trump by name, made a quick appearance at the conference hosted by his former chief of staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He said it was an "unusual time" with the U.S. as the only country to walk away from the Paris agreement, but it was a chance for local leaders to come together and fulfill promises the country has made. "Ultimately the work is done on the ground," Obama said.



Obama expected at mayors' Chicago summit on climate change

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 01:11:45 UT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is expected to attend a gathering of mayors from around the globe convening in Chicago to discuss climate change after President Donald Trump said the U.S. will pull out of the Paris climate accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement Monday saying he's honored Obama will be joining the North American Climate Summit Chicago, which kicked off Monday evening and runs through Tuesday. Emanuel, a onetime White House chief of staff under Obama, says local leaders will "make meaningful commitments" to solutions. Other mayors expected to attend include Ed Lee of San Francisco, Valerie Plante of Montreal and Miguel Angel Mancera of Mexico City.



Economists expect modest boost from tax cuts

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 15:12:12 UT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Economists expect a tax overhaul to provide a modest boost to the U.S. economy but are increasingly worried that a rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement will take a toll on growth. The National Association of Business Economics survey found that forecasters expect tax law changes to add 0.2 percentage points of growth to the U.S. economy, down slightly from what they expected in the previous NABE survey in September. The survey was taken Nov. 6-15, before the Senate passed a major tax overhaul early Saturday. Forty-six percent of 51 panelists believe the renegotiation of NAFTA will do at least some damage to the American economy, up from 27 percent in September.



Penn National Gaming in discussions to buy rival Pinnacle

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:52:19 UT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn National Gaming says it is discussing acquiring rival casino owner Pinnacle Entertainment, and creating a unified company with 45 properties in more than a dozen states and Canada. Pennsylvania-based Penn National and Las Vegas-based Pinnacle say in a brief statements Thursday that the discussions may or may not lead to a transaction. Penn National says the discussions revolve around purchasing Pinnacle in a cash and stock transaction. It says any transaction will require approval from the two companies' boards, as well as regulators and shareholders. Penn National has 29 properties. Pinnacle has 16 properties. A combined company would have more than $5 billion in revenue.



TransCanada to run inspection device in Keystone pipeline

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:40:12 UT

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp. says it will run an inspection device through its Keystone oil pipeline to make sure there aren't segments of pipe with similar characteristics to a section that ruptured in South Dakota. A company spokesman said Wednesday that it would run the pipeline inspection gauge through its system within a 120-day period ordered by a federal pipeline safety agency. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration this week issued a corrective order on the estimated 210,000-gallon oil spill. The report says a weight installed on the pipeline nearly a decade ago may have damaged the pipeline and coating.



Online video gamers heard gunshots in Kansas killings

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:26:11 UT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Houston man playing video games in an online group said he and others heard the gunshots that hundreds of miles away killed a Kansas man and his mother this past weekend. Three to four players, including one from Canada, were playing online Saturday night when one of them and his mother were shot, The Wichita Eagle reported. The players could hear, but not see, each other. Among the players that evening was 23-year-old Cody Ha, who lived with his 62-year-old mother, Huong Pham, in Wichita. Also online that night from Houston was Ha's friend Ashley Martinez. Around 10 p.m.



Canada tests 'basic income' effect on poverty amid lost jobs

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:54:43 UT

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — Former security guard Tim Button considers how a sudden increase in his income from an unusual social experiment has changed his life in this Canadian industrial city along the shore of Lake Ontario. Sipping coffee in a Tim Horton's doughnut shop, Button says he has been unable to work because of a fall from a roof, and the financial boost from Ontario Province's new "basic income" program has enabled him to make plans to visit distant family for Christmas for the first time in years. It has also prompted him to eat healthier, schedule a long-postponed trip to the dentist and mull taking a course to help him get back to work.



Man accused in drug ring accused of alerting other suspects

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:59:35 UT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man accused in an international fentanyl-trafficking operation that led to the overdose death of a North Dakota man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations he ordered other defendants to keep quiet. Daniel Vivas Ceron, a Colombian national who allegedly ran the enterprise from a Canadian prison, is charged with obstruction of justice. An indictment says he wrote letters telling co-conspirators to remain silent and alerting other suspects about the investigation. Vivas Ceron, 37, was charged earlier this year with five counts, including aiding in the distribution of fentanyl that resulted in the January 2015 death of 18-year-old Bailey Henke, of Grand Forks.



Agency says US, Canada fall short on protecting Great Lakes

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:15:34 UT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Despite recent improvements, the U.S. and Canada have a long way to go toward ridding the Great Lakes of pollution that endangers human health and the environment, an advisory agency said Tuesday. Inadequately treated sewage, industrial chemicals and farm runoff are still flowing into the five lakes that provide drinking water for about 40 million people, the International Joint Commission said in its first checkup report since both nations last updated the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in 2012.



Canada PM apologizes for oppression of LGBTQ communities

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:36:14 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized Tuesday to members of the LGBTQ community for actions taken by the government against thousands of workers in the military and public service during the Cold War. Trudeau said in a speech to Parliament that from the 1950s to the early 1990s, the federal government employed a campaign of oppression against members and suspected members of the LGBTQ communities. The thinking of the day, he said, was that all non-heterosexual Canadians would automatically be at an increased risk of blackmail by Canada's adversaries.




Backers, foes of Keystone XL seek clarification in ruling

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:49:15 UT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline and the project's opponents are asking Nebraska regulators to clarify their recent decision to approve an alternative pipeline route through the state. Attorneys for pipeline developer TransCanada and landowners who want to stop it both filed motions for the Nebraska Public Service Commission to reconsider its decision. The commission approved a pathway but didn't pick TransCanada's preferred route, which has undergone numerous local, state and federal reviews. A TransCanada spokesman says the company filed its motion in hopes that commissioners will answer lingering questions about the decision. The company intends to file an amended application with the commission.



Michigan, Enbridge reach deal to boost safety of pipelines

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 21:55:49 UT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian oil transport company Enbridge Inc. announced a timeline Monday for determining the future of twin pipelines beneath the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge. Options include shutting down the lines or routing them through a tunnel beneath the lakebed where they now rest. The plan calls for reaching a final agreement by Aug. 15, 2018, on the pipes beneath the Straits of Mackinac, a 5-mile-long (8-kilometer-long) scenic waterway with high value to the tourist industry and Great Lakes environment.