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South Carolina man charged with kidnapping Canadian woman

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:51:54 UT

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a South Carolina man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Canadian woman he told was being hired to model. Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark told local media the woman from Alberta, Canada, was rescued from the man's trailer home Wednesday, after authorities tracked them via social media and cellphone.

West Virginia industrial plant explosion kills 2, injures 1

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:31:59 UT

Officials say the explosion was reported Wednesday at Midland Resource Recovery, a company based in Ontario, Canada, that odorizes natural gas. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says workers at the facility outside Philippi were using bleach and preparing a tank for cleaning when the explosion occurred shortly before noon Wednesday.

Uber driver charged with kidnapping Toronto woman

Wed, 24 May 2017 01:55:33 UT

Investigators allege he engaged her in inappropriate conversation, made unwanted advances, refused to let her out of the car, and tried to forcibly take her to a location other than her destination.

Lawyer: Passenger took cocaine before disrupting flight

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:47:25 UT

(AP) — An attorney says a Canadian man took cocaine before boarding a flight where he allegedly attacked the crew with coffee pots and tried to open a cabin door. Cohen has asked the judge to release Courneyea into his father's custody so they can return home to Kingston, Ontario.

Nearly 740,000 foreigners overstayed US visas last year

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:24:04 UT

President Donald Trump has proposed spending billions of dollars to erect a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico and hire more border agents, but those measures would not address people who arrive legally and stay after their visas expire. Trump vowed during last year's campaign to finish building a system to record when visitors leave the country by using biometric identifiers, like facial or iris scans, but he has focused much of his attention on building a wall and hiring more border agents. Homeland Security's internal watchdog said earlier this month that immigration agents waste their time logging in and out of archaic computer systems while trying to track down foreigners suspected of overstaying their visas only to find out later that many visa holders have left the country.

Canada warns it may cancel US jet buy over Bombardier probe

Thu, 18 May 2017 22:44:18 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's government warned Thursday it could cancel a planned US$2 billion purchase of 18 Super Hornet fighter jets from Boeing Co. because of U.S. Department of Commerce anti-dumping investigations against Canadian plane maker Bombardier. Boeing argued at a hearing in Washington on Thursday that duties should be imposed on Bombardier's new larger CSeries passenger aircraft, insisting it receives Canadian government subsidies that give it an advantage internationally. The Canadian government said late last year it would enter into discussions with the U.S. and Boeing on buying 18 Super Hornet jet fighters from Boeing on an interim basis and hold an open competition to buy more planes over the next five years.

Canada PM, Washington governor discuss trade, climate change

Thu, 18 May 2017 22:32:04 UT

Trudeau told reporters their private meeting at a Seattle hotel was an opportunity "to talk about the incredibly close ties between Washington state and British Columbia and indeed, all of Canada." In a news release issued after the meeting, Inslee's office said the governor and prime minister discussed their respective efforts on curbing carbon pollution: with Inslee talking about his clean air rule to cap carbon pollution, and Trudeau describing pollution reduction initiatives in Canada's largest provinces, including British Columbia. Washington state and the Canadian province of British Columbia are involved in initiatives promoting clean energy and the feasibility of a high-speed rail connection connecting Canada to the Pacific Northwest.

Canada-European Union pact worries US lobster industry

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:52:12 UT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Members of the U.S. seafood industry are fearful that Canada's approval of a new trade deal with the European Union will cause big problems for the American lobster business, just as the catch is hitting historic highs. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act, or CETA, cleared its final hurdle in the Parliament of Canada on Tuesday. Seafood exporters and lobster industry members like Dave Madden, owner of exporter Lobster Trap in Bourne, Massachusetts, said they fear loss of money and jobs in the U.S. under the new rules. [...] a loss of European business could shake up prices and availability throughout the supply chain.

Canada backs sanctions legislation targeting rights abusers

Thu, 18 May 2017 03:37:03 UT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada's government decided Wednesday to create legislation to expand the country's international sanctions law to target gross human rights violators, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told Parliament. A Parliament committee agreed last month to support amending Canada's sanctions rules to include rights violators, acting in honor of the Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after accusing officials of a $230 million tax fraud.

Canada to apologize for discrimination because of sexuality

Wed, 17 May 2017 21:01:04 UT

A special adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on LGBT issues said Wednesday that the government will acknowledge the role that legislation and policies played in the past discrimination. A spokesman for the prime minister said Boissonnault will study potential follow-up steps, including the possibility of pardons and compensation.

Air Canada plane diverted after passenger tries to open door

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:58:17 UT

(AP) — An Air Canada flight from Jamaica to Toronto was diverted to Orlando, Florida, after authorities say a passenger became aggressive, attacked the crew with coffee pots and tried to open the cabin door. A federal criminal complaint says crew members and other passengers secured Brandon Michael Courneyea using zip ties.

Canada: Passengers can't be removed from overbooked flights

Tue, 16 May 2017 18:13:42 UT

Minister Marc Garneau said the shoddy treatment of air passengers outlined in recent news reports will not be tolerated on any domestic flight as well as any flight leaving or arriving to Canada. The new regulation comes a month after cellphone video captured a passenger being dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago after he refused to leave his seat to accommodate airline crew members.

Tribes in US, Canada unite against Keystone XL oil pipeline

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:09:58 UT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Tribes representing tens of thousands of indigenous people in the U.S. and Canada will be signing a declaration against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline. The 16-page declaration highlights the tribes' treaty rights and their opposition to the proposed $8 billion pipeline, which would move Canadian crude south to Nebraska, where the pipeline would connect with an existing Keystone pipeline network that would take the oil to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. Tribes plan to use Wednesday's document to draw attention to their cause — possibly sending it to the United Nations — while they also consider other opposition, including protest camps along the pipeline route, Camp-Horinek said.

Canadian woman's cutout of Spicer in bush gets attention

Tue, 16 May 2017 04:30:08 UT

VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian woman's idea to make a lawn ornament out of a picture of White House press secretary Sean Spicer has been trending on social media. The Washington Post reported last week that Spicer had been among the bushes with his staff as reporters waited to question him about the firing of FBI director James Comey.

USDA warns Pittsburgh restaurant that served horse meat

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:09:14 UT

KDKA-TV first reported that Cure Restaurant hosted a special dinner with Canadian chefs on May 8 that included horse tartare. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says Cure chef and co-owner Justin Severino received a warning letter for illegally bringing horse meat into the country.

Restaurant gets angry response after serving horse meat

Fri, 12 May 2017 11:27:24 UT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh restaurant is causing a stir after serving horse meat. KDKA-TV reports ( that Cure Restaurant hosted a special dinner with Canadian chefs Monday. Cure chef and co-owner Justin Severino released a statement explaining that the meat was sourced from a sustainable horse farm in Canada.

Judge: No bond for Missouri man amid terrorism probe

Thu, 11 May 2017 23:17:43 UT

(AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered a Kansas City, Missouri, man to be detained without bond on a passport fraud charge while the FBI investigates what the judge suggested was the native Somali's "long-held goal to leave this country to join a foreign terrorist organization." [...] an FBI agent assigned to an international terrorism squad, Michael Buono, says in an affidavit that Mohamud ultimately went secretly last month to Egypt — what the government believes was his intended destination when he sought the passport — and was detained there by authorities. Mohamud's "long-held goal to leave this country to join a foreign terrorist organization, as well as his recently displayed ability to carry through on his plan by covertly leaving his home for overseas travel, causes the court to find by a preponderance of the evidence that there is a serious risk defendant will flee if released on bond," the Hays wrote.

Man and young girl missing in Quebec flooding

Mon, 8 May 2017 23:33:13 UT

MONTREAL (AP) — More than 1,500 Canadian soldiers are helping deal with flooding that has caused widespread damage and evacuations in Quebec. Provincial authorities say water levels should peak across the province by midweek and begin receding.

Syrian refugees name baby for Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

Mon, 8 May 2017 16:45:14 UT

TORONTO (AP) — A Syrian refugee couple have named their new baby after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in gratitude for his initiative to allow refugees to enter the country. The Canadian government says more than 40,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in the country since November 2015.

Floods drive nearly 1,900 from homes in Canada's Quebec

Mon, 8 May 2017 03:50:59 UT

MONTREAL (AP) — Flooding caused by unusually persistent rainfall has driven nearly 1,900 people from their homes in 126 municipalities in the Canadian province of Quebec, authorities said Sunday. Montreal became the latest Quebec city to declare a state of emergency after three dikes gave way in the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough, in the north end of the city by the Rivieres des Prairies. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said no other province had so far requested military help, but forces personnel, including reserves, were on stand-by across the country.