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Lucky carrot: Alberta woman finds mother-in-law's lost ring

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:09:09 UT

CAMROSE, Alberta (AP) — A Canadian woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot. Mary Grams, 84, said she can't believe the lucky carrot actually grew through and around the diamond ring she had long given up hope of finding. Grams said she never told her husband, Norman, that she lost the ring, but told her son. Her husband died five years ago. "I feel relieved and happy inside," Grams said this week. "It grew into the carrot. I still can't figure it out.



US doctor is struck by bus and killed on vacation in Canada

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:41:20 UT

(AP) — A Massachusetts hospital group says one of its doctors was struck by a bus while on vacation with his family in Canada and killed. The chief executive physician at Baystate Health in Springfield said in a statement to The Republican newspaper (http://bit.ly/2w1m3OK ) that Dr. Michael Plevyak died Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia.



US officials: Canadian man tried to ship live snakes in mail

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:43:41 UT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New York say a Canadian man attempted to ship live snakes to China through the mail. The U.S. attorney's office in Buffalo says 28-year-old Chaoyi Le, of Mississauga (mih-sih-SAW'-guh), Ontario, was taken into custody Friday in Los Angeles after getting off a flight from Shanghai.



Pastor freed from North Korean prison arrives back in Canada

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 01:47:46 UT

Hyeon Soo Lim was serving a life sentence of hard labor in North Korea for alleged anti-state activities, but was released last week on what the North Korean government described as sick bail. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent national security adviser Daniel Jean to North Korea to seek Lim's freedom. South Korea, the U.S. and others often accuse North Korea of using foreign detainees to wrest diplomatic concessions, and foreigners have said after their release that their declarations of guilt were coerced while in North Korean custody.



Federal judge clears way for completion of water project

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:57:39 UT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has cleared the way for completion of a $244 million project to bring Missouri River water to residents of northwestern North Dakota, though the state of Missouri and the Canadian province of Manitoba can appeal. The federal Bureau of Reclamation in 2015 released its final environmental study on the project, calling for more stringent water treatment. North Dakota State Engineer Garland Erbele called the ruling "a major milestone" for the project designed to deliver drinking water to state residents. "Every rural community needs a solid foundation of clean drinking water at their fingertips, and I look forward to continuing to work with the Bureau of Reclamation to make that a reality," Heitkamp said.



Jail sentence for 2 members of polygamous sect in Canada

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:16:26 UT

The pair from the polygamous community of Bountiful, British Columbia, were found guilty in February of the charge of taking a child under age 16 out of Canada for sexual purposes. The trial heard evidence that the girl was taken into the United States in 2004 to marry Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who is now serving a life sentence for assaulting two of his child brides.



Freighter aground in river linking lakes Superior, Huron

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:22:41 UT

(AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a Great Lakes freighter has run aground in the St. Marys River, which runs between the U.S. and Canada along Michigan's eastern Upper Peninsula. The Coast Guard says the 629-foot (192-meter) U.S. vessel named Calumet left a steel facility in Sault Ste.



Yellowstone Park vehicle traffic nearing capacity

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 22:44:35 UT

(AP) — Sometime within the next four to six years, Yellowstone National Park is expected to reach its capacity for being able to handle all the vehicles that tourists drive through the park to see sights like Old Faithful, wild wolves and grizzly bears and spectacular scenery. Potential solutions include instituting a reservation system or passenger shuttles to control the number of visitors during peak times for the busiest attractions in the park, but no decisions will be made for at least a couple of years, according to the National Park Service. According to the survey of park visitors, 83 percent of Yellowstone's visitors come from the United States and 17 percent come from abroad with people from Europe and China the top two respectively among international travelers.



Canadian diplomat in Cuba treated for hearing loss

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:12:56 UT

U.S. officials believe a group of American diplomats in Havana suffered severe hearing loss after being exposed to a covert sonic device. Global Affairs Canada spokeswoman Brianne Maxwell said Thursday that agency officials are aware of unusual symptoms affecting Canadian and US diplomatic personnel and their families in Havana.



Canadian pastor freed from North Korea on his way home

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:41:43 UT

Family spokeswoman Lisa Pak said in a statement "there is a long way to go" in terms of Lim's healing and said he needs privacy while receiving unspecified medical attention. Lim, a 62-year-old South Korean-born Canadian citizen, was convicted and sentenced in 2015 on charges of trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system and helping U.S. and South Korean authorities lure and abduct North Korean citizens. South Korea, the U.S. and others often accuse North Korea of using foreign detainees to wrest diplomatic concessions, and foreigners have said after their release that their declarations of guilt had been coerced while in North Korean custody.



Dead whale found on bow of cruise ship entering Alaska port

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 23:44:19 UT

The Grand Princess, a 949-foot (290-meter) ship in the Princess Cruises fleet, on Wednesday morning pulled into Ketchikan with the marine mammal lodged on its submerged, bulbous bow, a device designed to avoid wave-making. Navigators, O'Connor said, spotted no whales near the ship as it sailed overnight toward Ketchikan, which is near the southern tip of the Alaska Panhandle just north of British Columbia. Ships must not approach within 100 yards (91 meters) of humpback whales and must limit observation time to 30 minutes, O'Connor said. Steve Corporon, Ketchikan director of ports and harbors, said a tugboat towed the whale 8 miles (13 kilometers) to Blank Inlet on Gravina Island for the procedure.



Back road to hope: Migrants flood Canada at remote outpost

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 17:52:56 UT

Where the pavement stops, they pick up small children and lead older ones wearing Mickey Mouse backpacks around a "road closed" sign, threading bushes, crossing a ditch, and filing past another sign in French and English that says "No pedestrians." Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, migrants who came to the U.S. from across the globe — Syria, Congo, Haiti, elsewhere — arrive here where Roxham Road dead-ends so they can walk into Canada, hoping its policies will give them the security they believe the political climate in the United States does not. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are adding electricity and portable toilets. A Canadian flag stands just inside the first tent, where the Mounties search the immigrants they've just arrested and check their travel documents. [...] in a quirk in the application of the law, if migrants arrive in Canada at a location other than a port of entry, such as Roxham Road, they are allowed to request refugee status there. The migrants say they are driven by the perception that the age of Republican President Donald Trump, with his ban on travelers from certain majority-Muslim countries, means the United States is no longer the destination of the world's dispossessed. The Trump administration said this year it planned to end in January a special humanitarian program enacted after the 2010 earthquake that gave about 58,000 Haitians permission to stay temporarily in the U.S. On the New York side, U.S. Border Patrol agents sometimes check to be sure the migrants are in the United States legally, but they said they don't have the resources to do it all the time. [...] said Brad Brant, a special operations supervisor for the U.S. Border Patrol, "our mission isn't to prevent people from leaving." Francine Dupuis, the head of a Quebec government-funded program that helps asylum seekers, said her organization estimates 1,174 people overall crossed into Quebec last month, compar



The Latest: Canada sends soldiers to migrant border crossing

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 17:47:48 UT

Canada has sent about 100 soldiers to a remote spot on the Quebec-New York border where asylum seekers are crossing illegally. The Canadian military said in a statement Wednesday that the soldiers will help the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canada Border Services Agency at the site. The military says the soldiers won't play a role in security and won't be helping with law enforcement. The migrants fear the U.S. is becoming less welcoming and have decided to try their luck seeking asylum in Canada.



Canadian man sentenced to 6 months for human smuggling ring

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 17:11:58 UT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A U.S. federal court has sentenced a Canadian man to six months in prison for his part in a human smuggling operation. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson said during Wednesday's sentencing hearing in Fargo that Omoruyi deserves prison time because it was a for-profit scheme to unlawfully move people across the border.



North Korea says it released Canadian detainee

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 11:50:54 UT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday it released a Canadian pastor who has been serving a life sentence since 2015 for alleged anti-state activities over health reasons. The office of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier said that a delegation led by his national security adviser, Daniel Jean, arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday to discuss Lim's imprisonment. South Korea, the U.S. and others often accuse North Korea of using foreign detainees to wrest diplomatic concessions, and foreigners have said after their release that their declarations of guilt had been coerced while in North Korean custody.



Keystone XL foes question proposed route through Nebraska

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 00:27:25 UT

(AP) — Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline questioned its proposed pathway through Nebraska on Tuesday in hopes that state regulators will reject or reroute it, a decision that would create more delays for the 9-year-old project. [...] pipeline builder TransCanada defended its proposal to the Nebraska Public Service Commission, arguing that the company's "preferred route" makes the most sense and causes the least amount of disruption. The 1,179-mile crude oil pipeline has faced relentless criticism from environmental groups, Native American tribes and a well-organized minority of Nebraska landowners who don't want the project cutting through their property. Rerouting the pipeline would add millions of dollars to the project's $8 billion price tag. Because it would travel along a nearly straight path, company officials said their preferred route would affect the least amount of land.



Utah man charged with murder after 2 more bodies identified

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 00:04:42 UT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a missing Utah man with three counts of first-degree murder after two additional bodies found in a shed near a rural Idaho farmhouse were identified as a woman and her 14-year-old daughter. Bullinger and Baker had just purchased the Idaho home in May, and the couple was in the process of moving to Idaho from Utah when one of Bullinger's relatives called police to ask for a welfare check, saying the family hadn't been heard from for a few days. The sheriff's deputy responding to the home noticed signs that something was amiss and so began looking around the tiny farmhouse and wooded lot. Several dead birds and dogs — likely family pets — were also found on the property, and other living animals including a snake, rat and some rabbits were removed during the subsequent investigation.



Prosecutors: Flint airport stabber celebrated 9/11 attacks

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 19:35:49 UT

DETROIT (AP) — A Tunisian-born man who lives in Canada and stabbed a police officer at a Michigan airport subscribes to Osama Bin Laden's ideology and celebrated the 9/11 attacks, federal prosecutors said in a court filing. The government has at its disposal multiple U.S. law enforcement agencies, the assistance of Canadian law enforcement, and myriad other resources, defense attorneys wrote in a separate filing on Tuesday. ... the government has been searching near and far for any connection between Mr. Ftouhi and an international terrorist organization. "Any witness in a terrorism case is bound to react with fear and anger upon learning that not only their name, but where they can be found, has been provided to a defendant charged with terrorism-related offenses and his agents," according to the government's motion.



The Latest: Flint airport stabber says US is enemy of Allah

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 18:17:45 UT

The government says Amor Ftouhi (ah-MOOR' fuh-TOO'-ee) told agents investigating the stabbing of a police officer at an airport in Flint, Michigan, that he considers the U.S. an enemy of Allah and that others like him would be coming to harm the country. Federal prosecutors say in a court filing that providing such information could make witnesses in a terrorism case "react with fear and anger." Federal prosecutors have told a judge that a Tunisian-born man who stabbed a police officer at a Michigan airport subscribes to Osama Bin Laden's ideology and celebrated the 9/11 attacks.



Report proposes steps to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 21:04:44 UT

(AP) — A federal report released Monday proposes a $275 million array of technological and structural upgrades at a crucial site in Illinois to prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes and its vulnerable fish populations. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers outlined its tentative plan in a report that had been scheduled for release in February but was delayed by the Trump administration, drawing criticism from members of Congress and environmental groups. Despite the benefit of protecting the lakes from Asian carp, the Army corps acknowledged its preferred approach could affect other wildlife species, from turtles, frogs and otters caught in the electric current to native fish whose migration paths would be interrupted. "The Army Corps report makes clear that it's time for serious preventative actions to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes," said Howard Learner, executive director of the Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center. In a joint statement, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and Prairie Rivers Network said the corps plan was "another step in the fight against the upstream movement of Asian carp" but didn't address how to impede Great Lakes fish from migrating downstream into the Mississippi watershed.