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Canadian sent to US prison for smuggling immigrants in 1999

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:32:41 UT

DETROIT (AP) — A Canadian man has been sentenced to 15 months in a U.S. prison nearly 20 years after he smuggled immigrants across the Detroit River. Defense attorney Marshall Goldberg says Nguyen wasn't "living in the shadows."

Facing deadline, most Wisconsin dairy farms find new buyer

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:21:09 UT

The Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative said in a news release Thursday the group believes most farmers dropped by Grassland Dairy earlier this month found new buyers. Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection spokesman Bill Cosh says he couldn't confirm that only a few remain without buyers because the agency is still determining each farm's status and helping those without buyers.

The Latest: Trump says NAFTA pull-out would shock system

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:16:00 UT

Trump says if he's unable to make "a fair deal" for the U.S., he will, indeed, seek to halt participation in NAFTA. President Donald Trump says the leaders of Canada and Mexico called him asking the United States to remain a partner in the North American Free Trade Agreement and that he agreed. [...] in a post Thursday morning on his verified Twitter account, the president said his positive response was "subject to the fact that if we do not reach a fair deal for all, we will then terminate NAFTA." President Donald Trump, still chafing over rulings blocking his travel ban early this year, says he's considered breaking up the West Coast-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Trump called U.S. District Judge William Orrick's preliminary injunction against his order stripping money from sanctuary cities "ridiculous" on Twitter.

Canadian firefighters rescue woman from crane in Toronto

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:47:32 UT

TORONTO (AP) — A woman who was stuck on the top part of a construction crane in downtown Toronto for hours was rescued Wednesday after being strapped to a rappelling firefighter and lowered to the ground. The woman had been perched on a gently swaying large pulley device for at least four hours and was clinging to a steel cable when a rescuer reached her. Pegg said crews were called to the scene at a construction site at about 4 a.m. A rescue worker began climbing up the crane around 6 a.m. and rappelled down to the woman on the pulley device around 8 a.m., Pegg said. Streets in the area were blocked off and bystanders packed nearby sidewalks to watch the dramatic operation unfold.

Canadian leader responds to lumber tariffs imposed by the US

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:15:01 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Tuesday that Canada and the U.S. could suffer a "thickening" border as the Trump administration imposes new tariffs on softwood lumber and trade tensions between the two countries escalate. "There are millions of good U.S. jobs that depend on the smooth flow of goods, services and people back and forth across our border," Trudeau said at a news conference. Trump has been railing against Canada's decision to change its policy on pricing domestic milk to cover more dairy ingredients, leading to lower prices for products, including ultra-filtered milk. Trudeau's government, however, offered a more detailed read-out of the call and said Trudeau "refuted the baseless allegations" by the U.S. Commerce Department about Canadian softwood lumber. In softwood lumber, the countries have had a once-a-decade cycle of tariffs, trade litigation, and ultimately settlements.

Wisconsin dairy farms face closure due to Canadian policies

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:39:17 UT

(AP) — A cheese factory in central Wisconsin is offering a lifeline to some dairy farms threatened by Canada's milk pricing policies that may force other farms to close. A local milk processor, Greenwood-based Grassland Dairy Products, recently said it was dropping several farms because it lost millions of dollars when Canada changed its milk pricing policies in a way that favors Canadian farmers. Farmers who have been selling to Grassland are pleading for help, but most processing plants are already running at full capacity and aren't accepting more farms. Staff members at the Wisconsin Farm Center are trying to connect dairy plant owners with the farms threatened by closure.

Canadian PM responds to Trump's criticism of dairy industry

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:05:27 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that he plans to be respectful and engage the United States with a fact-based approach to solving problems a day after Donald Trump called Canada a "disgrace" for policies that hurt American farmers. The U.S. president took aim at Canada's dairy industry this week for creating a new lower-priced classification of milk product that he argues hurts U.S. producers. The U.S. president criticized Canadian policies related to a few industries including lumber, timber and energy, adding that officials will have to get to the negotiating table with Canada very quickly.

Ontario police arrest 100 men in child prostitution case

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:43:21 UT

TORONTO (AP) — More than 100 men have been arrested for allegedly looking to buy sex from underage girls, an Ontario police force said Friday. [...] if we look at it from another perspective, from a preventative measure, we've stopped 104 men from purchasing 104 children, he said during a press conference at York Regional Police headquarters in Aurora, Ont. Truong said child sex trafficking is a growing problem in Canada and that the average age of entry into the human trafficking sex trade is about 15 years old.

2 dead after rail cars carrying logs hit work crew in Canada

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:52:25 UT

WOSS, British Columbia (AP) — Canadian police say rail cars loaded with logs crashed into an unsuspecting work crew, killing two people and injuring three in a small town on Vancouver Island on the Pacific coast. Tammy Douglas says the train cars derailed and it took a significant effort by rescue crews to deal with those who were trapped.

Federal judge sentences 4 Alaska men for 2015 walrus deaths

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:23:19 UT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four Alaska men who shot several walruses without keeping the meat and caused stampedes that killed about two dozen more animals have been sentenced to probation, restitution and community service. Walrus use sea ice as a platform for diving to reach clams and sea snails on the ocean floor. A few weeks later, a person connected to a remote Air Force radar station photographed more than two dozen dead walrus at Cape Lisburne, 230 miles (370 kilometers) northeast of the Bering Strait. The men were ordered to pay $1,000 restitution for walrus conservation projects on national wildlife refuges.

Canada police charge woman with smuggling refugees from US

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:07:54 UT

REGINA, Saskatchewan (AP) — A woman has been charged with human smuggling after Canadian police last week intercepted a vehicle carrying nine refugee claimants who authorities believe crossed the border from the United States, officials said Wednesday. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the woman was stopped Friday night on the Canadian side of the border between the North Portal and Northgate crossings, the legal entry points into the Canadian prairie province of Saskatchewan from North Dakota. The police statement said an investigation into organized human smuggling in southeastern Saskatchewan began in December after border office officers said there was evidence to suggest smugglers were bringing foreign nationals into Canada from the United States. Some of those coming to Canada in spots such as Emerson, Manitoba, have said they were motivated to leave the U.S. because of the new administration, fearful that their asylum claims wouldn't be treated fairly or that general anti-immigrant sentiment was rising.

Shooter in California killings gets 100 years in prison

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 02:13:27 UT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A transient who pleaded guilty to killing a Canadian tourist in a San Francisco park and a yoga teacher walking his dog on a popular hiking trail has been sentenced to 100 years to life in prison. Morrison Lampley was charged with first-degree murder in the 2015 killings.

Not guilty pleas entered for accused in Canada polygamy case

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:49:52 UT

CRANBROOK, British Columbia (AP) — The trial of two Canadian men from a fundamentalist sect that allows men to have multiple wives opened Tuesday with not guilty pleas being entered on charges of practicing polygamy. Special prosecutor Peter Wilson told the court his case includes marriage records seized from the church's Yearning for Zion Ranch in Texas, which were used in 2010 to sentence leader Warren Jeffs to life in a U.S. prison for sexually assaulting two young girls. The case has a long history dating back to the early 1990s when police first investigated allegations that residents of an isolated religious community were practicing multiple marriages. The court ruled in 2011 that laws banning polygamy were constitutional and did not violate religious freedoms guaranteed in Canada's version of the bill of rights.

Prince Charles to visit during Canada's 150th birthday

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:59:09 UT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, will visit Canada this summer for the country's 150th birthday. Governor General David Johnston, the Queen Elizabeth's II representative as Canada's head of state, said Tuesday they have accepted the government's invitation for a tour.

Officials release photo of mock IED found at Toronto airport

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:04:07 UT

TORONTO (AP) — U.S. customs officials released a photo Monday of a mock improvised explosive device that led to delays at Toronto's Pearson International Airport when it was found in a passenger's luggage this month. The photo shows electronic components apparently wired to a circuit board with a timer display and coils of wire snaking to bound-together cardboard tubes.

Canada to strip citizenship of Guatemalan massacre suspect

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:52:55 UT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada is moving to strip citizenship from a man accused of slaughtering villagers in Guatemala using a grenade, gun and sledgehammer during the country's civil war. The federal government said in newly filed court documents that Jorge Vinicio Sosa Orantes concealed his role in a 1982 massacre by the Guatemalan military when he obtained Canadian citizenship a decade later. In ordering his extradition to the U.S., the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench said the evidence establishes he was one of the commanding officers who decided to murder the villagers and that he "actively participated in the killings with a sledgehammer, with a firearm and a grenade."

Viking Range to pay $4.7M fine over self-starting ovens

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:52:04 UT

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the fine Thursday against Viking Range, saying the company had 170 reports of problems with 15 models it sold between 2007 and 2014 before it notified the federal watchdog agency. Under Thursday's settlement, the company doesn't admit to violating any federal rules. "Since the Middleby acquisition of Viking, the top priority has been on making the appliances top quality and bringing the latest innovation to all Viking products," Viking President Kevin Brown told The Greenwood Commonwealth ( in a statement. In the suit , Middleby alleged it spent at least $30 million on warranty costs and dealings with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, plus "tens of millions" more on Viking to "rebuild its brand image and reputation." The suit said Viking's management created special rules for customer safety representatives to handle the problem, and said Viking engineers reproduced the problem at headquarters, "confirming that there was a serious design defect with the ranges."

Firetruck being driven to Canada catches fire at toll booth

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 21:09:01 UT

Heavy flames and black smoke engulfed the vehicle behind its cab as firefighters approached it with a hose. Fire officials tell WSTM-TV the vehicle was an old truck from the Kansas City Fire Department that was being driven to a fire department in Canada.

Canada's transport minister: UA incident won't be tolerated

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:45:12 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada will introduce legislation to address the issue of travelers being bumped from flights, the country's transportation minister said Thursday. The letter comes five days after David Dao, 69, was dragged off a United flight in Chicago after refusing to leave his seat to accommodate airline crew members.

Canada introduces legislation to legalize marijuana

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:44:29 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government introduced legislation Thursday to let adult possess up to 30 grams of marijuana in public — a measure that would make Canada the largest developed country to end a nationwide prohibition on recreational marijuana. The Canadian government closely followed the advice of a marijuana task force headed by former Liberal Health Minister Anne McLellan. "If your objective is to protect public health and safety and keep cannabis out of the hands of minors, and stop the flow of profits to organized crime, then the law as it stands today has been an abject failure," Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told a news conference. Police forces spend between $2 billion and $3 billion every year trying to deal with cannabis, and yet Canadian teenagers are among the heaviest users in the western world ... "One in seven youths who have used cannabis will develop an addiction to cannabis and that impacts your life, schooling, job prospects, social and emotional relationships," she said. Former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, who is the parliamentary secretary to the justice minister, said officials learned from the experiences from other jurisdictions like Colorado and Washington state.