Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Thousands mourn slain critic

MOSCOW—One by one, thousands of mourners and dignitaries filed past the white-lined coffin of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov today, many offering flowers as they paid their last respects to one of the most prominent figures of Russia’s beleaguered opposition.

Erupting volcano prompts evacuations

SANTIAGO, Chile—One of South America’s most active volcanos erupted early today in southern Chile—spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes.
It prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of people.
The Villarrica volcano erupted around 3 a.m. local time, according to the National Emergency Office, which issued a red alert and ordered evacuations.

Stakes raised for ‘Battle of Alberta’

CALGARY — The Brier’s “Battle of Alberta” has taken on a different tone from it’s pre-tournament hype.
Eight Albertan curlers who have history with each other, and two teams skipped by Calgarians at a Brier in their hometown, already had set Tuesday evening up as the marquee draw of the round-robin.

Oil slump brunt still lies ahead

OTTAWA—The gears of the Canadian economy outperformed expectations to pump out a 2.4 percent annual growth rate in late 2014—but experts warned today the economic brunt of the oil slump still lies ahead.

Provinces canvassed on greenhouse gases

OTTAWA—Canada’s contribution to a major United Nations’ climate change conference later this year will be heavily-dependent on actions by provincial and territorial governments.
Provincial governments confirm Environment Canada has been collecting greenhouse-gas reduction measures from across the country as Ottawa works toward an end-of-March deadline to ante up for the summit in Paris.

‘Spocking’ Laurier on $5 bill not illegal

OTTAWA—It turns out there’s not a lot of logic in the belief that it’s against the law to “Vulcanize” Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s likeness on the $5 bill.
The death of Leonard Nimoy last week inspired people to post photos on social media of marked-up banknotes that show Canada’s seventh prime minister transformed to resemble Spock, Nimoy’s famous “Star Trek” character.

Coldest ever February for some

MONTREAL—Between Ontario and Quebec deep freezes, the Maritime “snowpocalypse,” and B.C.’s early spring, February was a month of extreme weather.
In general, temperatures across Quebec and southern Ontario were seven-nine degrees colder than the historic averages.
Quebec experienced the coldest February since at least 1889.

Bunker builders identified

TORONTO—Toronto police say they have solved the mystery of a bunker discovered near a Pan Am Games venue in the city’s north end.
Cst. Victor Kwong said tips from the public helped them identify and interview two men responsible for building the underground chamber, adding it’s been determined there never was any criminal intent or danger to public safety.

Feds, province pay for study on ‘Ring of Fire’

TORONTO—Some of Canada’s most remote and impoverished First Nations’ communities isolated within Northern Ontario’s so-called “Ring of Fire” region are getting funding to conduct a study on how to open the area to development.

‘Mr. Spock’ passes away

LOS ANGELES—Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.
Nimoy died today of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his L.A. home, said his son, Adam Nimoy.
He was 83.

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