Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Teen found dead in Winnipeg river

WINNIPEG—Officers are investigating the slaying of a 15-year-old aboriginal girl from rural Manitoba whose body was found wrapped in a bag and dumped in the Red River after she ran away from her foster home.
Police yesterday identified the girl as Tina Fontaine, who was in the care of Child and Family Services and was reported missing Aug 9.

Many factors at play in Lac-Megantic crash

LAC-MEGANTIC, Que.—The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says many factors contributed to the Lac-Megantic train derailment in 2013, including lax safety measures at the company that owned the runaway train.
The TSB says Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway had a weak safety culture and did not have a functioning system to manage risks.

Man spends 101st birthday at job

EAST HANOVER, N.J.—Herman “Hy” Goldman turned 101 this weekend and won’t quit after 73 years working at the same New Jersey job.
Goldman still shows up four days a week at light fixtures company Capitol Lighting in New Jersey. His co-workers celebrated his birthday with him yesterday.

Owl enters apartment, kills canary

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho—An owl flew into a 10th storey apartment in Coeur d’Alene, apparently opened a bird cage and killed one of two canaries inside, the residents said.
Sue Sausser said she awakened Sunday to find bird droppings and feathers all over her apartment, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported (

Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo.—The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

Woman finds snake

MIDLAND, Ont.—Police say a woman found an unwelcome house guest at her home north of Toronto on the weekend—a three-metre snake believed to be a python.
Midland police say the creature somehow got inside the residence and coiled itself up under a shelf in the living room.

Liberals on right track: Trudeau

OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau doesn’t put much stock in public opinion surveys that suggest the federal Liberal party vaulted into the lead once he took the helm 16 months ago and has stayed on top ever since.
“Polls don’t mean anything, as we all know and as we all say,” he said in an interview.

Action sought on algae blooms

TORONTO—Urgent action is needed to quell seasonal algae blooms that plague the Great Lakes and pose health risks for nearby communities, said a report released last week.
Algae blooms are caused by an excess of nutrients such as phosphorus, which can cause algae to grow out of control and partially cover the Great Lakes in blue-green film in the summer months.

Fatigue, workload concerns in disaster

OTTAWA—A train operator’s level of fatigue, sleep patterns and ability to “make effective, safe decisions” were among the risk factors singled out in Transport Canada guidelines for single-person train operations—advice that was finalized just months before the Lac-Megantic rail disaster.

Ebola source remains mystery

A scary problem lurks beyond the frenzied efforts to keep people from spreading Ebola: No one knows exactly where the virus comes from or how to stop it from seeding new outbreaks.
Ebola has caused two dozen outbreaks in Africa since it first emerged in 1976. It is coming from somewhere—probably bats—but experts agree they need to pinpoint its origins in nature.

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