The wrongful conviction of a British Columbia man who spent nearly three decades behind bars hinged on a flawed police investigation and Crown prosecutors who were willing to go to extremes to prove they'd found their man, a court has heard. Ivan Henry's lawyer John Laxton was in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday to argue that his client deserves compensation after he was mistakenly convicted in 1983 of 10 counts of sexual assault and spent 27 years in prison. "It has been suggested that Henry simply fell through the cracks of an imperfect system.
A 62-year-old hiker missing for nine days in California's rugged Sierra Nevada with a broken leg endured freezing nighttime temperatures and crawled two days for water before getting the attention of rescuers with a whistle she carried for moments of crisis, authorities said Monday. Miyuki Harwood slipped and fell about six feet after she left her hiking group and headed back to camp alone because she was low on water. After two days on the ground, she decided to crawl 150 yards down a rocky, shrub-covered ravine to a spot where she heard running water, Fresno County sheriff's Deputy Jason Vinogradoff said.
The national head of the union representing Ottawa's disgruntled airport taxi drivers says the ongoing labour dispute will escalate if Ottawa's airport authority won't negotiate, as the authority continues to refuse to do. The airport taxi drivers have been locked out by their dispatcher, Coventry Connections, since Aug. 11 in a dispute over pick-up fees. Coventry has long held a contract with Ottawa's airport authority to be the sole taxi provider at the airport, and now the authority is charging Coventry a higher rate for the right to provide that service.
Alberta's finance minister says the province is on track for a record $5.9-billion deficit this year as the oil crunch hits families and businesses. Ceci said the NDP government will continue to look for efficiencies, but will not engage in large-scale layoffs or deep cuts to erase the red ink. Opposition Wildrose finance critic Derek Fildebrandt calculated the hit to Alberta's treasury is actually $9 billion when $3 billion drained from the contingency fund and new borrowing for capital projects are added in.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper seems like the latest to jump on the ever-growing Toronto Blue Jays bandwagon. Harper was greeted at the Rogers CentreÂ Monday by Blue Jays great, Roberto Alomar, before attending the team's practice. Alomar introduced Harper to his brother Sandy Alomar Jr., who is the first base coach for the Cleveland Indians, the teamÂ playing theÂ Jays tonight.
By Robert Gibbons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil futures soared on Monday for a third consecutive day, rising more than 8 percent, as a downward revision of U.S. crude production data and OPEC's readiness to talk with other producers helped extend the biggest three-day price surge in 25 years. U.S. crude oil prices have skyrocketed more than $10 a barrel in three days, erasing the month's declines as a series of relatively small-scale supply disruptions and output risks prompted bearish traders to take profits on short positions, which had been near a record a week ago.
By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - World stock indexes fell on Monday as a Federal Reserve official's comments added to investor concerns the bank may start raising interest rates in September, while oil prices jumped more than 8 percent, extending their biggest price surge in 25 years. The S&P 500 registered its biggest monthly percentage drop since May 2012 after being pummeled in the past two weeks on concerns about slowing growth in China. U.S. crude oil futures jumped 8.8 percent, helped by a downward revision of U.S. ...
(Reuters) - Apple Inc on Monday teamed up with network gear maker Cisco Systems Inc to improve the performance of its iPad and iPhone devices on Cisco's corporate network. Cisco will provide services specially optimized for iOS devices across mobile, cloud, and on premises-based collaboration tools such as Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence and Cisco WebEx, the companies said in a statement. Apple is expanding its foothold in the enterprise arena at a time when iPad sales are shrinking.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is offering $100 prepaid debit cards to owners of recalled vehicles to help ensure cars and trucks with potential safety defects get repaired, the company said on Monday. The U.S. arm of the automaker is also offering $1,000 in special discounts or incentives to the owners of recalled vehicles, if they choose to trade them in and buy a new car or truck. FCA has had difficulty convincing some owners of its older-model recalled vehicles to bring them in for repairs, including Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles from model years 1993 to 1998 and Jeep Liberty SUVs from model years 2002 to 2007.
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The Canadian crude-producing province of Alberta is forecasting a record budget deficit of C$5.9 billion this year, which could increase to C$6.5 billion, finance minister Joe Ceci said on Monday in an updated first quarter forecast. Alberta is home to Canada's oil sands and is the largest source of U.S. crude imports, and has struggled with a sharp drop in revenues as global oil prices tumbled over the last 12 months. (Reporting by Nia Williams; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)