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Mine manager says area where nine miners were trapped may not reopen

23 min 36 sec ago
The manager of a Quebec gold mine where nine people were trapped for 18 hours says the section at the heart of the incident may not reopen. A survey will need to be done with consultants and engineers to determine whether the area is safe, Sylvain Lehoux said Wednesday. The miners were rescued Tuesday by a tunnelling machine at the IAMGOLD Corp. (TSX:IMG) facility in Preissac in the Abitibi-Temiscamingue region in northwestern Quebec.
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Nebraska abolishes death penalty after Legislature votes to override Gov. Ricketts' veto

30 min 25 sec ago
Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday in a landmark veto-override vote backed by an unusual coalition of conservatives who oppose capital punishment. Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 to override Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who supports the death penalty. The vote makes Nebraska the first traditionally conservative state to eliminate the punishment since North Dakota in 1973.
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Couillard invites Pope Francis to Montreal for city's 375th birthday in 2017

30 min 38 sec ago

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard met briefly with Pope Francis on Wednesday and invited the pontiff to Montreal to attend the city's 375th-anniversary celebrations in 2017. Couillard had a 45-second conversation with the pontiff at the Vatican and said it touched him very deeply. Couillard's one-on-one encounter with the leader of the Roman Catholic Church took place at the Pope's weekly general audience, which attracted tens of thousands of followers.

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Canada wildfires rage on, intensify near oil sands sites

30 min 46 sec ago

By Nia Williams and Scott Haggett CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - A wildfire raging in northeastern Alberta near two major oil sands projects nearly doubled in size to 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) on Wednesday, although firefighters made some progress tackling blazes elsewhere in the oil-rich Western Canadian province. The fires have forced energy companies operating in Alberta, the largest source of U.S. oil imports, to shut in 233,000 barrels per day of production, or roughly 10 percent of total oil sands output. Scott Long of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency said the fire on the Canadian military's Cold Lake Air Weapons Range (CLAWR), near the oil sands projects, was still out of control even though 250 firefighters were battling to contain it.

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Organizers say Women's World Cup won't be tarnished despite FIFA corruption charges

31 min 1 sec ago

The ongoing FIFA corruption scandal won't tarnish the Women's World Cup, say the Canadian Soccer Association and Canada's sports minister. Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA's awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups Wednesday. News of the criminal investigation on both sides of the Atlantic comes 10 days before the Women's World Cup kicks off.

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Judge puts GM ignition-switch lawsuits on ice, for now

31 min 4 sec ago

By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Wednesday put on hold dozens of lawsuits accusing General Motors Co of concealing an ignition-switch defect while plaintiffs in those cases appeal an earlier ruling that found their cases were barred. GM had argued that claims for vehicles pre-dating its 2009 exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy should be dismissed, following U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber’s April 15 ruling that the company was shielded from those claims by the terms of its bankruptcy. Plaintiffs said the cases should be stayed pending a resolution of their appeal.

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Canadian Hurricane Centre predicts below average hurricane season

31 min 33 sec ago

This year's hurricane season will likely be quieter than average due to the so-called El Nino effect and cooler ocean temperatures, but the Canadian Hurricane Centre warned Wednesday that Canadians shouldn't let their guard down. Meteorologist Bob Robichaud said even quieter hurricane seasons, which run from June to November, can generate potentially damaging and deadly storms. Robichaud pointed to last season, which was also below average at eight named storms.

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Soccer officials arrested in US corruption probe; 2018, 2022 World Cup votes also scrutinized

33 min 50 sec ago

The U.S. government launched a corruption attack on soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Zurich hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami. Swiss officials also invaded FIFA headquarters, seizing records and computers to investigate whether the decisions to award World Cups to Russia and Qatar were rigged. Scandals and rumours of corruption have dogged FIFA throughout the 17-year reign of its president, Sepp Blatter, but he was not named in either investigation.

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Euro ticks up, stocks rise as Greece fights for deal

35 min 7 sec ago

U.S. equities also climbed on the news on Greece, with the Nasdaq posting a record closing high. The U.S. dollar index ticked lower, though the greenback advanced against the yen. Greece's government said it was starting to draft an agreement with creditors including the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, but European officials quickly dismissed that as wishful thinking.

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Independent panel key to reforming military procurement, Kenney tells industry

35 min 32 sec ago

Defence Minister Jason Kenney pledged Tuesday that a new independent panel would reform the military's dysfunctional procurement system. Kenney said the announcement of the panel's members will be made very soon and he said it will mark a major shift in how the Canadian Forces makes massive purchases of equipment. "We want sign off essentially from all the key stakeholders in principle on a project at the front end and an independent panel to affirm that," the minister said in a keynote luncheon speech to about 900 delegates at an international defence industry trade show.

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Mulcair, Trudeau spar over NDP's alleged improper use of parliamentary resources

1 hour 40 min ago
Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau are duking it out over the allegedly improper use of parliamentary resources for partisan purposes by New Democrat MPs. The NDP leader insists there's not "a scintilla" of evidence that New Democrats did anything wrong when they used their House of Commons budgets to pay the salaries of workers in satellite party offices. Mulcair says Conservatives and Liberals are flogging the issue strictly in a partisan bid to reverse the NDP's recent ascent in public opinion polls.
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Concerns over retroactive law akin to angels on a pin head says Tory minister

1 hour 48 min ago
Treasury Board President Tony Clement says concerns over a Conservative move to retroactively rewrite the law in order to stop an investigation of alleged RCMP wrongdoing are akin to angels dancing on the head of a pin. The latest omnibus budget bill from the Harper government quietly inserted amendments, backdated to October 2011, that wipe clean any complaints about the handling of long-gun registry data before Parliament passed a bill to end the registry the following year. Federal information commissioner Suzanne Legault issued a special report last week calling the move a "perilous precedent" that could be used to retroactively clear government officials of wrongdoing on everything from election fraud to spending scandals.
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Discovery-based learning to blame for students' declining math skills: Report

1 hour 57 min ago
A new report suggests that Canada's math teachers need to shift their focus away from discovery-based learning and move back towards traditional methods. The report from the C.D. Howe Institute says that Canadian students' math performance in international exams has been declining between 2003 and 2012. Report author Anna Stokke says teachers should base 80 per cent of their math classes on direct learning such as memorizing multiplication tables and practising long division.
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Peladeau accuses Liberals of harassment with remark about cable company he owns

2 hours 2 min ago
QUEBEC - Parti Quebecois Leader Pierre Karl Peladeau is accusing the Liberals of harassment with comments about the interest rates his cable company charges customers.
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Winnipeg woman who died after hospital release had unseen clots in legs: Doctor

2 hours 8 min ago
Dr. Paul Dowhanik told an inquest he had no reason to suspect Heather Brenan was suffering from a blood clot that an autopsy later showed killed her. The inquest is examining the treatment Brenan received at Winnipeg's Seven Oaks Hospital at the end of a three-day hospital stay in January 2012. Brenan was 68 and had a lot of health problems including hypertension, diabetes and poor kidney function.
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Oil down about 3 percent again on dollar, awaits supply data

2 hours 9 min ago

Other factors held little sway, including France's warning to Iran that it was ready to block a final deal on Tehran's nuclear program unless Iran provided full access to inspectors. Iran needs the nuclear deal to unlock sanctions on its crude exports. The American Petroleum Institute will issue at 4:30 p.m. EDT estimates on crude and oil products in storage ahead of Thursday's official data from the U.S. government.

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Brenda Pelletier BĂ©langer granted bail in alleged suicide pact that killed 1

2 hours 17 min ago

An 18-year-old woman has been granted bail on charges related to what police say appears to be a failed attempt at carrying out an alleged suicide pact. The younger of the two cannot be identified as she was a minor at the time of the crash, but driver Brenda Pelletier Bélanger, an 18-year-old from St-Colomban, has been charged with second-degree murder. "They think the two girls made a suicide pact.

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CN Tower plays a starring role in logo for 2016 NBA all-star game in Toronto

2 hours 18 min ago
From her fourth floor window in the offices of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Shannon Hosford has a direct view of the CN Tower. Change it,"' said Hosford, MLSE's vice-president of marketing and communications. The iconic structure that dominates Toronto's skyline plays a starring role in the 2016 NBA all-star logo unveiled Wednesday at the CN Tower.
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Controversial seismic testing off Baffin Island cancelled for summer

2 hours 19 min ago
A remote Arctic community is declaring victory after a consortium of energy companies cancelled controversial plans for seismic testing off Baffin Island this summer. "I'm very happy about it," said Jerry Natanine, mayor of Clyde River, a hamlet along the island's east coast that strongly opposed the seismic plans. The Norwegian-based consortium informed Natanine of the cancellation earlier this week.
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Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair submits his resignation after 8 years on job

2 hours 21 min ago

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down as the international community's Mideast envoy, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The departure reflected the dire state of Mideast peace efforts, which have been stalled for years and show no signs of resuming following the formation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new government. A top Palestinian official said he was "happy" Blair was leaving, accusing him of ineffectiveness and caving in to Israeli pressure.

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