July 28th, 2017

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Toronto donors confident iconic collection of Leibovitz photos will be displayed

HALIFAX – A wealthy Toronto family that donated a multi-million-dollar collection of Annie Leibovitz photographs to a small Halifax art gallery is confident the works will eventually be displayed. But the Mintz family warns that a federal board’s refusal to grant the bulk of the collection donated to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia a ... Read More »


UK fire tests show 82 buildings have failed cladding systems

LONDON – British authorities have identified 82 buildings whose cladding failed to meet fire safety tests ordered after the west London tower fire last month that killed at least 80 people. The British government ordered more thorough testing on the cladding systems following the June 14 fire, which began with a fire in a refrigerator ... Read More »


Space capsule with 3 astronauts blasts off to orbiting lab

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan – A Soyuz space capsule successfully blasted off for the International Space Station on Friday, carrying an American astronaut, a Russian cosmonaut and an Italian astronaut. NASA’s Randy Bresnik, Russia’s Sergei Ryazansky and Italy’s Paolo Nespoli lifted off from the Russia-leased launch pad in Kazakhstan shortly after sunset at 21:41 p.m. on Friday ... Read More »


D.L. Menard, Cajun music ambassador, is dead at 85

NEW ORLEANS – D.L. Menard, whose song “The Back Door” is among the most popular in Cajun music, is dead at the age of 85. Menard died Thursday at his home in Scott, Louisiana, Louisiana Funeral Services and Crematory in Broussard said on its website. Including covers by other artists, the Cajun French song has ... Read More »


Bombardier strengthens balance sheet, updates progress on CSeries sales

MONTREAL – Bombardier says it has strengthened its balance sheet and is on track to turn its finances around, nearly two years after it teetered on the verge of bankruptcy. The manufacturer of aircraft and trains, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said Friday it lost $296 million or 13 cents per share in ... Read More »


Four men found in shipping container in Montreal released from detention

MONTREAL – Four men found in a shipping container at the Port of Montreal are being released from detention today as they await their refugee claim hearings. Border agents in Montreal found the four men from Georgia as they searched a container in the port on July 20. The men, aged between 30 and 40, ... Read More »


Farmer stunned to find 10 cows killed by lightning in scene like ‘war zone’

VERNON BRIDGE, P.E.I. – Ten P.E.I. cows have been killed by a lightning strike so powerful it appears to have tossed some of the animals over a fence. Veteran farmer Blair Henry said the grim discovery of six cows and four calves was difficult – he thought fondly of the animals he considered pets, having ... Read More »


North Korea fires missile which lands in sea off Japan

TOKYO – North Korea fired a ballistic missile Friday night which landed in the ocean off Japan, Japanese officials said. “I have received information that North Korea once again conducted a missile firing,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. “We will immediately analyze information and do our utmost to protect the safety of the Japanese people.” ... Read More »


Star swimmer Oleksiak finishes sixth in 100-metre freestyle at world championships

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Star Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak won’t have a world championship medal to go with her Olympic gold in the 100-metre freestyle. The Toronto teen finished sixth in the event Friday at the FINA world championships, posting a time of 52.94 seconds. Simone Manuel of the United States, who tied Oleksiak for Olympic ... Read More »


Germany: 1 dead, 4 wounded in knife attack at Hamburg market

BERLIN – A man with a knife fatally stabbed one person at a supermarket Friday in the northern German city of Hamburg and wounded four others as he fled, police said. He was then arrested. The assailant entered the supermarket in the Barmbek district on Friday afternoon and stabbed one person, who died at the ... Read More »