March 29th, 2015

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It was safe to land plane that crashed in Halifax during snowstorm: Air Canada

HALIFAX – It was safe to land an Air Canada plane that crashed at the Halifax airport in the midst of a snowstorm, the company said Sunday. The two pilots flying AC624 circled above Halifax Stanfield International Airport before concluding the conditions were suitable for landing, said chief operating officer Klaus Goersch. “It was safe ... Read More »

Tories to tackle thorny issue of lump sum payments to wounded vets: sources

OTTAWA – The system of awards for the pain and suffering of the country’s most severely wounded soldiers is about to be overhauled as the Harper government attempts to defuse a volatile issue within the angry veterans community. Multiple federal sources tell The Canadian Press that Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole will announce targeted improvements ... Read More »

Lawyer for Limo driver suing Justin Bieber looking forward to cross-examination

TORONTO – The lawyer for an limousine driver who has launched a civil lawsuit against Justin Bieber says he is “looking forward to the opportunity of cross-examining” the Canadian pop star in court. Clayton Ruby, the lawyer for Abdul Mohar, has filed documents in an Ontario court that allege that Bieber assaulted his client during ... Read More »

Authorities: Body found in rubble 3 days after apparent gas explosion in Manhattan

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Police say a body has been discovered in the rubble after an apparent gas explosion that levelled three buildings in lower Manhattan. Authorities say the body was found Sunday afternoon. Officials did not identify the body. Two people had been unaccounted for: Nicholas Figueroa and Moises Lucon. Figueroa had been on ... Read More »

Gene Saks, a Tony Award-winning director who focused on Neil Simon plays, dies at 93

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Tony Award-winning director who brought to life many of Neil Simon’s works onstage and on screen has died. Gene Sak’s son, Daniel Saks, says his father died from pneumonia Saturday at his East Hampton home in New York. He was 93. A former actor who turned to directing with “Enter ... Read More »

Regina Rams defensive back Campbell sets CFL combine record in 40-yard dash

TORONTO – Tevaughn Campbell captured the title of CFL national combine’s fastest man. The Regina Rams defensive back posted an event-record time of 4.355 seconds in the 40-yard dash Sunday at Varsity Stadium. Campbell broke the mark of 4.41 seconds set earlier in the day by UNLV running back Shaquille Murray-Lawrence. Both Campbell and Murray-Lawrence ... Read More »

More rebel fighters needed to aid air campaign, says Syrian Canadian activist

OTTAWA – A leading Canadian activist for Syria says it is time to step up the training of a rebel force capable of leading a ground war against both Islamic militants and the Assad government in Damascus. Faisal Alazem, spokesman of the Syrian Canadian Council, says the Harper government’s decision to extend bombing into Syria ... Read More »

France likely to see conservative win, far-right breakthrough, Socialist defeat in local vote

PARIS – The conservative party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to dominate Sunday’s final round of France’s local elections, give the far-right National Front another electoral breakthrough and deal a new blow to the governing Socialists. All parties hoped to lure voters who stayed away from the ballot box during last week’s first ... Read More »

After season with diminished role, Flyers’ Lecavalier is at a career crossroads

VOORHEES, N.J. – These days it’s hard to find the Vincent Lecavalier who once led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup and led the NHL in goals. Almost 35 years old now and in his second season with the Philadelphia Flyers, Lecavalier has been a healthy scratch 17 times and on the fourth ... Read More »

Nigerians vote Sunday, after technical hitches and despite extremist violence, protests

ABUJA, Nigeria – Voting in Nigeria’s elections continued in certain areas on Sunday after technical problems prevented some people from casting their ballots on Saturday and despite extremist violence in the northeast and protests in the south. Suspected Boko Haram extremists attacked polling stations and destroyed election material in two northeastern towns. Fleeing residents said ... Read More »