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January 11, 2019 5:42 PM A Timeline of the US involvement in Syria’s conflict

Summer of 2014: The U.S. administration reveals that several dozen special operations troops had been on the ground in Syria briefly in an effort to rescue foreign hostages taken by the Islamic State group, but did not find them. Sept. 22, 2014: Obama launches a U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, one month after launching airstrikes 13

January 11, 2019 4:22 PM Delays at Ontario human rights tribunal could undermine cases, say lawyers

“We had been waiting a while for that hearing date,” she said. “Now this case is on hold indefinitely ... We’re not even at the stage of having everyone sit down and go to mediation, let alone the stage of having it proceed to a hearing so it’s really sort of making things drag on and it’s problematic.” Such delays can put a lot of strain on complainants 11

January 11, 2019 10:52 AM Judge upholds suspensions of frat brothers in crude video

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A judge has upheld the suspensions of several fraternity members at Syracuse University who were captured on video using racial slurs and simulating sexual assault. Syracuse.com reported Wednesday the judge said in his ruling issued this week that the university was “clearly within guidelines” when it suspended the 18 Theta Tau fraternity 6

January 10, 2019 9:15 PM Man charged over fatal punch in dog walker dispute

Philadelphia police have charged a 24-year-old man with throwing a punch to the head that led to the death of another dog walker. Matthew Oropeza surrendered to police Thursday. He’s charged with involuntary manslaughter, simple assault and reckless endangerment of another person. Police say 38-year-old Drew Justice and his fiancee were walking their 12

January 8, 2019 11:52 PM U.S. House Democrats, making guns a priority, unveil a background check bill

WASHINGTON—Emboldened House Democrats, seeking a politically charged debate on gun control, unveiled legislation Tuesday to expand background checks to nearly all firearms purchases, a move timed to mark the eighth anniversary of the mass shooting in Arizona that nearly killed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. By introducing the measure less than one week after 11

January 2, 2019 9:21 PM Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard marries while awaiting hearing in sex-assault case

They also sat together at a grand piano while Hoggard serenaded Asselstine with a ballad. The celebration comes as Hoggard awaits a preliminary hearing set for July in Toronto in his sex-assault case. He’s facing one count of sexual interference and two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm. A lawyer for the singer did not immediately respond 9

December 30, 2018 7:21 PM Cabinet OKs plan for Mint to craft special toonies to mark D-Day anniversary

OTTAWA—The Royal Canadian Mint is creating two commemorative coins to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The Liberal cabinet approved the design of the new toonies, one of which will have multiple colours instead of the usual two-toned coin, to commemorate a key turning point in the Second World War. On June 6, 1944 a combined force of about 150,000 Allied 13

December 28, 2018 3:51 AM Nanaimo Mounties investigate alleged abduction, assault of 25-year-old man

Mounties say the victim was taken to hospital, where he’s receiving treatment for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. They say he told police that during his alleged abduction, one of the assailants was stabbed. Police say a 30-year-old man arrived at the emergency ward with an upper body stab wound 30 minutes later, and he received treatment 12

December 28, 2018 12:35 AM Kevin Spacey’s encounter with teenager detailed in court records

BOSTON—A Massachusetts man who says he was groped by Kevin Spacey at a Nantucket restaurant in 2016 caught part of his encounter with the actor on video, according to court records. The then 18-year-old man sent a video via Snapchat to his girlfriend that allegedly showed Spacey touching the front of his pants, according to a state police report filed 12

December 26, 2018 5:50 PM Alyssa Milano, Ellen Barkin react to Kevin Spacey’s ‘creepy’ Let Me Be Frank video

Kevin Spacey’s bizarre video, in character as Frank Underwood, is catching the eye of Hollywood, but not in a good way. Spacey, who faces a felony charge tied to a 2016 sexual assault allegation in Massachusetts, returned to social media Christmas Eve with a “House of Cards”-inspired monologue that appeared to criticize the #MeToo movement while employing 13