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January 11, 2019 7:38 PM Russia dismisses reports of prisoner swap with US

MOSCOW - Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday dismissed suggestions that an American arrested in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be used in a prisoner swap for a Russian held in the United States. Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, was arrested in Moscow last month on suspicion of espionage. Whelan’s arrest raised speculation that he could be swapped 25

January 11, 2019 3:56 PM The Latest: California officer shot was rising star

Officials say a 22-year-old police officer who was killed in Northern California while investigating a three-car crash was the daughter of a retired sheriff’s deputy and a rising star at the David Police Department. Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona was shot after responding alone to a traffic accident shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday in the city west of Sacramento 25

January 11, 2019 3:33 PM Greek police search more campuses amid letter scare

THESSALONIKI, Greece - Greek authorities have searched at least 10 more university and college buildings after letters containing white powder were sent to campuses around the country. Fire service crews for a third day Friday picked up more suspicious packages and carried out building inspections in Athens, the northern city of Thessaloniki, and several 21

January 11, 2019 12:55 PM The Latest: Man elated missing granddaughter found alive

Smith says she was given no other details about the case, other than being told a suspect was in custody. Investigators confirm they have a suspect in custody, but say no other details would be released until a Friday news conference. Jayme had been missing since Oct. 15. Police discovered someone had broken into her family’s home in Barron, killed her parents 21

January 11, 2019 11:39 AM Surgeon fined $3K for removing kidney he thought was tumour

WELLINGTON, Fla. - The Florida Board of Medicine says a West Palm Beach surgeon has agreed to pay a $3,000 fine for removing a woman’s healthy kidney that he thought was a tumour. The Palm Beach Post reports Ramon Vazquez was responsible for cutting Maureen Pacheco open in 2016 so two other surgeons could perform a back operation. Pacheco had a kidney 21

January 11, 2019 10:53 AM Rhode Island names deaf man School Counselor of the Year

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In a first for the state, Rhode Island has named a deaf man as the 2018 School Counselor of the Year. The Providence Journal reports 44-year-old Joseph Batiano is the school counsellor at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. Batiano says he helps with a student’s academic progress, emotional health and career readiness. He also developed 24

January 11, 2019 1:42 AM 2 arrests after Aeromexico flight stuck on Oakland tarmac

SAN FRANCISCO - Two passengers who turned unruly on an Aeromexico flight were arrested and one passenger was hospitalized after waiting several hours on the tarmac at Oakland International Airport. Alameda County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said Aeromexico Flight 622 from Guadalajara was scheduled to land at San Francisco International Airport 20

January 11, 2019 12:22 AM Plane crew hospitalized after noticing odour

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - American Airlines says five flight crew members asked to be hospitalized as a precaution after landing in South Florida and complaining of an odour onboard. The Miami Herald reports that two pilots and three flight attendants were taken to a hospital Thursday morning following a flight from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale 24

January 7, 2019 5:47 PM Toronto saw at least 146 suspected opioid deaths in 2018, according to paramedics’ data

At least 146 people died of suspected opioid overdoses in Toronto in 2018, according to data from city paramedics. The tally, which includes all suspected overdose deaths that happen before paramedics arrive or while they are administering care, comes from the first calendar year’s worth of data reported by the city’s public health department. The paramedics’ 25

January 3, 2019 6:52 PM Pandemonium: Calgary zoo reports record attendance thanks to panda family

CALGARY—The arrival of a family of giant pandas to the Calgary Zoo last spring created a stampede of visitors once the guests on loan from China were introduced to an eager public. “We got 1.48 million visitors — that’s a lot of people. If you look at the size of our community with just over 1.1 million citizens in Calgary, the penetration is immense 28