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  • U.S. postal workers protest in solidarity with Canada Post counterparts

    January 15, 2019 6:00 PM 619

    Ottawa passed legislation last November that required striking postal workers to resume their duties, appointing a mediator to arbitrate an end to the Crown corporation’s dispute with members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. Those efforts, led by Elizabeth MacPherson, former chairwoman of the Canada Industrial Relations Board, broke down in December

  • Avalanches, flooding cause disruptions in Austria, Germany

    January 15, 2019 1:54 PM 618

    BERLIN—Bad weather continued to afflict parts of Europe on Tuesday with avalanches in Austria striking buildings and roads but resulting in no injuries. An overnight avalanche in Ramsau, central Austria, slammed a hotel. All 60 visitors and staff, most of whom were from a Danish ski club, got out of the building unharmed. The head of the ski club from western

  • U.S. Senator Rand Paul scheduled to have hernia surgery in a private Ontario hospital

    January 14, 2019 9:00 PM 397

    LOUISVILLE, KY.—U.S. Sen. Rand Paul plans to undergo hernia surgery at a private hospital in Canada because of injuries he suffered when a neighbour tackled him while he was doing yard work at his Kentucky home. The Republican lawmaker is scheduled to cross the border for outpatient surgery scheduled sometime during the week of Jan. 21 at a hospital

  • Polish mayor dies after being stabbed in heart

    January 14, 2019 2:36 PM 422

    The spokeswoman for the ruling Law and Justice party Beata Mazurek said the attack should be “absolutely condemned by all, regardless of what side of the political spectrum they are on.” She insisted politicians in Poland need “greater responsibility for words, for deeds” because “there is no shortage of madmen on both sides” of the political scale

  • Trump threat to Turkey shows U.S. commitment to Kurds, says Pompeo

    January 14, 2019 2:25 PM 408

    RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that President Donald Trump’s threat to devastate NATO ally Turkey’s economy if it attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria underscores America’s commitment to its partners. Pompeo said he had yet to speak with Turkish officials or Trump about the president’s tweeted threat and that he assumed

  • At least 5 dead in crashes after massive winter storm dumps snow on Midwest

    January 12, 2019 11:45 PM 163

    In Kansas City, where the Chiefs were hosting the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, about 8 inches of snow had fallen by early afternoon. The snow had tapered off by the time the game started midafternoon, but stadium crews worked for hours before the game to clear the stadium’s lot, field and seats in anticipation of a full house for the playoff game. At least

  • California town launches ‘Goat Fund Me’ to prevent wildfires

    January 12, 2019 9:35 PM 173

    NEVADA CITY, CALIF.—The threat of catastrophic wildfires has driven a California town to launch a “Goat Fund Me” campaign to bring herds of goats to city-owned land to help clear brush. Nevada City in the Sierra Nevada began the online crowdsourcing campaign last month with the goal of raising $30,000 for the project. The campaign’s website explains

  • Elizabeth Warren makes first campaign trip to New Hampshire neighbours

    January 12, 2019 9:10 PM 145

    MANCHESTER, N.H.—Sen. Elizabeth Warren is bringing her populist platform and likely presidential campaign to her neighbours in New Hampshire, who will hold the first primary of the 2020 cycle. The Massachusetts Democrat spoke to about 450 people at Manchester Community College on Saturday, taking aim at the “wealthy and well-connected” and championing

  • French yellow vest protests hit ninth week, clash with police

    January 12, 2019 7:26 PM 154

    PARIS—Thousands of yellow vest protesters marched Saturday through Paris and other French cities for a ninth straight weekend to denounce President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies, and repeated tensions broke out with police. Sporadic violence broke out during protests in Paris, Bourges, Bordeaux, Rouen, Marseille and Toulouse. Protesters walked

  • Alabama man dies weeks after wedding dance with daughter

    January 11, 2019 9:12 PM 168

    DAPHNE, Ala. - A terminally ill Alabama man who was captured on video dancing with his newlywed daughter at her wedding reception has died. News outlets report Gulf Coast attorney Jim Roberts died Thursday, less than two weeks after he used a wheelchair to dance with daughter Mary Bourne Roberts at the reception. The video shows the woman dancing and twirling