OTTAWA — The Harper government says it wants Canadian diplomats in foreign countries to re-channel their energies and resources into advancing the country’s commercial interests.
Trade Minister Ed Fast says he wants to do more to break into fast-growing emerging markets that many — including the Bank of Canada — have identified as key to the country’s future prosperity.
CHICAGO — The images are startling. Billowing black clouds darken the daytime sky as wind-driven grit pelts homes and cars and forces bewildered residents to take cover.
NEW YORK — A statuette of a bird featured in the classic 1941 detective thriller “The Maltese Falcon” sold for more than $4 million at auction Monday.
The final price on the prop was $4,085,000, according to Bonhams auction house.
The black figurine is one of two known statuettes made for the film but the only one confirmed by Warner Bros. archives as having appeared in it, Bonhams said.
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. — Rescuers worked frantically to free five children trapped in a submerged car after it veered off a highway ramp in suburban Minneapolis and into a frigid pond, smashing windows to get inside even as a tow truck winched the car out. One of the children later died, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Board of Education used a late-night meeting to preliminarily approve new science textbooks for classrooms across the state late Thursday night, but it blocked signing off on a major new biology text until alleged “errors” in lessons over the theory of evolution are checked by outside experts.
LONDON — Three women have been freed after spending 30 years held captive in a south London home, police announced Thursday, including one woman believed to have spent her entire life as a virtual slave.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A parole board wrote a new ending for the infamous “Scottsboro Boys” rape case Thursday morning by approving posthumous pardons more than 80 years after the arrests.
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean officials detained an 85-year-old American veteran of the Korean War last month as he sat in a plane set to leave the country, the man’s son said.
OMAHA, Neb. — A U.S. man has been reunited with his now-vintage motorcycle nearly 50 years after it was stolen.
Donald DeVault received the 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON — New tour buses and buses that provide service between cities must be equipped with seat belts starting in late 2016 under a federal rule issued Wednesday, a safety measure sought by accident investigators for nearly a half century.