DALLAS—Dallas was in shock and beset by uncertainty early today after gunmen shot and killed five police officers and wounded seven during a peaceful protest over fatal police shootings of black men in other states, police said, in bloodshed evoking the trauma of the nation’s tumultuous civil rights era.
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GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta.—RCMP in northwestern Alberta are praising two young kids for doing the right thing when they found a loaded handgun ditched by a shooting suspect.
“The children were astute enough to not touch the weapon and immediately notified a parent,” Grande Prairie RCMP said in a release.
SAANICH, B.C.—The Douglas fir Andy MacKinnon leans against is 40 metres tall.
It’s likely more than 500 years old and its fire-scarred trunk is almost two metres in diameter.
In most other countries, the tree would be the largest in the land, noted MacKinnon, a forest ecologist who spent three decades with British Columbia’s government researching old-growth forests.
REGINA—A report says giving two homeless men in Saskatchewan one-way bus tickets to British Columbia was within Social Services policy but the situation could have been better handled.
The two men went together to an income assistance service centre in North Battleford in March to request the tickets.
MOSS POINT, Miss.—A mayor in a Mississippi city has decided not to banish a pet pig while its owner is on military duty in Iraq.
The Sun Herald reported that Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield has saved the bacon, so to speak, of Patrick the pig.
Patrick’s owner, Otis Lundy, will be deployed with the Air Force until this fall, and a friend is taking care of his pets.
TORONTO—Ontarians won’t know what caused a critical bridge in northern Ontario to fail until the fall.
The steel decking on the newly constructed Nipigon River Bridge lifted about 60 centimetres on Jan. 10, forcing a 24-hour closure that severed the Trans-Canada Highway link between the east and west.
OTTAWA—Canada Post’s union is calling for a 30-day truce to allow the two sides to negotiate a new contract without a strike or lockout.
The postal service has given notice that it will lock out the unionized employees starting Monday if there’s no deal.
NEW YORK—Traffic deaths are down, but a new report shows fatalities on the road are still a bigger problem in the United States than in other affluent countries.
The U.S. had by far the highest fatality rate for car crashes of the nearly 20 countries studied.
The U.S. rate in 2013 was more than twice as high as in most of the other countries.
OTTAWA—Canada Post is facing a potential labour disruption as of Monday.
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OTTAWA—Canada Post’s largest union has rejected a proposal from the federal labour minister to undergo binding arbitration to avoid a potential work stoppage.
But the threat of that work stoppage has been delayed—at least until Monday.