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Sandals says teachers not sicker than before

TORONTO —Education Minister Liz Sandals says it looks like Ontario teachers are taking more sick days because they lost the right to bank them and take a cash payout on retirement.

“There’s no reason to believe that they’re actually sicker than they were two years ago,” Sandals said with a chuckle as she entered a cabinet meeting yesterday.

Golden Temple dulled by pollution

AMRITSAR, India—The chronic air pollution blanketing much of northern India is now threatening the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion, making the once-gleaming walls of the Golden Temple dingy and dull.

There is little to be done short of replacing the 430-year-old temple’s gold-plated walls—an expensive project already undertaken more than a century ago and then again in 1999.

Scientist says charges against him false

LONDON—Italian scientist Dr. Paolo Macchiarini was once considered a pioneer in regenerative medicine, credited with creating the world’s first windpipe partially made from a patient’s own stem cells.

But in the last year, Macchiarini has been charged with falsifying his resume, and accused of scientific misconduct and misrepresenting his work.

MP had heart attack: coroner

OTTAWA—A statement from the constituency office of an Alberta MP found dead at his desk last week says he died of a heart attack.

The statement said an autopsy confirmed the cause of death for Conservative Jim Hillyer.

The 41-year-old was found dead March 23 after he returned to the capital following surgery to treat an infection in his leg.