TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.—The U.S. and Canadian governments yesterday called for deep cuts in phosphorus run-off from farms and other sources into Lake Erie, where an overload in recent years has fed harmful algae blooms that have fouled drinking water and killed fish.
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WASHINGTON—At 106 years old, she’s seen more than a dozen presidents come and go.
But Virginia McLaurin says she finally can die happy after meeting President Barack Obama.
Video of the centenarian shaking her groove with excitement quickly went viral after last week’s Black History Month reception at the White House.
WASHINGTON—Sea levels on Earth are rising several times faster than they have in the past 2,800 years and are accelerating because of man-made global warming, according to new studies.
An international team of scientists dug into two dozen locations across the globe to chart gently rising and falling seas over centuries and millennia.
TORONTO—Premier Kathleen Wynne formally apologized to Ontario’s francophones yesterday for a 1912 regulation that banned elementary school teachers from speaking French.
“Regulation 17 showed a disregard for Franco-Ontarian identity and equality, and on behalf of the government of Ontario I offer an apology,” Wynne told the legislature.
VIERA, Fla.—Washington Nationals’ first baseman Ryan Zimmerman vigorously defended himself against performance-enhancing drug allegations made in a documentary that aired in December.
Zimmerman said he never heard of or met the people featured in the Al-Jazeera America documentary, “The Dark Side: Secrets of Sports Doping.”
OTTAWA—The federal government is projecting a deficit of at least $18.4 billion next year—a shortfall that’s nearly five times projections from just three months ago and well past the $10-billion limit promised by the Liberals.
VANCOUVER—B.C.’s Solicitor General Mike Morris says it is deeply disturbing to hear that a book about serial killer Robert Pickton is on the market.
Morris said his ministry is appealing to online book retailer Amazon to stop carrying the 144-page book entitled “Pickton: In His Own Words.”
LA LOCHE, Sask.—The doors of a northern Saskatchewan high school that was the site of a deadly shooting have reopened.
Teachers were back at the La Loche high school this morning, with classes to resume shortly after that for students.
The community is organizing a “Reclaiming Our School” walk for Wednesday.
TORONTO—Ontario is taking the next step to modernize the way alcohol is sold, announcing plans to allow the sale of wine in up to 300 grocery stores, starting with about 70 supermarkets by this fall.
MINEOLA, N.Y. A Dallas-based auction house says a rare copy of a comic book featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man has sold for $454,100.
The comic book was purchased by an anonymous collector, and Heritage Auctions says yesterday’s sale is a record for a public auction price for any Spider-Man comic book.