TORONTO—Forty percent of chief financial officers say they’ve seen an increase in employees asking for reimbursement for inappropriate items, like toilet paper, cosmetic surgery and cigars, according to a new survey.
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OTTAWA—Canada’s military ombudsman is being bombarded daily with complaints from retiring soldiers over delays in receiving pension cheques—a problem Gary Walbourne said will only get worse with looming changes to the federal bureaucracy.
By Steve Peoples and Scott Bauer THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MADISON, Wis.—Donald Trump is fighting to convince a skeptical Republican Party he can improve his standing among women, even as he takes back an explosive comment about abortion and attacks the credibility of a female reporter police say was illegally grabbed by the billionaire’s campaign manager.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Three first-graders in Alaska’s largest city plotted to kill a fellow student with silica gel packets that the girls believed was poison, authorities said yesterday.
The three have been suspended but not charged with any crime.
Ottawa has asked the World Trade Organization to look into U.S. countervailing duties on almost $1 billion in annual exports of supercalendered paper from Canada.
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.
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.
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.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark.—A report of armed men near an Arkansas elementary school led to a campus lockdown before police confirmed the three were actually pest control employees chasing squirrels.
A teacher at Gardner STEM Magnet School in Hot Springs saw the men about 8 a.m. yesterday and notified administrators.
CALGARY—Kay Pike stands in front of a giant lit mirror, dabs her brush into a glob of paint, and touches it to her skin.
She’ll repeat the motion thousands of times over the next 12 hours as she transforms herself from a willowy blond artist to the dark-haired “Man of Steel” for a throng of viewers following along on the Internet.