IRVING, Tex.—A 14-year-old Muslim boy became a sensation on social media yesterday, and got an invitation to the White House, after word spread that he had been placed in handcuffs and suspended for coming to class with a homemade clock that school officials thought resembled a bomb.
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CALGARY—Oilfield security firms say they’ve been dealing with more troublemakers in recent months with the crude price cratering and bringing drilling activity and jobs down with it.
OTTAWA—Stephen Harper’s rivals defended the costs of their campaign promises yesterday while the Conservatives deflected bad news from global analysts in a spurt of last-minute positioning before a leaders’ debate on the economy tonight.
HALIFAX—Police have charged a 27-year-old Halifax man with second-degree murder in the death of an off-duty police officer who was reported missing earlier this week when she didn’t show up for work.
Halifax police said Christopher Calvin Garnier also is charged with indecently interfering with a dead body.
TORONTO—A Northwestern Ontario First Nation is planning to take the provincial government to court over plans to begin clear-cutting in its traditional territory.
The Grassy Narrows First Nation has filed an application for judicial review against both the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of the Environment.
WINNIPEG—A health-care aide’s alcohol addiction qualifies as a disability and her employer was wrong to fire her for drinking off the job, a Manitoba human rights adjudicator has ruled.
Linda Horrocks is entitled to be reinstated, receive three years’ back pay, and an additional $10,000 for injury to her dignity, independent adjudicator Sherri Walsh said in a report released today.
GATINEAU, Que.—Sen. Patrick Brazeau has pleaded guilty to reduced charges of assault and possession of cocaine.
The former member of Stephen Harper’s Conservative caucus entered the guilty pleas today at a courthouse in this west Quebec city, just across the river from Parliament Hill.
INVERNESS, N.S.—A wildly-popular fundraising game that attracted thousands of people to a small Cape Breton town failed to find a big winner Saturday as the “Chase the Ace” jackpot grew to more than $800,000.
The game of chance, which involves finding the ace of spades in a deck of playing cards, saw its jackpot grow from $35 last October to $884,147.76 on Saturday.
TORONTO—Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown has taken the oath of office as the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Simcoe North.
Brown won the Orillia-area riding in a byelection earlier this month and took his seat in the legislature for the first time today as it resumes sitting for the first time since June.
WINNIPEG—Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says residents of the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation deserve to see an all-weather road to their community move forward.
Selinger addressed a rally in Winnipeg on Saturday calling for the road to the community, which was cut off from the mainland a century ago during construction of an aqueduct to send clean water to Winnipeg.