HALIFAX — A fan whirs noisily in the small, second-storey room of a downtown Halifax office tower as Dan Friesen turns on the homemade spot welder he has brought along for show-and-tell.
He points out to an attentive crowd the various components of his device, from an everyday wall switch to a battery cable transformer.
WASHINGTON — Confined to the basement of a CIA secret prison in Romania about a decade ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted mastermind of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, asked his jailers whether he could embark on an unusual project: Would the spy agency allow Mohammed, who had earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, to design a vacuum cleaner?
DORSET, Minn. — Supporters of the mayor in the tiny tourist town of Dorset can stuff the ballot box all they want as he seeks re-election. The mayor — a short guy — is known for his fondness of ice cream and fishing. And he’s got the county’s top law enforcement official in his pocket.
Say hello to Mayor Robert “Bobby” Tufts. He’s 4 years old and not even in school yet.
CONCORD, N.H. — Baseball cards depicting former President George H. W. Bush as a Yale first baseman have fetched thousands of dollars each since they were specially-made for the White House in 1990. But experts now believe that many of cards in circulation were not part of the set presented to the president.
EDMONTON — The National Parole Board has removed one of the conditions of Robert Latimer’s release, but he is still banned from having responsibility for anyone with a significant disability.
The board has ruled that Latimer, who killed his severely disabled 12-year-old daughter, no longer needs one-on-one psychological counselling as part of his full parole.
MEDICINE HAT, Alta.—The Alberta Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that restricts where Métis people can hunt in the province.
Garry Hirsekorn was convicted in 2010 of hunting out of season after he shot a mule deer in 2007 near the Cypress Hills area in southeast Alberta.
His lawyers had argued he was exercising his aboriginal rights as a Métis.
VANCOUVER — A British Columbia woman’s dream of meeting a Mountie dressed in formal uniform has come true — 78 years after she first laid eyes on an RCMP officer in Red Serge in her native Scotland.
Jenny Stewart, 88, shared her secret wish with staff members at the hospice where she lives in Port Alberni, and before she knew it a Mountie showed up to visit her.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has cleared John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession.
Francis also decided Friday to canonize another pope, John XXIII, even though there has been no second miracle attributed to his intercession. The Vatican said Francis approved a decision by cardinals and bishops.
NEW YORK — Joey Chestnut has downed 69 franks and devoured his own record in the annual Coney Island hot dog eating contest.
The San Jose, Calif., man known as Jaws scarfed down the dogs and buns to win the Fourth of July men’s contest. He takes home $10,000 and a mustard-yellow champion’s belt.
DALLAS — A Texas teacher’s streak of wearing the same outfit for his school photograph is coming to an end after 40 years with his retirement.