Georgia prosecutor investigating Trump call urges patience

ATLANTA — The Georgia prosecutor investigating potential efforts by Donald Trump and others to influence last year’s general election has a message for people who are eager to see whether the former president will be charged: Be patient. “I’m in no rush,” Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said this week in an interview with … Read more

UK weather: Brits to enjoy sunshine as warm conditions to continue with 13C highs

Brits are set to flock to parks and beaches this weekend as the mild weather continues with highs of 13C but washout conditions will be seen in some areas with 50 flood alerts and warnings are in place. Most of the UK will enjoy above average temperatures of between 11C and 13C into the next … Read more

UAE weather: Rain to hit some parts of Dubai, and Sharjah, partly cloudy in Abu Dhabi

Planning of doing some outdoor activities this weekend? Be prepared and always carry an umbrella as it might rain across the emirates today. Today’s weather condition, according to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), will be partly cloudy to cloudy and hazy at times with a chance of light rainfall especially over some Eastern and Northern … Read more

Warnings issued with winds of 70-90 km/h forecast for B.C.’s South Coast

Out with the snow and in with the wind. Residents of British Columbia’s South Coast are being warned to tidy up any loose objects, as a ridge of high pressure is forecast to deliver strong winds Thursday and Friday. Environment Canada issued wind warnings for Metro Vancouver, Greater Victoria, the Southern Gulf Islands and Western … Read more

Oil prices mixed as Texas refineries reopen after deep freeze | Business and Economy News

As refineries in Texas reopen after last week’s freeze, concerns over OPEC+’s willingness to continue output cuts grow, with global benchmark Brent closing lower on Thursday. Oil prices were mixed on Thursday with United States crude edging up to its highest close since 2019 as refineries in Texas in the US restarted production after last … Read more

Canadian pleads guilty to human smuggling charges in U.S.

TORONTO — A Canadian man has pleaded to human smuggling charges in the United States after being convicted of similar charges over the past 18 years. The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that Srikajamukan Chelliah, a Sri Lanka-born Canadian citizen, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bring Sri Lankans through the Caribbean and into America … Read more

5 things to know on for Thursday, February 25, 2021: Defence chief resigns, coronavirus long-haulers, Zoom fatigue

TORONTO — Canada has now administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 3.08 per cent of the country’s population. Here’s what else you need to know to start your day. 1. Defence chief resigns: Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Admiral Art McDonald has voluntarily stepped down as chief of the defence staff as … Read more

Ireland weather: Met Eireann’s weekend forecast as one big ‘risk’ and very Irish trend highlighted

Things are going to get cold in Ireland this weekend – particularly at night. Met Eireann’s weekend forecast predicts that temperatures will drop to zero (and even below) over the next few evenings. The baltic conditions will come even as a spell of high pressure brings “dry and calm” weather at time during the day, … Read more

Over 1.3 million Texans still facing water issues as power grid operator faces probe – National

More than 1.3 million people across over 200 counties in Texas still had issues with their water supply by Wednesday, but that was down sharply from recent days, a spokesman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) said. That figure compared with Tuesday’s 3.4 million, Monday’s 8 million and Sunday’s 9 million, or about … Read more

UK weather: Four days of sunshine as temperatures to hit double figures over weekend

Spring is here with Brits set to enjoy a four days of mild and sun from today, with weather more like a May bank holiday. It was officially the warmest day of the year so far on Wednesday after temperatures reached 17.5C in Weybourne, Norfolk following weeks of snow, freezing temperatures and flooding, While there … Read more

A front-line worker became homeless just before the pandemic hit. He’s still living in his van

TORONTO — As a full-time pharmacy technician in a busy Toronto hospital, Tim MacFarlane has been on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. But since February of last year, he’s also been living in his minivan after he became one of the roughly 235,000 Canadians who experience homelessness every year. “I feel like … Read more

Man charged with sexual assault at Montreal quarantine hotel; woman says she felt ‘helpless’

MONTREAL — A man has been charged with sexual assault after an incident last week at a Montreal COVID-19 quarantine hotel. The woman alleging the assault told CTV News that the man came into her room, refused to leave, partially undressed and touched her against her will, only leaving when she threatened to scream. She … Read more

Some travellers from Toronto Pearson International Airport violating Quarantine Act

TORONTO — Several international travellers arriving at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport have refused to comply with a new rule requiring a three-day hotel quarantine, local police said Wednesday. Peel Region police said that while most cases were resolved after conversations with officers, some people refused to follow the rules that took effect this week and … Read more

Website, phone lines crash minutes after vaccination registration opens for Alberta seniors

CALGARY — Registration opened Wednesday morning for Alberta seniors to book vaccination appointments, but the system crashed within minutes, leaving many frustrated. “As anticipated, we are experiencing very high volumes with the AHS COVID-19 immunization booking tool,” officials wrote on social media. “The tool remains live. If you are having trouble accessing the site, please … Read more

Ghislaine Maxwell makes third attempt at bail, offers to renounce foreign citizenship

NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite awaiting trial on charges that she recruited teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse, says she’ll renounce her U.K. and French citizenships if she can be freed on bail, according to a court filing Tuesday. Maxwell’s attorneys made the offer in a third try at getting … Read more

Tiger Woods awake and responsive in hospital after car accident

LOS ANGELES — Tiger Woods crashed his SUV on sweeping, downhill road in the Los Angels suburbs Tuesday morning, and doctors tried to stabilize “significant” injuries to his right leg with rods and a combination of screws and pins. Woods was driving to a television shoot when his SUV crashed into a median, rolled over … Read more

UK weather: Brits ready for hottest day of year with temperatures to hit balmy 17C high

Brits are set to enjoy soaring temperatures with highs of 17C as weather forecasters predict the ‘first signs of Spring’. Temperatures are expected to rocket with the mercury set to reach peaks not yet seen since the start of 2021 and the bitter cold of recent months. After weeks of snow and freezing temperatures, today’s … Read more

‘They wouldn’t do anything’: Indigenous woman who lost baby alleges negligence, racism in B.C. hospitals

TORONTO — An Indigenous woman in northern British Columbia is speaking out after she was allegedly mistreated at two hospitals while in labour, which she says lead to the death of her baby daughter. In an interview with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Sarah Morrison from Haisla Nation said she was denied proper care at … Read more

Coronavirus: Guide dogs sit, stay while COVID-19 restrictions in place

TORONTO — The pandemic has changed the way we shop, work and act over the last year, and it’s not only humans who have had to make changes, guide dogs are also being impacted by COVID-19. Training guide dogs is long and complicated, it not only involves teaching the dogs commands, but how to avoid … Read more

5 things to know on for Tuesday, February 23, 2021: Trudeau-Biden meeting, Uighur vote, COVID-19 symptoms

TORONTO — Canada has now administered at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to nearly three per cent of the Canadian population. Here’s what else you need to know to start your day. 1. Trudeau-Biden meeting: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden are expected to unveil a “partnership roadmap” following the … Read more

Flooding in Cork, Kerry and other areas amid rain and wind warnings

THERE IS FLOODING in Cork, Kerry and other counties today amid ongoing rain and wind warnings. A Status Orange rainfall warning for Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford kicked in at 8pm yesterday and will remain in place until 9pm today. Met Éireann says there was “very heavy rain” last night, which will continue today “will … Read more

Wife of drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ arrested on U.S. drug charges

WASHINGTON — The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested Monday in the United States and accused of helping her husband run his multibillion-dollar cartel and plot his audacious escape from a Mexican prison in 2015. Emma Coronel Aispuro, a 31-year-old former beauty queen, was arrested at Dulles International Airport in … Read more

Watch NASA’s Perseverance rover touch down on Mars in ‘first-of-its-kind’ video

WASHINGTON — The U.S. space agency NASA on Monday released the first audio from Mars, a faint wind sound captured by the Perseverance rover. NASA also released the first video of the landing of the rover on the red planet. A microphone did not work during the descent but the rover was able to capture … Read more

‘All my love, Mary XOXO’: Postcards from 1964 found in the walls of Maritime home

SASKATOON — Postcards from 1964 sent between two young lovers were returned to them this past Valentine’s Day, after they were recently discovered in the walls of a Nova Scotia house during a renovation. The collection of weathered postcards feature landmarks in Newfoundland, including the William Carson Ferry which took people between the province and … Read more

Seattle woman, 90, walks 6 miles through snow for vaccine

A rare winter storm that dumped a foot of snow on Seattle couldn’t keep a 90-year-old woman from making her first COVID-19 vaccine appointment ByThe Associated Press February 16, 2021, 9:42 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SEATTLE — A rare winter storm that dumped a foot of snow … Read more

14 people dead as storm brings bitter cold, power cuts and deadly tornado to US

Updated 12 minutes ago A WINTER STORM that left millions without power in record-breaking cold weather has claimed more lives, including three people found dead after a tornado hit a town in North Carolina and four family members who perished in a Houston blaze while using a fireplace to stay warm. The storm that overwhelmed … Read more

The Latest: California Opens 2 Mass Vaccination Sites | World News

LOS ANGELES — California opened federally supported mass vaccination sites Tuesday in Los Angeles and Oakland that are intended to bring inoculations to communities hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The sites opened on the east side of the nation’s second-largest city at California State University, Los Angeles, and on the east side of San … Read more

Much of Canada experiencing severe weather as warnings cover 8 provinces

TORONTO — Ice, snow and freezing rain have blanketed many parts of Canada, as winter continues to hold the country in its grasp. Environment Canada has issued warnings covering snowfall, freezing rain, winter storms and/or extreme cold for eight provinces and one territory. Here’s a breakdown of the weather affecting Canadians: BRITISH COLUMBIA The Fraser … Read more

Much of Canada experiencing severe weather as winter lingers

TORONTO — Ice, snow and freezing rain have blanketed many parts of Canada, as winter continues to hold the country in its grasp. Environment Canada has issued warnings covering snowfall, freezing rain, winter storms and/or extreme cold for eight provinces and one territory. Here’s a breakdown of the weather affecting Canadians: BRITISH COLUMBIA The Fraser … Read more

Alberta adds 50 new variant cases in four days as COVID-19 positivity rate ticks up

EDMONTON — Spread of the COVID-19 B.1.1.7 variant continued in Alberta over the Family Day long weekend, with the province confirming 50 new cases. The additions, which bring the province’s total to 221, accumulated over a four-day period beginning Friday at an average of 12 new variant cases per day. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, who announced … Read more

Significant snowfall leads to bus cancellations in London area – London

School vehicles will not be running Tuesday in London and the surrounding area. As a result of the significant snowfall overnight, a decision was made Tuesday morning to cancel all school-related vehicles in the city, as well as Middlesex, Elgin, and Oxford counties, including Red Zone. Officials say schools with the London District Catholic School … Read more

Winter storm: Texans try to conserve heat, water as plunging temperatures knock out utilities and cell service

Living in north Texas, Dorminy, his wife and their four children are worried what will happen when they need to refill their generator with gas again. There is only one station with any gas left in Watauga, the suburb of Fort Worth where they live, Dorminy said. “Pray for us, this is going to be … Read more

5 things to know on for Tuesday, February 16, 2021: Coronavirus variant, vaccine rollout, gun buy-back

TORONTO — Canada has administered more than 975,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 295,700 second doses. Here’s what else you need to know to start your day. 1. Coronavirus variant: Fears of the new COVID-19 variants are increasing after possible cases emerged in an unlikely place: two remote First Nations communities in … Read more

Heavy snowfall in Toronto-area forces some school boards to close in-person learning

Some Greater Toronto Area school boards will be closed to in-person learning on Tuesday — the first day back to the classroom for some after the region was dumped with a heavy overnight snowfall. Schools are closed at York Region District School Board and York Catholic District School Board. Peel District School Board said all … Read more

Snow storm causes in-person school closures around the GTA, Toronto schools remain open

A number of GTA school boards closed schools and cancelled buses early Tuesday morning as a winter storm blanketed the region in snow. Toronto District and Toronto Catholic District School Boards announced that schools will remain open for in-person and virtual classes, but buses will not run due to inclement weather conditions. Dufferin-Peel Catholic, Peel … Read more

Tornado hits North Carolina, leaves some residents trapped

Officials say a tornado in the southeast North Carolina county of Brunswick County has left some residents trapped or missing and damaged homes ByThe Associated Press February 16, 2021, 9:19 AM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WILMINGTON, N.C. — A tornado in the southeast North Carolina county of Brunswick … Read more

UK weather: Heat surge brings 17C spring sunshine just days after freezing snow chaos

Brits are set to enjoy spring-like sunshine in above-average temperatures – just days after record lows brought by the “Beast from the East Two”. Parts of the UK could see above-average seasonal temperatures of up to 17C (63F), days after the country endured freezing conditions, snow and record lows. The Met Office is expecting “exceptionally” … Read more

Variants may have spread to two remote First Nations in Manitoba

TORONTO — Fears of the new COVID-19 variants are increasing after possible cases emerged in an unlikely place: two remote First Nations communities in Manitoba. A variant form of COVID-19 has now been identified in 10 provinces, with just one case confirmed in Manitoba. But new information out of Pauingassi First Nation, 280 kilometres northeast … Read more

Cities and states begin delaying vaccine distribution because of winter storms

The severe winter weather sparked emergency declarations in at least seven states, including Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Texas. Here are the localities and states that have delayed or postponed vaccine distribution so far: The city postponed vaccine appointments scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Alamodome until Saturday due to the storm, … Read more

Homeless advocate upset after police kick people out of Edmonton LRT station during cold snap – Edmonton

A member of a community-based organization that provides food and support to vulnerable Edmontonians is raising concerns after posting a video to social media showing homeless people being kicked out of an LRT station amid bitterly cold temperatures this weekend. “When people are hungry and they need water and a hot meal…we oblige, because we’re … Read more