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As it happened: Canada Day celebrations, protests held across the country

Public events marking the holiday were put on hold due to the pandemic, but eased health restrictions have once again made large gatherings and celebrations possible.

NASA launches tiny CAPSTONE to blaze a unique new 'trail' around the Moon

This new cubesat is prepping the way for the future lunar missions.

NY overhauls handgun rules in effort to preserve some limits

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers approved a sweeping overhaul Friday of the state’s handgun licensing rules, seeking to preserve some limits on firearms after the Supreme Court ruled that most people have a right to carry a handgun for personal protection. The measure, signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul after passing both chambers by wide margins, is almost sure to draw more legal challenges from gun rights advocates who say the state is still...

A rare orchid thought to be extinct in Vermont was rediscovered after 120 years

The small whorled pogonia, a federally threatened species of orchid, has been rediscovered in Vermont -- 120 years after the plant was last spotted in the state.

Thousands of anchovies wash up on Bay Area shore

The dead anchovies washed ashore a beach in California earlier this week.

Uvalde schools police chief to resign from city council post, officials say

The police chief for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District told a local newspaper that he plans to resign from his city council post.

RCMP say remains found in Alberta home fire last fall are those of missing man

FROG LAKE, Alta. — RCMP in Alberta say their Major Crimes Unit is investigating the discovery of human remains inside a burned home on a First Nation east of Edmonton near the Saskatchewan boundary. Police say their officers initially responded to the fire on Frog Lake First Nation on Nov. 26, and while the blaze was deemed an arson, the structure was considered unsafe to enter during the initial stages of the investigation. Investigators later...

Twin brothers identified as armed bank robbers killed by police in Saanich, B.C.

RCMP officers in Saanich, B.C., have identified 22-year-old twin brothers Matthew and Isaac Auchterlonie as the two armed bank robbers who were killed by police in a shootout on Tuesday.

World UFO Day observed by believers seeking the truth

World UFO Day is being marked by believers who are seeking the truth about possible alien life.

Palestinians give bullet that killed journalist to US team

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority on Saturday said it has given the bullet that killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to American forensic experts, taking a step toward resolving a standoff with Israel over the investigation into her death. Abu Akleh, a veteran correspondent who was well known throughout the Arab world, was fatally shot while covering an Israeli military raid on May 11 in the Jenin refugee camp in the...

Spouse of gunman to testify at N.S. shooting hearings but won't be cross-examined

HALIFAX — The spouse of the gunman in the Nova Scotia mass shooting will testify mid-July before a public inquiry, but she won't face direct questions from lawyers representing victims' families. The Mass Casualty Commission said Thursday in a news release that due to Lisa Banfield's status as a "survivor of the perpetrator's violence" and "in light of information she has already provided," only the inquiry's lawyer will be asking her questions...

Canadian First World War soldier given full military burial in Flanders

Canadian Private John Lambert of the Newfoundland Regiment was killed on Aug. 16, 1917 and buried near Ypres, Belgium. His body was found more than 100 years later by workers constructing a gas pipeline near the town at the heart of Flanders Fields, where from 1914 to 1918 hundreds of thousands perished in a muddy, shell-churned hellscape. British and Canadian authorities have now given Lambert and six other First World War soldiers full...

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei Fast Facts

Read CNN's Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei Fast Facts for a look at the life of the Iranian Supreme Leader.

Environmentalists condemn Biden administration’s offshore drilling plan

Joe Biden’s administration on Friday unveiled a five-year offshore oil and gas drilling development plan that blocks all new drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans within US territorial waters while allowing some lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s south coast. The plan, which has not been finalized, could allow up to 11 lease sales but gives the interior department the right to make none. It comes two days after the US supreme...

Texas state Supreme Court issues order allowing for civil enforcement of century-old abortion ban

The Texas Supreme Court issued an order late Friday partially granting state Attorney General Ken Paxton's request to stay a lower court order that had temporarily blocked a nearly century-old abortion ban in the state.

Alleged rape victim of Paul Haggis cross-examined in Italy pre-trial hearing

The British woman who has accused Canadian-born screenwriter and director Paul Haggis of two instances of sexual assault appeared Wednesday evening before a judge at the courthouse in Brindisi, in southern Italy, where she was cross-examined for more than eight hours.

Uvalde DA make rare comments on school shooting investigation

The district attorney investigating the May 24 shooting that killed two teachers and 19 students in Uvalde, Texas, revealed Friday that she has met with some families.

Trudeau, ministers bid to reclaim flag from freedom protesters in Canada Day speeches

OTTAWA — Thousands of celebrants who flocked to the national capital for Canada Day festivities heard an impassioned appeal for unity on Friday as the prime minister urged them to reclaim the Maple Leaf as a national symbol. The exhortation from Justin Trudeau and other dignitaries came on another potentially divisive day in Ottawa, as those intent on marking the first in-person Canada Day celebrations since the COVID-19 pandemic honoured the...

Joy Drop: Reasons to smile on this Canada Day

CBC Sports Senior Contributor Shireen Ahmed's weekly roundup of the things that struck her from the week that was.

Bodies of three children and their mother recovered in Minnesota lake

The bodies of a mother and two of her young children were found in a Minnesota lake Saturday, the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office said.

Kerry: Despite setbacks at home, US to make climate goals

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said Friday that setbacks for President Joe Biden's climate efforts at home have “slowed the pace” of some of the commitments from other countries to cut climate-wrecking fossil fuels, but he insisted the U.S. would still achieve its own ambitious climate goals in time. Kerry spoke to The Associated Press after a major Supreme Court ruling Thursday limited the Environmental Protection Agency's...

New Brunswick man killed in industrial accident in Saint John: Police

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — An industrial accident in southern New Brunswick has claimed the life of one man. The Saint John Police Force says the accident at 145 Gateway Street was reported Thursday at 1:30 p.m. An injured 60-year-old worker was taken to hospital, where he died earlier today. The victim was identified as Darrell Richards of Saint John. No details were released about the incident. Investigators have been called in from the Saint John...

Brazil's Lula says he will not tolerate threats against institutions

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is leading in the polls for Brazil's October presidential election, said on Saturday he will not tolerate threats against institutions, and that the armed forces need to commit to democracy. "It is necessary to overcome authoritarianism and anti-democratic threats. We will not ...

More than a million pack London's streets for Pride parade

LONDON (Reuters) - More than a million people flocked to central London on Saturday for a record-breaking 50th-anniversary Pride parade. The three-hour-long parade, headed by veterans of the LGBT movement who took part in Britain's first Pride march, retraced part of the original route of 1972. Organisers said there had been 30,000 participants, ...

Trudeau urges Canada Day celebrants to reclaim Maple Leaf as national symbol

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling on Canadians to recommit to the country's values, including respect, hope and kindness, in his official Canada Day message.

Some Enjoy Life baked goods recalled — they could contain plastic pieces

Six kinds of Enjoy Life bakery products are being recalled across Canada and the U.S. because pieces of hard plastic may have contaminated the items. There have been no reported injuries associated with the consumption of these products, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Saturday.

Royal Canadian Navy relieves Pacific fleet ship commander for 'inappropriate conduct'

OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Navy says it has relieved the commanding officer of a warship in the Pacific Fleet. In a release Thursday night, the navy says it has lost confidence in the judgment of Lt.-Cmdr. David Dallin of HMCS Regina. The navy says it took action after an incident that recently took place on another vessel during a naval training exercise. Details of what happened were not released. Commodore David Mazur, commander of Canadian...

The end of work from home? Most Canadians return to office as 1 in 10 stay home: poll

Canadians have a number of reasons for returning to the office since COVID restrictions lifted, a new Ipsos poll found. For most, it's because they didn't have a choice,

Pete Arredondo resigns from Uvalde city council after botched response to school shooting

Uvalde school district police chief Pedro "Pete" Arredondo has resigned his separate position on the Uvalde city council in the wake of the massacre at Robb Elementary School in May, according to a resignation letter he sent to the city.

B.C. RCMP identify twin brothers as B.C. bank shooting suspects

VICTORIA — Twin brothers in their early 20s were responsible for the shooting that injured numerous police officers at a bank in Saanich, B.C., earlier this week, RCMP alleged Saturday. Mounties spokesman Cpl. Alex Bérubé named the men as 22-year-olds Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie from Duncan, B.C. Six officers were shot and the brothers were killed in the shootout with police on Tuesday outside the Bank of Montreal branch. Bérubé said officers...

Program to educate junior hockey players about sexual violence could be enhanced, expert says

Launched in 2016, the OHL's Onside program requires each team to hold an information session involving players and a representative from the local sexual assault centre.

Palestinians to let US examine bullet that killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

The Palestinian Authority will allow US investigators to examine the bullet that killed Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, PA Attorney General Akram Al Khatib announced Saturday.

Police make arrests after anti-vaccine mandate soldier leads march into Ottawa

OTTAWA — Police arrested four people in downtown Ottawa Thursday after a Canadian soldier charged for speaking out against COVID-19 vaccine requirements led a procession into the city and delivered a speech on "freedom" to a rapt crowd of about 1,200 supporters. James Topp was charged in February with two counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline for comments made while wearing his uniform and has since been leading a...

Sky cruise: Could people one day live on a luxurious nuclear-powered hotel above the clouds?

A video imagining a world in which people can live in an all-inclusive luxury hotel — in the sky — has captivated the internet. The “futuristic hotel above the clouds” features a swimming pool, shopping mall and sports centre, and visitors could enjoy stargazing and the northern lights. The unprecedented travel experience would even be carbon free, powered by 20 electric engines fuelled by clean nuclear energy. There’s just one problem. It...

Protesters march for freedom as much larger crowds celebrate Canada Day in Ottawa

OTTAWA — Plans for a full day of protest events alongside Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa caused only minimal disruptions Friday as a few hundred people marched through downtown to voice their opposition to the federal government and public health restrictions. The city was once again crowded with people draped in the Maple Leaf, but this time the vast majority of them were joining in the official celebrations. There was a celebratory, if...

Thousands gather in Ottawa for Canada Day celebrations, protests amid tight security

Canada Day prompted a major police presence in Ottawa to prevent a repeat of the convoy blockade from February, as thousands gathered for the first time in two years.

Woman held hostage during B.C. bank shooting experiencing roller-coaster of emotions

Shelli Fryer was wide awake at 2:54 on Canada Day and hoped the stack of messages piling up in recent days could help her close her eyes. The 59-year-old Langford, B.C., woman said she's been having trouble sleeping since Tuesday when she was among those held hostage during a violent bank shooting in Saanich. The messages pouring in since then, she said, have offered some of the comfort she's sought and commended her bravery during the ordeal....

Kamala Harris speaks on 'outrageous' repeal of Roe at Essence Festival

Harris said the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade "requires all of us to speak up, speak out and to be active."

4 people dead following I-95 wreck that caused hourslong closure at Florida-Georgia border

Four people died in a multi-vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer on Interstate 95 South at the Florida-Georgia border on Friday.

'Sense of future' for Lytton if homes rebuilt by this time next year: B.C. minister

LYTTON, B.C. — When a wildfire swept through Lytton, B.C., during a record-setting heat wave, Tricia Thorpe and her husband lost their house, barn, a woodworking shop and dozens of animals on their farm. She and her husband, Don Glasgow, have rebuilt thanks to help from volunteers, but the vast majority of people aren't in that situation on the first anniversary since the village was nearly wiped out. Thorpe said rebuilding is taking too long...

Argentina economy minister Guzman resigns as crises build

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's economy minister Martin Guzman resigned on Saturday, a blow to a government beset by mounting economic crises. Guzman, who led Argentina's debt restructuring deal with the International Monetary Fund and creditors, posted a letter to his Twitter account announcing his decision. "I write to you to present my re...

Supreme Court marshal seeks to squash protests at justices' homes

The high court just ended a divisive term, ruling on hot-button issues like abortion and gun rights.

Police describe car with 'multiple' explosives involved in B.C. bank shooting

SAANICH, B.C. — RCMP have described a vehicle linked with two robbery suspects killed in a shootout with police outside a bank in Saanich, B.C., where six officers were wounded. Cpl. Alex Bérubé said Thursday that multiple explosive devices were placed inside a white 1992 four-door Toyota Camry with two black racing stripes over the hood and roof. He asked anyone who may have seen the vehicle before the robbery on Tuesday to contact police. The...

Texas Supreme Court blocks order that resumed abortions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court blocked a lower court order late Friday night that said clinics could continue performing abortions, just days after some doctors had resumed seeing patients after the fall of Roe v. Wade. It was not immediately clear whether Texas clinics that had resumed seeing patients this week would halt services again. A hearing is scheduled for later this month. The whiplash of Texas clinics turning away...

Massive cricket-processing facility comes online in London, Ont.

In the next few days, the first farmed insects will arrive at a new massive cricket-processing facility in London, Ont., that's believed to be the biggest of its kind in the world.

Is it Canada Day without fireworks? What you should know about its risks

With concerns about the potential impacts on the environment and health, experts say we should scale back on the use of fireworks or do away with the tradition.

The surprising reason supermarkets sell flowers

All stores have marketing tactics to get you in the door — stylish mannequins, elaborate display windows, posters screaming about all the discounts you can find inside.

Uvalde schools police chief Pete Arredondo resigns from City Council seat

Embattled Texas Police Chief Pete Arredondo has resigned from his seat in the Uvalde City Council, roughly a month after being sworn in to the position.

Quebec moving day could see record number of tenants without somewhere to live

MONTREAL — A Quebec housing advocacy group says it's worried there will be a record number of households left without somewhere to live on the province’s July 1 moving day. “On the eve of July 1, in Quebec, we count 750 renter households that have not found housing,” said Véronique Laflamme, a spokeswoman for the Front d'action populaire en réaménagement urbain, in an interview. That estimate is based on requests for aid received by municipal...

Biologist finds behemoth tree in North Vancouver nearly as wide as a Boeing 747 airplane cabin

A western red cedar found in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park is likely 1,000-2,000 years old, experts say.