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A new poll suggests a majority of Canadians still see the United States as their country’s closest ally, even in an age of isolationism and protectionist policies. President Joe Biden delivers his first state of the union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol, March 1, 2022, in Washington. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool via AP

The state of the union? Unapologetically pro-American, to hear Joe Biden tell it

President didn’t just defend Buy American, he doubled down on it

 

Cracked earth is visible in an area once under the water of Lake Mead at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, near Boulder City, Nev. Amid a major drought in the Western U.S., a proposed solution comes up repeatedly: large-scale river diversions, including pumping Mississippi River water to parched states. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Pumping Mississippi River water west: solution or dream?

With drought continuing to parch the American West, some are casting for bold solutions

 

File - Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, the deputy head of the military council, waves to a crowd during a military-backed tribe’s rally, in the Nile River State, Sudan, Saturday, , on July 13, 2019. The US is making efforts to convince power brokers in Libya and Sudan to expel the Russian private military company Wagner, regional officials tell The Associated Press. The pressure comes after Washington expanded sanctions on the group. Wagner has played a role in Libya’s conflict but has also been linked with a powerful Sudanese paramilitary. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Hjaj, File)

U.S. seeks to expel Russian mercenaries from Sudan, Libya

The U.S. has slapped sanctions on the Wagner Group over its role in Russia’s war in Ukraine

 

A high altitude balloon floats over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. The U.S. is tracking a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been spotted over U.S. airspace for a couple days, but the Pentagon decided not to shoot it down due to risks of harm for people on the ground, officials said Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. The Pentagon would not confirm that the balloon in the photo was the surveillance balloon. (Larry Mayer/The Billings Gazette via AP)

China: Balloon over US skies is for research, wind pushed it

U.S. had no immediate response to the Chinese explanation

A high altitude balloon floats over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. The U.S. is tracking a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been spotted over U.S. airspace for a couple days, but the Pentagon decided not to shoot it down due to risks of harm for people on the ground, officials said Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. The Pentagon would not confirm that the balloon in the photo was the surveillance balloon. (Larry Mayer/The Billings Gazette via AP)
This photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows guns and ammunition that were found in an L.A. apartment. A man who reportedly made violent threats was arrested and investigators found a cache of guns and ammunition in his Hollywood high-rise apartment, where several rifles were pointed at a nearby park, police said Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. (Los Angeles Police Department via AP)

Police: ‘High chance’ of Hollywood mass shooting prevented

Guns and ammunition seized from high-rise apartment where several rifles were pointed at nearby park

This photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows guns and ammunition that were found in an L.A. apartment. A man who reportedly made violent threats was arrested and investigators found a cache of guns and ammunition in his Hollywood high-rise apartment, where several rifles were pointed at a nearby park, police said Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. (Los Angeles Police Department via AP)
FILE - RowVaughn Wells, mother of Tyre Nichols, who died after being beaten by Memphis police officers, is comforted by Tyre’s stepfather Rodney Wells, at a news conference with civil rights Attorney Ben Crump in Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 27, 2023. The parents of Tyre Nichols will attend President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address next week. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

‘We’re all Tyre’: Family prepares to lay Nichols to rest

Nichols died following a brutal beating by Memphis police that was captured on disturbing video

FILE - RowVaughn Wells, mother of Tyre Nichols, who died after being beaten by Memphis police officers, is comforted by Tyre’s stepfather Rodney Wells, at a news conference with civil rights Attorney Ben Crump in Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 27, 2023. The parents of Tyre Nichols will attend President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address next week. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
This cover image released by Crown/Penguin Random House shows "The Light We Carry" by Michelle Obama. Obama's recent celebrity-filled book tour will soon become a podcast. Audible announced Wednesday that the former first lady will launch the "Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast" on March 7. (Crown/PRH via AP)

Michelle Obama launching podcast based on ‘Light We Carry’

Michelle Obama’s recent celebrity-filled book tour is becoming a podcast. Audible announced…

This cover image released by Crown/Penguin Random House shows "The Light We Carry" by Michelle Obama. Obama's recent celebrity-filled book tour will soon become a podcast. Audible announced Wednesday that the former first lady will launch the "Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast" on March 7. (Crown/PRH via AP)
FILE - A worker with the Pebble Mine project digs in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near the village of Iliamma, Alaska, July 13, 2007. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a decision Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, that would block plans for the proposed Pebble Mine, a copper and gold project in southwest Alaska. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

U.S. government uses rare veto to block Alaska copper, gold mine plan

Canadian firm’s plans neighbouring world’s largest sockeye fishery dealt huge blow

FILE - A worker with the Pebble Mine project digs in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near the village of Iliamma, Alaska, July 13, 2007. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a decision Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, that would block plans for the proposed Pebble Mine, a copper and gold project in southwest Alaska. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
Water flows down a wash into Lake Mead at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, near Boulder City, Nev. More than 10% of the water carried by the Colorado River evaporates, leaks or spills as the 1,450-mile powerhouse river of the West flows through the region’s dams, reservoirs and open-air canals. (AP Photo/John Locher)

In the American West, pressure mounts to count water lost to evaporation

As jurisdictions battle for their share, 10% loss on the Colorado can no longer be ignored

Water flows down a wash into Lake Mead at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, near Boulder City, Nev. More than 10% of the water carried by the Colorado River evaporates, leaks or spills as the 1,450-mile powerhouse river of the West flows through the region’s dams, reservoirs and open-air canals. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Several police organizations across Canada are sending condolences to the family of a Black man who died earlier this month after five Memphis, Tenn. police officers beat him during a traffic stop. This photo provided by the Nichols family shows Tyre Nichols, who had a passion for photography and was described by friends as joyful and lovable. Nichols was just minutes from his home in Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 7, 2023, when he was pulled over by police and fatally beaten. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Courtesy of the Nichols family via AP

Canadian police chiefs speak out on death of Black man beaten by U.S. officers

Graphic video footage shows Memphis officers holding Tyre Nichols down and striking him repeatedly

Several police organizations across Canada are sending condolences to the family of a Black man who died earlier this month after five Memphis, Tenn. police officers beat him during a traffic stop. This photo provided by the Nichols family shows Tyre Nichols, who had a passion for photography and was described by friends as joyful and lovable. Nichols was just minutes from his home in Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 7, 2023, when he was pulled over by police and fatally beaten. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Courtesy of the Nichols family via AP
Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy answers questions during a press conference on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, after five fired Memphis Police Officers were charged in the murder of Black motorist Tyre Nichols. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian via AP)

Authorities release video showing police beating in death of Tyre Nichols

5 police officers face charges of second-degree murder in Memphis incident

Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy answers questions during a press conference on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, after five fired Memphis Police Officers were charged in the murder of Black motorist Tyre Nichols. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian via AP)
RowVaughn Wells, mother of Tyre Nichols, who died after being beaten by Memphis police officers, leaves at the conclusion of a candlelight vigil for Tyre, in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. The family is calling for calm across the United States as the country braces for visceral video evidence of another young Black man dying at the hands of police. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Gerald Herbert

Family of Tyre Nichols pleads for calm as U.S. braces for ‘horrifying’ video evidence

5 former Memphis police officers face murder charges following the Jan. 7 confrontation

RowVaughn Wells, mother of Tyre Nichols, who died after being beaten by Memphis police officers, leaves at the conclusion of a candlelight vigil for Tyre, in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. The family is calling for calm across the United States as the country braces for visceral video evidence of another young Black man dying at the hands of police. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Gerald Herbert
This photo provided by the Hidalgo County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, showing the booking photo of Pascale Ferrier. A Quebec woman accused of mailing poison to former president Donald Trump has pleaded guilty and agreed to a prison sentence of nearly 22 years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Hidalgo County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, via AP

Poison pen: Quebec woman pleads guilty to sending Trump, others ricin-laced letters

Pascale Ferrier agreed to a sentence of nearly 22 years behind bars.

This photo provided by the Hidalgo County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, showing the booking photo of Pascale Ferrier. A Quebec woman accused of mailing poison to former president Donald Trump has pleaded guilty and agreed to a prison sentence of nearly 22 years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Hidalgo County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, via AP
FILE - Taylor Swift poses in the press room with awards at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Senators are expected to grill Ticketmaster Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, about its spectacular breakdown last year during a sale of Taylor Swift concert tickets. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

U.S. senators grill Ticketmaster after Taylor Swift fiasco

Hearing focuses on consolidation in live entertainment and ticketing, how it harms customers

FILE - Taylor Swift poses in the press room with awards at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Senators are expected to grill Ticketmaster Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, about its spectacular breakdown last year during a sale of Taylor Swift concert tickets. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - Cory and Shari Foltz, the parents of a Bowling Green State University student who died in an alleged hazing incident, look on while Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Dobson, left, takes questions from the media at the Wood County Courthouse, April 29, 2021, in Bowling Green, Ohio. The family of the student will receive nearly $3 million from Bowling Green State University to settle its lawsuit. A copy of the agreement announced Monday, Jan. 23, 2023 says the family of Stone Foltz and the university will work together to eliminate hazing on college campuses. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune via AP, Fille)

Fatal hazing lawsuit at U.S. university ends with nearly $3M settlement

Eight former fraternity members previously either pleaded or were found guilty on various charges

FILE - Cory and Shari Foltz, the parents of a Bowling Green State University student who died in an alleged hazing incident, look on while Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Dobson, left, takes questions from the media at the Wood County Courthouse, April 29, 2021, in Bowling Green, Ohio. The family of the student will receive nearly $3 million from Bowling Green State University to settle its lawsuit. A copy of the agreement announced Monday, Jan. 23, 2023 says the family of Stone Foltz and the university will work together to eliminate hazing on college campuses. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune via AP, Fille)
FILE - A member of the Mile High Youth Corps walks near a smoldering pile of tree debris during a controlled burn with the U.S. Forest Service in Hatch Gulch Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, near Deckers, Colo. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the forest service conducted burns, tree thinning and other work to reduce wildfire risks across 5,000 square miles last year. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson,File)

Feds send $930 million to curb ‘crisis’ of US West wildfires

Money to clear underbrush that could fuel future fires

FILE - A member of the Mile High Youth Corps walks near a smoldering pile of tree debris during a controlled burn with the U.S. Forest Service in Hatch Gulch Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, near Deckers, Colo. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the forest service conducted burns, tree thinning and other work to reduce wildfire risks across 5,000 square miles last year. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson,File)
FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, William “Rick” Singer, founder of the Edge College & Career Network, departs federal court in Boston after pleading guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. In the wake of the college admissions bribery scandal, experts say there’s little evidence that it stirred significant change in the world of college admissions. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Wealth looms big as ever in post-scandal US college admissions

‘Privilege is just really baked into the system in many ways’

FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, William “Rick” Singer, founder of the Edge College & Career Network, departs federal court in Boston after pleading guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. In the wake of the college admissions bribery scandal, experts say there’s little evidence that it stirred significant change in the world of college admissions. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
FILE - President Joe Biden responds a reporters question after speaking about the economy in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Washington. Virtually everything was going right for Biden to open the year. His approval ratings were ticking up. Inflation was slowing. And Republicans were at war with themselves after a disappointing midterm season. But Biden’s rosy political outlook veered into uncertainty after the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate Biden’s handling of classified documents. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Biden political future clouded by classified document probe

Appointment of a special counsel thrusts legal uncertainty over the sitting president

FILE - President Joe Biden responds a reporters question after speaking about the economy in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Washington. Virtually everything was going right for Biden to open the year. His approval ratings were ticking up. Inflation was slowing. And Republicans were at war with themselves after a disappointing midterm season. But Biden’s rosy political outlook veered into uncertainty after the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate Biden’s handling of classified documents. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
People travel to the United States of America at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Air Canada warned travellers to check their flights before heading to the airport as troubles caused by a key computer outage at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration caused delays. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

U.S. travel problems affecting transborder flights: Air Canada, WestJet

Canadian travellers headed to or from the U.S. urged to check their flights

People travel to the United States of America at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Air Canada warned travellers to check their flights before heading to the airport as troubles caused by a key computer outage at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration caused delays. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
United States President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador listen to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak during a joint news conference at the North American Leaders Summit Tuesday, January 10, 2023 in Mexico City, Mexico. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Nexus trusted-traveller program coming back, as ‘Three Amigos’ meetings wrap

System dealing with a backlog of between 220,000 and 240,000 applications

United States President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador listen to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak during a joint news conference at the North American Leaders Summit Tuesday, January 10, 2023 in Mexico City, Mexico. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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