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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

Bats come out of the Volcan de los Murcielagos, a cave that is home to three million bats, in the Balam-Ku reserve, in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. One version of the Maya Train plan had the tracks passing less than a half mile from the bat cave. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

In Mexico, worry that Maya Train will destroy jungle

$20 billion dollar project envisioned to grow economy of some of country’s most impoverished areas

Dogs are chained up in the northern Ontario First Nations reserve in Attawapiskat, Ont., on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The James Bay community of 2,000 is under a state of emergency due to a spike in youth suicide attempts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Growing dog populations an issue in some remote communities, shelters under pressure

Stray dogs are an issue in some places – a situation that’s adding to pressure on animal shelters

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

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)
People taking part in an Extinction Rebellion protest against old-growth logging march onto the empty Cambie Bridge, in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, March 27, 2021. A man who took part in four traffic-stopping protests in Metro Vancouver in an effort to save old-growth forests has been given a conditional sentence and six months probation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

House arrest, probation for old-growth protester who blocked Metro Vancouver traffic

Benjamin Holt was sorry for the inconvenience the demonstrations caused other people

People taking part in an Extinction Rebellion protest against old-growth logging march onto the empty Cambie Bridge, in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, March 27, 2021. A man who took part in four traffic-stopping protests in Metro Vancouver in an effort to save old-growth forests has been given a conditional sentence and six months probation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Ontario Courthouse at 361 University Avenue in Toronto is photographed on Monday, May 2, 2022. A new study says Canada’s justice system features “significant and pervasive” barriers for transgender people who encounter legal issues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Reforms needed for transgender people to access justice: Canadian Bar Association

People expressed reluctance to seek legal help over fears of discrimination, or inadequate services

The Ontario Courthouse at 361 University Avenue in Toronto is photographed on Monday, May 2, 2022. A new study says Canada’s justice system features “significant and pervasive” barriers for transgender people who encounter legal issues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
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)
In this photo released by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, a dead sperm whale lies in the shallow water at Lydgate Beach in Kauai County, Hawaii, on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023. Scientists suspect the large sperm whale that washed ashore in Hawaii over the weekend may have died from an intestinal blockage because it ate large volumes of plastic, fishing nets, and other marine debris. (Daniel Dennison/Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP)

Hawaii whale dies with fishing nets, plastic bags in stomach

Enough foreign objects in the opening of the whale’s intestinal tract to block food

In this photo released by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, a dead sperm whale lies in the shallow water at Lydgate Beach in Kauai County, Hawaii, on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023. Scientists suspect the large sperm whale that washed ashore in Hawaii over the weekend may have died from an intestinal blockage because it ate large volumes of plastic, fishing nets, and other marine debris. (Daniel Dennison/Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP)
Elena Pushkareva poses for a photo in front of the Russian consular affairs building, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Woman says Russian Embassy denies her consular services, cites Facebook page

Facebook group advocates for freeing jailed Russian opposition leader

Elena Pushkareva poses for a photo in front of the Russian consular affairs building, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland arrives to a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. Freeland is hosting an in-person meeting Friday with the provincial and territorial finance ministers in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Freeland meets with provincial, territorial finance ministers in Toronto

Clean economy to be a focus, but health will also be part of the discussions

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland arrives to a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. Freeland is hosting an in-person meeting Friday with the provincial and territorial finance ministers in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino speaks to reporters in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. The federal Liberals have withdrawn an amendment to their guns bill that introduced a controversial new definition of an assault-style weapon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Liberals withdraw bill’s assault-style firearm definition, promise more consultation

As some applaud, a prominent gun-control group calls move a victory for misinformation

Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino speaks to reporters in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. The federal Liberals have withdrawn an amendment to their guns bill that introduced a controversial new definition of an assault-style weapon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Minister of Heritage Pablo Rodriguez responds to a question during a session at the Canadian Media Producers Association Prime Time conference, Thursday, February 2, 2023 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Senate passes Liberals’ controversial online streaming act with a dozen amendments

Senators made amendments intended to protect user-generated content, boost Indigenous, Black content

Minister of Heritage Pablo Rodriguez responds to a question during a session at the Canadian Media Producers Association Prime Time conference, Thursday, February 2, 2023 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Joyce Murray, minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, rises during question period on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Ottawa. Federal politicians are expected to make a significant announcement on ocean protection during an international conference in Vancouver on how to take action on promises to protect the marine world made at recent global environment meetings. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Global ocean conservation conference in B.C. hopes to build on Montreal agreements

Significant announcements expected on ocean protection initiatives

Joyce Murray, minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, rises during question period on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Ottawa. Federal politicians are expected to make a significant announcement on ocean protection during an international conference in Vancouver on how to take action on promises to protect the marine world made at recent global environment meetings. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A person jogs next to a backdrop of the Montreal skyline as ice fog rises off the St. Lawerence River in Montreal, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the region. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Montreal shelters prepare as extreme cold warnings hit Eastern Canada, Maritimes

‘Vigorous’ cold front will stay into Saturday, wind chill of around -40 C puts people at risk.

A person jogs next to a backdrop of the Montreal skyline as ice fog rises off the St. Lawerence River in Montreal, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the region. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A high-altitude balloon floats over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. The Department of National Defence says Canada is working with the United States to protect sensitive information from foreign intelligence threats after a high-altitude surveillance balloon was detected. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Larry Mayer/The Billings Gazette

Canada says NORAD tracking high-altitude surveillance balloon detected over the U.S.

Pentagon says it decided not to shoot it down over concerns of hurting people on the ground

A high-altitude balloon floats over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. The Department of National Defence says Canada is working with the United States to protect sensitive information from foreign intelligence threats after a high-altitude surveillance balloon was detected. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Larry Mayer/The Billings Gazette
The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. Two RCMP officers have been accused of manslaughter over the death of an Indigenous man in British Columbia, while three of their fellow Mounties are charged with attempting to obstruct justice.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

A timeline of murder and manslaughter cases involving Canadian police

5 B.C. RCMP officers were charged Wednesday in connection to the death of an Indigenous man

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. Two RCMP officers have been accused of manslaughter over the death of an Indigenous man in British Columbia, while three of their fellow Mounties are charged with attempting to obstruct justice.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
An assistant nursing professor at the University of New Brunswick says there is a crisis-level shortage of sexual assault nurse examiners in the country. A nurse tends to a patient at the Bluewater Health Hospital in Sarnia, Ont., on Wednesday, Jan, 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

As sexual assault rates rise, provinces face shortages of specially trained nurses

Many forensic nurse positions are only offered casually, making it unrealistic for many to take on

An assistant nursing professor at the University of New Brunswick says there is a crisis-level shortage of sexual assault nurse examiners in the country. A nurse tends to a patient at the Bluewater Health Hospital in Sarnia, Ont., on Wednesday, Jan, 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti and Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, hold a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Liberals table bill delaying medically assisted dying expansion to March 2024

‘We want to be sure, we want to be safe, we want everybody to be on the same page’

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti and Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, hold a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Killer whales often come and visit Neroutsos Inlet near Port Alice. (Regan Hickling photo)

Eyewitnesses report rare killer whale attack on a humpback off B.C. coast

Researcher: about 60 whale-on-whale interactions on record, none resulting in a confirmed death

  • Feb 2, 2023
Killer whales often come and visit Neroutsos Inlet near Port Alice. (Regan Hickling photo)
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)
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