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'Turn off and on the blockade': Mischief trial begins for men at border protest

'Turn off and on the blockade': Mischief trial begins for men at border protest

LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA — A Crown prosecutor said Wednesday that the trial for three men charged over their roles in an Alberta border blockade two years ago has nothing to do with their beliefs or right to protest.
CRA fires 232 people for falsely claiming $2,000 monthly pandemic benefit

CRA fires 232 people for falsely claiming $2,000 monthly pandemic benefit

OTTAWA — The Canada Revenue Agency has now fired more than 200 people for falsely claiming a federal income benefit during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cases settled: 2 ex-officials of veterans home where 76 died in the pandemic avoid jail time

Cases settled: 2 ex-officials of veterans home where 76 died in the pandemic avoid jail time

BOSTON (AP) — Two former officials of a veterans home in Massachusetts where at least 76 people died in one of the nation's worst COVID-19 outbreaks in a long-term care facility settled their criminal case Tuesday without having to go to jail.
Elon Musk's X to pay legal bills for Canadian doctor chastised over COVID-19 tweets

Elon Musk's X to pay legal bills for Canadian doctor chastised over COVID-19 tweets

Elon Musk's X said it's funding legal bills for a Canadian doctor previously chastised by regulators for her tweets about COVID-19.
Stuck at home during COVID-19, Gen Z started charities

Stuck at home during COVID-19, Gen Z started charities

Kate Nelson was in Los Angeles pursuing her passion for stand-up comedy and theater when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
US violent crime decreased in 2023, continuing to reverse pandemic-era spike, FBI data shows

US violent crime decreased in 2023, continuing to reverse pandemic-era spike, FBI data shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — New FBI statistics show overall violent crime in the U.S. dropped again last year, continuing a downward trend after a pandemic-era spike.
Gardening bloomed during the pandemic. Garden centers hope would-be green thumbs stay interested

Gardening bloomed during the pandemic. Garden centers hope would-be green thumbs stay interested

NEW YORK (AP) — Garden centers enjoyed a pandemic boom, particularly with millennials, as people looked for outdoor activities during lockdowns. Now the question is, will those wannabe green thumbs stick with the habit. In 2022, 80% of U.S.
COVID was a good chance to study what the animals did while humans were locked down

COVID was a good chance to study what the animals did while humans were locked down

VANCOUVER — The COVID-19 lockdown for humans was not an opportunity for wildlife to run free, in fact a new study found herbivores tend to be more active around people, while carnivores remained hidden.
Crafts retailer Joann files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as consumers cut back on pandemic-era hobbies

Crafts retailer Joann files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as consumers cut back on pandemic-era hobbies

NEW YORK (AP) — Fabric and crafts retailer Joann has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, as consumers continue to cut back on discretionary spending and some pandemic-era hobbies.