NTSB issues safety alert to subways, rail over wheel defect

The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday issued a safety alert to subway systems and commuter railroads over a wheelset problem that led to a derailment in the nation’s capital, saying the defect is difficult to detect and potentially deva...

Young Canadians file suit against federal over minimum voting age

Several young Canadians are taking the federal government to court in an effort to strike down the minimum voting age. They argue that denying citizens under the age of 18 the right to vote in federal elections is unconstitutional. They contend the

1st US case of COVID omicron variant confirmed in California

WASHINGTON (AP) — A person in California who had been vaccinated against COVID-19 became the first in the U.S. to have an identified case of the omicron variant, the White House announced Wednesday as scientists continue to study the risks

Longtime Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio won’t seek reelection

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rep. Peter DeFazio, the longest serving U.S. House member in Oregon’s history and a staunch advocate for environmental issues, said Wednesday he is retiring and will not seek reelection next year.

UN rights chief: Burkina Faso is facing a security crisis

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — If insecurity in Burkina Faso keeps up, the West African nation could spiral into a humanitarian and human rights “catastrophe,” the U.N. human rights chief said Wednesday.

Halifax hockey association bars teams from playing in P.E.I. after alleged racist act

HALIFAX — A minor hockey association in Halifax has started boycotting tournaments in P.E.I. after one of its players was the victim of alleged racist acts during a recent tournament on the Island. The Halifax Hawks Minor Hockey Association issued a

Feds open bids for ‘major attraction’ in renewed bid for land project in Ottawa

OTTAWA — A federal agency is swinging open the doors for companies to propose one or more attractions to anchor a major land development project near the capital's downtown. The sprawling 29-hectare site known as LeBreton Flats sits on the Ottawa

N.S. disabilities group pushes to convert major legal win into improved housing, care

HALIFAX — A disabilities group in Nova Scotia said Wednesday it would push to convert a recent landmark court victory into funding for improvements to housing and to care. During a news conference, the Disabilities Rights Coalition cited the Oct. 6

Alberta extends freeze on new photo radar, makes changes to reduce ‘cash cow’ factor

EDMONTON — Alberta is extending a two-year freeze on any new photo radar and says it will bring in new rules next year to ensure the device to enforce speed limits is used for safety and not as a cash

WHO nations launch steps toward deal to fight pandemics

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization hailing a key step by its member states on Wednesday to launch work toward an international agreement to help prevent, prepare for and respond to future pandemics in the wake