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Leaders back on the hustings after two debates

Third COVID shot recommended for immunocompromised

Larry to deliver hurricane-force winds to N.L.

Economy added 90,000 jobs in August: StatCan

Fernandez inspiring immigrant Canadians at US Open



Saskatchewan bolsters COVID public health measures


Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada -- The Saskatchewan government is bolstering public health measures as the province faces some of the highest COVID-19 numbers in Canada.  Wire: Prairies/BC. Photos: 1

Alberta to wait on new COVID health measures


Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, ,  -- Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro, accused of not doing enough to stop a COVID-19 surge swamping hospitals, says the government wants to see the effect of recent health restrictions before adding any new ones.  Wire: Prairies/BC. Photos: 1


Leaders back on the hustings after two debates


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada -- Federal party leaders are back on the campaign trail after locking horns in two back-to-back leaders' debates, while Canadians started voting in advance polls.  Wire: National.

Third COVID shot recommended for immunocompromised


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada -- A national advisory panel recommends people who are immunocompromised receive a third vaccine dose against COVID-19. By Stephanie Taylor.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

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Ontario has administered thousands of third doses


Toronto, Ohio, United States -- Ontario has administered thousands of third doses of COVID-19 vaccine to some of the province's most vulnerable residents and will continue to do so despite the World Health Organization calling for a moratorium on the practice.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec.

A family's grief and growth following 9/11 tragedy


Garrett Doyle was only one when his father was killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, but the loss would have a profound effect on his life. By Liam Casey.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Larry to deliver hurricane-force winds to N.L.


St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada -- As hurricane Larry churns its way toward eastern Newfoundland, residents of the Avalon Peninsula are being warned to brace for hurricane-force winds gusting at 140 kilometres per hour some time tonight.  Wire: Atlantic, National. Photos: 1

Health-care workers face 'moral injury': expert


Emergency room nurse Jaime Gallaher recalls the emotional toll of a verbal attack she recently faced from a woman at a grocery store after another gruelling workday. By Camille Bains.  Wire: Lifestyle. Photos: 1

Coroner irked by delay getting nurses to care home


Montreal, Quebec, Canada -- A Quebec coroner says she was appalled by the amount of time it took to get nurses to a suburban Montreal long-term care home where 47 people died during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Wire: National.

Saskatchewan bolsters public health measures


Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada -- The Saskatchewan government is bolstering its public health measures as the province faces some of the highest COVID-19 numbers in Canada.  Wire: Prairies/BC. Photos: 1

Former MP starts bid for Manitoba Tory leader


Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada -- One person running to become Manitoba's next premier says she opposes COVID-19 vaccine mandates in workplaces.  Wire: Prairies/BC. Photos: 1

Quebec reports 879 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths


Montreal, Quebec, Canada -- Quebec is reporting 879 new cases of COVID-19 today, the highest number of daily cases reported in the province since mid-May.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

25-metre endangered whale washes ashore in N.S.


Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada -- Conservationists are trying to determine what to do with the carcass of a 25-metre long endangered blue whale that has washed up on a beach south of Halifax.  Wire: Atlantic.

Campfires once again permitted in much of B.C.


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada -- As of noon Friday, campfires are once again allowed across most of British Columbia, with only the drought-challenged region of southern Vancouver Island still covered by restrictions.  Wire: Prairies/BC. Photos: 1

Manitoba man charged in homicide of neighbour


Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada -- Mounties have charged a Manitoba man in the killing of his neighbour.  Wire: Prairies/BC. Photos: 1

Economy added 90,000 jobs in August: StatCan


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada -- Canada's economy finished a sizzling summer by adding 90,200 jobs in August, the third consecutive monthly increase that brought the country as close as it has been to recouping historic employment losses last year. By Jordan Press.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Mortgage borrowing hit record in Q2: StatCan


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada -- Statistics Canada says mortgage borrowing hit a record in the second quarter as the amount Canadians owe relative to their income climbed higher.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Afghan Olympian urges Canada to help refugees


Vancouver, ,  -- Shortly after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, Friba Rezayee's phone started lighting up with messages from women and girls pleading for help. By Amy Smart.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Fernandez inspiring immigrant Canadians at US Open


Stephanie Valenzuela confesses she's never been "a crazy tennis fan," watching the sport only occasionally in the past if a tournament caught her interest. By Melissa Couto Zuber.  Wire: Sports.

QB Mitchell to start for Calgary against Elks


Calgary, Alberta, Canada -- Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell is set to return from a broken leg.  Wire: Sports. Photos: 1

Lions in comfort zone ahead of Redblacks rematch


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada -- It's been a solid start to the season for rookie B.C. Lions linebacker Jordan Williams. By Carol Schram.  Wire: Sports. Photos: 1

U.S. looks to overtake Canada in rugby qualifier


Canada coach Kingsley Jones expects a different U.S. Eagles side to show up Saturday from the one beaten 34-21 in the first leg of their Rugby World Cup qualifier last weekend in St. John's, N.L. By Neil Davidson.  Wire: Sports. Photos: 1

Oscar Peterson documentary grapples with race


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Who should tell the story of acclaimed jazz pianist Oscar Peterson? By David Friend.  Wire: Entertainment. Photos: 1



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Investigation reveals damning contamination in Kanehsatake


A months-long investigation by The Eastern Door reveals that over a five-year period, regulators repeatedly found G&R Recycling was releasing contaminants, some toxic, into streams that run through its lot on Kanehsatake land, trickling past agricultural land, down into the Lake of Two Mountains, which meets the Ottawa River. 2,400 words. PHOTO. Laurence Brisson Dubreuil/ The Eastern Door


Paramedics have gag order on red alerts, N.L. union says


Jerry Earle, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE), says a recent memo sent to paramedics advised them not to use the term “red alert” — no ambulance available — because the public or the media might be listening in. He says red alerts are happening “pretty well daily.” 650 words. PHOTO. Peter Jackson/ The Telegram


Manitoba families frustrated by delay in testing unvaxxed school staff


Unvaccinated teachers, educational assistants and other support staff may not be required to undergo frequent testing for COVID-19 until Nov. 1 — much to the frustration of families with young students who cannot get a jab. 600 words. Maggie Macintosh/Winnipeg Free Press 



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SEPT-11-AP-POLL-CIVIL-LIBERTIES -- A decade after the 9/11 attacks, Americans were reasonably positive about the state of their rights and liberties. Today, 20 years since Sept. 11, not as much. That’s according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Far fewer now say the government is doing a good job protecting rights such as the freedom of speech. By Meg Kinnard and Emily Swanson. SENT: 1,085 words, photos.




VIRUS OUTBREAK — Republicans blast President Joe Biden, threatening lawsuits and calling for civil disobedience in response to a sweeping new federal vaccine mandate that will force as many as 100 million Americans to be vaccinated against COVID-19, or risk losing their jobs. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,060 words, photos, video. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-LEGAL CHALLENGES —Biden has a blunt message to Republicans threatening lawsuits: “Have at it.” SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-BIDEN —Hoping to prevent another school year from being upended by the pandemic, President Biden visits a Washington middle school to press for more students and teachers to get vaccinated. But it’s unclear whether Biden’s plan will go far enough to prevent mass disruption. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,040 words, photo, video.

SEPT 11-THE HEALTH IMPACT — Two decades after the collapse of the World Trade Center, people are still coming forward to report illnesses that might be related to toxic dust that billowed over the city after the terror attack. To date, the U.S. has spent $11.7 billion on care and compensation for those exposed to the dust. By David B. Caruso. SENT: 1,660 words, photos. An abridged version of 965 words is also available.

SEPT 11-A WORLD UPENDED — The terrorist attacks on the United States nearly 20 years ago stirred not just grief, rage and war, but also solidarity, not only in the United States but among its allies — even some rivals. Two decades later, that global goodwill is long gone. Many of the legacies of Sept. 11, 2001, have come undone, partly because of the way the U.S. conducted 9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. By Calvin Woodward, Ellen Knickmeyer and David Rising. SENT: 1,960 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,000 words is also available.

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TEXAS-ABORTION LAW-EXPLAINER — The Biden administration is suing Texas over a new state law that bans most abortions in a case almost certainly destined to reach the Supreme Court, perhaps within a matter of weeks. What does the lawsuit mean for women in Texas? By Jessica Gresko and Paul Weber. SENT: 920 words, photos.

BURYING BLACK MORTICIANS — Since the start of the pandemic, about 130 Black morticians have died from COVID-19. The deaths have left some of their successors struggling to fill a role of prominence that in many African American communities extends far beyond laying bodies to rest. By National Writer Adam Geller. SENT: 2,000 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 990 words is also available.

APPLE-APP-STORE-ON-TRIAL —A federal judge ordered Apple to dismantle part of the competitive barricade guarding its closely run app store, threatening one of the iPhone maker’s biggest moneymakers. Such a change could potentially also save app developers billions of dollars that could encourage them to lower the prices paid by consumers. By Michael Liedtke. SENT: 1,120 words, photo.




VENICE-FILM-FESTIVAL-BENNIFER — After weeks of smooching on yachts and holding hands on intimate walks, Jennifer Lopez and old flame turned new again Ben Affleck made it official on the red carpet for the premiere of Affleck’s “The Last Duel” at the Venice International Film Festival. SENT: 230 words, photos.

GIRLS-STABBING-PLOT — A Wisconsin woman who admitted to helping stab a classmate to please online horror character Slender Man will be freed Monday from a mental health institution under strict conditions, a judge has ruled. SENT: 690 words, photos.

APPLE-PICKING-DISPUTE — A Massachusetts tourist farm called police on a Black couple it accused of stealing apples and is now apologizing after the family went public in a blog post. SENT: 220 words.

NYC-SUBWAY-DISRUPTION — A recent power outage that disrupted half of New York City’s subway system for several hours and stranded hundreds of passengers was likely caused by someone accidentally pressing an “Emergency Power Off” button. SENT: 340 words.

BUILDING-COLLAPSE-MIAMI — A Miami Beach apartment building owned by the mayor of the Florida town where a condominium collapsed in June has given his tenants 45 days to vacate the building so extensive repairs can be completed. SENT: 205 words.

BRITAIN-ROYALS — Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family back the Black Lives Matter movement, one of her senior representatives said. SENT: 300 words, photo.

ZIMBABWE-MUGABE-BURIAL-CONTROVERSY — A Zimbabwean court upheld a traditional court’s ruling that the body of former President Robert Mugabe should be exhumed and reburied at a national shrine in the capital. SENT: 400 words.




MED-VIRUS OUTBREAK-CDC STUDIES — New U.S. studies show COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective against hospitalizations and death. That’s even against the extra-contagious delta variant. SENT: 400 words, photo.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-FDA Q&A — The Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine chief is pledging to rapidly evaluate COVID-19 vaccines for younger kids — as soon as the studies are in. Dr. Peter Marks tells The Associated Press he is “very, very hopeful” that vaccinations for 5- to 11-year-olds will be underway by year’s end. SENT: 880 words, photo.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-SOUTH-AFRICA-VACCINE-TEST — South Africa started vaccinating some children and adolescents as part of the global Phase 3 clinical trials of China’s Sinovac Biotech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged between 6 months and 17 years. SENT: 325 words, photo.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-LOS-ANGELES-SCHOOLS — Students age 12 and older in the Los Angeles school system must be vaccinated before they can return to classrooms next year under one of the toughest anti-COVID mandates enacted in the nation. SENT: 850 words.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-DENMARK — After 548 days with restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19, Denmark’s high vaccination rate has enabled the Scandinavian country to become one of the first European Union nations to lift all domestic restrictions. SENT: 650 words, photo.

BRITAIN-VACCINE — Booster shots to extend the protection of COVID-19 vaccines may be unnecessary for many people, a leading scientist behind the AstraZeneca vaccine says. SENT: 230 words, photos.




SEPT 11-BOOK EXCERPT-REPORTING FROM KABUL — Associated Press correspondent Kathy Gannon, who was on assignment in Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2001, describes the days of chaos and uncertainty that followed. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

SEPT-11-EUROPE — In the 20 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, a mixture of homegrown extremists, geography and weaknesses in counterterrorism strategies have combined to turn Europe into a prime target for jihadists bent on hurting the West. SENT: 750 words, photo.

SEPT 11-BIDEN — President Biden prepares to mark one of the nation’s darkest days, and he must do so against fresh fears of a rise in terror after the United States’ exit from the country from which the Sept. 11th attacks were launched. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

SEPT 11-LIFE AT GROUND ZERO — Twenty years after terrorists flew two planes into the World Trade Center, the memorial at ground zero is like a lot of city tourist sites. Visitors from around the world come and go, snap selfies and then leave. But for those who live and work close to the memorial, the site is both a part of their daily routine and hallowed ground. SENT: 970 words, photos.




UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN-ENDANGERED ALLIES — U.S. veterans, lawmakers and others say the relaunch of evacuation flights from Kabul has done little to soothe fears that the U.S. might abandon countless Afghan allies who risked their lives working alongside American troops. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

RUSSIA-US — Russia’s Foreign Ministry has summoned US Ambassador John Sullivan to complain about alleged interference by what it called American “digital giants” in Russia’s upcoming parliamentary election. SENT: 250 words.

BIDEN-AIRLINES-FACT CHECK — President Biden and his team are promoting an agreement reached with the U.S. airline industry to cut airplanes’ greenhouse gas emissions 20% by decade’s end, but the deal might not fly. UPCOMING: 800 words, photo by 7 p.m.

BIDEN-COMPETITION — President Biden’s competition council holds its first meeting, with members prepared to outline steps they’ve taken to increase consumer choice and lower prices. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA RECALL-NEWSOM-TEXAS — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has found a foil as he works to stave off the recall that could remove him from office: Texas. The long rivalry between the two states continues as Newsom, a Democrat, points to Texas as a cautionary tale for its new laws dramatically restricting abortion access and adding new restrictions on voting. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN-EVACUATIONS — The U.S. halts all U.S.-bound flights of Afghan evacuees, pulling some evacuees off newly loaded planes, after discovering measles among new arrivals in the United States. SENT: 630 words, photos.




HURRICANE IDA — Supply trucks are again delivering beer on Bourbon Street and the landmark Cafe Du Monde is serving up coffee and fried dough covered with white sugar, even if there weren’t many tourists or locals around to partake of either this day. But relief is still weeks away for many rural residents who remain without power amid oppressive heat. SENT: 810 words, photo, video.

OHIO FAMILY KILLED — An Ohio woman has become the second person from her family to admit to a role in the killings of eight people from another family. Fifty-year-old Angela Wagner pleaded guilty in southern Ohio’s Pike County to helping plan a shocking crime prosecutors say stemmed from a dispute over custody of her granddaughter. SENT: 450 words, photos.

PROFESSOR ARREST — A federal judge has thrown out all charges against a University of Tennessee professor accused of hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving research grants from NASA. SENT: 470 words.

AFGHANISTAN-WYOMING-20 YEARS — The father of one of the first soldiers killed in Afghanistan 20 years ago is reliving the pain and anger as he watches fellow parents mourn the 13 soldiers killed at the tail end of the two-decade long war. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, video.

WESTERN-WILDFIRES — Fast-moving thunderstorms with lightning and little rain moved across Northern California, raising the risk of new wildfires in the drought-stricken region. SENT: 570 words, photos.




ETHIOPIA-TIGRAY CRISIS-KILLINGS — At the scene of one of the deadliest battles of Ethiopia’s 10-month Tigray conflict, witness accounts reflect the increasingly blurred line between combatant and civilian after the federal government urged all capable citizens to stop the Tigray forces “once and for all.” Survivors in the village of Chenna Teklehaymanot in the Amhara region tell The Associated Press that local defense forces and ordinary people resisted the arriving Tigray forces. SENT: 810 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN — The United Nations sounded the alarm over Taliban crackdowns on peaceful protests, many of them by women demanding equal rights, and journalists covering such events. SENT: 865 words, photos.

AFGHAN-REFUGEES — The Biden administration gives the first public look inside a U.S. military base housing Afghans airlifted out of Afghanistan. The evacuees are being housed at the base while they undergo medical and security checks. By Farnoush Amiri. SENT: 730 words, photos, video.

ISRAEL-SETTLER VIOLENCE — Tareq Zubeidi says he was abducted and beaten by a group of Israeli settlers after they found him and his friends eating snacks near an evacuated hilltop settlement in the occupied West Bank. More than three weeks after the Aug. 17 incident, he says he can barely walk and is afraid to leave his home. SENT: 890 words, photos. With ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — A Palestinian suspected attacker has died shortly after being wounded by Israeli police gunfire in Jerusalem where he had reportedly tried to stab officers. SENT: 200 words, photos.

LEBANON -- The Lebanese presidency says a new government has been formed, breaking a 13-month deadlock that saw the country slide deeper into financial chaos and poverty. Lebanon has been without a fully empowered government since the catastrophic Aug. 4, 2020 explosion at Beirut's port. SENT: 440 words, photos.

GERMANY-ELECTION-GREEN-CHALLENGE — Climate change is among the top concerns for Germans going into this year’s national election that will determine who replaces Angela Merkel as chancellor. SENT: 750 words, photos.

CYPRUS-TURKEY-GHOST TOWN — There’s a groundswell of anger among thousands of Greek Cypriot refugees who fear their property in the Turkish-occupied ghost town of Varosha could be forever lost. SENT: 880 words, photos.

HONG KONG — Three leaders of the group that organized an annual Tiananmen candlelight vigil were being held in custody after they were charged with subversion under Hong Kong’s national security law, as authorities intensify a crackdown on dissent in the city. SENT: 570 words, photos.

PORTUGAL-OBIT-SAMPAIO — Jorge Sampaio, a former two-term president of Portugal and one of the most prominent political figures of his generation, has died. He was 81. SENT: 560 words, photos.

ASIA-TYPHOON — A strong typhoon skirted past most of the Philippines but appeared to be gaining strength as it headed directly for Taiwan this weekend, forecasters said. SENT: 420 words, photos.

TROPICAL-WEATHER-PACIFIC — Hurricane Olaf slipped back to tropical storm force on Friday after slamming into the Los Cabos resorts at the tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula and then drenching the region with torrential rains. SENT: 375 words, photos.




CHANGING-ECONOMY-OFFICE-NEWBIES — Many young workers around the world have entered the workforce during the past 18 months without ever having stepped foot into their offices or having met a single colleague. While workers of all ages have had to make the transition to remote work, young workers appear to find the transition more seamless. But they’re still aware they’re missing out. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-EMPLOYER MANDATES — Larger U.S. businesses won’t have to decide whether to require their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — it is now a federal law. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

PRODUCER PRICES — Inflation at the wholesale level climbed 8.3% last month from August 2020, the biggest annual gain since the Labor Department started calculating the 12-month number in 2010. SENT: 330 words, photo.

FINANCIAL-MARKETS — Wall Street capped a choppy day of trading with another pullback for stocks and the S&P 500′s first weekly loss in three weeks. The benchmark index fell 0.8%, its fifth straight decline, and ended 1.7% lower for the holiday-shortened week. SENT: 670 words, photo.

FOOD-DELIVERY-NYC — Three of the nation’s largest food delivery companies are suing New York City over a limit on fees it put in place during the pandemic to protect restaurants devastated by the forced closure of their dining rooms. SENT: 650 words, photo.

TRANSPORTATION-AIRLINE-REFUNDS — The Transportation Department is detailing efforts it’s making to help airline customers who didn’t get refunds after their flights were canceled during the early days of the pandemic last year. SENT: 200 words, photo.




TV-ELLEN DEGENERES — Ellen DeGeneres says the 19th and final season of her daytime talk show will be a thank you to fans and, when it’s done, she plans to lie down and breathe. SENT: 700 words, photo.




TEN-US-OPEN — Novak Djokovic tries to improve to 27-0 in Grand Slam matches in 2021 and close in on a calendar-year Grand Slam when he meets Alexander Zverev in the U.S. Open semifinals Friday night. Djokovic lost to Zverev at the Tokyo Olympics in July. The first semifinal is No. 2 Daniil Medvedev vs. No. 12 Felix Auger-Aliassime. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Second semifinal not before 7 p.m.

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