Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards tests positive for COVID-1

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, according to a news release from his office. Edwards says he currently has no symptoms and will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and self-isolate for five days. The Democrat … Read more

Public inquiry in Nova Scotia asking for explanations from Ottawa on the notes withheld

HALIFAX – The inquiry into the mass shooting in Nova Scotia wants to know why the federal Department of Justice withheld four pages of notes from a senior RCMP official for several months. In the manuscript pages, Superintendent. Darren Campbell alleges RCMP Chief Commissioner Brenda Lucki promised to release details of the weapons used in … Read more

Newcomer ousts longtime prime minister in Grenada election

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A newcomer to politics has ousted Grenada’s longest-serving prime minister in a close general election on the Eastern Caribbean island. Dickon Mitchell’s National Democratic Congress party won 52% of the vote to Keith Mitchell’s New National Party’s 48%, according to preliminary results released late Thursday. The new party won … Read more

Turkey: Qatari and Azerbaijani planes join the fight against forest fires

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Water-dropping planes from Azerbaijan and Qatar joined the fight Friday against a wind-fuelled wildfire that burned for a fourth day near a popular southeastern resort town. western Turkey. Turkey’s forestry minister, meanwhile, said the blaze may be close to being brought under control, but the wind still posed a risk. The … Read more

Toronto Raptors draft center Christian Koloko 33rd overall

BROOKLYN, NY — Christian Koloko is the newest member of the Toronto Raptors. Toronto took the seven-foot center a 33rd overall in the NBA Draft on Thursday night. The Raptors had only one pick this year. Koloko, of Douala, Cameroon, averaged 12.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game for the University of Arizona … Read more

Highlights of the bipartisan gun violence bill passed by the Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Highlights of the bipartisan gun violence bill that the Senate approved Thursday and the House was expected to pass Friday: – Expanded background checks: State and local mental and juvenile health records of gun buyers will be part of federal background checks for buyers aged 18-20. Three days maximum for collection of … Read more

Takeaway: Trump risked provoking a ‘constitutional crisis’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Jan. 6 committee is using Thursday’s hearing to show the pressure Donald Trump put on the Justice Department to install a loyalist at the helm who would prosecute the false allegations of voter fraud by the then-president and would stop certification of the 2020 election won by Democrat Joe Biden. … Read more

Q&A: Billie Jean King on the 50th anniversary of Title IX

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King admired a portrait of Patsy Mink, considered the “mother of Title IX,” at the United States Capitol on the 50th anniversary of Title IX. “She knew exclusion firsthand and she had the confidence and leadership to challenge and change discrimination through the law,” King said at the unveiling … Read more

Arkansas County jail guard shot dead by man in custody

PERRYVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A Central Arkansas County jail guard was fatally shot by a man incarcerated in the jail, state police said Thursday. No names and few details about Wednesday night’s shooting at the Perry County Jail in Perryville, about 35 miles northwest of Little Rock, were immediately released. A statement from Arkansas State … Read more

“A movement, not a moment”: the NHL focuses on racial diversity

Anson Carter recalls watching some of his high school friends drop out of hockey because they were “too white” as he forged ahead with his sights set on a professional career. By the time he reached the National Hockey League, dreadlocks were sticking out from under his helmet as he skated. “It wasn’t, ‘Well, he … Read more