Strike at Canadian border causes massive traffic backup on Michigan freeways
“Unfortunately, this is a very perishable industry. It’s commodity dependent and we have commodities that are sensitive enough that we start seeing diminished quality,” said Bill Loupee. We don’t have time to have trucks to sit at the border for 24-48 hours. It’s just not an option.”
US-Canada border travel restrictions extended through May 21, 2021
“I have family in St. Clair Shores. I can’t get in my car and cross by myself to go see my family,” St. Louis said. “But I can get on a plane through Toronto with thousands of people on a crowded flight to fly to Detroit. Like, does that make any sense?”
Orion Township native at center of search for missing woman in Virgin Islands
DETROIT – A Michigan man is at the center of the search for a British woman who has gone missing the U.S. Virgin Island. Sarm Heslop went missing more than two weeks ago, but the investigation is at a standstill. Ryan Bane -- from Orion Township -- has reportedly refused to let investigators continue to search his boat after reporting his girlfriend missing while the two were sailing between islands. The FBI has joined the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) in the search. FindSarm.comAn attorney for Bane released a statement that said Bane allowed investigators on his boat and handed over Heslop’s personal items.
Live Stream: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to deliver remarks in celebration of International Women’s Day
Then-presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden, along with his running mate, former Sen. Kamala Harris, arrive to deliver remarks at the Alexis Dupont High School on Aug. 12, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Getty Images)
Man using submarine to smuggle drugs across Detroit River sentenced
DETROIT – Glen Richard Mousseau was sentenced Wednesday to 71 months imprisonment after having plead guilty to using a submarine business to smuggle drugs between the United States and Canada. Original Story: Man using submarine to smuggle drugs across Detroit River found tied to floating bags of marijuanaMousseau, 49, is from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. After trying to stop the vessel, agents said they saw two large bundles being thrown into the water. While approaching the bundles, agents said they saw an unconscious man in the water. More Information: Man using submarine to smuggle drugs across Detroit River found tied to floating bags of marijuana
Michigan family hopeful Biden can help free Paul Whelan from Russian prison
DETROIT – The family of a Michigan man convicted of espionage in Russia met with officials with President Joe Biden’s administration. The family said they’re optimistic about Paul Whelan’s release. Whelan is looking at spending the next 14 years in a Russian prison, but his family is holding out hope that the new administration can get him home. Paul Whelan was arrested in Russia when he went to attend a wedding in December 2018. “While Paul has been in prison, there really wasn’t any sort of dialogue, as far as we can tell, between the Russian Federation and the U.S.,” David Whelan said.
EGLE approves permit for new Line 5 tunnel under Straits of Mackinac
MACKINAC COUNTY, Mich. – There was praise and disappointment on Friday after the Michigan Department Environment, Great Lakes and Energy approved the first permits to for the controversial tunnel project around the Enbridge Line 5 gas line. The dual oil pipeline is among the largest in the region and runs directly through the Mackinac Straits carrying 23 million gallons of crude oil each day. In 2010, a separate Enbridge pipeline spilled more than 800,000 gallons of oil into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. AdEnvironmental scientists estimate an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac would cost almost $2 billion in cleaning costs and lost tourism revenue. This week the Canadian Consul General in Detroit telling the Canadian National Post shutting down Line 5 could harm Canadian-U.S. relations.
Japan denies report Tokyo Olympics could be cancelled
DETROIT – The Japanese government is denying a report in a British newspaper that it’s considering canceling the already postponed Summer Olympics. The Olympic host city, Tokyo, is under a state of emergency. READ: 6 months until postponed Tokyo Olympics -- will it go on? More than 11,000 athletes from more than 200 nations compete in 33 sports during the Olympics. READ: Tokyo governor: Japan can host Olympics despite virus spike
Metro Detroit leaders respond to the repeal of Trump’s ‘Muslim travel ban’
DETROIT – One of President Joe Biden’s first moves in the White House was to repeal former President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from several predominantly Muslim countries. When Trump enacted the travel ban, thousands of Metro Detroiters protested nearly immediately. Initially the ban restricted travel from many Middle Eastern countries. And when visa applicants request entry to the United States, we will apply a rigorous, individualized vetting system. But we will not turn our backs on our values with discriminatory bans on entry into the United States.
‘A really welcome change’: Pope officially expands women’s roles in Catholic Church
Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly allow women to do more things during Mass, Monday Jan. 11, 2021, while reaffirming they cannot be priests. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, FILE)DETROIT – The role of women in the Catholic Church is expanding and it’s no longer based on the decision of an individual Bishop. “It’s a really welcome change from the Pope,” Katie Lacz, of Women’s Ordination Conference, said. Advocates for gender equality in the Catholic Church are praising the decision by Pope Francis. Pope Francis has now made it canon law.
Officials seize 21 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine at Ambassador Bridge
WINDSOR, Ontario – Around 21 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine was seized by officials at the Ambassador Bridge on Sept. 22. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) made the discovery. They said the meth was found with a Brampton resident and is estimated to be worth about $2.7 million. During the examination, border services officers discovered a duffel bag filled with packages of suspected methamphetamine. Jaspreet Singh, 29, of Brampton, Ontario is charged with Importation of Scheduled I substance and Possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Oakland County judge awards $500k to celebrity in international revenge porn extortion case
PONTIAC, Mich. – An Oakland County judge awarded a $500,000 judgement Wednesday against a Dearborn woman who was sued for allegedly engaging in an international revenge pornography-related extortion scheme against a celebrity. The celebrity was not named due to privacy reasons. The law office said the celebrity is a singer had pornographic videos and photos sent to Saba without his knowledge or consent. Saba reportedly published a video on social media and stated she intended to publish the entire video online. The plaintiff alleged that Saba’s phone number was used to communicate an extortionist threat to the celebrity, who said he ended up wiring nearly $20,000 and Saba still threatened to publish the video.
Hiroshima of the Middle East: 70 killed in Beirut, thousands injured in massive explosion
TROY, Mich. The death toll in Beirut has surpassed 70 dead on Tuesday night, with thousands more injured in a massive explosion that sent a mushroom cloud into the sky. Theyre calling it the Hiroshima of the Middle East, Danno said. And theres a lot of people theyre still looking for buried under rubble.PHOTOS: Beirut explosion leaves behind unspeakable damageDanno couldnt help but worry about all of her family members back home. For a long time, she wasnt able to contact them because cellular and internet service was knocked out by the explosion. But we know a lot of people who got injured and we know some people who died, she said.
Should hazardous materials be allowed to be transported on the Ambassador Bridge?
DETROIT The owners of the 91-year-old suspension bridge across the Detroit River asked the Michigan Department of Transportation to allow trucks carrying flammable, chemical or corrosive materials to cross the bridge. An estimated 10,000 trucks cross the Ambassador Bridge every day and bridge owners are pushing for a change to allow trucks carrying Class 3 Flammable liquids and HAZMAT Class 8 Corrosive substances to be transported over the 4-lane bridge. We dont need to be adding potential hazardous material slips onto the bridge or into the river, Chang said. His ferry is allowed to transport trucks carrying hazardous materials and admits this change would affect his business. Meantime, the Wayne County Commission unanimously voted to urge Michigan officials to block the bridge from allowing the HAZMAT to be transported.
Mountain rescuers heft ailing St. Bernard off English peak
Sixteen volunteers from Wasdale mountain rescue team take turns to carry 121lb (55kg) St Bernard dog, Daisy from England's highest peak, Scafell Pike, Sunday July 26, 2020. The Wasdale Mountain Rescue team rely on public contributions to their JustGiving.com/wasdalemrt page to fund their mountain safety efforts. Sixteen volunteers from the Wasdale mountain rescue team took turns carrying Daisy, a 121-pound (55 kilogram) St Bernard, from Englands highest peak, Scafell Pike. The mountain rescue team spent nearly five hours rescuing Daisy, who had collapsed Friday evening while descending the mountain with her owners. The Wasdale Mountain Rescue team relies on donations to fund their mountain safety efforts.
Survey: Majority of Canadians not ready to welcome non-essential Americans across the border amid COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT Canadian and U.S. officials have agreed to keep the border closed to non-essential travel at least through July 21, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The border was initially closed on March 21 for 30 days. That closure was extended for an additional 30 days on April 20 and another 30 days on May 19. The survey indicated that this response is based on the United States response, or lack of response, to COVID-19. On the John Hopkins map, the United States leads the world in coronavirus case stoday.
World watches as South Korea cautiously returns to life
People walk at the Cheonggye Stream during launch time in Seoul, South Korea, on May 22, 2020. South Korea on Wednesday still reported 40 new cases, its biggest daily jump in about 50 days. South Korea launched widespread testing fairly early, and in early February it had open public testing, which was available to asymptomatic people, and pursued contact tracing for all confirmed patients. South Korea has recorded a total of 11,265 cases with 269 deaths. South Korea will face a second virus wave, too.
Pakistan jet with 98 aboard crashes in crowded neighborhood
KARACHI A jetliner carrying 98 people crashed Friday in a crowded neighborhood near the airport in Pakistans port city of Karachi after an apparent engine failure during landing. Video on social media appeared to show the jet flying low with flames shooting from one of its engines. Sir, mayday, mayday, mayday, mayday Pakistan 8303, the pilot said before the transmission ended. Science Minister Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry said this year has been a catastrophe just survival is so difficult, with the pandemic and now the tragedy of the plane crash. Airbus said it would provide technical assistance to investigators in France and Pakistan, as well as the airline and engine manufacturers.
Police: At least 16 killed in shooting rampage in Canada
HALIFAX, NS – Canadian police said at least 16 people were killed after a 51-year-old man went on a shooting rampage across the northern part of the province of Nova Scotia. He was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia, northwest of downtown Halifax. “I never imagined when I went to bed last night that I would wake up to the horrific news that an active shooter was on the loose in Nova Scotia," Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil. Christine Mills, a resident of the town, said it had been a frightening night for the small town, with armed officers patrolling the streets. Taggart said he didn’t know Wortman well, but spoke to him a few times when he telephoned about municipal issues.
Virus lockdown means Italy’s old are isolated from relatives
Italy has one of the worlds oldest populations, and the coronavirus outbreak is taking its toll on family relationships. The elderly are sealing themselves off from loved ones or cant be visited due to nursing home rules or travel restrictions. She insists they leave their care packages outside her door and then steps onto her balcony to wave to them. Now her mother goes to the residence every two days to bring her husband freshly washed and ironed clothes. In a panic that perhaps she had lost a potential place for her mother, Giardino dialed the nuns.