Improving the game should be the priority with the NHL about to be showcased on the ESPN platform. That should start with NHL owners stomaching small losses to fix the salary cap.
Improving the game should be the priority with the NHL about to be showcased on the ESPN platform. That should start with NHL owners stomaching small losses to fix the salary cap.
TORONTO — Ontario's government has walked back sweeping new police powers a day after they were announced. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones says officers will no longer have the right to stop pedestrians or drivers to ask why they are out or request their home address. Instead, she says, police will only be able to stop people who they have reason to believe are participating in an "organized public event or social gathering." Friday's announcement that police could arbitrarily stop residents prompted a swift and furious backlash from civil libertarians and public health experts alike. They argued that the added police powers aimed at enforcing stay-at-home orders were overkill. Many police forces across the province also indicated they did not intend to make use of their new powers. Measures announcing the closure of outdoor spaces also puzzled many public health experts, who said the rules didn't make sense given the low risk of catching COVID-19 outside. Premier Doug Ford also backtracked on a pledge to close playgrounds on Saturday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 17, 2021. The Canadian Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The man accused of going on a shooting rampage at a Southern California business, killing four people, should not have been allowed to buy or own guns because of a California law that prohibits people from purchasing weapons for 10 years after being convicted of a crime. Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez was convicted of battery in 2015, which should have kept him from possessing or buying guns or ammo at stores that conduct background checks. While it's unclear how Gaxiola, 44, acquired the weapons used in the March 31 shooting, the tragedy raises concerns over California's ability to enforce strict gun control laws, the Sacramento Bee reported on Friday, Police say Gaxiola had targeted Unified Homes, the mobile home brokerage company in Orange, and had personal and business relationships with the victims. His estranged wife had worked in the business for more than 10 years as a broker assistant. The shooting occurred nearly six years after Gaxiola pleaded guilty to misdemeanour battery, which should have put him on the list prohibiting him from owning firearms for the next 10 years. The list is used during the state's gun and ammunition background check process. Two weeks after the mass shooting, police learned Gaxiola was not on the “Prohibited Persons List,” though he might still have been blocked from buying a gun during a standard background check, Orange Police Lt. Jennifer Amat said. Detectives were still working on tracing the Glock semi-automatic handgun and ammunition, she said. It's rare that a background check misses a prohibited person, or that a dealer would decide to still sell to a banned customer, said Steve Lindley, a former California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms chief who now works as a program manager at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Even with all the stopgaps in a “very, very good system,” Lindley said, people still acquire guns illegally. “Unfortunately, where you have strict gun laws, there will always be a market for illegal firearms,” Lindley said. “Because people want to get them one way or another.” California in 2016 became the first and only state in the nation to establish the Armed and Prohibited Persons System for tracking firearm owners who fall into a prohibited category based on their criminal histories or their risk to themselves or others. The system is intended to prevent gun violence by blocking those deemed too risky to own a firearm from possessing a gun or buying one. Pulling records from several databases, the system is supposed to alert authorities when someone who once legally purchased a firearm is placed on the prohibited persons list. Agents with the Department of Justice, which manages the state’s background check system, will then track a prohibited person to confiscate their weapons and ammunition. The agency says it lacks the staff to clear a backlog in cases — a problem officials noted became more pronounced because of staffing shortages caused by the pandemic. Without knowing more about how Gaxiola got his handgun and ammunition, there are “missing pieces to the story that are critical,” to understanding whether he obtained it because of an institutional failure, said Dr. Garen Wintemute, an emergency medicine physician at UC Davis Medical Center, where he is the director of the Violence Prevention Research Program. Gaxiola, 44, was charged with four murder counts and three attempted murder counts for firing at two officers who shot and wounded him when he fired at them with his handgun, and for critically wounding a woman. She was the mother of a 9-year-old boy who died in her arms. Gaxiola's arraignment has been repeatedly postponed because he remains hospitalized and unable to communicate with his court-appointed attorneys. Associated Press, The Associated Press
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A facility in Houston that housed girls who crossed U.S. border unaccompanied is being closed and the girls immediately moved, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Saturday. About 450 girls housed since April 1 in an Emergency Intake Site for Unaccompanied Children operated by the National Association of Christian Churches near Bush Intercontinental Airport were being moved. “The NACC Houston EIS and other Emergency Intake Sites are intended for use as a temporary measure,” HHS said in a statement.
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 6:55 p.m. Ontario is reversing course on sweeping new police powers a day after they were announced. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones says officers will no longer have the right to stop any pedestrian or vehicle to ask why they are out or request their home address. Rather, she says police will only be able to stop those who they have reason to believe are participating in an "organized public event or social gathering." The backtrack comes after politicians from across the spectrum decried the measures as overkill and several police forces said they had no plans to conduct random stops. --- 6:30 p.m. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says two federal field hospitals will remain in Ontario until at least the end of June. He says he's extended the deployment of the mobile health units until June 30 as the province deals with a record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations. The military-style field hospitals are deployed at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and Hamilton Health Sciences. --- 6 p.m. Alberta's chief medical officer of health is reporting 1,486 new COVID-19 cases, as well as three additional deaths. Dr. Deena Hinshaw says in a series of tweets that there are 17,307 active cases in Alberta, with 445 people in hospital, including 94 in intensive care. She says the province has a test positivity rate of 9.2 per cent out of 16,353 tests. The province says 977 of the most recent cases involve virus variants of concern. --- 4 p.m. Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the province has decided to keep playgrounds open after all. They were initially among a number of outdoor recreation facilities the government ordered closed as part of an effort to contain a massive spike in COVID-19 cases. But Ford partially walked the measure back this afternoon, saying on Twitter that the rules will be amended to keep playgrounds open. He says the enhanced restrictions were always intended to clamp down on large social gatherings where the virus can spread more easily. --- 3:50 p.m. Saskatchewan is reporting 249 new COVID-19 cases and two new deaths. One of the deaths was a person in their 40s from the province's Central East zone, while the other was over 80 and from the North West zone. Nearly 10,500 new doses of vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan since the last report on Friday, raising the total number to 334,063 since immunizations began. --- 2:30 p.m. The Canadian Press has learned that the Ontario government is planning to backtrack on new police powers to enforce anti-pandemic measures. A source with knowledge of the discussions says a "scoping-down" clarification is currently being approved. The measures -- which give police the power to stop anyone at random and ask why they're not at home and where they live -- drew intense criticism after Premier Doug Ford unveiled them on Friday. Civil libertarians and politicians denounced them as overkill. Police forces across the province also said they would not be stopping drivers or others at random. --- 2:05 p.m. Nova Scotia is reporting eight new cases of COVID-19, including a staff member at a long-term care home. Five of the new infections are in the Eastern zone, two are in the Halifax region and one is in the Western zone. Four cases are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada, two are related to international travel and two are close contacts of previously reported cases. Officials say a close contact case in the Halifax region is a staff member at Glasgow Hall, a long-term care home in Dartmouth, which has prompted all residents to be isolated and cared for in their rooms while all residents and staff are tested. --- 2 p.m. Manitoba is reporting 183 new COVID-19 cases today and three additional deaths. According to the province's daily pandemic update, a man in his 60s in the Northern health region and two men in 80s in the Winnipeg region have died. One of the Winnipeg deaths was connected to an outbreak on a unit at the city's Health Sciences Centre. Manitoba has 128 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 32 in intensive care. Officials are reporting a test-positivity rate of 5.3 per cent provincially and 5.4 per cent in Winnipeg. --- 12:20 p.m. Public health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19 today. They say eight of the new infections are contacts of previously reported cases, two are travel related and the other is under investigation. Seven of the new cases are in the Edmundston region, three are in the Saint John area and one is in the Moncton region. The number of active cases in New Brunswick is 150. --- 12:05 p.m. Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq says the territory recorded six new cases of COVID-19 today. The announcement brings the number of active infections to 19, all in Iqaluit. The premier says all patients are stable and isolating at home. --- 12:05 p.m. Alberta’s chief medical officer says the province has confirmed a rare blood clot case in a patient who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the patient, who is in his 60s and is recovering, marks the second Canadian case of the blood clot disorder known as vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia, or VITT. More than 700,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered across Canada to date. Hinshaw says the second case does not change the province’s risk assessment, and that she continues to recommend the AstraZeneca vaccine for anyone 55 and older. --- 11 a.m. Quebec is reporting 1,537 new COVID-19 cases today and eight more deaths attributed to the virus, including five in the past 24 hours. Health officials say hospitalizations rose by 28, to 692, while the number of patients in intensive care increased by eight to 175. The province says it administered 70,908 vaccine doses on Friday. Quebec has reported a total of 335,608 COVID-19 infections and 10,793 deaths linked to the virus since the onset of the pandemic. --- 10:50 a.m. Ontario's daily COVID-19 case count is down from yesterday's single-day high, but the province has set a new record for virus-related hospitalizations. There are currently 2,065 COVID-19 patients in hospital, marking the first time that figure has passed the 2,000 mark. The province is reporting 4,362 new infections today, down from the record-high 4,812 logged a day earlier. A number of new public health measures have taken effect across the province today, all of which are meant to contain the surging case counts. They include new powers allowing police to randomly stop drivers and pedestrians to ensure compliance with the province's extended stay-at-home order, tighter capacity limits on essential retailers and public gatherings, and the closure of outdoor recreation spaces. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 17, 2021. The Canadian Press
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Kelly Loeffler had a warning. The former U.S. senator from Georgia, defeated in a January runoff amid Republican infighting, told her hometown GOP committee Saturday that only a unified party can avoid a repeat in the 2022 midterms. “What I saw in my campaign is that we need to do better. We just need to get to work doing it,” Loeffler told Fulton County Republicans at their annual convention. Yet Republicans can’t seem to get past 2020. In the hours after Loeffler’s plea, at least 10 local party committees voted to condemn Gov. Brian Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger or both for not helping overturn President Donald Trump’s November defeat. Two counties already had done so. Additionally, Georgia GOP Chairman David Shafer eagerly noted in his rounds to local conventions that he’s sued “a Republican secretary of state.” And in Fulton County, the state’s most populous, a flood of new delegates ousted several incumbent officers despite their pledged fealty to Trump. The tension reflects the former president’s ever-tightening grip on the Republican Party and suggests that even unabashed conservatives like Kemp are at the mercy of continued finger-pointing and competition to be the loudest echoes for Trump’s false assertion of a rigged 2020 election. Kemp and Raffensperger were both the targets of Trump’s ire after they certified Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow win in Georgia. Some counties added demands that Raffensperger resign. A Kemp aide focused on how few counties out of 159 have formally condemned the governor, saying he's “grateful” for grassroots support and looks forward to a primary campaign where he can tout his “successful record.” A Raffensperger aide did not respond to a request for comment. Indeed, the pair staved off some condemnations. Gwinnett County, part of the metro Atlanta core, voted down the measures. A handful of other counties, including Fulton, censured Raffensperger but had no floor vote at all on Kemp. Other counties avoided votes altogether when they adjourned because too few delegates remained to conduct business after long days. The trend nonetheless shows Kemp has work to do to shore up his right flank ahead of 2022. “I’m disappointed in Kemp, and I’d absolutely consider someone else,” said Ruth Anne Tatum, a retired Alpharetta schoolteacher who was among the scores of first-time delegates to attend the Fulton County convention. Tatum said she travelled to Washington for the Jan. 6 rally in which Trump addressed supporters before some of them stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress tallied Biden’s Electoral College victory. She said she was not among the insurrectionists but argued that the event has been unfairly pinned on Trump. “I’m so tired of all the lies and the corruption and the cheating,” Tatum said, pointing at Democrats and Republicans alike. “All of them,” she said. Debbie Dooley, an activist who helped organize the resolutions, said the votes are enough to show Kemp faces a “divided grassroots” that should make establishment Republicans nervous. Indeed, Kemp's 2022 prospects aren't just about whether he can win nomination for a second term. He remains a solid favourite. His only opponent thus far, Vernon Jones, is a former Democrat best known as an outspoken Black supporter of Trump. And Kemp boosted his standing by signing the recent Georgia election law overhaul and defending it against criticism from liberals and corporate leaders. Yet Trump’s loss — followed by Loeffler’s and Sen. David Perdue’s losses in January — show how perilous a Trump-branded party is in Georgia. Distancing yourself from Trump costs votes within the GOP core, while hugging Trump too tightly juices the left and costs votes in the middle, especially among moderates in metro Atlanta. “I don’t know what it’s going to take to get past it,” said Trey Kelly after he lost his bid for another term as Fulton GOP chair. Earlier, he'd stood behind a sign dubbing Georgia “Trump country” and declared loudly to 330 delegates — a local record for an open convention, according to party officials — that “the 2020 election was stolen.” He even called Fulton, long a Democratic bastion, “the U.S. capital of voter fraud.” His opponent, Susan Opraseuth, likewise panned “an unconstitutional election,” but she threw in her outsider, anti-establishment status that Kelly couldn’t counter. “Our current trajectory demands change,” she said, following the roadmap Trump used in 2016 and that Kemp followed in 2018. The chair's election required two rounds of voting after Opraseuth delegates disputed results that showed Kelly prevailing. She then won a second tally. Along the way came shouts of “cheating” by Opraseuth delegates, while Kelly’s establishment supporters huddled in frustration. Shafer, the state chairman, said local wrangles shouldn’t obscure what he says is a strong position for Kemp. The chairman differentiated the governor from Raffensperger, whose mention was booed repeatedly Saturday. “The governor fulfilled a ministerial role only,” Shafer said, referring to state law requiring that Kemp ratify Biden’s Electoral College slate once Raffensperger certified the Democrat’s victory. Raffensperger, alternately, used his post before the election to expand absentee ballot access in ways Trump, Shafer and others insist opened the outcome to fraud. If there’s anything that could stitch the internal GOP fissures, it could be Democrats nominating voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams for a rematch of 2018. At the Fulton convention, Abrams name flowed from the stage perhaps more than any Republican. “We have to take on the Abrams machine,” Loeffler declared in her opening remarks. “If we let up, they’re gonna win.” But the former senator wasn’t around for the tense work of choosing her local GOP officers or deciding whether to condemn her fellow Republicans. Soon after speaking, she left the building. Bill Barrow, The Associated Press
MONTREAL — Drake Batherson had two goals and an assist, Matt Murray made 23 saves for his first shutout with the Senators, and Ottawa defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 on Saturday.Artem Zub and Nikita Zaitsev, into an empty net, also scored for Ottawa (15-26-4). Brady Tkachuk and Josh Norris added two assists each.Carey Price stopped 11 shots in his return to the lineup after missing six games with a lower-body injury for Montreal (19-14-9).The Canadiens continued to occupy the North Division's fourth and final playoff spot. Montreal is six points up on the Calgary Flames with two games in hand.The rebuilding Senators improved to 5-3-0 against the Canadiens this season, while three of their six road wins in 2021 have come at the Bell Centre. Batherson has 11 points in eight games against Montreal.Acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins via a fall trade before signing a four-year, US$25-million contract extension with Ottawa, Murray picked up the 11th shutout of his career, and first since Oct. 26, 2019.Senators forward Shane Pinto made his NHL debut after fellow University of North Dakota alumni and Ottawa defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker — a healthy scratch against Montreal — did the same Wednesday. With the 4 p.m. start, the Canadiens played a game for the second time in less than 24 hours following Friday's emotional 2-1 victory over Calgary.Ottawa led 1-0 after the first period and doubled its lead at 13:12 of the second, when Batherson took a feed from Brady Tkachuk and fooled Price with a five-hole shot for his 14th goal of the season. Murray, who made his second straight start after missing 13 games with an upper-body injury, had to be sharp on a power play earlier in the period. He stopped Eric Staal with his left pad on the door step.The Senators was on its fourth power play with five minutes left in the third period of a low-event game when Batherson sealed the win at 15:26 going upstairs off a Tkachuk feed.Zaitsev then iced it into empty net. Pinto picked up an assist for his first NHL point.Murray and his teammates survived a late power play and preserved the shutout when Nick Suzuki hit the post.Coming off Wednesday's 3-2 home loss to the Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa opened the scoring 3:03 into the first after Batherson's initial shot hit Montreal defenceman Joel Edmundson up high. The Senators winger collected the loose puck and found Zub in the slot for the blue-liner to rip his third past Price.The Canadiens goaltender then robbed Evgenii Dadonov later in the period with his glove during an Ottawa power play.Montreal sleepwalked through most of the opening 20 minutes, but got its best chance late when Jonathan Drouin — without a goal in his last 23 games before Saturday — intercepted a Colin White pass only to be denied by Murray's poke check.Ottawa opens a three-game road trip Monday in Calgary before travelling to Vancouver for two versus the Canucks.Montreal starts a five-game swing the same day through Alberta, and concludes it with a crucial three games against the Flames.Notes: The Senators and Canadiens play twice more this season — May 1 in Montreal and four days later in the nation's capital. ... Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme said before the game Brendan Gallagher (broken thumb) won't require surgery. The winger, who was injured April 5, is expected to be out until at least mid-May. ... Pinto is the fifth Ottawa player to make his NHL debut this season. ... Pinto (selected with the 32nd pick in the 2019 NHL draft) and Bernard-Docker (26th overall in 2018) both signed entry-level contracts April 1. ... Senators blue-liner Victor Mete, who was claimed off waivers Monday from Montreal, played against his former team.This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 17, 2021.___Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter The Canadian Press
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TORONTO — Ontario's government has walked back sweeping new police powers a day after they were announced. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones says officers will no longer have the right to stop any pedestrian or vehicle to ask why they are out or request their home address. Instead, she says, police will only be able to stop people who they have reason to believe are participating in an "organized public event or social gathering." More coming. The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON — The State Department on Saturday ordered non-essential diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Chad to leave the African nation due to potential insurgent attacks on the capital. In addition to non-essential embassy staff, the department also ordered the families of American personnel stationed there to leave because armed groups appear to be moving on the capital of N’Djamena. “Armed non-governmental groups in northern Chad have moved south and appear to be heading toward N’Djamena,” the department said in a travel alert. “Due to their growing proximity to N’Djamena, and the possibility for violence in the city, non-essential U.S. government employees have been ordered to leave Chad by commercial airline.” The department has long warned Americans not to travel to Chad because of unrest and the presence of the jihadist Boko Haram group. It said any Americans there now who wanted to leave should do so. Landlocked Chad is home to nearly half a million refugees from neighbouring Sudan, Nigeria and Central African Republic. Another 330,000 Chadians are internally displaced, the majority in the volatile Lake Chad region where Boko Haram militants are active. The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. — Protesters who smashed windows, burglarized businesses and set fires during demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, caused significant damage, and authorities urged downtown businesses to review security video to help police apprehend more rioters. Police said they have arrested four people so far after declaring a riot Friday night during demonstrations after police fatally shot a man while responding to reports of a person with a gun. “This destruction does not align with community values and has no legitimacy. It is harming our city, county and state,” Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said in a statement Saturday. “There are multiple criminal investigations underway to identify those responsible for last night’s criminality.” Police said they are aware of plans for more demonstrations Saturday night in Oregon's largest city. Officers late Friday dispersed the crowd so firefighting crews could douse fires before they spread in extreme fire hazard conditions. In a statement, police said the damage from the late-night violence “appears to be significant.” There aren't yet exact estimates of damages to buildings caused by the fires, but police say looters stole about $2,000 worth of products from a Nike store before on-site security personnel were able to stop the theft. The vandalism downtown came after the police shooting earlier Friday and was part of vigils and demonstrations already planned for the night in the name of people killed in police shootings nationwide. They include 13-year-old Adam Toledo of Chicago and Daunte Wright, a Black man in a Minneapolis suburb. Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis told reporters a white man in his 30s had been shot and killed in Portland by police. The man was pronounced dead at the scene in Lents Park, which is in a leafy, residential neighbourhood of the city. Two officers fired a 40mm device that shoots non-lethal projectiles, and one officer — an eight-year veteran — fired a gun, police said in a statement. Police identified the officer who fired his gun as Zachary Delong. He is on paid administrative leave, authorities said. Davis said he did not know if the man who died had pointed a weapon at the officers and did not say how many shots were fired. A witness who spoke to reporters at the scene said the man, who had removed his shirt and was blocking an intersection, appeared to be having a mental health crisis, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. The police investigation into the shooting was hampered by a crowd of “fairly aggressive people” who showed up at the park within two hours of the shooting. Those arrested could face charges ranging from assaulting a public safety officer to criminal mischief. There were no reports of injuries to police. As investigators worked the scene of the shooting and huddled over a covered body, nearly 100 yards (91 metres) away, a crowd of more than 150 people — many dressed in all black and some carrying helmets, goggles and gas masks — gathered behind crime scene tape, chanting and yelling at officers standing in front of them. The crowd later marched through the park, ripped down police tape and stood face to face with officers dressed in riot gear. Police left the park around 3:30 p.m., and the crowd eventually stood in a nearby intersection, blocking traffic and chanting. Police said they used pepper spray on protesters in order to keep them away. Portland has been the site of frequent protests, many involving violent clashes between officers and demonstrators, since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. Over the summer, there were demonstrations for more than 100 straight days. On April 13, a crowd set a fire outside the city’s police union headquarters following recent fatal police shootings in Chicago and Minneapolis. ____ Cline is a corps member for The Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues. Sara Cline And Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press