TORONTO - A spike in refugee claims for the first two months of 2017 put Canada on track for the highest number since at least 2011. A fifth of those claimants were caught crossing the border illegally. Growing numbers of asylum-seekers are coming to Canada in the wake of the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has pledged to crack down on refugees and undocumented immigrants.
Two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are headed to China for two preseason games against the Minnesota Timberwolves in October, the NBA said on Monday. The teams will play Oct. 5 in Shenzhen at the Shenzhen Universiade Center, followed by a contest in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Oct. 8, the league said in a statement. The games will mark the Warriors' third trip to China following visits in 2008 and 2013, while the Timberwolves will be playing in China for the first time.
LOS ANGELES - "Sesame Street" will welcome a new Muppet to its TV family on April 10 with a special episode designed to introduce viewers to four-year-old Julia, a character with autism. The "Meet Julia" episode will premiere simultaneously on HBO and PBS Kids. The long-running PBS franchise shifted to HBO for first-run airings early last year, with episodes repeating on PBS a few months later.
NEW YORK - While Donald Trump's political fortunes were rising, his net worth was dropping to a mere $3.5 billion, or roughly a third of what he claimed during his successful campaign for the U.S. presidency, according to the latest Forbes list of the world's billionaires. Trump tumbled more than 100 spots to No. 544 on the magazine's 31st annual list, largely because of the impact of the slumping New York real estate market on his holdings. "Midtown Manhattan real estate is down; therefore, so is Donald Trump's fortune," the business magazine said in a statement.
NEW YORK - Norway displaced Denmark as the world's happiest country in a new report released on Monday, March 20, that called on nations to build social trust and equality to improve the wellbeing of their citizens. The Nordic nations are the most content, according to the World Happiness Report 2017 produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative launched by the United Nations in 2012.
WASHINGTON - The head of the FBI publicly challenged U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, denying the Republican's claim that former president Barack Obama wiretapped his 2016 election campaign and confirming his agency had launched a criminal investigation into any collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia. FBI Director James Comey told a congressional hearing he had seen no evidence to support a claim by Trump that Obama had wiretapped his campaign headquarters in Trump Tower in New York.
NEW YORK - Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller, former head of Chase Manhattan Corp and patriarch of one of the most famous and influential American families, died on Monday, March 20, a family spokesman said. He was 101. Rockefeller, who reportedly gave away nearly $2 billion in his lifetime, died in his sleep of congestive heart failure at his home in Pocantico Hills, New York, spokesman Fraser Seitel said in a statement.
NEW YORK -- Tiger Woods continues to struggle with back issues but the 14-time major champion has not ruled out playing the Masters in two weeks. "God, I hope so," Woods said when asked by "Good Morning America" host Michael Strahan on Monday, March 20, if he would be able to play in the upcoming Masters. "I'm trying. I'm trying every day to get back and play. "I love that event. It's meant so much to me in my life. It's the first major I ever played back in '95. It has so much history and meaning to me that I'd love to get back.''
BOSTON—The football jersey that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wore in last month's Super Bowl victory in Houston, which disappeared hours after the stunning come-from-behind win, has been found in Mexico, the National Football League and police said Monday, March 20. Both the jersey worn in Brady's fifth league championship over the Atlanta Falcons, and the one he'd worn two years earlier when the team topped the Seattle Seahawks, were recovered "in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media," the NFL said in a statement.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing into Canada from the United States, and a similar number disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the influx, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday, March 20. A significant minority, four out of 10 respondents, said the border crossers could make Canada "less safe," underlining the potential political risk for Trudeau's Liberal government.