TORONTO -- Three families who helped shelter former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in Hong Kong in 2013 after his mass leak of information about surveillance programs have asked Canada for asylum, their lawyer said on Friday, March 10. The families - three Sri Lankan adults, a Filipina, and three stateless children - have had long-pending asylum claims in Hong Kong that they fear may soon be rejected, lawyer Marc-Andre Seguin said in a phone interview from Hong Kong.
HOUSTON -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday, March 10, his government was working with American officials to address security concerns stemming from immigrants traveling north from the United States. "We don't compromise on security," Trudeau said during a news conference in Houston. "We are committed to protecting the privacy rights of people in Canada." He also said he was open to working with the Trump administration to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement.
NEW YORK -- More than two dozen tank cars hauling ethanol derailed Friday morning, March 10, in northwestern Iowa, causing some to catch fire and sending an unknown volume of the biofuel into a nearby creek, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. There were no reported injuries, according to the NTSB, which is sending a 15-member team to Iowa to investigate the incident. The derailment occurred around 1 a.m., on a Union Pacific Corp rail line near Graettinger and along Jake Creek, about 160 miles northwest of Des Moines, the NTSB said in a press release.
NFL teams violated federal laws governing prescription drugs, according to a Washington Post story based on sealed court documents contained in a federal lawsuit filed by former players against the league and reviewed by the newspaper. The documents showed that the league disregarded guidance from the Drug Enforcement Administration on how to store, track, transport and distribute controlled substances, the Post said. The NFL denied the allegations made in the lawsuit which was brought against the league by a group of retired players.
NEW YORK - The Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York, has a magnificent course. Just ask its namesake, U.S. President Donald Trump, who until recently was quoted on its website saying the club "provides more than a membership – it's a true luxury lifestyle."
WASHINGTON - Employers hired workers at a robust pace in February, beating expectations, and wages grinded higher, which could give the Federal Reserve the green light to raise interest rates next week despite slowing economic growth. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 235,000 jobs last month as the construction sector recorded its largest gain in nearly 10 years due to unseasonably warm weather, the Labor Department said on Friday. The economy created 9,000 more jobs in December and January than previously reported.
NEW YORK - Cable channel HBO said on Thursday it is planning a dramatized TV miniseries about the extraordinary 2016 U.S. presidential election, one of the first of several such projects being discussed in Hollywood. No casting, title or broadcast date was announced for the HBO project, which comes from the same team that produced the award-winning "Game Change" film about the 2008 election that starred Julianne Moore as then Republican vice-presidential contender Sarah Palin.
SEOUL - South Korea's Constitutional Court removed President Park Geun-hye from office on Friday over a graft scandal involving the country's conglomerates at a time of rising tensions with North Korea and China. The ruling sparked protests from hundreds of her supporters, two of whom were killed in clashes with police outside the court. Park becomes South Korea's first democratically elected leader to be forced from office, capping months of paralysis and turmoil over a corruption scandal that also landed the head of the Samsung conglomerate in jail.
CHICAGO — A commercial chicken flock in Tennessee has been culled after becoming infected with low-pathogenic bird flu, the state's Agriculture Department said Thursday, days after a more dangerous form of the disease killed poultry in a neighboring county. Authorities killed chickens at the site in Giles County, Tennessee, "as a precaution," and buried them, according to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. It said officials did not believe birds at the site sickened chickens infected with highly pathogenic flu in Lincoln County last week, or vice versa.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Somali-born Abdulrahman Mohamed was a social worker in Grand Forks, North Dakota, for three years. He had a U.S. work permit and earned a promotion while waiting for his asylum claim to be heard. He had an apartment and was sending $350 a month to family in a Kenyan refugee camp. That changed in January. Mohamed and three friends with pending asylum claims were told to meet with an immigration officer to discuss their cases. When his friends went to their meetings they called him to say they had been detained. He has not heard from them since.