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RCMP move to arrest pipeline protesters at entrance to Trans Mountain work site

Authorities in British Columbia arrested anti-pipeline protesters Saturday on Burnaby Mountain, a first in a string of actions demonstrators said they have planned for the coming week.

Amina Moustaqim-Barrette, who spoke on behalf of a coalition of demonstrators under the banner Protect the Inlet, said each protester was ready to be arrested to send a clear message against Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Saturday, March 17, 2018 | 09:16 PM

US probes 4 deaths in Hyundai-Kia cars when air bags failed

DETROIT - Air bags in some Hyundai and Kia cars failed to inflate in crashes and four people are dead. Now the U.S. government's road safety agency wants to know why.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it's investigating problems that affect an estimated 425,000 cars made by the Korean automakers. The agency also is looking into whether the same problem could happen in vehicles made by other companies.

Saturday, March 17, 2018 | 08:35 PM

Merkel defends Germany's trade surplus as US trade war looms

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the country's trade surplus Saturday, saying the government is working to encourage domestic demand but that not all factors are under its control.

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has been critical of Germany's trade surplus. Merkel's comments in her weekly podcast came as Economy Minister Peter Altmaier was getting ready to head off Sunday to Washington for talks as a possible trade war looms between Europe and the U.S.

Saturday, March 17, 2018 | 12:42 PM

Trump's possible China tariffs send opponents scrambling

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is considering broad tariffs on imports from China and an announcement could come as soon as next week. Industry groups and some lawmakers are scrambling to prevent a new front in a potential trade war that could reverberate across the U.S. economy.

Early indications from the White House have officials braced for tariffs across a wide variety of consumer goods, from apparel to electronics, and even on imported parts for products made in the U.S. The size and scope remain under debate, but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is warning that annual tariffs of as much as $60 billion on Chinese goods would be "devastating."

Saturday, March 17, 2018 | 10:22 AM

Girlfriend waits for word of missing chemical plant worker

CRESSON, Texas - Amber Gutierrez repeatedly dialed the cellphone number of her boyfriend on Friday, hoping that the man missing after a Texas chemical plant exploded would answer or rescuers would hear the sound and find him.

Dylan Mitchell's phone still rings a day after the blasts, giving her hope that he is alive, but she hasn't heard from authorities searching the plant.

Friday, March 16, 2018 | 10:20 PM

Saskatchewan premier blasts 'mind-boggling' rail backlog of grain shipments

REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says it's mind-boggling that grain shipments have been delayed again by rail backlogs this year.

Moe told the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities on Friday that this is the second time in four years that grain shipments have been delayed.

Friday, March 16, 2018 | 08:29 PM

Dog sent overseas by mistake returned to Kansas family

WICHITA, Kan. - A dog that United Airlines mistakenly flew to Japan is back with its family in Kansas.

The 10-year-old German shepherd named Irgo arrived at a Wichita airport Thursday night after a flight on a private plane that United chartered from Japan.

Friday, March 16, 2018 | 07:56 PM

Trans Mountain protester arrested, one day after court grants injunction

BURNABY, B.C. - Burnaby RCMP say they arrested a woman who chained herself to a work truck Friday morning, one day after the B.C. Supreme Court granted Trans Mountain an injunction against demonstrators.

Just before 8 a.m., Mounties received a report of a demonstrator who had chained herself to a work vehicle, impeding its movement.

Friday, March 16, 2018 | 07:12 PM

WestJet union drive helped by unhappiness with pay formula, says flight attendant

MONTREAL - Growing anger among WestJet flight attendants about a compensation model that restricts hourly wages to time actually spent in the sky bodes well for a unionization drive at the airline, according to one employee who backs labour organization.

The employee, who doesn't want to be identified for fear of reprisal, says the industry-wide system that only compensates flight attendants for time between the departure from one airport gate and arrival at the destination terminal is unfair.

Friday, March 16, 2018 | 06:13 PM

Drug testing proposal splits group helping Liberals on workplace pot policies

OTTAWA - A key body tasked with helping the federal government decide whether and how to impose marijuana testing for workers finds itself at an impasse, ensuring no new federal rules on workplace impairment will be in place before pot becomes legal later this year.

The committee, comprising federally regulated employers, labour groups and federal officials, finds itself split over the issue of drug testing for jobs where impairment could pose a threat to public safety.

Friday, March 16, 2018 | 05:51 PM