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Jul 17, 2013

Alex Colville, ‘painter laureate’ of Canada, dies

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian artist Alex Colville, who won international fame with precise, detailed paintings of everyday scenes, has died at the age of 92, according to a message on his official website.

Colville, who died on Tuesday, developed an iconic style that captured tranquil moments with realistic figures in commonplace settings, such as a cow in a moonlit field, or two swimmers relaxing on a beach.

Jul 16, 2013

Canadian crash train engineer is witness, not suspect: lawyer

By Peter N Henderson

(Reuters) – The engineer of the runaway train that exploded in a small Quebec town, killing 50 people, is a witness rather than a suspect in the investigation of the disaster, and is devastated by what happened, his lawyer told Reuters on Tuesday.

Lawyer Thomas Walsh said the engineer, Tom Harding, has spent 10 hours talking to police, and three or four talking to investigators at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, who are probing the causes of the July 6 calamity in the town of Lac-Megantic, North America’s deadliest rail accident in more than 20 years.

Jul 8, 2013

‘It was boom!’ inside crashing plane in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, July 7 (Reuters) – In the end, it was an easy
exit from the plane. The tail was gone, and the landing gear had
been ripped off during the crash.

Wen Zhang, seated near the back of Asiana Airlines flight
214 from Seoul, waited until the plane slid to a stop. Then she
gathered up her crying 4-year-old son, picked up her carry-on
bag and stepped out into the San Francisco sunshine.

Jul 7, 2013

Airport landing system off when plane crashed in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A navigation system that helps pilots make safe descents was turned off at San Francisco airport on Saturday when a South Korean airliner crashed and burned after undershooting the runway, officials said.

The system, called Glide Path, is meant to help planes land in bad weather. It was clear and sunny, with light winds, when Asiana Flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea crashed just before noon, killing two passengers and injuring more than 100.

Jul 1, 2013

San Francisco area rail strike causes traffic nightmare

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Workers at the San Francisco Bay Area’s commuter rail system went on strike on Monday, creating gridlock on highways leading into the city and headaches for thousands of people trying to get to work.

Commuters stood in long lines waiting for specially scheduled buses outside locked train stations in the East Bay, while others cued up at “casual carpool” spots, where drivers and passengers regularly link up to ride into San Francisco.

Jun 26, 2013

Canada adds icy weather to icewine rules

TORONTO, June 26 (Reuters) – Canada is tightening the rules
for producing its popular icewine, a sweet dessert wine that is
only made in cold climates, to crack down on fraudsters who sell
mislabeled bottles that don’t make the grade.

In regulations published this week, the Canadian government
said any bottle labeled and sold as icewine must be made only
from grapes that have frozen on the vine.

Jun 26, 2013

Bank of Canada says housing market cooler, still a risk

TORONTO, June 26 (Reuters) – Canada’s heated housing market
and near-record personal debt is less of a risk than it was a
year ago, but the central bank is not letting down its guard
just yet, a Bank of Canada official signaled on Wednesday.

“We are seeing a moderation over the last year in both the
buildup of household indebtedness and also the related
imbalances in the housing market,” Bank of Canada Deputy
Governor Timothy Lane said in response to an audience question
following a speech in Toronto.

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