WASHINGTON — When Michelle Obama said in her prime-time televised address to the Democratic National Convention on Monday night that the White House had been built by slaves, she was citing a little-discussed fact that dramatized her own African-American family’s place in history.
But the first lady’s assertion was met with derision and disbelief by some, who questioned whether it was true and said her choice to mention it amounted to an attempt to divide the country along racial lines.
Ottawa Redblacks star quarterback Henry Burris won’t be sacked by Citizenship and Immigration officials in his bid to gain permanent residence status after the minister’s office said Sunday it would help the longtime CFL player.
A spokesman for Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Alexander said the ministry intends to “work with” the former CFL Most Outstanding Player in sorting out his status after the 39-year-old Burris reportedly spent three years and $7,000 on lawyers trying to make sure he’d be allowed to stay after he retires.
Illinois Threatens to Halt All Health Insurance PaymentsUnpaid bills in Illinois now stand at $8.5 billion. Some project the total will reach an all-time high of $10.5 billion by December. Total accumulated liabilities counting pensions are on the order of $163 billion.Illinois is flat out broke, and without a budget cannot legally pay some bills. In what I see as a sideshow, Illinois has not been paying lotto winners.
MONTREAL — Referendum? What referendum?
That seemed to be the message Friday from the Parti Quebecois as it tried to steer its struggling election campaign away from the rocky road to sovereignty onto a smoother path.
Even star candidate Pierre Karl Peladeau, whose fist-pumping declaration that he joined the PQ to create a country for his children, made a point of changing his tune during a news conference with Leader Pauline Marois.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A heat wave hitting the Yukon and Alaska may not rival the blazing heat of Phoenix or Las Vegas, but to residents of these normally chilly regions, the days of hot weather feel like a stifling oven — or a tropical paradise.
The temperature was expected to hit 28 degrees Celsius in Dawson City on Wednesday and the balmy weather is supposed to continue until Thursday. In June in Dawson City, the temperature doesn’t usually top 18 or 19 degrees.
LONDON: British voters streamed to schools, churches and pubs Thursday for a say in their country's future, voting for lawmakers in an election expected to produce no clear victor and lead to days of frantic haggling for power. Polls put Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and Ed Miliband's Labour Party in a dead heat. Neither looks able to win a majority of Parliament's 650 seats. Many voters are turning elsewhere _ chiefly to the separatist Scottish National Party, which will dominate north of the border, and the anti-immigrant U.K. Independence Party.
Microsoft's workforce, like most other big tech companies, is largely white and male. On Wednesday, CEO Satya Nadella promised to change that. He told investors at the company's annual shareholder's meeting:
News that U.S. President Barack Obama may free Jonathan Pollard, an American convicted of spying for Israel in 1987, as a gesture of good faith has injected new hope into the Mideast peace talks. But hope has risen before, to little effect. As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Jerusalem, perhaps the time has come to acknowledge the futility of these negotiations and the current impossibility of a two-state solution.