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3 face charges after classic cars stolen near Yorkton
By Courtney Markewich paNOW Staff

Three people are facing charges for stealing two classic cars in the Yorkton area.

RCMP believe the 1969 Pontiac Firebird and 1976 Dodge Dart were stolen sometime between Sept. 9 and 16 from a Quonset near the outskirts of the east-central city. Officers found the cars north of Grenfell on Sept.19.

On Monday afternoon, RCMP sent out a news release saying two men and one woman were facing charges in the case.

REGINA - Luck and generosity appear to have played roles in a rare and spiritually significant medal finding its way home 140 years after it was presented to aboriginal chiefs at a historic treaty signing in Saskatchewan.

The medal was among 21 presented to each chief who signed Treaty Four on Sept. 15, 1874, and is the only one ever recovered by First Nations who are part of the treaty.

The item was in a private collection that went on the auction block in London, Ont., earlier this month as part of an estate sale.

CALGARY - Eternally outsmarted cartoon character Wile E. Coyote has come out on top for once.

Calgary police say a man was aiming at the real-life critters on his rural property southeast of the city when he accidentally shot himself in the arm.

They say he wasn’t breaking any laws by shooting coyotes on his own land, but officers are still investigating.

The man’s injuries are not serious.

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TORONTO - Ernst & Young LLP has agreed to pay $8 million in two settlements with the Ontario Securities Commission, which accused the firm of mishandling the audits of two Chinese companies, including Sino-Forest Corp.

Both settlements were entered into on a no-contest basis, but required approval by an independent panel. Ernst & Young didn't accept nor deny the allegations issued against it by the OSC's enforcement branch.

SOMERSET, N.Y. - The wreck of a 77-metre British-built steamship that sank off Lake Ontario's western New York shore after colliding with another vessel nearly 90 years ago has been found, a team of underwater explorers said Tuesday.

The four-man team said it found the wreck of the Nisbet Grammer in more than 150 metres of water 13 kilometres off Somerset.

BEIRUT - U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish that is under assault by the militants, activists said.

The aerial campaign, which began last week in Syria and last month in Iraq, aims to destroy the extremist faction known as the Islamic State that has seized control of a huge chunk of territory stretching from northern Syria to the western outskirts of the Iraqi capital.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.

The league's rule book prohibits players from celebrating while on the ground, but spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email Tuesday that the "officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play."

BALTIMORE - Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland.

Transit police say they stopped the 29-year-old Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Maryland Transportation Authority Police say Phelps was going 84 mph in a 45-mph zone. Police say officers stopped Phelps just past a toll plaza.

Phelps has been charged with driving under the influence and excessive speed. He was released after his arrest.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

Brown on Tuesday signed the bill by Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles.

Plastic bags will be phased out of large grocery stores starting next year and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The legislation is meant to encourage consumers to bring their own bags and as a way to reduce litter.

WASHINGTON - Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday that her agency failed in executing its plan to protect the White House when a man with a knife entered the mansion and ran through half the ground floor before being subdued.

"It's unacceptable," Pierson told lawmakers as she faced blistering criticism. But her promised review of how the storied but blemished agency carries out its mission of protecting the president — and how it failed to intercept the intruder much earlier — left lawmakers from both parties cold.

OTTAWA - The Harper government says it will extend the life of its fleet of CF-18 fighters.

A spokeswoman for Defence Minister Rob Nicholson says the jets are an important component of the country's defence and will be updated to keep them flying until 2025.

Johanna Quinney says the air force needs a fighter strike capability, but also aircraft that are capable of fulfilling a variety of other missions, such as patrol and air-to-air interception.

GATINEAU, Que. - Canada should heed the lessons learned in Europe about adopting rules intended to keep wireless prices low, the former head of Austria's telecom regulator has told the CRTC.

European companies are now living with the unintended consequences of stimulating increased competition to keep consumers happy, Georg Serentschy said as hearings continued Tuesday into the health of Canada's wholesale wireless market.

WINNIPEG - The Assembly of First Nations is calling for an independent probe of how police handled the disappearance of a teen whose body was eventually pulled from the Red River wrapped in a bag.

Police in Winnipeg are conducting an internal investigation after discovering two officers came across Tina Fontaine during a traffic stop in August — a week after she had been reported missing — but did not take her into custody.

The 15-year-old was last seen the following day. Fontaine's body was found more than a week later.

Canada's refusal to allow Russian delegates to attend a prestigious international astronautical symposium has angered Moscow, which said the decision flies in the face of international space co-operation and amounts to politicizing space exploration over the conflict in Ukraine.

A spokesman for the Russian embassy on Tuesday called Ottawa's decision to deny visas for the delegates — including one of the country's most renowned astronauts — unfortunate.

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A fourth filmmaker has been charged with crimes stemming from a train collision in southeast Georgia that killed a crew member during shooting of a biographical movie about singer Gregg Allman.

NORMAN, Okla. - A man who had been suspended from his job was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the beheading of a co-worker, who was attacked from behind as the man sought revenge, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Alton Nolen, 30, could face the death penalty for Thursday's deadly attack on Colleen Hufford, 54, at the Vaughan Foods plant in Moore. He also faces two assault charges.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man who shot and killed a 17-year-old teenager after an argument over loud music outside a Florida convenience store said Tuesday that he feared for his life when he opened fire.

Michael Dunn, 47, took the stand as the second witness called by his defence team. He is on trial for first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Jordan Davis, in November 2012.

Dunn was convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder in February and already faces at least 60 years in prison. The jury in the first trial deadlocked on the first-degree murder count.

BANFF, Alta. - Flavoured cigarettes, prescription drug abuse and dementia are top of the agenda as federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose arrives in Banff on Wednesday for a two-day meeting with her provincial and territorial counterparts.

The ministers plan to discuss co-operation on some of the country's most pressing health-care issues.

On Monday, Ambrose announced the Conservative government will propose regulatory amendments to further restrict access to flavoured tobacco products.

HONG KONG - Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them, threatening wider actions if he did not, after he said Tuesday that China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has taken a hard line against any perceived threat to the Communist Party's hold on power, meanwhile vowed in a National Day speech to "steadfastly safeguard" Hong Kong's prosperity and stability. He said Beijing believes Hong Kong will "create an even better future in the big family of the motherland."

MONTREAL - The jury in Luka Rocco Magnotta's first-degree murder trial took a closer look on Tuesday at photos of parcels that were mailed to political offices in Ottawa and schools in Vancouver.

Montreal crime-scene technician Caroline Simoneau testified about items they received from counterparts in Ottawa and Vancouver in June 2012.

The evidence gathered consisted of four Canada Post boxes and some of their contents.

Coroner’s inquest to look at death of teen at P.A. Youth Residence
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

A coroner’s inquest into the death of a Big River First Nation teen will be held next week in Prince Albert.

The Office of the Chief Coroner announced that the inquest into the death of Dylan LaChance, 16, from Big River First Nation, is being held at the Carlton Park Community Centre in Prince Albert on Oct. 6. It is expected to last for four days.

LaChance died in hospital after he was found to be in medical distress at the Prince Albert Youth Residence (PAYR) in September 2013.

OTTAWA - The New Democrats are making a last-minute plea to Conservative MPs to support their motion on reforming question period.

NDP House leader Peter Julian has written to the entire government caucus, saying the effort to get better answers out of question period is a modest, non-partisan step towards improving the daily give-and-take.

The NDP introduced the motion after receiving unrelated, unsatisfactory answers last week to pointed questions about Canadian soldiers in Iraq.