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Farmer rescues stuck bus near Canora
By Aaron Stuckel paNOW Staff

It was almost a typical Saskatchewan scene on Friday night after a Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) bus got stuck on a snowy, icy highway near Canora.

The bus was heading east from Saskatoon on Highway 5. By about 9:45 p.m. it was only a few kilometres outside of Canora when it hit a patch of ice on a curve.

TORONTO - Rubin "Hurricane'' Carter, the former American boxer imprisoned nearly 20 years for three murders before the convictions were overturned, has died at his home in Toronto.

He was 76.

More to come.

Lifelong Chamber contributors take the podium
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

While the Samuel McLeod Business Awards acknowledged many new developments in Prince Albert, there was also a lot of looking back.

Two lifetime achievement awards were handed out at the Thursday ceremony - one to past mayor Jim Scarrow and another to Parkland Ambulance co founder Barry Dutchak.

The introductions for Scarrow by emcee Richard Ahenakew walked the audience through Scarrow’s long history in Prince Albert’s business community.

OTTAWA - A respected American labour specialist says governments, educators and employers should work together to boost the number of apprenticeships for young Canadians in a collaborative approach that would yield "significant payoffs."

Robert Lerman's report, commissioned by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and obtained by The Canadian Press, says a comprehensive expansion of apprenticeships would provide young people with greater opportunities for more promising careers and potentially slash the rate of youth unemployment.

WINNIPEG - Manitoba's top aboriginal leaders say the province doesn't have the right to know about or track children seized by child welfare agencies on reserves.

Creating a centralized system that tracks all children receiving protection services was a key recommendation from a recent inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair, a five-year-old who fell through the cracks of the child welfare system and was murdered by her mother and mother's boyfriend.

TORONTO - A granola bar here, a cheese sandwich there — the lunches given to prisoners in Ontario courthouses don't provide nearly enough nutrition to allow them to properly defend themselves, some lawyers say.

People in custody in the province's jails and detention centres get a good amount of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but that changes on days they are brought to court, says criminal defence lawyer Scott Reid.

"In my experience the food they receive when they're at court is woefully inadequate," he says.

NASHPORT, Ohio - A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.

Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, Ohio, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning.

The couple's eight children say the two had been inseparable since meeting as teenagers, once sharing the bottom of a bunk bed on a ferry rather than sleeping one night apart, the Zanesville Times Recorder reported.

JINDO, Korea, Republic Of - A transcript released Sunday shows the South Korean ferry that sank was crippled with confusion and indecision well after it began listing dangerously, possibly adding to a death toll that is officially at 58 but could eventually exceed 300.

One lucky citizen of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates could soon get the chance to be rocketed into space.

VATICAN CITY - Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

Well over 150,000 tourists — Romans and pilgrims, young and old — turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica.

BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine - A shootout took place Sunday at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, which the insurgents and the Ukrainian police said left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

The armed clash appeared to be the first since an international agreement was reached last week in Geneva to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine, where armed pro-Russia activists have seized government buildings in at least 10 cities.

PERTH-ANDOVER, N.B. - The New Brunswick village of Perth-Andover is closely watching the St. John River this morning after a massive ice jam moved through the Grand Falls dam north of the community and joined another patch of ice further downstream.

Village spokeswoman Justine Waldeck says water levels have been rising this morning and are being monitored to see if a mandatory evacuation of the community will be required.

MONTREAL - The head of the Canadian Space Agency, a former top general, insists his appointment as president last August does not signal the militarization of the federal department.

"I have to support the mandate that the Government of Canada has given the space agency and that is the peaceful use of space and it doesn't change whatsoever," Walt Natynczyk said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

"We're very much in accordance with the Canadian Space Act, which is that the space agency is created for the peaceful uses of space."

ALGIERS, Algeria - Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in the mountainous Kabylie region, killing 14 soldiers, the state news agency reported Sunday. The attack came two days after Algeria's presidential election.

The attack near the village of Iboudraren began at 10 p.m. Saturday with 11 soldiers being killed immediately and another three succumbing to their wounds, the agency said.

LONDON - A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by renowned British photographer David Bailey has been unveiled to mark the monarch's 88th birthday.

The black-and-white photograph, taken at Buckingham Palace in March, shows the queen smiling broadly. Bailey described his subject as a "very strong woman" with "very kind eyes with a mischievous glint."

The portrait, unveiled Sunday for the queen's birthday on Monday, was commissioned for a government campaign to promote Britain's heritage and tourism to potential visitors abroad.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space station astronauts have received a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies.

The shipment arrived Sunday morning via a Dragon, versus a bunny.

The SpaceX company's cargo ship, Dragon, spent two days chasing the International Space Station following its launch from Cape Canaveral. Astronauts used a robot arm to capture the capsule 260 miles up.

VANCOUVER - Months after his mother was murdered by gang gunfire, Mauricio Osorto recognized he would be next if he didn't escape Honduras.

He abandoned his life as a university teacher and lawyer who shared his mother’s law practice to go to Canada where he had to start again.

A Vancouver refugee-assistance program helped him get through the grief and trauma of what he left behind and allowed him to build a new life in Canada.

VANCOUVER - They look like fuzzy fingers, waving gently from the depths of the ocean floor but make no mistake — they're stone cold killers.

Scientists have discovered four new species of carnivorous sponge off the Pacific Coast, including one deadly variety found hanging from the deep-sea ridges off southern Vancouver Island.

Fortunately, these killers are about the size of a piece of spaghetti and they feed only on the tiny, shrimp-like amphipods and copepods that drift through the sea.

KATMANDU, Nepal - Nepal's authorities temporarily halted climbing on Mount Everest while search teams dug through snow and ice Sunday for three Sherpa guides missing in the deadliest avalanche on the world's highest peak that killed 13 others.

A section of the route over the dreaded Khumbu Icefall, a climbing pass where the avalanche swept a group of guides early Friday, has totally collapsed and a new trail has to be dug, ropes fixed and aluminum ladders laid over the crevasses before climbing can resume, said Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

JENKINTOWN, Pa. - The mayor of a small town in the Philadelphia suburbs can offer a guarantee to his constituents: He won't be going to bed hungry.

Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley, in a gut-busting campaign to draw attention to the tiny borough's varied restaurant scene, set out to visit all 24 of them on Saturday, starting with a pre-dawn visit to IHOP.

"With one pancake," Foley said in late afternoon. "And IHOP does not want to sell you one pancake."

LAS VEGAS - Mexican singer Juan Gabriel plans to resume his tour concerts May 1 after being released from a Las Vegas hospital.

A tour publicist said in a statement Friday night that the 64-year-old singer's health has improved considerably since he was admitted Monday with pneumonia. He was discharged from the hospital Friday afternoon.

He was rushed to intensive care with fluid in his lungs after performing a three-hour concert Sunday at a resort on the Las Vegas Strip as part of his "Volver" tour.

MOKPO, Korea, Republic Of - Divers recovered 13 bodies from inside a ferry that sank off South Korea, pushing the confirmed death toll to 46, officials said Sunday. The discovery came after rescuers finally gained access to the inside of the ship following three days of failure and frustration caused by strong currents and bad visibility due to inclement weather.

BOSTON - Shalane Flanagan grew up in nearby Marblehead with a reverence for the Boston Marathon and dreamed, like many locals and foreign runners alike, that she would win the race someday.

Her goal has changed now.

But only a little.

"If I could have one wish, it would be to win this specific race on this specific day," she said this week. "It basically would be the highlight of my career, for sure. If I could win this specific Boston: It has the most power, the most meaning behind it, of all the Boston Marathons that would be run."

EDMONTON - Health officials in Edmonton are warning passengers who arrived in the city on a flight from Vancouver this month that they may have been exposed to measles.

The warning further extends to anyone who was in Edmonton International Airport during the hours immediately after the Air Canada plane landed on April 9.

Alberta Health Services issued a news release Saturday stating that passengers and crew on Air Canada Flight 248, which departed Vancouver at 8:30 p.m. and arrived in Edmonton at 9:35 p.m. may have been exposed.

NEW YORK - Animal welfare activists picketing Liam Neeson's home on Saturday said they don't agree with the actor that the city's carriage horses should keep working.

Neeson didn't appear as about 50 demonstrators filled the sidewalk in front of his apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Police watched, and doormen photographed protesters hoisting signs with such slogans as "Liam Neeson: Stop Supporting Cruelty!" and "Worked to Death!" with an image of a dead horse in a park.