US considers new travel ban that affects 7 African countries

The United States is considering stricter travel restrictions for countries whose nationals frequently overstay their visas, according to a Department of Homeland Security official. African countries including Chad, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Eritrea, Liberia, Somalia, and South Sudan, have the highest rates of overstaying temporary visas for short-term tourist and business visas. While president Donald...

Vancouver gas prices are currently the highest in North America

Vancouver finds itself in first place on a lot of lists, but not always for a good reason. Case in point: Gas prices here are currently the highest in North America. Yes, as in the continent of North America. Prices at numerous stations throughout Metro Vancouver hovered around the $1.43 / litre mark on Tuesday, with some gas stations in Surrey and New Westminster climbing as high as $1.449/litre ...

Want a holiday job? Here’s who’s hiring seasonal employees.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to add new information about job openings at Amazon and a special discount for employees at Toys R Us. The holiday hiring season is here, and it may come with a gift for employees this year: the potential for extra hours. A  low unemployment rate means both potential and existing employees have a competitive edge this year among an array of seasonal...

Oldest snow monkey in North America dies at Minn. Zoo

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. — The oldest snow monkey in North America died Sunday at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Nikko, a Japanese macaque (commonly referred to as snow monkeys), celebrated his 34th birthday in September, according to a news release issued Monday by zoo officials. Nikko nearly doubled the average life expectancy of his species, which is 18 years, the news release said. He arrived...

Drone hits passenger plane for first time in North America

A drone collided with a commercial aircraft in Canada last week — the first time such a crash has happened in North America, transportation officials said. Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau confirmed Thursday’s crash near the Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec City in a statement on Sunday, saying he was “extremely relieved” that the Skyjet plane on its final descent only sustained...

Is it time for Canada to annex Blue America?

President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, stand for the playing of national anthems during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Scott Gilmore: Every new southern Canadian would instantly have health insurance and affordable higher education. Plus schools that teach evolution. The United States...

Buyer of Holiday Stationstores plans to keep the name and brand

The company buying Holiday Stationstores Inc. plans to keep using the Holiday name and brand after it’s officially acquired, according to a company spokesperson. Holiday Stationstores, the Bloomington-based 522-store chain of gas station convenience stores, is being acquired by Canada’s Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. The deal is expected to close in Couche-Tard’s 2018 fiscal third...

Columbus Day 2017: When is it, and what are Americans celebrating?

Every October, grateful Americans get a day off work to, ostensively, celebrate the life of explorer Christopher Columbus. The explorer was originally credited with discovering America, but centuries of research have roundly debunked this claim. Columbus is now holds the slightly less-exciting title of being the first European to explore America since the Vikings in the 11th century. So why do people...

Meet the cecropia moth, the largest moth in North America

Butterflies get all the love. While the sight of a monarch or a painted lady can set human hearts aflutter, moths are often dismissed as a drab nocturnal nuisance, something that exists only to engulf porch lights and invade personal space. It’s worth looking past moth mythology, though, and seeing these strange insects with fresh eyes. They come in about 160,000 species worldwide, compared with...

Salt from icy roads is contaminating North America’s lakes

In the 1940s, Americans found a new way to love salt. Not simply for sprinkling on food — we’d acquired a taste for the mineral long before that — but for spreading on roads and sidewalks. Salt became a go-to method to de-ice frozen pavement. During the past half-century, annual U.S. sales of road salt grew from 160,000 tons to about 20 million tons, as a group of environmental scientists pointed...