MOSCOW - Russia's parliament has voted for an amnesty bill that includes crew members of a Greenpeace ship and jailed members of the Pussy Riot punk band.
But it wasn't immediately clear when or if the 30 Greenpeace activists, including two Canadians, would be allowed to leave the country.
Paul Ruzycki of Port Colborne, Ont., and Alexandre Paul of Montreal were granted bail by a Russian court last month.<
HALIFAX - Another blast of wintry weather has cancelled some schools and flights in the Maritimes.
Winter storm and snowfall warnings are in effect for Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and southeastern New Brunswick, just days after the region was slammed with heavy snow and howling winds.
Environment Canada is calling for between 15 and 30 centimetres of snow with lesser amounts expected along Nova Scotia's Atlantic coast before the snow switches to rain.
Strong gusts are also forecast along with blowing snow.
CALGARY - A look at how a sovereign citizen was evicted from an Alberta landlady's property:
TORONTO, Cananda - It had been a while since the late night talk show hosts zeroed in on Rob Ford, but at least one of them poked fun at the Toronto mayor and city council Tuesday night.
On ABC‘s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host played a video clip of Ford and other councillors dancing during their council meeting earlier in the day.
‘‘What the hell is going on?‘‘ asked Kimmel. ‘‘Are they all on crack?‘‘
Ford and several councillors danced to a performance by a local jazz trio in a rare moment of fun in what has been a highly charged venue of late.
KINGSTON, Ont. - In a dramatic rescue Tuesday that drew a gasping crowd, a military helicopter swooped in to airlift a worker trapped on a construction crane above a massive fire in Kingston, Ont.
Police said the crane operator suffered only minor injuries after being stranded when the blaze broke out around 2:15 p.m. at an apartment building that was under construction.
STONY PLAIN, Alta. - Linda Jean McNall and her mother had lived most of their lives together, caring for each other, so when the senior's health worsened, the pair struck a suicide pact.
They sold everything they owned, wrote letters to their creditors and gave up their apartment in Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Then they drove north to Alberta.
Court heard Tuesday that the women decided to end their lives in a tent, pitched in a secluded mountain area near Rock Lake, about 350 kilometres west of Edmonton.
VANCOUVER - When former gang leader Michael Le was sentenced to another three years in custody for his role in a mass killing near Vancouver that left six people dead, his punishment was only directly related to the murder of a single person: a rival drug trafficker whose execution he helped plan.
But for Eileen Mohan — whose son Christopher was among two innocent bystanders also killed in a highrise condo in Surrey on Oct. 19, 2007 — it's a meaningless distinction.
WINNIPEG - Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger said Tuesday he did not go public with the knowledge that one of his ministers misled the legislature about a staged immigration debate.
Instead, he waited 18 months as the provincial ombudsman investigated former immigration minister Christine Melnick.
"Relatively early on, I was aware of the fact that she may have issues with information she put on the public record," Selinger said in an interview with The Canadian Press.
"The ombudsman had asked for that information and we wanted him to complete his investigation."
TORONTO - Rob Ford's apology Tuesday for his televised comments about Daniel Dale failed to satisfy the Toronto Star reporter, who said he is going ahead with a defamation lawsuit against the Toronto mayor.
Ford read a statement in council saying he didn't intend to suggest Dale is a pedophile during a televised interview with Conrad Black.
TORONTO - Ottawa overstepped its bounds when it clawed back health-care coverage for refugee claimants without consulting the provinces and other stakeholders, doctors and lawyers charged Tuesday.
Lawyers for Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers told a federal court the move wasn't an act of Parliament, nor was it a regulation — which they argue makes it invalid.