Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

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The San Antonio Fire Department says a package bomb has exploded at a FedEx distribution centre in nearby Schertz, Texas, just southwest of Austin.

The blast after midnight left one person hurt -- a FedEx employee suffered a non-life-threatening "percussion-type" injury.

The F-B-I and A-T-F are at the scene.

Federal agents say this package is likely linked to attacks by what they believe is a serial bomber responsible for four explosions in Austin this month.

Three package bombings killed two people and wounded two others, while Sunday night's blast that was set off by a tripwire left two people hurt. (4)



The federal government could introduce legislation today that would tighten restrictions on gun sales.

The proposed bill by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale would fulfil a Liberal election promise to enhance background checks for anyone buying a handgun or other restricted firearm.

It would require gun purchasers to present a valid licence, and gun vendors to keep records of all firearms sales and inventories.

The records would assist police investigations of gun trafficking and other firearms-related offences. (4)



The managing director at Ontario's University of Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research says the weekend death in Arizona of a pedestrian struck by one of Uber's self-driving cars isn't likely to derail the driverless vehicle industry.

Ross McKenzie says autonomous vehicles are still at a very early stage of development, although he suspects the incident will force the industry to focus more on safety.

Uber Technologies has suspended all of its self-driving vehicle testing -- including a program in Toronto -- in the wake of the accident.

Uber Canada says two of its vehicles are being tested in Toronto but they have not been picking up passengers. …

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