Sunday, May 24, 2015

Global News

Sports

Ducks grab series lead

CHICAGO—Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau knew the answer without having to ask the question.
Any doubts he had about fatigue—and his squad’s ability to bounce back after a disheartening loss in triple overtime less than 48 hours earlier—disappeared even before the midday shoot-around.

Business

4 big banks fined $2.5 billion and will plead guilty to rigging global currency markets

WASHINGTON — Four big banks will pay $2.5 billion in fines and plead guilty to criminally manipulating the global currency markets going back to 2007.

National

Alpaca on loose

VERNON, B.C.—An apparently-agitated alpaca is on the loose north of Vernon, B.C.
Don Raffen of Valley Auction said the animal jumped from the back of a pickup truck before it was taken inside to be sold.
RCMP Cpl. Mary Seniuk of the nearby detachment in Armstrong said officers corralled the alpaca off a highway because it was a traffic hazard.

Technology

Navy used eBay for ship parts

OTTAWA—Newly-released government records show navy mechanics in Halifax had to scour the Internet and use eBay to find parts for one of its two supply ships.
But the briefing notes obtained by The Canadian Press, prepared for navy commander Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, show the technicians were fighting a losing battle to keep HMCS Preserver on duty.

Health & Wellness

Cold kills more people: study

TORONTO—Cold temperatures kill more people than hot weather does, says a large international study that examined deaths in 13 countries, including Canada.
Interestingly, the research found most weather-related deaths were not associated with times of temperature extremes—polar vortexes or wilting heat waves—but to moderately cold days.

International

U.S. hopes to avert trade war

WASHINGTON—A group of U.S. lawmakers hopes to move swiftly to avoid a trade war with Canada.
Members of a congressional committee have introduced a bill that would repeal American meat-labelling standards.
The move from the House agriculture committee came a day after the World Trade Organization found the standards violated international trade law.

Science

As telescope opposition boils over, some Native Hawaiians see science education opportunity

HONOLULU — Before going up to Mauna Kea’s summit on Hawaii’s Big Island, Heather Kaluna makes an offering to Poliahu, the snow goddess of the mountain. She holds it sacred, as do other Native Hawaiians.

People

Teachers may be forced back to work

TORONTO—Ontario’s premier is raising the possibility of back-to-work legislation for striking teachers as thousands of students have been out of school for nearly five weeks.

Life

Wind fanning wildfire

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.—An unexpected spike in wind has spoiled the prospect of better firefighting conditions in B.C.’s Central Interior, where crews are struggling to make headway against the first major blaze of this year’s fire season.