Sunday, November 23, 2014

Global News

Sports

Silence golden for Ticats

HAMILTON—For linebacker Simoni Lawrence and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, silence indeed is golden.
The gregarious Lawrence and his teammates quietly have gone about their business this week preparing to host Montreal in the Eastern final on Sunday.
They’ve refused to become embroiled in a war of words with Alouettes’ linebacker Bear Woods and receiver Duron Carter.

Business

Rejected by other nations, country of origin labels for meat cuts face uncertain future in US

WASHINGTON — Package labels on fresh cuts of meat that identify where animals were born, raised and slaughtered face an uncertain future after successful trade challenges from Canada and Mexico.

National

Obama offers deal to illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON—If you took the millions of people touched by U.S. President Barack Obama’s immigration announcement yesterday and gathered them together, their ranks would rival the population of Canada.

Technology

Snoop alert: Regulators warn that Russian website posts video from home cams, baby monitors

LONDON — A child playing in Bucheon, South Korea. An empty crib in Absecon, New Jersey. Cattle feeding in Behamberg, Austria. Footage from more than 100 countries is being streamed from bedrooms, office buildings, shops, laundromats, stables and barns.

Health & Wellness

McKinsey report says global obesity costs hit $2 trillion, nearly as much as smoking

LONDON — A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute says that the global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism.
The report released Thursday focused on the economics of obesity and says 2.1 billion people — some 30 per cent of the global population — are overweight or obese.

International

No nut too tough: Oregon holiday festival commissions 41-foot, 16,000-pound nutcracker

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Sponsors of the annual holiday festival near Roseburg have commissioned a whopper of a centerpiece — a wooden nutcracker intended to stand 41 feet tall, weigh more than 16,000 pounds and work its jaw with enough force to crush coconuts.
The statue was created by a Willamette Valley woodworker using chain saws, The News-Review (http://bit.ly/1AoMDx3) reported.

Science

European comet probe starts drilling

BERLIN—A European probe has begun drilling into a comet to collect scientific data, but mission controllers said Friday that battery issues may make it impossible—at least for now—to access that information.

People

Lawsuit, documents reveal years of police surveillance on British journalists

LONDON — In January, freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail.

Life

NJ politicians told to polish up on one-liners, humour makes them appear more approachable

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — It’s the kind of seminar that ambitious civil servant Leslie Knope of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” would have circled on her calendar months in advance.