Monday, October 20, 2014

Global News

Sports

Giants back in World Series

SAN FRANCISCO—It was the “Shot That Shook the Bay.”
Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end an NL Championship Series—a three-run drive that sent San Francisco to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 last night.
These every-other-year Giants now will face the Royals in an all wild-card World Series that begins Tuesday night in Kansas City.

Business

Canadians plan to do more holiday shopping online this year: poll

TORONTO — Canadian consumers have been shopping online more frequently this year and plan to hit the web for more of their gift buying this December, suggests a recent survey.

National

Concert mark set

LAS VEGAS—An Irish pub on the Las Vegas Strip was expected to break a Guinness World Record after hosting more than two weeks of nearly non-stop live music.
The concert began Oct. 1 in the Ri Ra pub in The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay, and was expected to surpass the previous record at 1 p.m. yesterday.

Technology

FBI director: Cellphone encryption has “very serious consequences”

WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.

Health & Wellness

White House: Positive Ebola tests for 2 Texas health workers indicate ‘shortcomings’

WASHINGTON — The White House is conceding there were shortcomings in the response to an Ebola patient’s care in the state of Texas that has now resulted in two health care workers testing positive for the disease.

International

WHO says Nigeria’s Ebola outbreak is officially over, calls containment a spectacular success

ABUJA, Nigeria — The World Health Organization declared on Monday that Nigeria is free of Ebola, a rare victory in the months-long battle against the fatal disease.

Science

Comet to buzz Mars on fly-by

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—The heavens are hosting an event this weekend that occurs once in a million years or so.
A comet as hefty as a small mountain will pass mind-bogglingly close to Mars on Sunday, approaching within 140,000 km at a speed of 202,767 km/h.

People

Robotic exoskeleton helps paralyzed groom walk the aisle with his bride in upstate New York

DEWITT, N.Y. — New York resident Matt Ficarra has been paralyzed from the chest down since an accident three years ago, but that didn’t stop him from walking down the aisle.

Life

Instead of composting jack-o’-lanterns reuse in tasty pies or soup

VICTORIA — A different kind of pumpkin patch has grown along the streets and trails of Mount Doug Park in Saanich, B.C.
For the past five years residents have been dropping off their old jack-o’-lanterns after Halloween.