Thursday, July 30, 2015

Global News

Sports

Jays, Rockies swap shortstops

DENVER—The Blue Jays have confirmed the trade that will bring star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto.
The Jays are sending shortstop Jose Reyes to the Colorado Rockies for Tulowitzki and 42-year-old reliever LaTroy Hawkins.
In addition to Reyes, the Jays also give up reliever Miguel Castro and minor-league pitchers Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco.

Business

Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back 500,000 Ram pickups; biggest such action in US history

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers more than 500,000 Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles in the biggest such action in U.S. history as part of a costly deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two dozen recalls.

National

Chow back for federal run

TORONTO—Former MP Olivia Chow is making a comeback to the NDP ahead of the upcoming federal election.
Chow announced today she was running in the new Toronto riding of Spadina-Fort York.
“I believe every one here deserves the positive change an NDP government can bring,” she said.
“I’m ready to bring my leadership and my experience as part of that change.”

Technology

Scientists and tech gurus warn of arms race in ‘killer robots’ using artificial intelligence

LONDON — Scientists and tech experts — including Prof. Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence.

Health & Wellness

As more Canadians survive strokes, more live with stroke-induced disabilities

TORONTO — A new study suggests the number of Canadians living with stroke-induced disabilities will rise substantially over the next couple of decades.
More people are surviving strokes — a good news story about what can be a devastating and even fatal attack on the brain.

International

2 Zimbabweans arrested, American being sought for killing of protected lion named Cecil

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others.

Science

El Nino’s multi-billion dollar vagaries: Godsend for California, disaster for Peru, Indonesia

WASHINGTON — In California, they’re counting on it to end an historic drought; in Peru, they’ve already declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. It’s both an economic stimulus and a recession-maker. And it’s likely to increase the price of coffee, chocolate and sugar.

People

Canadian math whiz wins math Olympiad for high school students

TORONTO — The name Alex Song is spoken in reverential tones in Canadian mathematical circles.
The 18-year-old won the International Mathematical Olympiad in Thailand in mid-July, achieving the rare perfect score in the two-day competition against more than 600 high school competitors from 104 countries.

Life

Former 41-pound fat cat in Texas slims down to 19 pounds, gets closer to ‘Skinny’ name

DALLAS — A former 41-pound (18.6-kilogram) cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.
Dr. Brittney Barton says the orange tabby she adopted in 2013 has slimmed down to 19 pounds (8.6 kilograms) with exercise and a special diet. Barton calls Skinny the “resident cat” at her practice, HEAL Veterinary Hospital.