Thursday, September 18, 2014

Global News

Sports

Vikings place Peterson on exempt list, must stay away from team while legal process unfolds

MINNEAPOLIS — After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

Business

Major sponsors join chorus of disapproval over NFL but stop short of pulling ads

Major sponsors including Anheuser-Busch are adding to the chorus of disapproval over the National Football League’s recent scandals but the companies are stopping short of pulling advertising.

National

Defining ‘non-combat deployment’ in fight with ISIL a tricky proposition, expert

OTTAWA — The phrase “boots on the ground” is a well-worn stand-in for “war” — a word nobody wanted to use Tuesday as MPs gathered for an emergency debate on the decision to join the fight against militants in the Middle East.

Technology

NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to carry astronauts to space station by 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.
On Tuesday, the space agency announced it has picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years.

Health & Wellness

Virus spike ‘normal’

EDMONTON—Alberta’s medical officer of health says a recent spike in the number of children with respiratory illness is pretty normal for this time of year.
Dr. James Talbot said Alberta tested 100 samples from children under 18 who were admitted to hospitals across the province in the first 10 days of September.

International

Cleared of murder, Oscar Pistorius is convicted of culpable homicide in girlfriend’s killing

PRETORIA, South Africa — A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing.

Science

25 years after CF gene isolated, researchers still building on its discovery

TORONTO — Twenty-five years ago this month, the medical world was turned on its ear with the isolation of the gene that causes cystic fibrosis, a devastating inherited disease that usually killed children by their late teens.

People

Pope now focuses on grandparents after celebrating newlyweds in run-up to big family meeting

VATICAN CITY — First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a special Mass for grandparents.

Life

Hockey teen nets rights goal: Transgender players can choose dressing room

TORONTO — Minor hockey players in Ontario are now able to choose a dressing room based on whether they see themselves as male or female following settlement of a human rights complaint against Hockey Canada.
The agreement, which also includes an educational component, is aimed at protecting young transgender players from discrimination and harassment.