Sunday, May 24, 2015


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.

The Republican reversal on the Iraq war, 12 years later: OK, it was a mistake

WASHINGTON — It’s perhaps fitting that a member of the Bush family has achieved in a few days something that seemed unattainable for years: getting Republicans to declare that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was, after all, a big mistake.
Republican presidential candidates have been lining up to call it an error.

Police: Florida burglar breaks into house, falls asleep on couch

SARASOTA, Fla. — Police in Sarasota, Florida, have arrested a man they say broke into a home, then fell asleep on the couch.
The Bradenton Herald ( ) reports 29-year-old Timothy Bontrager was arrested Saturday morning.

Cannes steps into trouble with high heels dress code for women on red carpet

CANNES, France — The Cannes Film Festival is coming under scrutiny for its strict dress code after women not wearing high heels were turned away from a premiere.

South African rider hits dead buffalo in Johannesburg area, calls it ‘only in Africa’ accident

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Cyclists in South Africa’s biggest city usually worry about getting hit by vehicles. But one cyclist rode into an unexpected obstacle in Johannesburg’s suburbs: a dead buffalo.

Kayaker: It’s David vs. Goliath as group protests Shell’s Arctic drill rig mooring off Seattle

SEATTLE — As a massive oil drill rig moved into Seattle, about two dozen activists in kayaks paddled to the middle of Elliott Bay, linked boats and unfurled a banner to make a stand against Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to open a new frontier of fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic Ocean.

Baltic countries request permanent NATO troops as deterrent amid tensions with Russia

VILNIUS, Lithuania — The three Baltic countries are asking NATO to permanently deploy an army brigade to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as a deterrent against an increasingly assertive Russia.

Officials say train in Philadelphia wreck was hurtling over 160 kph; death toll climbs to 7

PHILADELPHIA — The Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, was hurtling at more than 100 mph (160 kph) before it ran off the rails along a sharp curve where the speed limit is just 50 mph (80 kph), federal investigators said Wednesday.

Irresistible and Earth-friendly: Horse-drawn trash service delights 2 Vermont towns

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The average garbage truck uses about 300 horsepower, but one Vermont service is getting the job done the old-fashioned way: two horsepower.
Each week, two draft horses named Jake and Jerry clip-clop through the neighbourhoods of Middlebury, while Patrick Palmer or two employees toss garbage bags and recycling left at the curbside onto the cart.

Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia, killing 5 people; passengers crawl out windows

PHILADELPHIA — An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, mangling the front of it, killing at least five people and injuring several more. Some passengers climbed out of windows to get away.
Mayor Michael Nutter, who confirmed the deaths, said the scene was horrific.

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