Saturday, December 20, 2014


Police: dog causes rifle to discharge and injure a 46-year-old man in northern Wyoming

SHERIDAN, Wyo. — Police say a rifle discharged after a dog apparently stepped on it, injuring a 46-year-old man in northern Wyoming.
Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek (KAHS’-eh-sec) said Richard L. Fipps, of Sheridan, was struck in the arm by a bullet on Monday.
He says the injury is not life-threatening but Fipps is being treated in a hospital in Billings, Montana.

Ford House discloses 2013 sale of Paul Cezanne painting to private buyer for $100 million

GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. — The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House has sold an oil painting by French post-impressionist artist Paul Cezanne to a private buyer for $100 million.

Cubans hope for better future with renewal of relations with US

HAVANA, Cuba — Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they’ll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being.

Exiles express outrage, surprise and support for US-Cuba plans to normalize relations

MIAMI — When Cuban and American leaders announced they would restore diplomatic relations after a standoff lasting more than a half-century, all eyes in the U.S. immediately turned to Miami, where many expected the country’s largest population of Cuban exiles to pour angrily into the streets.

Flap over US-produced steel casts shadow over Alaska ferry project on Canadian soil

JUNEAU, Alaska — A U.S. requirement that American steel be used to update an Alaska ferry terminal is causing some tension with Canadian officials, potentially threatening the project.

Obama says US will normalize relations with Cuba, ending half-century ‘outdated approach’

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday and declared an end to America’s “outdated approach” to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.

Britain tells UK tourists headed to UAE for holiday: ‘No holding of hands or Christmas kisses’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Britain wants to make sure its citizens are more nice than naughty while soaking up the Persian Gulf sun this holiday season.

Powdered alcohol bans afoot

DENVER—Powdered alcohol hasn’t even arrived in stores yet but states already are moving to ban the product touted by its inventor as an easy way to mix a drink on the go.
Colorado is the latest state considering prohibiting “Palcohol” amid concern it will increase under-age drinking.
The product is marketed as an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form, which then is added to water.

Mostly children among victims of school attack

PESHAWAR, Pakistan—Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar today, killing at least 141 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over.
The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the school, which instructs Grades 1-10.

Holy cow! Vatican plans to let public visit pope’s working farm in unused papal summer retreat

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — Pope Francis is opening the doors to an earthly paradise: the working farm at the papal summer residence here that produces the dairy, meat and vegetables for the pope and his staff.

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