Friday, July 3, 2015

National

Robot kills worker

BERLIN—A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen’s production plants in Germany, the automaker said yesterday.
The man died Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 100 km north of Frankfurt, VW spokesman Heiko Hillwig said.
The 22-year-old was part of a team that was setting up the stationary robot when it grabbed and crushed him against a metal plate, Hillwig noted.

Another flight diverted

CALGARY—A bomb threat believed to be a hoax prompted WestJet to divert a Vancouver-to-Toronto flight to Calgary last night.
WestJet said flight WS722 landed safely and the 30 passengers and five crew members on board exited the aircraft via stairs.

Cannabis Day protest turns violent

VANCOUVER—The organizer of an annual marijuana protest in downtown Vancouver is blaming the city for an outbreak of violence that led to several protesters being arrested on Canada Day.
Longtime pot activist Jodie Emery said this is the first time in the 20-year history of Cannabis Day that the event has experienced any confrontation with police.

Eichel signs pro contract

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Jack Eichel is eager to begin his NHL career.
Eichel, the 18-year-old centre selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres in last week’s draft, signed his first professional contract yesterday—opting to skip his final three years of college hockey.
“I couldn’t be more excited about it,” Eichel said during his introductory press conference at First Niagara Center.

Politicians give nod to looming federal election

OTTAWA—Canada’s federal leaders were waving the flag and priming their political messages yesterday on a Canada Day that landed smack in the build-up to this year’s election campaign.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered the traditional midday remarks from Parliament Hill’s main stage, but also borrowed a line from his 2011 stump speech.

Smoke making fires less volatile

REGINA—The number of people forced from their homes by Saskatchewan wildfire smoke continues to climb, but a provincial official says the smoke now is so thick that it’s actually helping control the fires.
Steve Roberts, with Saskatchewan’s environment ministry, said the layer of smoke that covers the northern part of the province has blocked out direct sunlight.

Increased influence of Muslim vote being seen

OTTAWA—This past spring, 21 Toronto-area imams used a Friday sermon for a singular message: the need for Muslims to vote in the federal election this fall.
The decision to make the unprecedented political pitch—imams generally shy away from politics—was spurred by new research showing a record half-million Muslims now are eligible to cast a ballot.

Buschs finish 1-2

SONOMA, Calif.—After two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Busch spent an evening icing his surgically-repaired left foot.
He repeated the routine the night before yesterday’s race—all in an effort to minimize pain and give himself the best chance to pick up a much-needed victory.

Crossing alerts coming

LOS ANGELES—The federal agency that oversees railroads is asking digital mapping companies to alert users as they approach track crossings.
The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration announced today that, so far, Google has agreed.
The effort comes as deaths from train-on-vehicle collisions increased in 2014 over 2013—a rare rise in recent years.

Second escapee nabbed after being shot by cop

MALONE, N.Y.—The escaped murderer who was shot by a state trooper near the Canadian border is in “critical but stable” condition at an Albany hospital, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today.
Cuomo told CNN that David Sweat’s condition initially was listed in stable condition but was downgraded to critical after being flown to Albany Medical Center last night.

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