Saturday, August 1, 2015


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.

Cdn. man, 91, confesses to 1946 murder of British prostitute, newspaper reports

TORONTO — A British newspaper says a 91-year-old man living in Ontario has confessed to the slaying of a prostitute in London in 1946.
The Sun says detectives travelled to Canada to interview the man and he reportedly picked out a photo of 26-year-old Margaret Cook — his alleged victim.

Grand jury testimony from brother of Ethel Rosenberg unsealed in Cold War spying case

WASHINGTON — The brother of Ethel Rosenberg, who was a star trial witness against his sister and brother-in-law in a sensational Cold War atomic spying case, never implicated his sister in an earlier appearance before a grand jury and said that they had never discussed her role “at all,” according to secret court records unsealed Wednesday.

US soldiers opting out of war finding Canada less hospitable than Vietnam-era resisters

BUFFALO, N.Y. — When Army Sgt. Patrick Hart decided a decade ago that he would not serve in the war in Iraq, he expected to follow the same path as thousands of American war resisters during the Vietnam era and take refuge across the border.
But after five years of wrangling with the Canadian immigration system, he came back to the U.S. — and ended up in a military prison.

Lawyers: Cosby’s sedatives-before-sex admission could bolster women’s claims, defamation suit

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby’s admission that he obtained quaaludes to give young women he was pursuing for sex could bolster defamation claims lodged by his accusers, the women’s lawyers said after The Associated Press reported on newly released court documents.

Ballerina Misty Copeland to make her Broadway debut in ‘On the Town’ this summer

NEW YORK — Ballerina Misty Copeland, who just became the first African-American woman to be a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, has another breakthrough planned — a debut on Broadway.

Honeymoon is over for penniless Greek couple in NYC, begging after bank cards were declined

NEW YORK — Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis’ long-planned “dream trip” to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless.
“We were hungry, and I cried for two days,” Limnioti said. “I felt homeless in New York.”

Dolphin jumps onto boat, knocking over and injuring California woman; family releases animal

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A dolphin leaped onto a boat in Southern California, crashing into a woman and breaking both her ankles.
Chrissie Frickman was boating with her husband and two children June 21 when a pod of dolphins swam alongside them. One of the animals jumped on the vessel, knocking Frickman over and landing on her legs.

Canadian harness maker keeps historic business alive, builds big name abroad

TORONTO — David Freedman routinely rubs shoulders with royals, spends plenty of time with celebrities and travels to the world’s most elite equestrian events, all the while selling his handmade harnesses, saddles and other leather goods.
But the 51-year-old’s Toronto-based business — Freedman’s — isn’t exactly a household name in Canada.

Celebs Deadmau5, Jann Arden to judge Tim Hortons doughnut contest

OAKVILLE, Ont. — One lucky Canadian will be able to add their dream doughnut to the Tim Hortons menu and walk away with $10,000 as winner of the Duelling Donuts contest, launched Wednesday by the coffee chain.
Home chefs have until July 21 to concoct a unique doughnut idea inspired by a family recipe.

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