Thursday, October 2, 2014


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.

Miss New York chosen as Miss America 2015; 3rd year in a row for Empire state

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup.

With little info in the public domain, Rob Ford’s illness and prognosis unclear

TORONTO — The information provided by the hospital caring for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Wednesday evening was very vague — likely deliberately so.
A CT scan had revealed the mayor had a tumour in his abdomen. It was discovered after he complained of unbearable pain in the lower left quadrant of his torso, said Dr. Rueben Devlin, CEO of Humber River Hospital.

Rosa Parks’ archive lent to Library of Congress by son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of items from civil rights icon Rosa Parks that were long kept hidden away in a New York warehouse will have a new home at the Library of Congress for the next 10 years.

Calgary chef is silver medallist in contest featuring young chefs in South Africa

TORONTO — Calgary’s Rupert Garcia was the runner-up in an international competition involving chefs under the age of 27.
The 24-year-old from the Calgary Golf and Country Club was second in the mystery-box contest behind gold medallist Peter Lex of Hamburg, Germany. Jhao-Rong Fu of Taiwan took the bronze medal.

British royal couple expecting second child; Kate being treated for morning sickness

LONDON — Prince George is not going to be an only child for long — the toddler will soon have a baby sister or brother to share his fancy digs at Kensington Palace.
British royal officials said Monday that Prince William and the duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, are expecting their second child.

Women kayaking off Massachusetts looking for seals get a close encounter with a great white

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — A pleasant trip by two Massachusetts kayakers to check out some cute seals turned terrifying as the pair encountered a great white shark.

Half brothers freed after 3 decades in prison in US girl’s killing; DNA evidence clears them

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s longest-serving death row inmate and his younger half-brother walked out as free men Wednesday, three decades after they were convicted of raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl who DNA evidence shows may have been killed by another man.

US student gains rep as squirrel whisperer for feeding - and dressing up - animal

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A Penn State student is gaining an Internet reputation as a “squirrel whisperer” for befriending, feeding and dressing up a furry little friend she has named “Sneezy.”
Junior Mary Krupa tells WJAC-TV ( ) that she’s able to dress up the squirrel in party hats, or get Sneezy to hold doll-sized props, simply by feeding the animal.

Widower, 60, goes back to university to study the cancer that killed his wife

EDMONTON — Powel Crosley was lost after his wife died of a rare form of ovarian cancer.
But he felt compelled to carry on her fight somehow against the disease and to help find a treatment for others — so he went back to school.

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