Friday, August 22, 2014


Ice bucket challenge charity stunt goes wrong when 4 firefighters shocked by power line

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck’s ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an “ice bucket challenge.”

Strangers, friends make wedding happen for Saskatchewan woman with Stage 4 cancer

EDMONTON — A 28-year-old Saskatchewan woman who is battling terminal stomach cancer has tied the knot with the man of her dreams, thanks to the generosity of strangers.
Surrounded by a small group of family, close friends and their five children, Megan Wolfe and Josh Melnyk got married Wednesday afternoon at the posh Union Bank Inn in Edmonton.

111-year-old Japanese retired educator who enjoys poetry recognized as the world’s oldest man

TOKYO — A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world’s oldest living man.
Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness World Records on Wednesday. He succeeds Alexander Imich of New York, who died in June at the age of 111 years, 164 days.
The world’s oldest living person is also Japanese: Misao Okawa, a 116-year-old woman from Osaka.

Sweet job: Cambridge University seeks doctoral student to study the fundamentals of chocolate

LONDON — Is there a doctor of chocolate in the house?
Cambridge University in England is seeking a doctoral student to pursue what sounds like, at first bite, the sweetest job in the world: to study the fundamentals of chocolate.

W-I-N-N-E-R! 24-year-old Oregon man, No. 2 seed, wins national Scrabble championship, $10,000

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Conrad Bassett-Bouchard started his championship Scrabble game Wednesday with the word “zilch” and finished with the opposite — the $10,000 prize and the title of national Scrabble champion.

Pope kicks off new effort to boost missionary spirit in Asia with trip to South Korea

VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis was a young Jesuit, he wanted to follow in the great Jesuit tradition and become a missionary in Asia. Health problems kept him home, but he is finally getting his chance, travelling to Asia as the world’s most visible and popular Catholic missionary.

Edward Snowden’s lawyer says Snowden gets permission to stay in Russia for 3 more years

MOSCOW — NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted permission to stay in Russia for three more years, his lawyer said Thursday.
Snowden last year was granted temporary asylum of one year in Russia, but that ran out on Aug. 1.

Married nearly 62 years, couple from Bakersfield, California, dies just 4 hours apart

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — After nearly 62 years of marriage, little separated Don and Maxine Simpson — not even death.
The California couple died just four hours apart in July, spending their last moments side by side. He was 90 and she was 87.

5-year-old loses re-election to teenager as mayor of tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota

DORSET, Minn. — A 5-year-old boy’s run as mayor is over in a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota.
Robert “Bobby” Tufts lost his bid for a third consecutive term as mayor of Dorset on Sunday. Eric Mueller, a 16-year-old from Mendota Heights, Minnesota, won when his name was drawn from the ballot box during the annual Taste of Dorset festival.

Trinity Arsenault of St. Catharines youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario

TORONTO — A 14-year old St. Catharines, Ont., girl has become the youngest person on record to make the 52-kilometre swim across Lake Ontario.
Trinity Arsenault set out just after 6 p.m. Sunday from Niagara-on-the-Lake.
She arrived at Toronto’s Marilyn Bell Park about 24 hours later.
The park is named for the first person to swim across the lake, in 1954.

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