Friday, March 6, 2015


Interest in local beef is rising but fewer people want tough job of slaughtering, cutting meat

DES MOINES, Iowa — Kent Weise loves his work, but after 38 years slaughtering cattle, lugging carcasses that can weigh more than 1,000 pounds and slowly, methodically slicing cuts of meat, he understands why few people want to go into the business anymore.

Stumped on a baby name? Consultants help parents find ideal monikers for newborns

Celebrities may have cornered the market on unconventional baby names like Blue Ivy and North West, but a Swiss branding company is offering help to parents seeking unique monikers for newborns — for a significant price.
Erfolgswelle vows to create a brand-new first name — for US$31,000.

Canada to cover cost of new bridge

OTTAWA—The federal government says it has reached a funding arrangement for a major new bridge between Canada and the U.S. after years of sometimes-acrimonious delay.
Canada already had been planning to pay for 95 percent of a new bridge between Windsor, Ont. and Detroit, and now there’s an agreement that would cover the remaining portion for a customs plaza on the U.S. side.

100-carat ‘perfect’ diamond in classic emerald-cut coming to auction; estimate $19M to $25M

NEW YORK — A rare, 100-carat emerald-cut white diamond is going on the auction block in New York.
Sotheby’s says the internally flawless D colour gem is considered “perfect.”
It’s being offered on April 21 with a pre-sale estimate of $19 million to $25 million.

’Fifty Shades of Grey’ gets thumbs-down from religious, other groups who say it degrades women

BUFFALO, N.Y. — “Fifty Shades of Grey” hasn’t even opened in theatres yet but already it is getting a big thumbs-down from religious and other groups who say it is degrading to women and endorses sexual violence.

Police use stun gun to free stuck buck after 2 deer found in Minnesota with antlers entwined

SHOREWOOD, Minn. — Police in Minnesota used a stun gun to free a live buck that was stuck to a dead deer.
South Lake Minnetonka Police were called to the strange sight at a home in Shorewood in the Twin Cities area on Sunday morning. The antlers of the two bucks were locked together. One deer was dead and the other was thrashing around, trying to break free.

Boris the polar bear eating soft foods after getting 3 teeth pulled at Washington state zoo

TACOMA, Wash. — Boris the 29-year-old polar bear is eating only soft foods for a while after having surgery to remove three broken or decayed teeth at a Washington state zoo.

4 friends beat house 76 per cent of time to win $736,000 in ‘World Series of sports gambling’

LAS VEGAS — When four buddies bet they could beat the house in the “World Series of sports gambling,” no one — including them — expected they would be right 76 per cent of the time.

Mormon leaders call for nationwide measures protecting both gay rights and religious liberties

SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church issued a call Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while somehow also protecting those who suffer repercussions for asserting their religious beliefs toward these people.

Zoo offers new take on Valentines

SAN FRANCISCO—Feeling the sting of rejection?
The San Francisco Zoo is offering the chance to “adopt” a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honour of that special ex-someone for Valentine’s Day.

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