Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Alberta battling wildfires

WABASCA, Alta.—Wildfires have forced about 2,000 people from their homes in northern Alberta.
Cyndi Taron, director of emergency management with the Municipal District of Opportunity, said a state of emergency was put in place Sunday night for the area, 330 km north of Edmonton.

Vineyards assessing frost damage to crops

TORONTO—Vineyard owners in parts of southern Ontario are assessing the damage from a record-breaking plunge into cold weather that some growers say has devastated their grape crops.
Both Prince Edward County and the Niagara region were hit with unseasonably-low temperatures over the weekend that sent farmers scrambling to prevent frost from killing their fruit.

Wind fanning wildfire

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.—An unexpected spike in wind has spoiled the prospect of better firefighting conditions in B.C.’s Central Interior, where crews are struggling to make headway against the first major blaze of this year’s fire season.

Dog eats live ammo

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark.—An Arkansas veterinarian has kept a dog from going out with a bang after the animal ate 23 live rifle rounds.
“Benno,” a four-year-old Belgian Malinois, had surgery earlier this month to remove the .308 calibre ammunition from his stomach, The Baxter Bulletin reported.

Skunk, groundhog blamed for damage to cemetery in small Maine community

ROXBURY, Maine — A couple of varmint vandals are hitting a small western Maine town hard.
A skunk and a groundhog have caused damage to three flat stone markers at a cemetery in Roxbury, a town with a population of fewer than 400 residents.

Picasso painting sets world record for art at auction, sells in New York for $179 million

NEW YORK — A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179 million on Monday night.

Emma, Noah top list of most popular baby names in 2014; Aranza, Bode jump in popularity

WASHINGTON — Emma is back.
After slipping from the top of the most popular baby names six years ago, Emma was back at No. 1 in 2014. Noah was the top baby name for boys for the second year in a row.
The Social Security Administration released the annual list of top baby names Friday. Emma was followed by Olivia, Sophia, Isabella and Ava. Noah was followed by Liam, Mason, Jacob and William.

Hotel eyeing rooftop beehives

WINNIPEG—Winnipeg city council has been asked to change a zoning bylaw so that beehives can be placed on the roof of the downtown Fort Garry Hotel.
Petitioner James Patterson said he’d like to put five hives on top of the hotel, which could accommodate as many as 40,000 bees each.

Early start to storm season

MIAMI—The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season was drifting toward the U.S. southeastern coast today after forming nearly a month before the season officially begins.
Subtropical storm Ana’s maximum sustained winds are near 75 km/h, with slight strengthening forecast during the next day or so.

Cheeseburgers, fries at the doorstep: Delivery marks next frontier for fast-food convenience

NEW YORK — On the same day McDonald’s said it would begin testing delivery in New York, an order placed for two cheeseburgers, two large fries and a vanilla shake took about a half-hour to arrive at The Associated Press headquarters.
The whipped cream on the shake was a little melted, and an order of apple slices was missing. But the burgers and fries were warm.

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