Saturday, January 31, 2015

Life

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.

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.

Road salt ruling raises ire

TORONTO—A recent court ruling that awarded an Ontario farmer more than $100,000 for damages he claimed were caused by the local government’s use of road salt has raised the ire of municipalities across the province.
Joseph and Evelyn Steadman had sued the County of Lambton claiming road salt had damaged their crops and lowered the value of their farmland.

Pope strongly defends church teaching against artificial contraception at Manila family rally

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis issued his strongest defence yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception on Friday, using a rally in Asia’s largest Catholic nation to urge families to be “sanctuaries of respect for life.”

Gator seized

LOS ANGELES—An eight-foot alligator that was found in a box with two cat carcasses in a suburban L.A. backyard might have been living at the home for as long as 40 years, animal officials said yesterday.
“The homeowners said they have owned the alligator since it was a baby,” said Cmdr. Mark Salazar, director of field operations for Los Angeles Animal Services.

Appeals court rules quarter horse group can reject clones, overturning lower-court decision

AMARILLO, Texas — The United States’ pre-eminent quarter horse organization may refuse to register cloned animals, an appeals court ruled Wednesday in a case brought by two Texas ranchers.

Black lab in Seattle likes to hop on bus, take solo ride to her dog park stop

SEATTLE — A black Labrador named Eclipse just wants to get to the dog park. So if her owner takes too long finishing his cigarette, and their bus arrives, she climbs aboard solo and rides to her stop — to the delight of fellow Seattle bus passengers.

Snake found in motel

OWEN SOUND, Ont.—A central Ontario motel manager found a strange visitor lodging in one of the rooms over the weekend.
Police were called to the motel in Owen Sound on Saturday after the manager discovered a 1.5-metre-long super salmon boa constrictor.
Officers were able to wrangle the slithery customer and take it to a local pet store.

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