Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Global News

Sports

Harrington gets shot at redemption

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—Even in the midst of a drought so long it looked as though Padraig Harrington’s best golf was behind him, he never stopped working.

Business

Airlines ban rechargeable battery shipments as evidence of fire, explosion risks mount

WASHINGTON — Some of the world’s largest airlines are banning bulk shipments of rechargeable batteries in the face of mounting evidence of their potential to cause catastrophic in-flight fires.

National

Thousands mourn slain critic

MOSCOW—One by one, thousands of mourners and dignitaries filed past the white-lined coffin of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov today, many offering flowers as they paid their last respects to one of the most prominent figures of Russia’s beleaguered opposition.

Technology

Charity crowdfunding success linked to self-expression through social media

VANCOUVER — Julia Hawkins offers a simple explanation for why she set up an online crowdfunding campaign that brought in $22,000 for a severely beaten homeless man, who she had previously seen a few times near where she works in Cape Breton.
“I just like helping people,” said Hawkins, a soft-spoken woman from Little Pond, N.S.
“He seemed like a really nice guy. I liked his dog.”

Health & Wellness

Philips Lifeline recalls help button pendants with non-breakaway neck cords

OTTAWA — Philips Lifeline is recalling the non-breakaway neck cord version of its help button pendants.
Cords without the breakaway design could pose a strangulation risk if the cord gets caught on a wheelchair, walker or other protruding objects.
Health Canada and the company have had two reports of deaths in Canada since 2009 that were possibly related to the affected products.

International

Mourners line up to view body of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov

MOSCOW — One by one, thousands of mourners and dignitaries filed past the white-lined coffin of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov on Tuesday, many offering flowers as they paid their last respects to one of the most prominent figures of Russia’s beleaguered opposition.

Science

SpaceX launches deep-space observatory on 3rd try, nixes rocket-landing test due to rough seas

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched an observatory inspired by former Vice-President Al Gore toward a solar-storm lookout point a million miles away Wednesday.
The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on the third try in four days, successfully hoisting the spacecraft for NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Air Force.

People

Missing boy found

TORONTO—Police say a three-year-old Toronto boy has been rushed to hospital after wandering away from an apartment building into bitterly-cold temperatures overnight.
A police detective says the boy—named Elijah—was found outside without vital signs but there is no word on his condition.

Life

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.