Sunday, July 5, 2015

Global News


Bombers routed in home-opener

WINNIPEG—Drew Willy’s night didn’t go as planned.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ quarterback was forced to watch most of his team’s home-opener from the players’ tunnel as they lost 52-26 to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last night.


BP agrees to record settlement, estimates total cost of Gulf spill will reach $53.8 billion

NEW ORLEANS — Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion.


Smoke hampers firefighting

Heavy smoke is hampering the fighting of wildfires that are threatening some communities in northern Saskatchewan.
Premier Brad Wall said smoke in the La Ronge area has grounded aircraft that have been battling the flames.
Wall met a group of firefighters and thanked them for their efforts.


Solar-powered airplane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking 5-day flight from Japan

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — A plane powered by the sun’s rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

Health & Wellness

National cord-blood bank will provide stem cells to treat host of diseases

TORONTO — Canadian Blood Services officially launched a national public cord-blood bank Thursday, with the goal of collecting and preserving samples that reflect the country’s broad ethnic diversity.


Russian cargo ship lifts off to International Space Station, vital success after 2 failures

MOSCOW — A Russian booster rocket on Friday successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions.


Federal report: Polar bears unlikely to recover unless humans reverse global warming

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don’t reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said.


Honeymoon is over for penniless Greek couple in NYC, begging after bank cards were declined

NEW YORK — Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis’ long-planned “dream trip” to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless.
“We were hungry, and I cried for two days,” Limnioti said. “I felt homeless in New York.”


In Minneapolis, East African girls level the playing field with culturally sensitive uniforms

MINNEAPOLIS — Girls in stylish athletic wear walk the runway as the sounds of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry blare from speakers. The crowd claps and cheers as the young models strike poses with basketballs, lacrosse sticks and boxing gloves. Finally, the big reveal: the Lady Warriors community travelling basketball team takes the stage in their cardinal red uniforms.