Saturday, September 20, 2014

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Sports

Jays’ playoff hopes all but dashed

NEW YORK—On the morning of June 7, the Toronto Blue Jays were 38-24 and led the AL East by six games.
Since then, they’ve sputtered to a 39-51 record and have little chance to end their two-decade-plus post-season drought.

Business

Inflation rate flat

OTTAWA—Canada’s annual inflation rate held steady at 2.1 percent in August, according to new Statistics Canada figures released today.
But many observers were caught off guard by an unexpected jump in another key indicator that helps the Bank of Canada decide if it should raise or lower interest rates.

National

Rob Ford musical satire premieres

TORONTO—Close to 200 people turned out for yesterday’s premiere of a musical satire about Toronto’s infamous mayor just hours after a cancer-stricken Rob Ford thanked well-wishers from his hospital bed for their support.

Technology

Telus swamped with requests for customer info

TORONTO—Telus Corp.’s first “transparency” report reveals the Vancouver-based telecom company received about 103,500 official requests for information about its customers last year.

Health & Wellness

A glance at some disputed passages in the bestselling book ‘Three Cups of Tea’

A glance at some disputed passages in the bestselling book ‘Three Cups of Tea’
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

International

Voters in Scotland reject independence in historic vote with unprecedented turnout

EDINBURGH — Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

Science

Falcons romp over Bucs

ATLANTA—Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and high-stepping Devin Hester led the Atlanta Falcons to one of the biggest wins in franchise history.
Ryan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 yards and a couple of scores, and Hester set an NFL record with his 20th return for a TD as the Falcons routed the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14 last night.

People

Pope now focuses on grandparents after celebrating newlyweds in run-up to big family meeting

VATICAN CITY — First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a special Mass for grandparents.

Life

Missing Jack Russell terrier from Pennsylvania found 3,000 miles away near Portland, Ore.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Jack Russell terrier that went missing from its Pennsylvania home has turned up at an animal shelter nearly 3,000 miles away.
A good Samaritan this month spotted the 7-year-old dog named Gidget wandering in the Portland suburb of Tualatin, and brought her to the Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter, said Deborah Wood, manager of Washington County Animal Services.