Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Global News

Sports

Steelers stun Texans

PITTSBURGH—The deluge started with a desperation third-down heave—a trickle that turned into a downpour and led to another abrupt turn in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ confounding season.
Good one week and lousy the next, Pittsburgh managed to be both in a 30-23 victory last night over the mistake-prone Houston Texans.

Business

Canadians plan to do more holiday shopping online this year: poll

TORONTO — Canadian consumers have been shopping online more frequently this year and plan to hit the web for more of their gift buying this December, suggests a recent survey.

National

Changing rainfall problem for entire globe

Siberian wildfires so intense they melted the permafrost beneath them.
Flooding in Alberta that paralyzed a major city.
Toxic algae blooms in Lake Winnipeg that have grown 1,000 percent since 1990.
They’re all linked, say the authors of a new United Nations-sponsored book entitled “Water, Energy and the Arab Awakening,” which was released yesterday.

Technology

FBI director: Cellphone encryption has “very serious consequences”

WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.

Health & Wellness

Non-cow’s milk linked to lower vitamin D in kids

TORONTO—Children who drink non-dairy milk products such as rice, almond, or soy milk may have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood than those who drink cow’s milk, a study suggests.

International

Russian investigators: driver of snowplow that hit plane, killing Total CEO, was drunk

MOSCOW — The CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed at a Moscow airport when his corporate jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday.
Total confirmed “with deep regret and sadness” that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in the crash at Moscow’s Vnukoko airport.

Science

Not so scary now: New bones show mysterious dinosaur was really a goofy duckbill giant

WASHINGTON — Nearly 50 years ago, scientists found bones of two large, powerful dinosaur arms in Mongolia and figured they had discovered a fearsome critter with killer claws.
Now scientists have found the rest of the dinosaur and have new descriptions for it: goofy and weird.

People

Missouri funeral director sending dad’s ashes out with a bang as part of fireworks display

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Missouri funeral director is sending his father out with a bang. His father’s ashes, anyway.
Greenlawn Funeral Homes will hold its first Firework Memorial program on Saturday night, when fireworks packed with James Carver’s cremated remains will be launched skyward as part of his family’s goodbye.

Life

Canadians vote hands down for Jalapeno Mac ‘N Cheese potato chips

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Jalapeno Mac N’ Cheese beat the competition to become Canadians’ preferred flavour in a potato chip contest.
Randall Litman of Calgary, who came up with the winning combination, takes home $50,000 plus one per cent of future sales of Jalapeno Mac N’ Cheese on Lay’s Wavy, Lay’s Canada announced Tuesday.