Friday, December 19, 2014

Global News

Sports

Raptors set team record for fastest time to 20 wins

TORONTO—Patrick Patterson said the memory of last year’s Raptors’ playoff run, and the heart-breaking way it ended, was on his mind from the moment he woke up yesterday morning.
If last night was a chance at payback, the Raptors accomplished it with a slam dunk—a 105-89 rout of the rival Brooklyn Nets.

Business

A stronger Cuban economy could eventually benefit Canada’s, say experts

OTTAWA — Experts believe closer ties between the United States and Cuba will eventually make economic waves for Canadian business, though it remains unclear who stands to benefit — or lose out.

National

Black teen’s execution ‘great injustice’: judge

COLUMBIA, S.C.—More than 70 years after the state of South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair after the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out his conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

Technology

Sony axes movie release

NEW YORK—The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures, which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea, may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.
The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel release of the North Korean spoof movie “The Interview.”

Health & Wellness

Access to palliative care needed for all those nearing end of life, says report

TORONTO — Dramatic improvements are needed to provide quality palliative care for all patients facing the end of their lives, including boosting the number of health providers trained in specialized care of the dying, says an Ontario health advisory agency.

International

Cubans hope for better future with renewal of relations with US

HAVANA, Cuba — Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they’ll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being.

Science

Pittsburgh firm offers ‘moon mail’ delivery to help fund lunar rover mission in Google contest

PITTSBURGH — An outer-space delivery firm that is working with Carnegie Mellon University to put a privately owned lunar rover on the moon is offering to “mail” personal keepsakes to the moon as a way to help fund the partnership’s rocket launch.

People

Mystery man hands out $100 bills to workers at pair of Massachusetts coffee shops

BARNSTABLE, Mass. — A generous mystery man has made the holiday season a little brighter for employees of two Massachusetts coffee shops.
A man wearing a cowboy hat walked into Marylou’s in Hyannis on Saturday and handed the worker behind the counter 15 envelopes, each containing a crisp $100 bill.

Life

City’s ugly Christmas tree gets the Charlie Brown treatment - and offers a seasonal message

READING, Pa. — Reading’s official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief.