Friday, July 31, 2015

Global News

Sports

1984 Olympic Torch carried by Bruce Jenner fetches $24,000 at sports memorabilia auction

NEW YORK — The 1984 Summer Olympic Torch that Bruce Jenner carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada, sold for just under $24,000 at an auction of sports memorabilia Thursday.
The 24-inch Olympic torch was the first major piece of Jenner memorabilia to go to auction since the winner of the 1976 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal became Caitlyn Jenner. It had a presale estimate of $20,000.

Business

Canada’s frustrating dairy hardball could slow TPP talks, says New Zealand envoy

OTTAWA — Other parties around the bargaining table are growing exasperated with Canada for stonewalling their demands to pry open its dairy market as part of a major global free-trade deal.

National

Tories anxious to ink deal

OTTAWA—The Conservatives anxiously are hoping to sign off on a massive free-trade deal before kicking off an election campaign that’s expected to start as early as Sunday.
The federal government is at the negotiating table in Hawaii, where Trans-Pacific Partnership talks reportedly are in their final stages for a deal that could have political implications during the election campaign.

Technology

Scientists and tech gurus warn of arms race in ‘killer robots’ using artificial intelligence

LONDON — Scientists and tech experts — including Prof. Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence.

Health & Wellness

Health Canada OKs abortion pill

TORONTO—A quarter-century after women in France first were given access to it, the abortion drug known as RU-486 finally is going to be available in Canada.
Health Canada confirmed late yesterday that it had approved the drug for use here—two-and-a-half years after the manufacturer’s application was submitted.
Women will need to obtain a prescription from a doctor to purchase the drug.

International

Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics, defeating Almaty in IOC vote

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Beijing was selected Friday to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, defeating the bid from Almaty in a surprisingly close vote to become the first city awarded both the winter and summer games.

Science

El Nino’s multi-billion dollar vagaries: Godsend for California, disaster for Peru, Indonesia

WASHINGTON — In California, they’re counting on it to end an historic drought; in Peru, they’ve already declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. It’s both an economic stimulus and a recession-maker. And it’s likely to increase the price of coffee, chocolate and sugar.

People

Canadian math whiz wins math Olympiad for high school students

TORONTO — The name Alex Song is spoken in reverential tones in Canadian mathematical circles.
The 18-year-old won the International Mathematical Olympiad in Thailand in mid-July, achieving the rare perfect score in the two-day competition against more than 600 high school competitors from 104 countries.

Life

Former 41-pound fat cat in Texas slims down to 19 pounds, gets closer to ‘Skinny’ name

DALLAS — A former 41-pound (18.6-kilogram) cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.
Dr. Brittney Barton says the orange tabby she adopted in 2013 has slimmed down to 19 pounds (8.6 kilograms) with exercise and a special diet. Barton calls Skinny the “resident cat” at her practice, HEAL Veterinary Hospital.