Monday, September 15, 2014


Cleared of murder, Oscar Pistorius is convicted of culpable homicide in girlfriend’s killing

PRETORIA, South Africa — A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing.

Oscar Pistorius murder trial: Judge says athlete cannot be found guilty of murder

PRETORIA, South Africa — The judge in Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial appeared to be heading for a culpable homicide finding Thursday after ruling out both premeditated murder and murder verdicts in the shooting death of the double-amputee Olympic athlete’s girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

New York City condo building to offer $1 million parking spots; that’s $6,666 per square foot

NEW YORK — A condo development in New York City’s pricy SoHo neighbourhood is charging for a parking spot as much as it would cost to buy a nice house in Dallas or Seattle — $1 million.

High-tech survey looks beneath Stonehenge, finds previously unknown monuments

LONDON — A high-tech survey reveals that there is more to Stonehenge than meets the eye, finding previously unknown monuments.
Researchers have produced digital maps of what’s beneath the World Heritage Site, using ground-penetrating radar, high-resolution magnetometers and other techniques to peer deep into the soil.

New currency for a new country? Scotland faces range of options, risks if it breaks from UK

There’ll be no going back if Scotland votes for independence from the United Kingdom on Sept. 18.
Opinion polls showing that may happen have prompted investors to sell off the British pound. If a knockout blow is dealt to Scotland’s 307-year union with England, that selling could accelerate as the U.K. plunges into a constitutional crisis.

With polls tight on Scottish independence, rest of UK worries about risks of breakaway

BERWICK-UPON-TWEED, England — All Gavin Jones has to do is scan the shelves of his impossibly quaint shop on England’s border with Scotland to know he’ll have a big problem if the Scots declare independence next week.

Canadian Ebola mobile laboratory team heads back to Sierra Leone

TORONTO — Canada is sending its mobile Ebola laboratory back into action in Sierra Leone.
The Public Health Agency of Canada said that the team had left Saturday to resume running a lab that supports an Ebola treatment centre at Kailahun, in eastern Sierra Leone.

Harvard’s school of public health to receive $350M gift, largest ever for university

BOSTON — Harvard University’s School of Public Health is receiving the largest single gift in the university’s long history.
The $350 million endowment, to be formally announced Monday, comes from a philanthropic foundation established by the family of the late Hong Kong real estate developer T.H. Chan.

:France recalls centennial of ‘Taxis of the Marne,’ desperate operation to save Paris in WWI

PARIS — The next time you flag a taxi on a crowded city street, spare a thought for the cabbie — and perhaps consider a bigger tip.
Weeks after World War I erupted, with the capital under threat from German invaders, French military chiefs devised a novel way for soldiers to travel to the front lines: by taxi.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issues warning as lava approaches Big Island community

HONOLULU — Residents in a rural, isolated region of Hawaii’s Big Island still reeling from a recent tropical storm turned their attention to a potential new disaster Thursday as scientists warned that a lava flow from a nearby volcano had moved closer to homes.

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