Wednesday, November 26, 2014

National

Baby bill decision reaffirmed

HUMBOLDT, Sask.—Saskatchewan Blue Cross says it won’t reverse its decision denying the claim of a family facing more than $900,000 in medical bills for an unexpected birth in Hawaii.
Instead, the insurance company said in a statement yesterday that Jennifer Huculak should seek help from the national independent insurance ombudsman.

Ferguson wakes to charred buildings

FERGUSON, Mo.—Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass this morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Firefighters doused the blackened remains of some businesses this morning and at least one building was still ablaze.

Harper earmarks funds for infrastructure

LONDON, Ont.—The government will spend $5.8 billion on “necessary” federal infrastructure improvements, including upgrades to on-reserve schools, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced yesterday.
Speaking at a research facility in London, Ont., Harper said the funding will go to projects that are expected to deliver quick results and create jobs in the near future.

One Direction, Katy Perry tops

American girls love British boys.
One Direction won artist of the year at the American Music Awards, taking home three honours and was the night’s big winner next to Katy Perry, who didn’t attend the show.
One Direction also won favourite band, duo or group (pop/rock) and favourite album (pop/rock) for “Midnight Memories” at the fan-voted show last night.

Winnipeg duo help down Jets

WINNIPEG—Ryan Reaves and Alex Steen ignited a happy homecoming party in enemy territory yesterday.
The Winnipeg-born players helped the St. Louis Blues double the Jets 4-2 in front of plenty of family and friends at MTS Centre.
Reaves, who estimated he had 50-60 supporters in the crowd, scored the game-winner while Steen had two assists for St. Louis.

Buffalo bracing for floods

BUFFALO, N.Y.—People in storm-affected areas around Buffalo began returning to work today as fast-melting mounds of snow fed into creeks that were starting to swell.
It was not clear how widespread flooding would be almost a week after western New York was pummeled by epic snowfall.

Man devours turkey

MASHANTUCKET, Conn.—Competitive eater Joey Chestnut has won a turkey-eating contest in Connecticut, setting a record by devouring an entire bird.
Ten contestants vied to see who could eat the most of a 20-pound turkey in a competition Saturday at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Chestnut ate 9.35 pounds of meat off the bone in 10 minutes.

Seniors moving to suburbs: study

MONTREAL—Twice a week, Alphons Evers sets aside a few hours to work the phone, matching up his roster of volunteer drivers with clients who need a lift.
Although the free service is geared towards those receiving cancer treatment, often Evers says he’ll get calls from seniors who simply need help getting around.

Obama offers deal to illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON—If you took the millions of people touched by U.S. President Barack Obama’s immigration announcement yesterday and gathered them together, their ranks would rival the population of Canada.

Teen meets with rescuer

WINNIPEG—A 16-year-old Manitoba teen who was viciously beaten, assaulted, and left to die beside a river has met one of the men who rescued her and thanked him.
Rinelle Harper gave Sean Vincent a soapstone sculpture of a polar bear and a painting from her First Nation at a downtown Winnipeg hotel yesterday.

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