Friday, December 19, 2014


In a post-election flurry, Obama testing his powers and setting an activist course

WASHINGTON — With a recent streak of activism, President Barack Obama is shaking up the governing status quo and creating a new normal for his successors.

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.

Man dubbed ‘prison Houdini’ after numerous escapes gets parole date moved up 70 years

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A man known as the prison Houdini might finally see freedom after more than 35 years — this time without an elaborate escape.
Florida’s parole commission voted Wednesday to move Mark DeFriest’s potential release date from 2085 to March 2015.

US judge rules black boy shouldn’t have been executed in 1944 in deaths of 2 white girls

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.

Small step and historic first: Church of England names first female bishop

LONDON — The Church of England on Wednesday named the first female bishop in its 500-year history, promoting saxophone-playing, soccer-loving vicar Libby Lane to bishop of Stockport.
The announcement came five months after the church ended a long and divisive dispute by voting to allow women to serve as bishops.

Obama says even though he’s president, he’s a black man who has been mistaken for the valet

WASHINGTON — He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he’s a black man who has been mistaken for the valet.
“There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” Obama told People magazine in an interview out Wednesday. That happened to him, he said.

Fashion comes at a cost, Don Cherry’s suits occupy almost every closet

The “Hockey Night in Canada” fashion plate keeps all his eye-popping suits. Not out of vanity but out of necessity. He gave one away to charity some years ago and then was immediately flooded with requests with more. Unable to fulfil all of them, he opted to hang on to them so he’s not accused of favouritism.
That comes at a storage cost.

Charity fund in Calgary girl’s name to help understand childhood cancer:family

CALGARY — A charitable fund has been established in the name of a Calgary girl who captured the hearts of many, including Prince William and Kate.
Nine-year-old Diamond Marshall died Monday from osteosarcoma.
In July 2011, Diamond gave the Duchess of Cambridge a timid hug on the windswept tarmac of the Calgary airport at the conclusion of the royal couple’s Canadian tour.

Child rights activists Malala of Pakistan, Satyarthi of India receive Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway — Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India on Wednesday received the Nobel Peace Prize for risking their lives to fight for children’s rights.
The 17-year-old Malala, the youngest ever Nobel winner, and Satyarthi, age 60, collected the award at a ceremony in the Norwegian capital to a standing ovation.

Ho-ho-hideous holiday sweaters more popular than ever

VANCOUVER — For years, sweaters bristling with bells, lights, appliqued Santa Clauses, snowmen and reindeer were mocked as the exclusive province of the tasteless at Christmas.
But the tide is turning and the ugly Christmas sweater has become the season’s newest tradition and continues to grow.

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