Friday, March 27, 2015

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Russia to resume space tourism in 2018 as demand for seats for astronauts falls

MOSCOW — Russia officials say they will resume space tourism in 2018 after years of sending into space only professional cosmonauts and astronauts.

Whale-watching industry worried

CHURCHILL, Man.—Manitoba’s tourism industry fears new national whale-watching rules could drive beluga boats out of business in Churchill and threaten the Hudson Bay community’s $7-million summer tourism season.
Ottawa has proposed new regulations requiring tour operators to come no closer than 100 metres to whales or other marine mammals in Canadian waterways.

Colder weather behind snowy Maritime winter

HALIFAX—Another winter storm buried Nova Scotia yesterday as snowbanks across Atlantic Canada continue to grow—probably leaving some on the East Coast asking why us?
The meteorological explanation is pretty simple.

Young adults may stumble upon news, but they read it every day, survey shows

CHICAGO — Young adults have a reputation for being connected to one another and disconnected from the news. But a survey has found that mobile devices and social networking are keeping them more engaged with the broader world than previously thought.

Exclusive: Watershed picture book ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ reissued with a new look

NEW YORK — A playful picture book about a little girl named Heather and her two happy mommies was a cultural and legal flashpoint 25 years ago, angering conservatives over the morality of same-sex parenting and landing libraries at the centre of community battles over placement in the children’s stacks.

Bamboozled: 5 barrels of bourbon stolen from Wild Turkey distillery found in man’s backyard

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Another iconic bourbon brand in Kentucky has been targeted in a heist, but this time authorities say they have arrested a suspect caught with the stash of pricey whiskey in his backyard.

Interest in local beef is rising but fewer people want tough job of slaughtering, cutting meat

DES MOINES, Iowa — Kent Weise loves his work, but after 38 years slaughtering cattle, lugging carcasses that can weigh more than 1,000 pounds and slowly, methodically slicing cuts of meat, he understands why few people want to go into the business anymore.

Stumped on a baby name? Consultants help parents find ideal monikers for newborns

Celebrities may have cornered the market on unconventional baby names like Blue Ivy and North West, but a Swiss branding company is offering help to parents seeking unique monikers for newborns — for a significant price.
Erfolgswelle vows to create a brand-new first name — for US$31,000.

Canada to cover cost of new bridge

OTTAWA—The federal government says it has reached a funding arrangement for a major new bridge between Canada and the U.S. after years of sometimes-acrimonious delay.
Canada already had been planning to pay for 95 percent of a new bridge between Windsor, Ont. and Detroit, and now there’s an agreement that would cover the remaining portion for a customs plaza on the U.S. side.

100-carat ‘perfect’ diamond in classic emerald-cut coming to auction; estimate $19M to $25M

NEW YORK — A rare, 100-carat emerald-cut white diamond is going on the auction block in New York.
Sotheby’s says the internally flawless D colour gem is considered “perfect.”
It’s being offered on April 21 with a pre-sale estimate of $19 million to $25 million.

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