Senate Democrats preparing legislative package to curb guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are preparing a legislative push to curb guns, a week after a mass shooting at an Oregon community college refocused attention on the nation’s toll of firearms deaths. Republicans controlling Congress have shown scant interest in restricting guns and the Democratic effort has little chance of success. But their drive could keep the issue alive during next year’s elections, driving up support from sympathetic voters… Read Article →

Rangers hold on for 3-2 victory over Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) — The New York Rangers waited and waited while the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated another championship. When the puck finally dropped for the first game of the season, Henrik Lundqvist and Co. were more than ready — they were a little annoyed, too. Oscar Lindberg, Kevin Klein and Derek Stepan scored in the first period, and New York ruined Chicago’s Stanley Cup party with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night…. Read Article →

Baby Francesca 'princess of migrants', symbol of hope

Catania (Italy) (AFP) – Dubbed “the princess of migrants”, a Nigerian baby born on the Italian ship that rescued her mother in the Mediterranean has become a symbol of hope for those braving the perilous crossing in search of a new life. In early May, when the international press was cooing over the birth of Princess Charlotte into the British royal family, the photograph of another baby also landed in… Read Article →

Arrieta, Cubs silence Pirates 4-0 to win NL wild-card game

PITTSBURGH (AP) — These Chicago Cubs are supposed to be too young to be here. Or maybe they’re just too good to care. Jake Arrieta allowed four hits in nine dominant innings and the Cubs rolled to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card game on Wednesday night. Arrieta struck out 11 without a walk. He also dusted himself off getting plunked by Pittsburgh reliever Tony… Read Article →

AP Source: Knicks' Fisher has altercation with Matt Barnes

NEW YORK (AP) — Knicks coach Derek Fisher was involved in an altercation with Memphis Grizzlies forward and former teammate Matt Barnes in California on Saturday, a person with knowledge of the details said. The New York Post, citing an anonymous source, reported Wednesday that the altercation was because Fisher is dating Barnes’ estranged wife. Fisher filed for divorce from his wife, Candace, in March. The person said Fisher traveled… Read Article →

The 12 most innovative countries in the world

Innovation is one of the most exciting ways to move a country forward. But for that to happen, a country must create an environment conducive to creative activity that is supported by both the public and private sectors. More concretely, we’re talking about having high-quality scientific research institutions, sufficient investment in research and development, and protection of intellectual property, according to the recent report by the World Economic Forum. We took a closer look… Read Article →

At least 13 killed in Yemen wedding bombing: medic

Sanaa (AFP) – At least 13 people were killed and 38 others wounded when a wedding in a rebel-held Yemeni town was hit by an air strike, a medical source said Thursday. The bombing targeted a house hosting a wedding celebration in Sanban, in Dhamar province, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Sanaa, medics and witnesses said. The medical source did not specify the source of the bombing, but… Read Article →

Al Capone: the life and death of the infamous gangster known as 'Scarface'

We’ve all heard of the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone, also known as “Scarface,” but there are many things you may not know about the powerful crime boss. Produced by Eames Yates Follow BI Video: On Facebook   Join the conversation about this story »

Widow of musician Frank Zappa dies at 70

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gail Zappa, the widow of music legend Frank Zappa, has died at her Los Angeles home. She was 70. Family spokeswoman Marcee Rondan says Zappa was surrounded by her children when she died Wednesday. There’s no word on the cause of her death. She was 22 when she married Frank Zappa, a prolific songwriter, musician and head of the band Mothers of Invention. They had four… Read Article →

Alexievich tops list of Nobel literature favourites

Stockholm (AFP) – Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus is among the bookies’ favourites for Thursday’s Nobel Prize in Literature but could see herself snubbed by the Swedish Academy, the awarding body that likes to surprise. Alexievich is the top choice among literary observers, on betting sites and for a Swedish cat whose owner is hoping for a Paul the Octopus moment after it picked the Belarusian for this year’s prize on… Read Article →