Daily digest: New words, Tony Stewart and Ebola

A sign warns of the biohazard threat outside the facilities in place at the Royal Free Hospital in...

A sign warns of the biohazard threat outside the facilities in place at the Royal Free Hospital in north London on August 6, 2014, in the event of a patient testing positive for the Ebola virus. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal

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Here’s a roundup of news and other tidbits to get you started today.


1. Alleged animal cruelty in Quebec

The SPCA in Quebec says animals are eating each other to survive on fur farm east of Montreal.

Many of the animals, which include some 100 foxes and nearly 10,000 mink, were dehydrated, sick and living in cramped cages, a vet said.

QMI Agency has obtained video and images of the allegedly neglected animals.


2. Robin Williams’ battles

Actor Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he took his life earlier this week, his wife said in a statement Thursday. The actor also battled mental illness and was sober before he died, despite previous battles with substance abuse.

In his last known interview, he got a little emotional about his family when was asked by a reporter what he would do if he only had 90 minutes to live, like his character in the upcoming film Angriest Man in Brooklyn. The clip aired on Extra last night.

Here’s what he said:

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3. Montreal patient doesn’t have Ebola

A patient in Montreal has tested negative for the Ebola virus after being quarantined for showing symptoms of the disease.

Brampton, Ont., had a similar scare last weekend with a patient who later was found not to have the virus.

So far about 1,000 people have died of Ebola, mostly in West Africa.

Meanwhile, the discovery of an immune system-blocking protein in the virus is fuelling optimism for treatment research.


4. New words

Oxford has added a bunch of already overused and annoying words to its online dictionary. YOLO, indeed.

Humblebrag, Douchebaggery and binge-watch are also among the new additions, and several acronyms are now considered words, ICYMI.


5. Tony Stewart not racing

Tony Stewart.(Jerry Markland/Getty Images/AFP)

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart has not raced since he ran over and killed a young driver at Canandaigua Motorsports Park last weekend.

He was supposed to appear at the Pure Michigan 400 on Saturday, but driver Jeff Burton will be appearing in his place. It’s not known yet whether he’ll be pulling out of more NASCAR events.

Kevin Ward Jr., 20, walked out onto the dirt oval during a sprint car race and was struck by Stewart’s vehicle. Authorities are still looking at the evidence, but said charges are not expected after a preliminary investigation .


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