Earthquake rocks capital
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked north-central Chile on Thursday, causing buildings to sway in the capital and nervous people to run out into the streets. But Chile’s emergency services office said no damages to infrastructure were reported and Chile’s Navy discarded the possibility of a tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was located about 40 miles southwest of the city of Coquimbo or about 250 miles from Santiago. Its depth was 6 miles. Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries. A magnitude-8.8 quake and the tsunami it unleashed in 2010 killed more than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes, and washed away docks, riverfronts and seaside resorts.
Junk-food tax approved
Mexico’s congress approved a new tax on junk food Thursday as the government announced a campaign to fight obesity in a country with one of the world’s highest rates of overweight people. The move came a little over a day after legislators agreed to put a tax on soft drinks. President Enrique Pena Nieto announced a plan to award products that meet standards for having lower calories or higher fiber content a “seal of nutritional quality,” which he said would give industry an incentive to re-formulate products. He also announced plans for educational, health-monitoring and sports programs.
Mayor video recovered
Toronto police said Thursday they have obtained a video that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking a crack pipe — a video that Ford had claimed didn’t exist and has been at the core of a scandal that has embarrassed and gripped Canada for months. Police Chief Bill Blair said the video, recovered after being deleted from a computer hard drive, did not provide grounds to press charges. Ford, a populist mayor who has repeatedly made headlines for his bizarre behavior, vowed not to resign. Speaking outside the door his office, Ford said with a smile: “I have no reason to resign.” He said he couldn’t defend himself because the affair is part of a criminal investigation involving an associate.
Compiled from wire reports.