Wednesday, January 28, 2015

National

Maritimes bracing for winter storm

HALIFAX — Flights were cancelled and schools, government offices. and universities throughout the Maritimes were closed today as a powerful winter storm unleashed stiff winds and brought heavy snowfall to the region.
The messy system already had shuttered schools and businesses in the eastern U.S., with thousands of flights also being cancelled.

Storm threatens U.S. northeast

NEW YORK—Cities across the U.S. northeast mobilized snowplows and airlines cancelled thousands of flights today as a potentially-historic storm pushed its way up the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor with what forecasters said could be up to two feet of snow.

Canada told to fight terrorist propaganda

WINNIPEG—Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is calling on Canada to continue fighting the “ideology of hate” and extremist propaganda fuelling terrorism.
Clinton told about 2,000 people at a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce luncheon that the international community has to target material that is drawing radicals to the cause.

Newspaper drops topless models

LONDON—Feminists are rejoicing at the disappearance of bare breasts from the British tabloid The Sun—though the newspaper is not confirming whether the decision to ditch its infamous “Page 3 girls” is permanent.
The Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid has featured topless models on its third page for almost 45 years, but none has appeared in the paper since Friday.

Liberals post fundraising haul

LONDON, Ont.—Federal Liberals posted their best fundraising haul in a decade last year—filling their party’s war chest just in time for this year’s election.
The final numbers for the fourth quarter of 2014 are to be filed with Elections Canada by the end of the month.

Magnotta wants to get new trial

MONTREAL—Luka Rocco Magnotta is appealing his conviction in the first-degree murder of Jun Lin and wants a new trial.
Documents made public by the Quebec Court of Appeal yesterday outline several reasons for Magnotta’s attempt to have the five convictions annulled, including the one for killing Lin.

Scherzer, Nationals reach deal

WASHINGTON—Sure seems as if Max Scherzer and his wife now will be able to afford to buy themselves at least one of those non-stick baking sheets they were hoping to receive as a wedding gift.
Or even a few million of ’em.

Warship back from mission

HALIFAX—Master seaman Kurt Sheppard smiled and closed his eyes as he held and kissed his newborn baby girl for the first time yesterday.
Sheppard was the first off HMCS Toronto when it arrived in Halifax after a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea.

Wounded Mountie unlikely to survive

ST.ALBERT, Alta.—An Alberta Mountie severely wounded early Saturday was not expected to live, the RCMP said yesterday as the force’s commissioner expressed dismay over the criminal background of the man police believe responsible for the shooting.

Just $50,000 set for flag’s birthday

OTTAWA—The federal government has allotted $50,000 for celebrations for the upcoming 50th birthday of the iconic Maple Leaf flag.
That’s compared to almost $4 million for a campaign marking the 200th anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth and $5.2 million spent on the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

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