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Woman in hit man case wants to see daughter
OTTAWA _ Fresh from a liberating victory at the Supreme Court of Canada, Nicole Ryan choked back tears and uttered a single word when asked if she still feared for the life of her daughter."Yes." The Supreme Court may have given a victory to the Nova Scotia woman who tried to hire a hit man to kill her abusive husband, Michael Ryan. But the justices couldn't give her what she fought so hard to protect five years go _ her daughter PHOTO. VIDEO. AUDIO.
Aboriginal women plead with Harper, GG
OTTAWA _ Prime Minister Stephen Harper is fostering hatred of aboriginals across the country by failing to condemn racist reactions to the Idle No More movement, says a women's group. There are strong and growing racial undertones to much of the reaction seen so far to protests over aboriginal treaty rights, says Ellen Gabriel of the Indigenous Women of Turtle Island. VIDEO. AUDIO.
Flaherty violated rules: ethics commissioner
OTTAWA _ The federal ethics commissioner says Finance Minister Jim Flaherty broke the rules by supporting the radio licence application of a company in his riding. Mary Dawson has ordered Flaherty to refrain from writing such letters of support without first seeking permission from her office. AUDIO.
Confession may lead to legal woes for Armstrong
LOS ANGELES _ By admitting to Oprah Winfrey that he doped during his professional cycling career, Lance Armstrong potentially opened himself up to a stream of litigation that could lighten his wallet for years.And then there's the big question: Will his mea culpa result in the reopening of a criminal investigation by the U.S. government PHOTO. Moves Sports and International.
CYC-Armstrong-The-Next-Step (Anti-doping officials say Armstrong must say more). Moved Sports.
Toronto mining firm's workers abducted in Colombia
BOGOTA _ Toronto-based Braeval Mining (TSX:BVL) says three employees and two consultants working at the company's Snow Mine project in Colombia were abducted this morning. Colombian authorities say the five abducted workers include a Canadian, two Peruvians and two Colombians. AUDIO.
Canadian reportedly among Algerian militants
OTTAWA _ Ottawa says it is aware of published reports that a Canadian may have been among al-Qaida-linked militants who have taken hostages at a natural gas complex in Algeria.The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is "pursuing all appropriate channels to seek further information" and is in close contact with Algerian authorities.
See Also: ML-Algeria-Kidnapping
Dispute erupts over Liberal leadership rules
OTTAWA _ Federal Liberal brass are being accused of subverting a leadership process that was supposed to transform the party from an elitist club into the country's most open political vehicle. That's the claim of two leadership hopefuls in the first real dust-up of the contest.
See also: Liberal-Leadership-Cauchon
Third lawsuit filed over privacy breach
OTTAWA _ Another day, another lawsuit over a massive privacy breach.The federal government now faces a third class-action suit over the loss of a portable hard drive containing personal information about more than half a million people who took out student loans. AUDIO.
Edmonton MP questioned authority of police
EDMONTON _ A court has heard that an Edmonton MP questioned the authority of officers to demand a breath sample after he was stopped following a 2011 Christmas party.Sgt. Conrad Moschansky (MOW'-shan-ski) says Peter Goldring admitted he had been drinking at the party, indicating that's what normal people do at those types of events. AUDIO.
Carrier Wind Mobile to become foreign owned
Small wireless player Wind Mobile, part of a wave of new companies that have brought Canadians more competition in the cellphone market, has signed a deal to owned by a global telecom company.Wind Mobile will be fully owned and controlled by VimpelCom subsidiary Orascom, which already has a 65.1 per cent stake in the company and was major financial backer, chairman and CEO Anthony Lacavera said Friday. PHOTO.
Many NHL fans past the lockout frustration
MONTREAL _ Its legions of diehard fans are quick to describe their feelings during the nearly four-month-long lockout as a painful mixture of frustration, boredom and bitterness. But as the National Hockey League prepares to drop its first puck of the season Saturday, the overwhelming sentiment for many fans is one of longing for its return. PHOTO. VIDEO. AUDIO.
Giant lobster finds new home in Montreal
MONTREAL _ Goliath the Lobster is settling into his new home, far away from forks and butter dishes.The seven-kilogram crustacean, which arrived in a shipment at a Montreal-area grocery store last week, will be living out its days in the St. Lawrence ecosystem basin at the Montreal Biodome. PHOTO.
Items from famed nightclub Studio 54 go to auction
WEST PALM BEACH _ An eclectic trove of memorabilia from the famed 1970s New York nightclub Studio 54 is hitting the auction block in Florida. The private collection of co-founder Steve Rubell is being sold Saturday in West Palm Beach. Rubell died in 1989 and aside from a legacy as a nightlife impresario, he left behind hordes of photographs, letters and other memories that his onetime companion has decided to part with.
Body of Chicago lottery winner exhumed for autopsy
CHICAGO _ The body of a Chicago man who was poisoned with cyanide after winning the lottery was exhumed Friday for another autopsy that authorities hope will help solve the mystery surrounding his death. A black hearse escorted by four police cars carried away the body of Urooj Khan from a cemetery on the city's North Side shortly after 9 a.m., and the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office was expected to perform the autopsy immediately, spokeswoman Mary Paleologos said. PHOTO. AUDIO.