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Family of four 'brazen' cougars killed in B.C.

PENTICTON, B.C. -- British Columbia conservation officers have killed a family of four cougars they say were growing increasingly bold while hunting urban deer around homes in the province's Interior.
Sgt. Jim Beck with the B.C.
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B.C. jury set to begin deliberations Thursday for accused human smugglers

VANCOUVER -- A jury in Vancouver is expected to begin deliberations on Thursday in the case of four men accused of smuggling hundreds of Tamil migrants into Canada.
Justice William Ehrcke of the Supreme Court of British Columbia has finished summarizing the evidence presented during the three-month trial.
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Harambe's matriarch grandmother dies at Zoo Miami

MIAMI -- Zoo Miami's matriarch gorilla, Josephine, who was grandmother to the internet-famous Harambe, has died.
The zoo announced on social media that the 49-year-old ape was euthanized Wednesday morning, saying she had been suffering from several health issues that slowly incapacitated her.
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First U.S. rules for pot in public fire up debate in Denver

Denver started work Wednesday on becoming the first city in the U.S. to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places such as coffee shops, yoga studios and art galleries.
Voters narrowly approved the "social use" measure last November.
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Holy McSausage! Naked man walks into Thai McDonald’s

A hungover tourist stunned early risers at a Thai McDonald’s over the weekend when he rolled in completely naked.
Witnesses said the middle-aged, pot-bellied man seemed a tad bewildered.
“He spoke English but he seemed a bit confused,” Ao Sayachak, a nearby street vendor, told the Daily Star.
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A jury in Vancouver is expected to begin deliberations on Thursday in the case of four men accused of smuggling hundreds of Tamil migrants into Canada.
Justice William Ehrcke of the Supreme Court of British Columbia has finished summarizing the evidence presented during the three-month trial.
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Indigenous leaders to press federal government on services in northern community

OTTAWA -- Indigenous leaders are set to press the federal government on Thursday over services available in Wapekeka First Nation -- a tiny community in northern Ontario mourning the suicides of two 12-year-old girls.
Community leaders say the reserve school remains closed while crisis teams work on the ground following the deaths of Jolynn Winter and Chantel Fox earlier this month.
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Driver clocked at 91 mph in snowstorm, wanted new car stereo

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire State Police say a driver clocked at 91 mph during a snowstorm said she was late for an appointment to have a new car stereo installed.
Police say they stopped 21-year-old Anastacia Hocking, of Laconia, on Interstate 93 in Concord on Wednesday morning.
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Former Expo Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Montreal star Tim Raines along with Jeff Bagwell, and Ivan Rodriguez have been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame, earning the honour as Trevor Hoffman and another Expos great, Vladimir Guerrero, fell just short.
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Illicit drug deaths reaches record high 914 in B.C. last year

VICTORIA — British Columbia reached a new peak of 914 illicit drug overdose deaths last year with the arrival of the deadly opioid fentanyl.
The figure is almost 80 per cent higher than the 510 overdose deaths due to illicit drugs in 2015.
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Killer Kelly Ellard fails in bid for parole after birth of baby

VANCOUVER — A parole board panel has been unable to reach a decision to allow convicted killer Kelly Ellard escorted temporary absences.
Ellard was asking for the absences for medical appointments and parenting programs following the recent birth of her child.
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Undertaker who had bodies in garage sentenced

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia funeral director found with three decomposing bodies in her garage has been sentenced to three months in prison.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a judge also barred 73-year-old Janet Powell-Daily on Wednesday from working for any mortuary business or service despite her protests that “the whole story hasn’t been told.
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Obama's biggest advice for Trump: listen

In his final press conference as U.S. president, Barack Obama offered some personal advice for President-elect Donald Trump: listen to everyone, even if you disagree with them.
“If you find yourself isolated because the process breaks down, or if you’re only hearing from people who agree with you on everything, and if you don’t create a process that is fact-checking and probing and asking hard questions… that’s when you start making mistakes,” Obama said Wednesday.
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