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Multiple collisions on Highway 2

A travel advisory has been issued for Highway 2 by the Ponoka Traffic Unit due to weather conditions.

Travel southbound south of Lacombe has come to a complete stop due to several collisions. Northbound, traffic is moving, but is slow and sporadic. READ

Alberta updating law to recognize validity of same-sex marriages

Alberta will bring in legislation this session to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages, Premier Dave Hancock said Thursday. Hancock said the legislation will change the preamble to the Marriage Act that currently defines marriage as an institution between a man and a woman to make it gender neutral. READ

No Keystone XL pipeline this year, following new delay

The Keystone XL pipeline project appears paralyzed for another year, with the U.S. administration announcing another delay in a process already beset by political and legal challenges. READ

New Brunswickers keep watchful eye on water levels as flood cleanup continues

While some New Brunswick communities were still cleaning up Friday after flooding earlier in the week, others were nervously watching water levels and bracing for their turn. READ

Pensive pope joins faithful at Colosseum for Good Friday torch-lit procession in Rome

Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum. READ

24 more schoolgirls kidnapped by Nigerian extremists have escaped; 85 still missing

Twenty-four more Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists have escaped and 85 still are missing, an education official said Friday. READ

Sunken ferry’s captain, 2 crew members arrested in disaster

Police arrested the captain and two other crew members of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving more than 270 people missing and 29 people dead, the Yonhap news agency reported Saturday. READ

Father of mass murder suspect would give anything to bring victims back

The father of a man charged with killing five young people in Calgary this week says his family would give anything to bring them back. READ

Hunting Hills threat treated 'credibly': RCMP

Red Deer RCMP said it was fortunate that a threat to shoot students at a local high school did not become an act, but they still responded preparing for the worst. READ

Third measles case confirmed in Central Alberta

The number for Central Alberta measles cases confirmed in April is now three. READ

RCMP search for Red Deer teen

Red Deer RCMP are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 15-year-old youth. READ

Major police presence at Hunting Hills High School after threat

Threats to shoot students found on a desk at Hunting Hills High School forced police to do a massive sweep and passively evacuate students from the school on Wednesday afternoon. READ

Calgary police investigate mental health, messages sent by mass murder suspect

Calgary police say a significant part of their investigation into this week’s mass murder will be whether the suspect was suffering from a mental illness. READ

Calgary pit bull owner takes responsibility for dog’s attack on woman

The owner of a pit bull terrier in Calgary could be facing fines as high as $10,000 after the dog attacked a woman and left her with serious injuries to her legs and face. READ

Six CF-18s headed to Poland to bolster NATO forces response to Ukraine

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada will contribute six CF-18 jet fighters to a NATO air-policing mission as a response to the crisis in the Ukraine. READ

CFB Petawawa soldier charged with more sexual assault, voyeurism offences

Ontario Provincial Police have laid a raft of new sexual assault and voyeurism charges against a 31-year-old soldier from CFB Petawawa. READ

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombian Nobel laureate, dies at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America’s passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday, according to people close to his family. He was 87. READ

Three pro-Russian militants killed, 13 injured after clashes

The turmoil in Ukraine dominated the European landscape Thursday, as three protesters were killed in a clash in southern Ukraine, high-level talks were held in Geneva and Vladimir Putin weighed in on his neighbour’s future for hours from Moscow. READ

Fate of 115 women kidnapped in Nigeria unknown

The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied the Nigerian military’s report that almost all the pupils had been freed. READ

Hoping to stabilize ferry, officers didn’t order immediate evacuation, lost time, says crew

An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea’s southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday. READ

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