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Five arrested in possible kidnapping

RCMP arrested five suspects after an alleged abduction in Ponoka on Wednesday afternoon.

Ponoka RCMP say at about 1 p.m., four individuals gained entry to a home and forcibly removed a 23-year-old man. READ

Hwy 899 closed due to truck fire

A highway near Consort is still closed after a tanker truck carrying condensate caught fire after hitting a horse on Wednesday night. READ

Mass Wildrose migration to PCs a month in the making, says Premier Jim Prentice

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says an emissary from the Wildrose approached his team a month ago to pitch a group floor crossing. READ

Calgary man who taped dog, cat to receive psych assessment before sentencing

A Calgary man who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges for taping shut the mouths of a dog and cat will remain in custody while he undergoes a psychiatric assessment. READ

Duck-helping woman gets 90 days in prison after causing two deaths

A widow whose husband and daughter were killed when their motorcycle crashed into a woman's car as she helped ducks on a highway is satisfied with the accused's 90-day prison term. READ

Aboriginal leader threatens legal action over teacher's Facebook comments

An aboriginal leader says a Winnipeg high school teacher should be fired immediately over social media comments about First Nations. READ

Only third of eligible organ donors identified; 1000s await transplants: report

A new report says two-thirds of Canadians who are eligible organ donors at death do not make it through the complex process that would help thousands of Canadians waiting for life-saving transplants. READ

Supreme Court of Canada will not hear Rwandan war criminal's appeal

The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the appeal of the first person ever found guilty under Canada's war-crimes legislation. READ

CF-18s hit targets as Kurds launch offensive to break Sinjar mountain siege

Canadian warplanes have been in action in Iraq once again, bombing enemy targets ahead of Kurdish Peshmerga forces who are pushing to completely break the siege in the Sinjar mountains. READ

Putin says West won't defang Russian bear

Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years. READ

Boston marathon suspect Tsarnaev gets shout of encouragement

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings. READ

Australian leader says deadly siege may have been 'a preventable atrocity'

Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder. READ

Wildrose leader, 8 others join governing Conservatives

Alberta's Opposition leader and eight of her Wildrose caucus members are joining the government of Premier Jim Prentice. READ

Police seek suspect in laptop theft

Police are looking for a woman who stole a laptop from Future Shop on Nov. 20. Red Deer RCMP say the suspect entered the store around 4:30 p.m. and discussed the laptop with staff. When the laptop was taken to the cash register for payment, the woman grabbed it and ran from the store to a waiting vehicle. READ

Alberta cabinet minister says he has 'open mind' on Wildrose floor-crossers

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice's caucus is discussing a bid by as many as seven official Opposition members to cross the floor — and at least one cabinet minister says he's keeping an “open mind.” READ

Albertans tell province to do more to protect water; government releases plan

Albertans say they want the province to do much more to protect and conserve fresh water. READ

Report says 'unprecedented' flood at root of Calgary bridge failure

The Transportation Safety Board says unprecedented flood water was to blame for a derailment and partial bridge collapse in Calgary last year. READ

Father pleased reporting restrictions eased on Rehtaeh Parsons' name

When a judge placed a publication ban on Rehtaeh Parsons' identity, Glen Canning began wearing a T-shirt to court bearing his daughter's name in a campaign that ended Wednesday as reporting restrictions in the child pornography case were eased. READ

Ottawa poised to buy additional C-17 cargo jet as Boeing closes assembly line

The Harper government has signed off on a proposal to buy an additional C-17 Globemaster, bringing to five the number of heavy-lift transport planes in the air force's arsenal. READ

Canadian oilsands exporters narrowly survive vote in European Parliament

Canadian oilsands exporters narrowly survived a vote in the European Parliament on Wednesday that could have once again penalized Alberta bitumen as dirty oil. READ

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