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Home invasion charges stayed due to judge shortage

Home invasion charges against three individuals were stayed in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday after it took more than two years for their trial to start.

Lawyers for the accused said the delay can be attributed to a lack of Queen’s Bench justices in Red Deer. READ

No Red Deerians in new cabinet

Red Deer representation was noticeably absent from among the newly appointed ministers to Alberta Premier Jim Prentice’s new 20-member cabinet. READ

Police release sketch of sex assault suspect

Police have released a sketch of the man suspected of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl on a transit bus in Red Deer on Friday afternoon. READ

Three Hills RCMP searching for suspect in online frauds

Three Hills RCMP is seeking public assistance to find a man suspected in a string of online fraud cases over the past year. READ

Hwy 11A over Hwy 2 reduced to one lane for bridge repairs

Westbound traffic on Hwy 11A over Hwy 2 will be reduced to one lane for the next two days because of bridge repairs. READ

Prentice shrinks Alberta cabinet, appoints two outsiders

Newly sworn-in Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has appointed a new but smaller cabinet, including two people who aren’t members of the legislature. READ

Horse trailer carrying 30 dogs flips on Hwy 2 near Olds

At least two dogs have died and numerous others were injured when a vehicle that was hauling dogs from California flipped on an Alberta highway. READ

Woman facing many charges hired new lawyer and seeks bail

A woman facing a long string of charges after several incidents over the summer has hired a new lawyer and is once again seeking bail. READ

Man pleads guilty to several offences including arson and violating parole

A Red Deer man has pleaded not guilty to several offences, including arson and violating his parole earlier this summer. READ

Timberlands boil water advisory lifted

Eight houses in Timberlands are now able to drink their tap water without having to boil it after the city lifted the ban on Sunday. READ

Alberta woman loses fracking case appeal, wants to take case to Supreme Court

An Alberta woman has lost her appeal to sue the province’s energy regulator over hydraulic fracturing on her property. Jessica Ernst launched a $33-million lawsuit against the Alberta government, the province’s energy regulator and energy company Encana (TSX:ECA). READ

Harper rallies Conservative troops at pre-Parliament pep rally in Ottawa

Prime Minister Stephen Harper rallied his political troops Monday, marking the start of Parliament’s fall sitting with a campaign-style rally laden with economic high-fives and tough talk about protecting Canadian values around the world. READ

6 killed, 15 wounded in worst fighting since Ukraine cease-fire began

Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, the city council said Monday — the worst reported violence since a cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops took effect on Sept. 5. READ

Court hears appeals in mass slaying of eight Bandidos bikers

A bike gang member convicted in what’s believed to be Ontario’s largest mass slaying didn’t know anyone would die that night eight years ago, nor did he help other bikers carry out the execution-style killings, his lawyer argued Monday. READ

New immigrants to Canada not sold on upcoming express entry system

A newly released government study suggests newcomers to the country have misgivings about Ottawa’s intention to ensure would-be immigrants possess skills that are in demand in Canada. READ

U.S. government, WHO seek ways to expand production of Ebola drugs, vaccines

High level efforts are underway to find ways to substantially ramp up production of experimental Ebola vaccines and drugs, officials at the World Health Organization and within the U.S. government say. READ

Harper says no root cause for rise of ’vile’ ISIL, as Baird attends Paris talks

Prime Minister Stephen Harper denounced Monday the widely held view that fearsome new militants in Iraq and Syria have a “root cause” — a stark characterization that questions the reason for his foreign minister’s recent trip to Iraq. READ

Kerry: US won’t rule out working with Iran against Islamic State

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he won’t shut the door on the possibility of working with Iran against a common enemy in the Islamic State militant group, but the two nations won’t co-ordinate on military action. READ

Ugandan authorities arrest 19 terror suspects, seize explosives in raid on al-Shabab cell

Ugandan authorities are holding 19 suspects arrested over an apparent terror plot, officials said Monday as the security agencies continued an operation to dismantle what they said was an al-Shabab cell plotting attacks in this East African country. READ

One teenager still missing; other two found

Two missing teenagers have been found, but Red Deer police are still seeking the public’s assistance in finding 15-year-old Charrissa Calfchild. READ

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