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Police arrest man who missed trial date

Police have arrested a Red Deer man who missed the third day of his trial on charges arising from a fatal collision. He is now in custody.

Brent Robert Cameron, formerly of St. John, N.B., was on trial in mid-January on charges of leaving the scene and with public mischief for filing a false report to police. READ

Preliminary inquiry set for 2016 for two men accused of killing three people near Castor

A 10-day preliminary inquiry has been set for 2016 for the two men accused of killing three people on a farm near Castor. READ

Man suspected of pointing handgun at passing motorist sought by police

Red Deer RCMP are looking for a man suspected of pointing a handgun at a passing motorist in Parkland Mall’s parking lot on Sunday. READ

Malley trial today: RCMP investigation into amount of gunpowder used in deadly blast

A re-creation of the bomb that police believe killed a disabled single mother ignited large fireballs and the blast shockwave tore through plywood in test detonations shown to a jury. READ

Man picks up child; also exposes himself to group of young girls

Red Deer RCMP have released a composite drawing of a man who exposed himself to four eight-year-old girls on Saturday afternoon. READ

Police seeking witnesses to Glendale Express 24 robbery

RCMP are searching for a man who robbed the Glendale Express 24 at gunpoint on Saturday. READ

Red Deer North MLA Jablonski decides not to seek sixth term

Red Deer North MLA Mary Anne Jablonski has called it a career. READ

Alberta NDP announces tour to hear from residents on next budget and low oil

The New Democrats are hitting the road to get their own take on what Albertans want Premier Jim Prentice to do given the collapse in oil prices. READ

Truck spills part of its load of diluted hydrochloric acid west of Edmonton

A transport truck has dumped part of its load of diluted hydrochloric acid after rolling off a highway in a remote area west of Edmonton. READ

Alberta’s Prentice, Saskatchewan’s Wall skipping premiers’ trip to Ottawa

Two of western Canada’s conservative premiers, Alberta’s Jim Prentice and Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall, are skipping this week’s premiers’ meeting in Ottawa. READ

Oldest fossils found in London museum kick off quest for snakes with legs

Sometimes, the best fossil hunting is done indoors. The chance discovery of a misidentified fossil in a London museum has led a University of Alberta paleontologist to push back the date of the earliest known snake by almost 70 million years — and has kicked off his quest for the first four-legged slitherer. READ

Winter storm shuts down businesses, cancels flights as Maritimers hunker down

A blizzard warning cancelled flights and closed schools, government offices and universities throughout the Maritimes on Tuesday as people hunkered down during a powerful winter storm that unleashed stiff winds and dumped heavy snow on the region. READ

Federal books face deficit if oil prices stay at current levels: PBO

Canada’s parliamentary budget office says Ottawa’s books will remain in the red in the coming fiscal year if battered oil prices continue to hover close to their current lows. READ

As mortgage rates begin to decline, brokers predict more cuts on the horizon

Mortgage brokers say Canadian banks have started cutting some of the rates they offer their most trusted borrowers, and they could come down even further as the spring real estate market gets into full swing. READ

Mulcair unveils more platform planks: tax relief for small biz, manufacturers

Tom Mulcair has nailed down three more planks in the NDP election platform, unveiling promises of tax relief for small business and manufacturers. READ

Opposition MPs reject federal plan to keep worst criminals in jail for life

The government’s long-promised plan to lock up some criminals and throw away the key will only make prisons more dangerous, opposition MPs say. READ

Does a family making $120K per year qualify as ’middle-class’? The feds think so

Canada’s finance minister insists low- and middle-income families will see two-thirds of the benefits from the Harper government’s contentious multibillion-dollar tableau of family-friendly measures. READ

Tory MP’s bill unnecessary, could harm independence, say Parliament’s watchdogs

Parliament’s watchdogs have urged a Senate committee to quash a proposal to publish the political backgrounds of their employees, calling it unnecessary and potentially harmful to the independence of their offices. READ

Gunmen storm luxury hotel in Libyan capital, killing 3 guards, 5 foreigners, officials say

Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, killing at least five foreigners and three guards, officials said. READ

Blizzard pounds New England

A howling blizzard heaped snow on Boston, the rest of eastern Massachusetts and parts of Long Island on Tuesday, delivering wind gusts topping 120 km/h, but it failed to live up to the hype farther south in Philadelphia and New York City, which cancelled its travel ban amid better-than-expected weather conditions. READ

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