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Scratching an itch: study tackles common summer irritation

A study at the University of Alberta is taking aim at microscopic wiggly-squigglies that can turn a nice day at the beach into a week or more of itchiness-scratchiness.

Swimmer’s itch, as it is called, is caused by a parasite that is shed from snails. Those parasites — there are at least five in Alberta that live in snails, and possibly 40 more — usually try to find natural host animals like ducks or muskrats after they leave snails. READ

Letkeman in a league of his own

Reign Letkeman is living a dream. READ

Mother wants some good to come out of her adopted son’s death

Filled with compassion and forgiveness, the adoptive mother of a Red Deer teen killed in Calgary last week reflected on how those who committed the act must feel. READ

Wildlife hospital on brink of extinction

Injured and sick animals in Central Alberta may be sent to either Calgary or Edmonton for care should the Medicine River Wildlife Centre’s hospital be forced to close. READ

One man dead in collision with gravel truck

One man is dead after a car struck a gravel truck west of Rocky Mountain House on Monday. READ

Fentanyl seized during Lacombe traffic stop

Lacombe Police Service seized 40 hits of an illicit drug that is taking lives at an alarming rate in the province. READ

TransAlta plans review after Alberta ruling it shut down plants to raise prices

TransAlta Corp. (TSX:TA) says it will undertake an independent review following a ruling from the Alberta Utilities Commission that the company deliberately triggered outages at power plants to raise electricity rates, thereby manipulating the markets. READ

RCMP looking into handling of alleged racist rant against cab driver

The RCMP has launched a formal public complaint into its handling of a case two years ago involving a Calgary cab driver who was the target of an alleged racist assault by a passenger. READ

RCMP identify human remains near Edmonton as woman missing for more than decade

Mounties in Alberta say they may be dealing with a serial killer after identifying the remains of a woman south of Edmonton. READ

White House: Keystone XL decision will come before Obama goes

The White House says a decision will be made on the Keystone XL pipeline while President Barack Obama is still in office, as rumours swirl that the long-delayed project is on the verge of rejection. READ

Cop who helps officers pose as jihadis refused to play imam: B.C. terror trial

A British Columbia man alleging he was entrapped by undercover Mounties into plotting to bomb the provincial legislature begged for spiritual guidance months before the attack was to take place, a court has heard. READ

Long-term expats turning to Supreme Court over voting ban amid strong support

Two Canadians stripped of the right to vote because of their lengthy stay abroad are hoping the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case, their lawyer said Wednesday. READ

Canadians who perished in New Zealand avalanche remembered fondly

Two Canadian men who died in an avalanche while hiking in New Zealand are being remembered as avid outdoorsmen and gifted students. READ

Afghan intelligence agency: Taliban leader Mullah Omar died 2 years ago

Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency said Wednesday that the reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years. READ

Turkish gov’t not ready to restart peace talks with Kurds

Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq overnight and the government said strikes would continue until the rebels lay down their arms, despite calls Wednesday by the pro-Kurdish opposition for an immediate end to the violence and the resumption of peace efforts. READ

U.S. officer who shot driver in traffic stop faces murder charge

A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate has been indicted on murder charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, adding that the officer “purposely killed him.” READ

Red Deer RCMP seek missing woman

Red Deer RCMP are looking for a 30-year-old woman who went missing on Monday. READ

Hunt on for driver after pedestrian killed in Calgary hit-and-run accident

A pedestrian is dead after what police are calling a late-night hit-and-run collision in Calgary. READ

Two Calgary men convicted in elaborate Ponzi scheme sentenced to 12 years each

A judge has sentenced two men to 12 years in prison for one of the largest Ponzi schemes in Canadian history. READ

TransAlta timed power outages to drive up prices: Alberta commission

CALGARY — The Alberta Utilities Commission has concluded that TransAlta Corp. deliberately timed power outages at power plants at peak times in order to drive up electricity prices. READ

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