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1,000 and counting; U of C students defer final exams in wake of mass murder

CALGARY — One thousand students have elected to defer their final exams at the University of Calgary in the wake of the death of five young people at a Calgary house party.

The party was being held to mark the end of classes when Zackariah Rathwell, Jordan Segura, Kaiti Perras, Josh Hunter and Lawrence Hong were stabbed to death by another party-goer. READ

Calgary psychiatrist guilty of sex assault loses appeal

The Alberta Court of Appeal has refused to overturn a psychiatrist’s three convictions for sexually assaulting his court-appointed patients. READ

Woman charged with committing hoax in Edmonton terrorist plot claim

Alberta RCMP say they’ve charged a woman following a claim that a man was plotting a terrorist act in Edmonton READ

Memo on political involvement in freedom of info searches not acted on: Alberta

A provincial spokeswoman says a government-wide memo directing political involvement in freedom-of-information requests never took root. READ

Alberta to allow publication of names of children who die in government care

The Alberta government introduced changes Tuesday to allow the publication of names and photos of children who die in government care. READ

Alberta government meddling in freedom of information rules, says Wildrose

Alberta Jobs Minister Thomas Lukaszuk denied Tuesday that as deputy premier he orchestrated government-wide interference in the freedom of information process for partisan political reasons. READ

Hancock to meet with PM Harper next week to discuss Keystone pipeline

Alberta Premier Dave Hancock will meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa next week to talk about the Keystone XL pipeline. READ

Man stabbed to death at Calgary party was kind of son every parent wants: father

The father of a young man stabbed to death at a house party says his boy was the poster child for the kind of son every parent wants. READ

Province launches online organ donor registry

Facing a 40 per cent reduction in organ and tissue donors over the last decade, the province is making it easier for Albertans to sign up to become donors with a new online registry. READ

Edmonton resident hospitalized with measles: health officials

Alberta health officials are advising people that they may have been exposed to measles at two Edmonton-area locations earlier this month. READ

TransCanada says customers remain fully committed to Keystone XL, despite delay

TransCanada Corp. says its customers are still “100 per cent” behind its proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite dimming prospects that shovels will be hitting the ground any time soon. READ

Family, friends remember mass murder victims

One was remembered as a wonderful friend who was always ready with a compliment, another as a tiny dancer with huge courage. The third was a skilled drummer who exemplified the statement all is good. READ

Passengers on Vancouver-to-Edmonton flight warned to watch for measles

EDMONTON — Health officials in Edmonton are warning passengers who arrived in the city on a flight from Vancouver this month that they may have been exposed to measles. READ

Family of musician stabbed at Calgary house party devastated

CALGARY — The family of a promising musician stabbed to death along with four other young people at a Calgary house party last week is “devastated” he won’t be coming home. 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

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

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

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

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

Pension reform bill introduced

EDMONTON — The Alberta government introduced a bill Wednesday to overhaul pension plans affecting more than 200,000 public sector workers. READ

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