World briefs – December 13

Police in Alberta say they got a call from a woman claiming she’d shot her husband, and when they showed up they found a 68-year-old man dead.

Senior apprehended in death of husband

DIDSBURY — Police in Alberta say they got a call from a woman claiming she’d shot her husband, and when they showed up they found a 68-year-old man dead.

A 60-year-old woman was apprehended at a rural home near Didsbury on Friday evening without incident.

RCMP Sgt. Tim Taniguchi says charges against the woman are likely, but he wouldn’t speculate on what they’ll be.

Investigators were still at the home on Saturday.

Didsbury is about 50 kilometres north of Calgary.


Bomb found near gas line and bank

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Two suspicious packages have raised fears of possible bombs in Kamloops, B.C., where police have closed part of the city’s downtown.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Gary Kerr said Saturday that the packages were found near a natural gas line and a bank.

“One of them is kind of a small-looking device that may have some batteries attached to it and the other device that causes us more concern is what looks potentially like a large pipe bomb and it was left leaning up against a large natural gas line going into the Bank of Nova Scotia,” he said.

Kerr said a distinctive rifle case was left near what police believe is a pipe bomb.

“It would be the type of thing somebody would use if they were transporting a long-barreled weapon perhaps, like a rifle or shotgun.”

Const. Rose Dunsmore said an explosives disposal unit from Vancouver was assessing the packages.

She said police evacuated a three-block radius and urged people to avoid the area until police have determined it is safe.


Poles build giant snowman

WARSAW, Poland — A group of Poles have decided to make the most of winter, building a 31-foot (9.5-meter) snowman dubbed Milocinek, who wears a barrel for a hat and a road safety cone for his nose.

A Polish newspaper says several people laboured for six days on their creation, which stands eye-level with surrounding two-story homes.

The website of the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper says the snowman’s creators began their project out of boredom but became more ambitious as they went along.

The snowman was completed Friday near the town of Trzebnica in southwestern Poland.

The newspaper’s website reported Saturday that the snowman’s builders believe Milocinek is the largest snowman built in Poland since winter weather set in more than a week ago.