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Judge tosses $60,000 fine against Whistler, BC woman who repeatedly fed bears

A BC Supreme Court judge has overturned a hefty fine levied against a BC woman who pleaded guilty to feeding bears on her property in the summer of 2018. Zuzana Stevikova was slapped with a nearly $60,000 fine in the case in October 2021, nearly six times the $10,500 the Crown and defense had suggested …

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Tampa police chief placed on leave after flashing badge during traffic stop

CNN — Tampa Police Chief Mary O’Connor has been placed on administrative leave after body camera footage taken from a traffic stop last month revealed she told a deputy she was “hoping that you’ll just let us go tonight” and flashed her badge. O’Connor was a passenger in a golf cart, which was pulled over …

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Impaired-driving campaign: Road checks open from Chilliwack to West Vancouver – BC

The BC RCMP and ICBC have teamed up to raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving. Road checks will be in place starting at 7 pm at Highway 1 exits from Chilliwack all the way to West Vancouver. Read more: More than 150K people in Ontario have driven high on edibles in the last …

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Alert canceled, 2 arrested after early-morning shooting near Fredericton

Two people are in custody. After a shooting early Friday morning on the outskirts of Fredericton sent two people to hospital and prompted an emergency alert. In a release Friday afternoon, the New Brunswick RCMP said members of the Oromocto RCMP and the Fredericton Police Force responded to a report of shots fired on Leafwood …

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Hospital patient arrested for allegedly switching off neighbor’s ‘noisy’ oxygen machine

CNN — A hospital patient has been arrested after she allegedly twice switched off the oxygen equipment on which a fellow patient depended because it was too noisy, German authorities have said. The public prosecutor’s office in the southwest German city of Mannheim obtained a warrant for the 72-year-old woman’s arrest and she was brought …

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Alleged serial killer in custody and charged in killings of 4 Indigenous women in Canada, police say

CNN — Authorities in Winnipeg, Manitoba, believe the murders of four Indigenous women came at the hands of an alleged serial killer now in custody in Canada. Jeremy Anthony Michael Skibicki, 35, of Winnipeg, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of the women, a news release from the Winnipeg …

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Brittany Higgins: Rape case that shook Australian politics abandoned over mental health fears

Sydney, Australia CNN — Prosecutors in Australia have ended high-profile legal action against a former government staffer accused of raping a colleague inside Parliament House, saying a retrial would pose a “significant and unacceptable risk” to the woman’s life. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) director of public prosecutions, Shane Drumgold, told reporters Friday that the …

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Trump Org. attorneys point fingers at former CFO in closing arguments of fraud case

CNN — Closing arguments are underway Thursday in the Trump Organization tax fraud trial, where defense attorneys blamed the alleged criminal tax schemes on former CFO Allen Weisselberg, who’s already pleaded guilty to 15 counts in the case. “Weisselberg did it for Weisselberg,” defense attorney Michael van der Veen told jurors Thursday – a mantra …

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Should Calgary dismantle its Plus 15 skywalk network? – Calgary

Fifteen feet above ground, Calgary is buzzing. Inside’s Calgary’s Plus 15 network is an extensive network of shops, businesses, buskers and downtown commuters. And that has some wondering if the city shouldn’t bring the benefits that come with two-foot traffic down to the ground. “It’s not just taking the life off the street,” said Byron …

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Uvalde survivors file class action lawsuit seeking $27 billion from law enforcement entities, school district and others

CNN — Survivors of the fatal mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, have filed a $27 billion class action lawsuit against multiple law enforcement agencies in Texas, according to court documents. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Austin, names the city, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, the school district’s …

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