Morning Update February 15th, 2012 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CNews | CBSA sends fugitive packing 

VANCOUVER — A fugitive on Canada’s Most Wanted list, apprehended in Surrey, B.C., last month, has been deported, according to Canada Border Services Agency.

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#2 — Globe | Former B.C. attorneys-general call for legalization of marijuana

Spurred in part by the point-blank shooting of a known gangster in an upscale Vancouver hotel, four former attorneys-general of British Columbia have added their voices to a chorus calling for the legalization of marijuana, saying current laws are resulting in a worsening spiral of violence and crime.

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#3 — LFP | ‘That’s the end of horse racing’

Any bid to cancel Ontario horse racing’s share of slots revenue will kill a $2.6-billion industry that employs 65,000 people, its leaders warn.

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#4 — NP | Ivison: Ottawa sets sights on armed drones

The Harper Cabinet has discussed a potential solution to its F-35 fighter jet dilemma — the use of armed drones.

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#5 — OC | Stakeholders brace for sweeping changes on environmental protection laws

OTTAWA — Industry and conservation groups are bracing for the federal government to introduce sweeping changes this month to reduce Canada’s environmental protection laws in order to speed up reviews on proposed projects.

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | New Zealand halts farm sale to China’s Shanghai Pengxin

A New Zealand court has blocked a move by the government to allow Chinese investors to buy farms in the country.

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#7 — CNN | FCC set to impose new limits on automated telemarketing calls

Washington (CNN) – The Federal Communications Commission is making it harder for telemarketing companies to call or text message you.

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#8 — Fox | US, Europe eye risky, unprecedented penalty for Iran over pursuit of nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON –  The United States and Europe are considering unprecedented punishment against Iran that could immediately cripple the country’s financial lifeline. But it’s an extreme option in the banking world that would come with its own costs.

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#9 — DM | Time to extend the barn? Record-breaking Texas bull has whopping 9ft 1in horns

A Texas Longhorn bull that more than lives up to its name has smashed the record for the world’s longest horns.

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#10 — Telegraph | Muslim girl ‘attacked by siblings for kiss’

Muslim teenager Shamima Akhtar was kidnapped, imprisoned and had her hair cut off after her family saw her kiss a white man on her 18th birthday, a court has heard.

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