#1 — CNews | Beavers make a comeback, study finds
The beavers are back, big time.
After being nearly eradicated by over-trapping a century ago, the Canadian icons are now plentiful, with a population that sprawls three continents and covers an area the size of Switzerland, University of Saskatchewan researchers have found.
#2 — CTV | Exact cause of fire at Que. seniors’ home likely won’t ever be known: police
RIVIERE DU LOUP — The exact cause of the fire at a Quebec seniors’ home last January that killed 32 people will likely never be known, a coroner’s inquest into the tragedy heard Thursday.
#3 — Globe | Alberta MLA defections were negotiated over a month, Prentice says
As talks progressed over the past month about a mass defection from the opposition Wildrose to the governing Progressive Conservatives, leader Danielle Smith publicly castigated two MLAs for being seduced by “the perks of power” when they crossed the floor of the Alberta Legislature.
Postmedia | Manning likes the look of PC and Wildrose unity
#4 — Postmedia | Record snow to no snow, a difference of Decembers
A year ago Thursday, Windsor had a record 19 centimetres of snow on the ground and the region was slipping into its snowiest winter.
This December, you couldn’t even make a small snowball with the few flakes that have fallen.
#5 — Sun | Senior cop told ‘take back the streets’ during G20 ‘lawlessness’
TORONTO — A senior city police officer accused of ordering the unlawful kettling and detainment of hundreds during the G20 protests says he was given the green light to “take back the streets” because “lawlessness” had gripped the city and overwhelmed law enforcement.
#6 — BBC | New record depth for deepest fish
A new record has been set for the world’s deepest fish.
#7 — CNN | Mad about free speech and North Korea? Hack back, says group
(CNN) — Jo Jin-hye, who escaped North Korea, wanted to watch “The Interview.”
#8 — Fox | Pakistan: 59 militants killed amid school massacre
ISLAMABAD – Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 59 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, the army said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.
#9 — DM | American troops battle ISIS for first time as they see off attempted attack by militants on Iraqi base
A number of militants have been killed in Islamic State’s very first battle with U.S. ground troops after the extremists attempted to overrun an Iraqi military base.
#10 — WT | Secret Service needs outside leadership to drive culture change, review finds
Proud, insular and stung by security lapses, the U.S. Secret Service needs new leadership from outside the agency to drive accountability, strategy and cultural change, according to an independent report released Thursday that laid bare the flaws of the agency that protects the president and his family.