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Kamloops RCMP say they are investigating a number of mailbox thefts over the month. Three Canada Post mailboxes were knocked over in downtown Kamloops last night, but RCMP say it appears nothing was stolen.

New state of the art trauma room equipment unveiled today at Royal Inland Hospital.

Veteran conservation officer Kevin Van Damme says despite the warmer temperatures, bears are still enjoying hibernation and they haven't received any calls about bear alerts in and around the Kamloops area.

Helping students get a leg up on assignments. That's the goal of the Long Night Against Procrastination - an event that's been taking place internationally since 2010 and will be coming to Thompson Rivers University next week.
Provincial
Finance Minister Michael de Jong is in London until Tuesday to meet with investors. The Ministry of Finance says he is there to discuss BC's triple-A credit rating, its balanced budget and investor opportunities.

Kinder Morgan is responding to the criticisms of two mayors, saying it tried to thoroughly answer all the questions it was asked during recent National Energy Board consultations. The mayors of Vancouver and Burnaby issued a news release yesterday saying the company only answered half of their questions.

The commander of one of four Royal Canadian Navy submarines says his vessel is now fully operational and ready for any duties. H-M-C-S Victoria was cruising at a depth of about 60 metres in waters just west of Victoria on Thursday, testing its torpedo tubes.

The Summerland firm that engineered apples not to turn brown after they've been bruised or sliced has been bought for 41 million dollars by an American firm.

National
Aboriginal leaders didn't get what they wanted at yesterday's roundtable in Ottawa where they discussed missing or murdered indigenous women and girls. The leaders repeated their call for a public inquiry into the matter -- but the Harper government once again said no.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is denouncing a decision by a Montreal judge who refused to hear a Muslim woman's case because she wore a head scarf in court. The association says the ruling is discriminatory, and violates the charter's right to freedom of religion.

The funeral for Elijah Marsh will be held today in Toronto. The three-year-old boy died a week and-a-half ago after he wandered outside his grandmother's apartment building in the middle of a frigid night. Elijah's death led to an outpouring of national grief.

A federal cabinet minister who represents a Winnipeg riding is concerned that Vince Li has been granted more freedom. Li has been at a mental health centre in Selkirk since being found not criminally responsible in the 2008 beheading of a fellow passenger on a bus in southwestern Manitoba.

Health Canada has issued a warning about the "extreme danger'' of using unapproved products to fight bedbugs. The warning comes after two young children died this week from an insecticide that the family brought back to Fort McMurray, Alberta from Pakistan.
International
A Russian opposition leader and staunch critic of President Vladimir Putin has been shot and killed in Moscow. Boris Nemtsov was murdered just hours after he appealed for support for tomorrow's planned rally against the war in eastern Ukraine.

A series of car bombs went off this morning north of the Iraq capital of Baghdad, killing 19 people. No one is claiming responsibility for the attacks, which also left dozens wounded.

Police in Mexico have captured one of the country's most-wanted drug lords. They say Servando Gomez was arrested in western Mexico as he tried to sneak out of a house wearing a baseball cap and scarf to try to hide his identity.

William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk in the "Star Trek'' series, says he loved Leonard Nimoy "like a brother,'' adding everyone will miss his humour, talent, and capacity to love. A private funeral will be held for Nimoy, who died in Los Angeles yesterday at the age of 83.

There's bad news for farmers in California's agricultural heartland, which is into the fourth year of a drought. The U.S. government says it won't send any of its reservoir water to the state's Central Valley for the second straight year. That's forcing farmers to seek other supplies of water, or leave their fields unplanted. 

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