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January 24, 2014



08 - (Agriculture-US-Labels)

CALGARY. x--22s. Canada's agriculture minister sees reason for optimism in an ongoing trade battle with the U-S over meat labelling. Gerry Ritz says he's hopeful after an American congressional committee requested a stop to labelling rules that have seriously damaged Canadian meat exports and prompted the federal government to threaten retaliation.

(``...good policy.'') (SOURCE:The Canadian Press) (refeed from 615p) (245a)

TAG: Country-of-origin labelling rules are blamed for complicating the process of bringing in meat from Canada, and for reducing such exports to the U-S by half since 2008.

09 - (US-SCI-Mars-Rover)

PASADENA, California. x--12s. The rover Opportunity may not be as sleek as a new car, but it shows no signs of breaking after a decade on Mars. Scientists and engineers gathered at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to celebrate the plucky rover, which has covered 39 kilometres since landing. NASA'sJohn Callas says the rover allows scientists to look back four billion years as it explores the rim of a new crater.

(``...entire mission.'') (SOURCE:The Associated Press) (refeed from 745p) (245a)

TAG: Opportunity has been exploring the rim of Endeavour Crater, its fifth crater destination. A new study of rocks examined by Opportunity and published in the journal Science found they're the oldest yet -- about four billion years old.

10 - (US-United-States-Iran)

WASHINGTON. x--36s. (Mark Smith) The Obama administration is insisting Iran will have to take apart some uranium enrichment gear as part of a permanent deal over its nuclear program. (WA) (SOURCE:The Associated Press) (refeed from 745p) (245a)

11 - (US-NSA-Surveillance-Snowden)

UNDATED. x--24s. (Andy Field) U-S Attorney General Eric Holder is talking about N-S-A leaker and fugitive Edward Snowden. Snowden held an on line chat yesterday from his asylum home in Russia. A-B-C's Andy Field has details. (WA) (SOURCE:ABC) (245a)

12 - (ENT-MUSIC-Justin-Bieber)

MIAMI. x--13s. Justin Bieber was released on bail yesterday after being arrested in Miami Beach for drag racing and drunk driving. Police say the 19-year-old pop star admitted to taking pills, smoking marijuana and drinking. Katherine Fernandez Rundle is the state attorney for Miami-Dade County who will prosecute the case.

(``...for disaster.'') (SOURCE:ABC) (245a)

TAG: For a first D-U-I offence, there is no minimum jail sentence and a maximum of six months, a fine of 250 to 500-dollars -- and 50 hours of community service. For anyone under 21 -- like Bieber -- there is an automatic six-month license suspension.


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Source: Canadian Press Broadcast Wire (Canada)


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