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--Fourteenth NewsWatch--

January 27, 2014

( Quebec -Fire) (Audio: 75) The owner of the seniors' residence that burned to the ground in a fatal fire last week received a standing ovation as he spoke to a memorial mass in L'Isle-Verte, Quebec . Roch Bernier told the service -- attended by more than a thousand people -- that the small community will try to find the strength to get through the tragedy. Ten people are confirmed dead and 22 others are still missing. Blowing snow and frigid temperatures hampered recovery crews on Sunday. Much of the fire site remains encased in thick ice. (14) (Del-Mastro-Dollar) Prime Minister Harper's former parliamentary secretary says the Conservative government and the Bank of Canada have worked to reduce the value of the loonie by about five per cent. Dean Del Mastro says Harper, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and the central bank have encouraged a devaluation of the dollar. Del Mastro quit the Tory caucus last year after he was charged under the Elections Act with improper election spending. (14) (Manitoba-Pipeline-Fire) Emergency supplies of compressed natural gas are being trucked in to communities in southern Manitoba left shivering in minus 20 degree weather by a pipeline explosion. An estimated four-thousand people are without natural gas service following an explosion and fire at a TransCanada Pipelines valve site near St. Pierre-Jolys early Saturday. Manitoba Hydro is warning customers to prepare for an outage that could last several days. (14) (Brain-Dead-Pregnancy) (Audio: 97) The family of a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman who was removed from life support Sunday is planning to bury her soon. Lawyers for the husband of Marlise Munoz say her body has been released to her husband, Erick. A judge ordered the Forth Worth hospital to remove life support. (14) (Maryland-Mall-Shooting) Police in Maryland are still trying to determine why a teenager shot and killed two people at a Baltimore shopping mall before turning the gun on himself. Nineteen-year-old Darion Aguillar (AG'-uh-lahr) graduated from high school less than a year ago and had no previous run-ins with the law. Police say he brought a shotgun, lots of ammunition and a backpack filled with crude homemade explosives to the mall on Saturday, where he fatally shot two employees at a skateboard shop -- then killed himself. (14) (MUSIC-Grammys) ``Random Access Memories'' by mask-wearing electronic music pioneers Daft Punk has won album of the year at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. The album also won best dance/electronica album. The French musicians' single ``Get Lucky'' -- one of the year's largest hits -- took home record of the year. (14) (NewsWatch by Lori Paris ) ( The Canadian Press )


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Source: Canadian Press Broadcast Wire (Canada)


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