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--Ninth NewsWatch--

January 27, 2014

(Parliament-Resumes) (Audio: P02) The economy and the upcoming budget will be the focus for the Harper Conservatives as Parliament resumes after a six-week winter break. Government House Leader Peter Van Loan says the government will concentrate on creating jobs and repeated a promise to deliver on a balanced budget next year. Van Loan wouldn't talk about what cuts are planned to slay the deficit when he met with reporters this morning. He also stayed away from answering questions about how a low dollar may improve the economy, but raise prices for consumers. (9) (Del-Mastro-Dollar) A former Conservative M-P has turned critic. Dean Del Mastro says Prime Minister Stephen Harper , Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and the Bank of Canada have encouraged a devaluation of the dollar. Del Mastro told Ontario radio station C-K-R-U in Peterborough that recent comments by Flaherty and bank Governor Stephen Poloz have contributed to a five per cent drop in the loonie's value. He says it means the cost of goods Canadians buy will go up in price. (9) ( Quebec -Fire) Efforts continue to retrieve the bodies of the 22 people missing and presumed dead after last week's seniors home fire in Quebec . For days, search crews have struggled to find human remains amid piles of rubble, ash and thick sheets of ice. A de-icing machine usually used for ships has been brought in to melt the thick layer of ice covering the rubble. Police have confirmed that 10 people died in last Thursday's deadly overnight blaze. (9) (New-Brunswick-Derailment) No one had to be evacuated after a C-N freight train went off the tracks last night in the community of Saint-Basile, New Brunswick . One of the five cars that derailed was carrying liquid butane, but there has been no leak or fire. City general manager Marc Michaud says while about 25 residents who live within a 250-metre radius of the derailment were put on alert, none of them were told to leave their homes. Special work crews are now emptying the butane car. (9) (FL-Congressman-Cocaine-Resignation) (Audio: 107) A spokesman says Congressman Trey Radel (RAY'-dul) of Florida will resign today after pleading guilty to cocaine-possession charges last year. The spokesman says the freshman Republican will send a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nuhr). In November, Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year of probation. He admitted to purchasing 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover officer in Washington . Radel had initially resisted calls from several G-O-P leaders to step down. (9) (Kids and Guns-Ages) (Audio: 100) A new study says more than seven-thousand times a year -- American kids and adolescents go to hospitals with firearm injuries. Gunshot wounds are the second leading cause of death among U-S children. The journal Pediatrics says roughly 20 children and adolescents are hospitalized with bullet wounds every day -- mostly from assaults, as opposed to accidents or suicide attempts. All of the victims are younger than 21 and Yale Professor John Leventhal says some are as young as two, three or four years of age. (9) (NewsWatch by Rose Kingdon ) ( The Canadian Press )

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