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--Third NewsWatch--

February 12, 2014


The sales job -- and the griping -- over the latest federal budget will kick into high gear today.

Prime Minister Harper's cabinet ministers will fan out to sell the benefits of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's 10th budget.

The document calls for a 2.9-billion-dollar deficit and no flashy spending so the books will be balanced next year.

But N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair says it doesn't help those who need it most.

He sees it as just a set-up piece for next year's budget that the Conservatives hope will win them votes in 2015.

Flaherty will speak about his budget today to the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. (3)

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A new survey suggests Canadian couples may be more willing to forgive a cheating spouse or ignore meddling in-laws than to overlook disagreements about money.

A poll done by Pollara for the Bank of Montreal found 68 per cent of those surveyed said fighting over money would be their top reason for divorce.

Sixty per cent said infidelity would do the trick, while 36 per cent said disagreements about family would spell the end of the marriage. (3)


A hang-glider pilot in B-C who failed to attach a 28-year-old woman during a tandem flight and caused her to fall to her death has been sentenced to five months in jail.

William Jon Orders pleaded guilty last week to criminal negligence causing the death of Lenami (LEH'-nuh-mee) Godinez-Avila in April 2012.

Though Orders missed some crucial steps during a pre-launch safety check, a B-C judge ruled a five-month sentence is fitting because his actions were unintentional and he is remorseful.

But the victim's father was disappointed, saying a harsher sentence would deter other hang-glider pilots from making the same mistake. (3)


Sleet and freezing rain is hitting the American southeast this morning in a storm weather experts say could be catastrophic for some regions.

Georgia Power is already reporting power outages to two-thousand homes and businesses in the Atlanta area, as ice is bringing down tree limbs and power lines.

Unlike a similar wintry hit of two weeks ago that paralyzed parts of Georgia and Alabama, there are hundreds of salt trucks, snow plows and National Guard troops on standby. (3)


It's not too often that comedian Stephen Colbert, the Reverend Al Sharpton and former pro-basketball player Jason Collins find themselves in the same room.

But the three celebrities were among hundreds of people invited to last night's lavish state dinner at the White House honouring French President Francois Hollande.

Actors Bradley Cooper, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Cicely Tyson made the list too. (3)

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Madonna is best known for her pop hits, but the music icon is also a major fitness buff.

The singer and actress was in Toronto last night for the official launch of Hard Candy Fitness, and even led her cardio-based ``Addicted to Sweat'' class during her visit.

Madonna says dance has always been a big part of her shows and she applies the same philosophy to her gym brand. (3)

(NewsWatch by Karen Rebot)

(The Canadian Press)

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