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--Fourteenth NewsWatch--

February 27, 2014


A Criminal Code Review Board is granting unescorted trips to a man who beheaded a fellow Greyhound bus passenger.

Forty-six-year-old Vince Li (LEE) has been a patient at the Selkirk Mental Hospital northeast of Winnipeg.

The outings are to start at 30 minutes and increase to full-day trips.

Li was found found not criminally responsible for stabbing and beheading Tim McLean in July of 2008. (14)

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A man and woman will appear in court in Halifax tomorrow on first degree murder charges in the death of university student Loretta Saunders.

The 26-year-old Inuit woman originally from Labrador was doing her thesis on missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Police say many pieces of information led to the discovery of her body yesterday along the Trans-Canada highway in New Brunswick.

Twenty-eight-year-old Victoria Henneberry and 25-year-old Blake Leggette were already facing charges of stealing Saunders' car. (14)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his government to talk to the International Monetary Fund and Western nations about bailing out Ukraine.

Russia has given shelter to Ukraine's fugitive president, Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich), who is said to be holed up in a luxury government retreat in advance of a news conference tomorrow.

It has also promised to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity, but a military exercise involving some 150-thousand soldiers in western Russia, signalled a strong determination not to lose Ukraine to the West. (14)


Toronto's mayor is challenging the city's police chief to arrest him -- if he can find the grounds.

Rob Ford thundered at reporters today that he has nothing to apologize for after a profane drunken video rant against Chief Bill Blair that was surreptitiously filmed at a restaurant last month.

Blair said yesterday he was ``deeply offended'' by the remarks.

Instead, Ford says Blair should explain the cost of a long-standing police investigation into the mayor's activities that led to the arrest of a personal friend. (14)


A scientist from Kelowna, B-C has been chosen to join an elite group simulating a mission to Mars.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ross Lockwood is doing his doctorate in condensed matter physics at the University of Alberta.

The NASA-funded project will see Lockwood and five others spend four months conducting psychological tests inside an 11-metre sealed dome high on the slopes of a Hawaiian mountain. (14)

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The producers of Maker's Mark bourbon have announced a 67-million-dollar distillery expansion to keep pace with growing demand.

The news comes about a year after the Kentucky whiskey caused a stir by suggesting it was cutting the amount of alcohol in each bottle to stretch supplies.

After a consumer backlash, Maker's Mark quickly scrapped the idea and restored the alcohol volume to its usual level. (14)

(NewsWatch by Dawn Kelly)

(The Canadian Press)

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