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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 12, 2016

Photo transferring

Photos
Heather Latter

Participants Denise Rybuck, left, Bonnie Shute, and Mary Hickling looked on as Andrea Avis, program director at the Fort Frances Public Library, explained the process of transferring a photo onto a block of wood during a workshop there last night. The workshop, which wraps up next Monday, is offering those on hand a chance to learn an inexpensive way and creative way to display photos.

Town offers ‘rainy day’ site

News
Staff

Summer showers are a fact of life in Rainy River District and can ruin the best-laid plans.

As a precaution, the town will furnish the Memorial Sports Centre as a “rainy day location” at no cost to the Canada Day organizing committee this year.

Thief stuffs snake down pants

National
The Associated Press

A snake thief smuggled a two-foot-long python from a Portland pet store by stuffing it down his pants.

Sgt. Greg Stewart said no arrests have been made in Friday’s theft.

But Christin Bjugan, an owner of A to Z pet store, said video surveillance has helped viewers and police detectives identify a suspect, and she expects to have the snake returned soon.

U.K. trains delayed by sunlight

National
The Associated Press

LONDON—It’s the dark days of one of the rainiest British winters on record.

So some London commuters were surprised to hear their trains had been delayed because of the sun.

Rail operator Southeastern tweeted today that “we had severe congestion through Lewisham due to dispatching issues as a result of strong sunlight.”

Canadian pilot dies in Antarctica

National
The Canadian Press

A Canadian helicopter pilot who plunged into a crevasse while working on a remote ice shelf in Antarctica died of his injuries today.

David Wood was working with the Australian government’s Antarctic program at Davis station—a permanent base in Antarctica.

Small uranium spill closes road

National
The Canadian Press

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask.—A stretch of highway in southwestern Saskatchewan was cordoned off until this morning after a tractor-trailer carrying 63 drums of uranium concentrate bound for a refinery rolled—spilling a small part of its load.

New record for wildfires in parks

National
Bob Weber
The Canadian Press

Wildfires scorched a record amount of Canada’s national parks last year—the latest in a number of long, hot summers that almost entirely have depleted Parks Canada’s firefighting reserve.

“We had a very busy fire year,” said Jeff Weir, director of fire management.

“We had more wildfires than normal and those fires burned larger areas than normal,” he noted.

Pickering nukes to be kept online

National
Keith Leslie
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario Power Generation announced plans yesterday to start a $12.8-billion refurbishment of the Darlington nuclear power station this fall and to squeeze four more years out of the aging reactors at its Pickering generating station.

Canadian freed after five years as hostage

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—An Afghan official has described a dramatic scene surrounding the release of a Canadian hostage held by the Taliban for five years.

Police chief Gen. Aminullah Amarkhil told The Associated Press today that Colin Rutherford’s release involved a helicopter landing to scoop him to freedom as fighter jets flew overhead in Ghazni province’s Giro district.

Homeless count facing data gaps

National
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Some of Canada’s biggest cities have chosen to opt out of a federally-run count of homeless people, resulting in what some experts predict will be an incomplete picture of the national poverty problem.

Palliative care in critical condition

Health & Wellness
Kristy Kirkup
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Federal and provincial governments need to guarantee access to palliative care in legislation, the Canadian Cancer Society said today as it released a report on the state of care across the country.

Landmark fraud, corruption trial begins for Princess Cristina, her husband, 16 others

Health & Wellness
By Alan Clendenning And Emilio Morenatti The Associated Press

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain Spain’s Princess Cristina spent 12 hours in court Monday at the start of her landmark criminal case, confronting accusations of bankrolling a lavish lifestyle with funds her husband received from an alleged scheme to embezzle millions from public contracts for conferences and sporting events.

Canucks put brakes on Panthers’ streak

Sports
Joshua Clipperton
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The Florida Panthers’ franchise-record 12-game winning streak ended with a bang last night—and a few punches.

Daniel Sedin ripped his second goal of the night off the crossbar and in past Roberto Luongo on the power play at 2:21 of overtime as Vancouver edged Florida 3-2.

Gutsy play helps ’Bama to title

Sports
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GLENDALE, Ariz.—The last step toward making Alabama’s run of championships under Nick Saban the greatest in college football history was the toughest.

The Crimson Tide needed all its power and speed. It needed all its talent and steely resolve.

And when that alone couldn’t do it, it was up to one gutsy trick to help win the fourth national title of the Saban dynasty.

The shining: UK commuters told trains delayed by sunlight

International
The Associated Press

LONDON It’s the dark days of one of the rainiest British winters on record. So some London commuters were surprised to hear their trains had been delayed because of the sun.

US police searching for suspect who stole snake putting it down his pants

International
By Steven Dubois The Associated Press

A snake thief smuggled a 2-foot (0.61-meter)-long python from a Portland pet store by stuffing it down his pants.

Sgt. Greg Stewart said no arrests have been made in Friday’s theft. But Christin Bjugan, an owner of A to Z pet store, said video surveillance has helped viewers and police detectives identify a suspect, and she expects to have the snake returned soon.

Judge sentences 2 members of the family on reality TV show “Alaskan Bush People” to 30 days in jail

People
By Becky Bohrer The Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska Two members of the family featured on the reality TV show “Alaskan Bush People” were sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail after they were accused of applying for checks from Alaska’s oil wealth fund even though they weren’t entitled.

Keep the crisp, lose the labour in these Super Bowl wings

Recipes
By Alison Ladman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Come Super Bowl Sunday, we all love a heaping platter of wings. They’ve got to be crunchy. They’ve got to be a little bit greasy. They’ve got to be so delicious we can’t stop eating even after we know we’ve eaten too many.