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Lake named for Mountie

WINNIPEG—The Manitoba government has named a northern lake after an RCMP officer who was killed in the line of duty.

The body of water, about 45 km north of Flin Flon, has been named Lake Strongquill.

It commemorates RCMP Cst. Dennis Strongquill, who was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in 2001.

Right-to-die law deadline extended

OTTAWA—The Supreme Court has added four months to the federal government’s deadline for producing a new law on doctor-assisted death—but with an exemption for anyone who wants to ask a judge to end their life earlier.

The Liberal government had argued it needed the original Feb. 6 deadline extended by six months in order to have the time to craft a proper law.

Mom upset by prayer

MOOSE JAW, Sask.—A Saskatchewan woman wants provincial laws changed so that the Lord’s Prayer is kept out of public schools.

Dusti Hennenfent said she’s upset the prayer is recited each morning at Moose Jaw’s Lindale Elementary School, where her two children attend classes.

Hennenfent says a Christian prayer doesn’t belong in a such a setting.

Bus crash hurts nine

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.—Nine people aboard a Greyhound bus were transported to hospital yestersday after the vehicle flipped on its side beside an icy highway south of Prince George, B.C.

RCMP Cpl. Dave Tyreman said the bus lost control on Highway 97 just before 8 a.m., crossed the centre line, and ended up in a ditch.

Layoffs will hurt patients: nurses

TORONTO—The Ontario Nurses’ Association is sounding the alarm about layoffs of registered nurses by cash-strapped hospitals—and warns patients will pay the price.

The union, which represents 60,000 registered nurses, says 770 RN positions were cut across Ontario last year, and hospitals in Windsor and Kitchener already have announced more RN layoffs this month.

Trio of Powerball winners

LOS ANGELES—An eye-popping and unprecedented Powerball jackpot, whose rise to $1.6 billion became a national fascination, will be split three ways.

The winners’ identities remain a mystery but they bought their tickets in Florida, Tennessee, and an L.A. suburb where even lottery losers were celebrating yesterday that such heady riches were won in their modest city.