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Quebec mosque shooter gets life, no parole for 40 years

QUEBEC CITY - Quebec City mosque killer Alexandre Bissonnette will spend at least the next 40 years in prison — a sentence that stunned a Muslim community that expected a harsher punishment. (Montreal Gazette)

Man wanted after downtown shooting, four others charged

EDMONTON - Police are searching for a man wanted on an attempted murder charge and have charged four others after a Jasper Avenue shooting last December that left one man in hospital with gunshot wounds. (Edmonton Journal)
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Eight murders for the price of one

TORONTO - Serial killer Bruce McArthur’s punishment for murdering eight men is exactly the same as if he’d killed just one: life without eligibility for parole for 25 years. (Toronto Sun)

Woman who denied she was killer for hire now admits murder

MONTREAL - A woman who once claimed she was forced into falsely confessing to a murder because she felt cornered by an elaborate sting operation by the RCMP now admits she did carry out the murder for hire. (Montreal Gazette)

Huge marijuana bust shows black market still thriving

CANMORE - A massive drug bust in January is evidence that the black market for marijuana is still thriving, RCMP say. On Jan. 26, Mounties stopped a speeding pickup truck on the Trans-Canada Highway near Banff. (The Province)

Leader of sex trafficking ring in Trinidad linked to Asian organized crime

An Asian mafia con­nec­tion is fu­elling the mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar world of sex slaves in Trinidad and To­ba­go, in­tel­li­gence sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion have re­vealed to Guardian Me­dia. (St. Lucia News)

Man killed in overnight shooting in downtown Toronto

TORONTO - A man was shot to death outside a night club in downtown Toronto overnight Friday, according to police. Officers were called to an address near the corner of Queen Street E. and Parliament Street shortly after 1:50 a.m. for multiple reports of gunfire. (CBC)

Former casino investigators question whether officials unwilling to stop money laundering

VANCOUVER - Several former investigators who say they lost jobs in B.C.’s casino industry for whistle-blowing are questioning whether some B.C. officials deliberately allowed government-regulated casinos to be used as hubs for money laundering.(Global News)

Body found in suitcase identified as missing Westchester woman

A woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in Greenwich, Conn. was identified on Thursday as a missing 24-year-old from Westchester, police said. Valerie Reyes was last seen on Jan. 29 and reported missing the next day when she didn’t show up to work. (New York Post)

PMO pressed justice minister to abandon prosecution of SNC Lavelin in corruption case

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office attempted to press Jody Wilson-Raybould when she was justice minister to intervene in the corruption and fraud prosecution of Montreal engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., sources say, but she refused to ask federal prosecutors to make a deal with the company that could prevent a costly trial. (Globe & Mail)