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NATIONAL NEWS

Canadian Press NewsAlert: Illicit drug deaths reaches record high 914 in B.C.
VANCOUVER - British Columbia reached a new peak of 914 illicit drug overdose deaths last year with the arrival of the deadly opioid fentanyl.
The figure is almost 80 per cent higher than the 510 overdose deaths due to illicit drugs in 2015.



SPORTS NEWS

Canada's Milos Raonic waves to the spectators after defeating Luxembourg's Gilles Muller in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Raonic continues streak by reaching 3rd round in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia - Third-seeded Milos Raonic ended one streak and continued another with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) Thursday over Gilles Muller to reach the third round at the Australian Open.
Raonic, who reached the semifinals here last year and the final at Wimbledon, had lost both previous matches to Muller — including one when he retired with an injured hip in the second round at Wimbledon in 2012.



BUSINESS NEWS

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz listens during a news conference in Ottawa, Wednesday, January 18, 2017. The central bank announced that it would maintain its target for the overnight interest rate at 0.5 per cent. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Bank of Canada warns of 'consequences' if Trump protectionist policies materialize
OTTAWA - The Bank of Canada is warning there will be "material consequences" for trade if protectionist policies under U.S. president-elect Donald Trump come to fruition.
The central bank released its latest monetary policy report on Wednesday, offering its first updated forecasts and broad economic assessment since the November election victory by Trump, who will be sworn in Friday. It also held its benchmark interest rate at 0.5 per cent, as expected.



ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

NewsAlert: Wife of "Exorcist" author William Peter Blatty says he has died
BETHESDA, Md. - Wife of "Exorcist" author William Peter Blatty says the bestselling author has died.
More to come.



HEALTH NEWS

Siegfried van Zuiden, right, and his wife Audrey pose in this undated handout photo. A judge has ruled an 86-year-old Calgary man charged with killing his wife will not stand trial. Judge Allan Fradsham accepted a psychiatrist's recommendation that Siegfri
Calgary man, 86, charged with killing wife unfit to stand trial: judge
CALGARY - A judge has ruled an 86-year-old Calgary man charged with killing his wife will not stand trial, agreeing with a psychiatrist that Siegfried van Zuiden's worsening dementia has rendered him medically unfit.
Judge Allan Fradsham made his decision Friday after hearing testimony from psychiatrist Kenneth Hashman, who said the senior does not understand the charge against him, is disoriented to time and place and has become less able to care for himself.