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Six stories in the news today, Feb. 12

02/12/2015 04:25 EST | Updated 04/13/2015 05:59 EDT
Six stories in the news today, Feb. 12, from The Canadian Press:

EGYPTIAN TRIAL TO BEGIN FOR MOHAMED FAHMY

The retrial of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy is scheduled to begin today in a Cairo courtroom. A lawyer for Fahmy — who has been in prison for more than a year on terror-related charges — is expected to ask that the 40-year-old be deported to Canada. Fahmy's fiancee, Marwa Omara, says deportation is the best hope, but says a high-level intervention by Canada could help move matters along.

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CORONER'S REPORT INTO TRAGIC SENIORS' HOME FIRE IN QUEBEC DUE TODAY

A Quebec coroner's report into a fatal seniors' home fire that claimed 32 lives is set to be released today. Coroner Cyrille Delage's recommendations come after he heard from more than 50 witnesses over several days at hearings held last November and December. Fire swept quickly through the Residence du Havre in L'Isle-Verte, Que., in the early morning hours of Jan. 23, 2014. The exact cause of the inferno could not be determined by authorities because of the destruction caused by the fire.

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BAIL DEBATE IGNITED AFTER MOUNTIE KILLING

A police officer who consented to bail for a career criminal who would later kill a Mountie in Alberta has been unfairly targeted as making a mistake, says his union. "People were looking for answers and wanted someone's head on a plate," says Sgt. Maurice Brodeur, president of the Edmonton Police Association. He says officers do their best acting as Crown prosecutors when accused persons are charged and first appear before justices of the peace. It's a job they have had for decades.

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MOTHER WANTS ANSWERS ON SON'S JAIL DEATH

Elizabeth Cromwell has been fighting for almost a year to get answers about the jailhouse death of her son, a 23-year-old who was in prison awaiting a court hearing when he suddenly overdosed on methadone. What she has found out so far doesn't add up. Clayton Cromwell wasn't part of a methadone treatment program, leaving his mother wondering how he obtained the drug in the Halifax jail and what safeguards were in place that may have saved his life.

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UPDATE TODAY ON FATHER-DAUGHTER LIVER TRANSPLANT

Doctors in Toronto plan to hold a news conference today to update the status of a father-daughter liver transplant. Michael Wagner gave part of his liver to Phuoc — one of his twin daughters who have Alagille syndrome. The genetic disorder affects the girls' vital organs, and they would die without a liver transplant. Wagner and his three-year-old daughter are recovering in hospital after both underwent "successful" liver transplant surgeries

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CANADIAN FLAG, NOW BELOVED, BORN IN CONTROVERSY

When Lester B. Pearson unveiled his top pick for a new Canadian flag at a Winnipeg legion hall in July 1964, he was met with boos, hisses and heckling from veterans who accused him of selling out Canada to the "pea soupers." The Liberal prime minister had campaigned a year earlier on replacing the Red Ensign — the country's unofficial flag which paired Canada's coat of arms and the Union Jack — with a uniquely Canadian emblem as the 1967 centennial approached. As Canada prepares to celebrate its now-beloved flag's 50th birthday on Sunday, the bitter national brawl that erupted as Pearson forged ahead with his plans is a distant memory.