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Four stories in the news today, Feb. 17

02/17/2015 04:36 EST | Updated 04/18/2015 05:59 EDT
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Four stories in the news today, Feb. 17, from The Canadian Press:

TWO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY IN HALIFAX MALL THREAT CASE

Two people accused of plotting to open fire in a Halifax mall are to appear in court today facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder. Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath, 23, of Geneva, Ill., and Randall Steven Shepherd, 20, of Halifax, are accused of plotting a Valentine's Day attack on the Halifax Shopping Centre. A third suspect was found dead by police last week at a home in Timberlea, N.S.

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CANADIAN SPIES ARE SEEKING THEIR OWN CEMETERY

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service wants to create a national burial site for its employees at Ottawa's Beechwood Cemetery. CSIS and a society representing many former spies have approached Beechwood about reserving part of cemetery for members of the spy agency and their families. The cemetery already has dedicated sections for the RCMP, National Defence and Ottawa police.

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DE JONG SAYS B.C. BALANCES ITS BOOKS, SURPLUS

Finance Minister Mike de Jong says the surplus in Tuesday's provincial budget gives the government some room to move on health, education and social spending, but economic times are fragile and British Columbians should not expect a spending spree. He said B.C. will likely be the only province in Canada to table a balanced budget for this year, an accomplishment he attributes to a diversified economy and controlled spending.

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FAIRFAX FINANCIAL TO BUY BRIT PLC

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., a Canadian financial services holding company, says it will buy specialty insurer and reinsurer Brit PLC for $US1.88 billion.Fairfax says the purchase will give it a significant presence in the Lloyds of London market.