POLITICS

Four stories in the news today, Feb. 18

02/18/2015 04:06 EST | Updated 04/19/2015 05:59 EDT
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Four stories in the news today, Feb. 18, from The Canadian Press:

REPORTS SAY MAGNOTTA WILL DROP APPEAL OF MURDER CONVICTION

Published reports say Luka Magnotta's lawyer plans to drop an appeal of his murder conviction today. However, a clerk at the Quebec Court of Appeal says they have not received any notice from Magnotta's lawyer to that effect. Magnotta was found guilty of first-degree murder and four other charges last December in the 2012 slaying and dismemberment of Jun Lin, a Chinese engineering student.

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VERDICT EXPECTED IN NEWFOUNDLAND THREATS CASE

A verdict is expected today in the case of a Newfoundland man whose murder conviction was thrown out, but who was tried for allegedly threatening prison guards and assaulting them. Judge Lois Skanes is to deliver her verdict in provincial court after hearing the case involving Nelson Hart. A correctional officer at Her Majesty's Penitentiary testified Tuesday that Hart seemed irate and told another guard he would stab him two years ago.

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MAJORITY EXPECT TO BE WORKING PAST 65: POLL

TORONTO — A new poll has found there are more Canadians who expect to be working past age 65 than those who expect to be retired.The annual Sun Life poll showed about 60 per cent of respondents anticipated they would be working either full or part-time when they reach 65, compared to 27 per cent who plan on being fully retired by that age.

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CANUCK SOUND MIXER OSCAR-BOUND WITH WHIPLASH

Craig Mann's road to the Academy Awards started with a risky career move, one that the southern Ontario-bred sound mixer says nearly ended his Hollywood career.Now that Mann is bound for the Oscars for his work on the drumming film "Whiplash," he admits he's finally starting to feel like he's arrived in the highly competitive field.

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