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Three stories in the news today, March 17

03/17/2015 04:35 EDT | Updated 05/16/2015 05:59 EDT
Three stories in the news today, March 17, from The Canadian Press:

BAIL RULING DUE TODAY IN HALIFAX CHEMICALS CASE

A judge in Halifax is expected to rule today on whether to grant bail to a man accused of threatening police with a dangerous chemical. Christopher Phillips, 42, was arrested Jan. 21 at an Ottawa hotel and brought back to Halifax to face charges of uttering threats and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

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JURY IN VIA RAIL TERROR TRIAL ENTERS DAY 7 OF DELIBERATIONS

The jury at the trial of two men accused of plotting to derail a passenger train between Canada and the U.S. enter their seventh day of deliberations in a Toronto courthouse. Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier are both facing four-terror related charges, while Esseghaier faces a fifth separate charge.

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KEY EDMONTON BRIDGE COULD BE CLOSED FOR WEEKS

A $32-million project to replace a key bridge in Edmonton could be delayed up to one year after four 40-tonne steel girders mysteriously buckled. Barry Belcourt, manager of Edmonton's road design and construction branch, said investigators were reviewing the bridge design, materials used, the construction process and environmental conditions for clues.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY ...

— David Winslow Sparks, who pleaded guilty to violating a publication ban after posting on social media the name of a sex assault victim, is due in a Halifax court for sentencing.

— Ontario Premier Wynne to deliver keynote address at the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.

— Edmonton veteran Maurice White to be recognized for his efforts as part of the Second World War special force the Devil's Brigade.

— Hot Docs 2015 press conference. Official film selections will be announced.