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Canada's tax agency pulls plug on e-filing as world frets over Heartbleed bug

OTTAWA - With tax-return season in full swing, the Canada Revenue Agency suddenly locked down its online filing services on Wednesday, fearful of a new vulnerability in software used by much of the world to safeguard secure websites on the Internet.

Prosecutor who led wrongful conviction case says Nova Scotia man pleaded guilty

HALIFAX - The former Crown attorney who led the case against a Nova Scotia man wrongfully convicted of statutory rape in 1970 testified Wednesday that nothing seemed out of order, even though some key files had disappeared over the years.

Killer professor wins waiver of $50 fee; court access critical, judge rules

TORONTO - A notorious inmate serving a life sentence for gunning down university faculty should be able to file an appeal related to his prison conditions without paying a $50 fee given his financial straits, the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled.

Defence says B.C. gang leader most significant witness, needs time to prepare

VANCOUVER - Defence lawyers at a high-profile murder trial in Vancouver have asked for more time to prepare to cross examine a former gang leader, saying he is the most significant witness in the case.

Tax agency cuts off public access to electronic services over security worries

OTTAWA - A major international security concern has forced the shutdown of electronic filing services at the Canada Revenue Agency, and there are concerns the problem could affect other government systems as well.

Man arrested after stabbing four co-workers inside Toronto office building

TORONTO - An employee went on a stabbing spree Wednesday, injuring four co-workers inside a Toronto office building, before he was "subdued," police said.

Ontario cops' spoof video leads to discreditable conduct charges

WHITBY, Ont. - A spoof video depicting disgruntled police officers "on a quest for freedom" from court duty has led to discreditable conduct charges against two members of the Durham Region police.

Trudeau vows to repeal entire elections overhaul if he becomes PM

OTTAWA - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he'll repeal the Harper government's controversial overhaul of election laws if he becomes prime minister.

Baloney Meter: Poilievre statement on Fair Elections Act put to the test

OTTAWA - "Let us consider some examples of the new power the CEO seeks for himself. First, he believes, and I quote from his recommendation, that upon a request from the CEO, political parties be required to produce all documents necessary to ensure compliance with the Canada Elections Act. Let's examine this: it is difficult to imagine what power the CEO seeks here that he does not already have."

5 Canadians win $100,000 Killam Prizes for research with global reach

TORONTO - Five of the country's top scholars and scientists have been named winners of the 2014 Killam Prize, created to honour Canadians who have made contributions to research that has had far-reaching national and international impact.

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