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It has been 10 years since Steve Moore's NHL career ended with an attack by former Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi. The 35-year-old Moore says he still suffers from headaches and low energy, even if he feels better overall and wants to get on with his life. But there has been no closure for the former Colorado Avalanche centre, whose $38-million dollar lawsuit against Bertuzzi and the Canucks is still in the courts after numerous delays. Moore, a rookie on a powerhouse Avalanche team, still remembers that game on March 8, 2004, and the devastating effect it had on his career.
OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously upheld the sexual assault conviction of a Nova Scotia man who tried to trick his girlfriend into becoming pregnant by poking holes in her condoms. Craig Jaret Hutchinson was sentenced to 18 month in jail in December 2011 after he pierced his girlfriend's condoms with a pin in 2006 so she would get pregnant and not break up with him. In Friday's 7-0 ruling, the high court ruled that Hutchinson deprived the woman of her ability to consent to sex. "The accused's condom sabotage constituted fraud ... the result that no consent was obtained," Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and Justice Thomas Cromwell wrote on behalf of the court.
MONTREAL - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada will suspend practically all its military relations with Russia because of the crisis in Ukraine. Baird also confirmed Friday that the federal government will expel nine Russian soldiers who are training in Canada "to let them know they are no longer welcome." The expulsions send the "powerful" message to Russia that it will not be business as usual when a sovereign country is invaded and occupied, he said. He also said Canada and other countries were working on imposing economic sanctions against Russia.
That bet has helped equities shrug off bearish data and geopolitical uncertainties in Ukraine, taking the S&P 500 to a series of record highs. "We're hoping the payroll report means we're on a stronger footing going ahead and that we can get more robust growth going forward," said Michael Mullaney, chief investment officer of Fiduciary Trust Co in Boston.
MONTREAL - Pauline Marois juggled sovereignty and the economy Friday as she reacted to major job losses in the province and a decision to allow Enbridge to boost the capacity of an Ontario-Montreal pipeline. While she played down the loss of 25,000 jobs in Quebec last month, the Parti Quebecois leader said sovereignty would help the province in dealing with situations such as the pipeline. The National Energy Board has required Enbridge to ensure the project is "safe and environmentally sensitive." "If we were independent, we could decide what Enbridge has to do with this project."
Greece and its international lenders will miss a self-imposed March 10 deadline to clinch a deal that will release the next tranche of the country's rescue loans, three senior Greek government sources said late on Friday. Greece and representatives of the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had hoped to conclude the latest review of the country's reform progress under the terms of its international bailout by Monday, when euro zone finance ministers meet in Brussels.
SURREY, B.C. - An RCMP investigation spanning British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan has resulted in the arrest of a former Mountie who's alleged to have sexually assaulted eight boys in the late 1970s and early '80s. Police say Alan Davidson, 58, was arrested Thursday in Calgary, where he was living and working for Alberta's sheriff services. RCMP Supt. Brendan Fitzpatrick told reporters Friday in Metro Vancouver that the alleged assaults happened in Clearwater, B.C., when Davidson was a coach, but before he joined the Mounties. "At this time we have no information and are unaware of any alleged offences that may have occurred during his service as a police officer," Fitzpatrick said.
By Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks finished mostly higher on Friday, with the S&P 500 closing at a record after more jobs than expected were created in February and January's figure was revised higher. The S&P 500 ended at a record closing high for the second day in a row. Friday's milestone also was the S&P 500's fifth record closing high in the past seven sessions.