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TMCNet:  National News as of 3 p.m. ET Nov. 16

[November 16, 2012]

National News as of 3 p.m. ET Nov. 16

(Canadian Press DataFile Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Nov. 16, 2012 3 p.m. ET NATIONAL NEWS ADVISORY Here are the top National News stories from The Canadian Press. All times are Eastern unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject to change as news develops.



NATIONAL NEWS Harper condemns attacks on Israeli cities Israel-Palestinians-Harper QUEBEC CITY _ Prime Minister Stephen Harper condemned the continuing rocket attacks against Israel as tensions continued to rise in the Middle East.His remarks, in Quebec, came as the Israeli military prepared for a possible ground incursion into the Palestinian-controlled Gaza region, which observers say could lead to a dramatic escalation of the conflict. PHOTO.

___ PQ makes formal request to yank Maple Leaf Que-Flag-Flap QUEBEC _ Stephen Harper showed little interest in talking about the Parti Quebecois government's treatment of the Canadian flag during a visit to Quebec City on Friday.The prime minister arrived in the provincial capital to news that the new pro-independence government had taken steps this week to officially yank the Maple Leaf from the provincial legislature. PHOTO.

___ In political rarity, Montreal gets an Anglo mayor Montreal-New-Mayor MONTREAL _ For the first time in 100 years, Montreal has an anglophone mayor following a string of improbable events that rocked the administration of a scandal-weary city.Michael Applebaum won a vote at city council, 31-29, to become the city's first non-francophone mayor since just before the First World War. PHOTO.

___ Ethnic media is required reading, Kenney says Kenney-Media-Monitoring TORONTO _ The immigration minister says he was too busy during the last federal election to pay attention to ethnic media clips.But otherwise Jason Kenney calls the ethnic press the most important reading he does each morning.

___ Cyber-threat is real, former spy warns Cyber-security OTTAWA - A cyber-attack on key infrastructure like the power grid could be "potentially devastating" for Canada, a recently retired intelligence officer warned Friday at a security conference.

___ Last man to arrive on moon has plans, 40 years later Cda-Space-Summit LONDON _ You may have to excuse Harrison (Jack) Schmitt if the former American astronaut gets itchy feet for the moon these days.It was 40 years ago next month, on Dec. 6, 1972, that he and fellow astronaut Eugene Cernan became the last humans to set foot on the lunar surface.

___ Snatched B.C. boy back home from U.S.

Amber-Alert SPARWOOD, B.C. _ A three-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert is back in British Columbia after being spirited across the U.S. border to Montana.Undersheriff Dave Lieb of the Flathead County Sheriff's Office in Kalispell, Mont., said Friday Alvin Barnett's father remains in custody there.

___ MP in court accused of not providing breath sample Goldring-Breathalyzer EDMONTON _ The lawyer for an Alberta MP accused of not providing a breathalyzer sample is trying to get more police records about the night in question.Peter Goldring, who represents Edmonton East, was arrested last December after being pulled over on his way home from a riding Christmas party. PHOTO. Espy Ott ___ Toronto mayor Ford in testy exchange in court Ford-Lawsuit TORONTO _ Toronto's mayor is undergoing a testy cross-examination in a $6-million defamation lawsuit against him.Restaurant owner George Foulidis is alleging Ford libelled him when the mayor suggested a leasing deal between Foulidis' company Tuggs Inc. and the city was corrupt _ a suggestion he repeated in court today. PHOTO.

___ ALSO IN THE NEWS Astral still talking to BCE on takeover deal CRTC-Bell-Astral MONTREAL _ Astral Media Inc. (TSX: ACM.A) is still talking with Bell in hopes of finding a way to have the friendly takeover by the telecom giant win regulatory approval.The CRTC killed the $3.4-billion deal last month, saying it wasn't in the best interests of Canadians. PHOTO.

COMING LATER CALGARY _ Court martial proceedings against Maj. Darryl Watts, who is charged with manslaughter, breach of duty, unlawfully causing bodily harm and negligently performed a military duty in the training death of Cpl. Josh Baker northeast of Kandahar in February 2010.

__ VANCOUVER - Federal Court hearing to determine appeal of permission for temporary foreign workers in northern B-C mine. (2 p.m. at Federal Court, 701 W. Georgia Street) (c) 2012 The Canadian Press

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