Sat, 11 Aug 2012 15:37:16 GMT | By Jeff Hale, MSN News
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Biggest local, national and world stories of the week



Biggest local, national and world stories of the week. (© Ivan Milutinovic, Stringer/Reuters; Bill Graveland/ CP)
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  • Biggest local, national and world stories of the week. (© Ivan Milutinovic, Stringer/Reuters; Bill Graveland/ CP)
  • Few scandals at Olympics; mixed results for Canada. (© o Toby Melville, Jim Young, Paul Hackett, Toru Hanai/Reuters)
  • Gunman kills six at Sikh temple; gunman who attacked former U.S. politician pleads guilty. (© Allen Fredrickson, FBI/Handout/Reuters; Mark Welsh, Tom Lynn, Daily Herald/AP Photo)
  • Star candidate stumbles for CAQ; Charest denies role in police probe; Marois snipes at monarchy. (© Olivier Jean/Reuters; Ryan Remiorz/CP)
  • Harper backs Northern Gateway pipeline; NWT volunteers as alternative route. (© Al Grillo/AP Photo)
  • Syrian rebels lose key district in Aleppo; Iran tries diplomacy. (© Goran Tomasevic, Ali Jarekji/Reuters)
  • Massive flooding in Philippines; Russian punk band awaits verdict. (© Erik De Castro, Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)
  • Air Canada goes ahead with new service despite recent losses. (© Mike Blake, Mark Blinch/Reuters)
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The Rundown jumps right into the dog days on the calendar, hoping your week was better than that of Joan Rivers, Randy Travis and McDonald's.

Then there is the guy who started a fire at his home by trying to dry his socks and underwear in the microwave.

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Your summer vacation photos are probably pretty good but not nearly as striking as what NASA is seeing from Curiosity, its latest rover on Mars.

These MPs will help select the next member of the Supreme Court of Canada.

A bilateral spat between Canada and the United States over lobster is on a slow boil, with protesting fishermen ordered back to work by an injunction.

The price of food may rise as much as four per cent next year.

The status of that audit on the government's proposed purchase of F-35 fighter jets is unknown, more than two months after the government's self-imposed deadline on the matter.

The government is pondering the idea of charging maintenance fees to business located near national parks and historic sites.

A court has ordered a psychiatric assessment of confessed child abductor Randall Hopley.

The National Hockey League says it will lock out its players on Sept. 15 if it cannot reach a new labour agreement with them by then.

The relentless heat of this summer is stark proof of global warming, contends one NASA scientist. Rather than fight it, farmers are looking for plants and animals engineered to combat such conditions.

Shoppers, get ready for a U.S. invasion by these six well-known retailers.

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