Updated: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT | By Jeff Hale
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Biggest headlines from the week that was. (© Mark Lennihan, Erin McCracken/AP Photo; Christian Hartmann, Danny Moloshok, Molly Riley/Reuters)
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  • Biggest headlines from the week that was. (© Mark Lennihan, Erin McCracken/AP Photo; Christian Hartmann, Danny Moloshok, Molly Riley/Reuters)
  • Manitoba plane crash kills pilot, injures seven; Quebec businesses will fight language laws. (© Andrew Vaughan, Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press; Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)
  • Ex-Liberal cabinet member charged with fraud; Liberal MP apologizes for assailing Alberta MPs. (© Mike Cassese, Chris Wattie, Todd Korol/Reuters)
  • Ceasefire between Israel and Hamas ends eight days of intense fighting. (© Suhaib Salem, Ahmed Zakot/Reuters)
  • Rebels in Syria, Congo fortify gains; EU struggles with Greek bailout package: U.S. secession?. (© Rex Features; James Akena/Reuters)
  • Stampeders, Argonauts prepare for 100th Grey Cup game on Sunday. (© Ben Nelms, Mike Cassese, Todd Korol/Reuters; Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)
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The Rundown returns, elated that Twinkies will most likely survive the demise of Hostess bakeries, but wondering what has happened to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and what exactly motivates someone to plunk down more than five large for a toilet, even if it has been used by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

There also seemed to be a spike in stories related to fraud, for reasons that remain elusive. The fraud charges against former federal cabinet minister Joe Fontana, the mayor of London, Ont., will be dealt with in the roundup of Canadian political news but Hewlett Packard, the American technology company, said it was the victim of a multi-billion-dollar fraud and a rogue trader was sentenced to seven years in prison in what is being called the biggest instance of fraud in British banking history.

Elsewhere this week:

Two television anchors in Maine resigned on the air.

If you missed who won at the American Music Awards, they’re here, including Justin Bieber.

A government memo says the Canadian embassy in Moscow is vulnerable to a terrorist attack.

The Salvation Army is investigating an internal theft of $2 million in toys and other items. People have come forward to help replace the stolen toys.

There are no mandatory safety standards in Canada for ski helmets.

RBC is dropping the expiry date on prepaid credit cards. Expect other banks to follow suit.

Kevin Clash, the puppeteer of Elmo, resigned from Sesame Street, amid allegations he sexually abused underage boys.

The Supreme Court will not hear a case regarding a pregnant woman’s right where to choose where to bear her child.

A resolution of the NHL lockout is looking increasingly bleak.Talks this week produced “no movement” said Donald Fehr, the head of the players union. Meanwhile, Kraft has cancelled its Hockeyville program. If you’re looking for a more upbeat sports story, how about the guy who scored 138 points in a basketball game?

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