Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:58:05 GMT | By Jeff Hale, MSN.ca
Top news headlines: Week ending Feb. 1

Dutch Queen Beatrix steps down; New York times hacked and more



Clockwise from top left: A homeless veteran, Dutch Queen Beatrix, actor Randy Quaid (© The Canadian Press; WireImage; Reuters)
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  • Clockwise from top left: A homeless veteran, Dutch Queen Beatrix, actor Randy Quaid (© The Canadian Press; WireImage; Reuters)
  • Clockwise from left: Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Public Works and Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose, interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, Prime Minister Stephen Harper (© Chris Wattie/Reuters)
  • Leadership candidate Kathleen Wynne speaks at the Ontario Liberal leadership convention in Toronto, January 26, 2013. (© Mark Blinch/Reuters)
  • A man crosses a street in Montreal, Monday, January 28, 2013, following a water main break. (© Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
  • gypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi waves to his supporters in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on November 23, 2012. (© AFP/Getty Images)
  • Cladimir Callegari, father of Mariana Callegari, one of the victims of a fire at Boate Kiss nightclub cries during her funeral. (© Edison Vara/Reuters)
  • A Free Syrian Army fighter gestures as he checks Syrian Army positions during clashes in the Haresta neighbourhood of Damascus February 1, 2013. (© Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
  • Research in Motion Chief Executive Officer Thorsten Heins holds up a prototype of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone at the BlackBerry World event in Orlando May 1, 2012 . (© David Manning/Reuters)
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The Rundown returns, as much the place to be to catch up on the news headlines of the week as the Canadian embassy was the place to be during U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent inauguration.

In the news this week:

Statistics Canada was busy releasing various snapshots of the nation. Among their findings: the income gap is widening, the average Canadian household spent more than $55,000 in goods and services last year and the difference in generational Internet use is still significant when it comes to music and video use.

An Ontario court has ruled the monkey found wandering an Ikea store will stay with the sanctuary he was assigned to and not go back to his owner.

A leading ballerina with the Bolshoi ballet wants to remain in Canada after receiving threats.

Councillors in Markham, Ont., approved a spending plan for an NHL-sized arena.

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands said this week she will step down from her throne, opening the way for her oldest son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, to take overthe Dutch monarchy. Don’t expect this to cue similar plans for Queen Elizabeth.

The Royal Canadian Legion is beginning a campaign aimed at convincing the federal government to pay for the funerals of impoverished veterans.

A Quebec man has been charged with drunk driving for the 17th time.

Chinese experts hacked computers at The New York Times in retaliation for an investigative piece the newspaper published, examining how the relatives of Premier Wen Jiabao built a substantial fortune.

In response to consumer clamour, the CRTC has released a draft of its wireless code of conduct

The movie thriller Argo was named best picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. Dick Van Dyke won the lifetime achievement award.

U.S. actor Randy Quaid was denied his request for residency in Canada. http://news.ca.msn.com/canada/canada-denies-randy-quaids-request-to-stay-3

Cats kill billions of birds each year, according to a U.S. report. Many of the predatory felines are strays.

The Shania Twain Centre in Timmins, Ont., will close permanently Friday. It is scheduled to be torn down and become a mining site.

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