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Top news headlines: Week ending Jan. 25

Snow days; NHL returns to sold-out arenas; Kiwis want to ban cats



Ice crystals cling to Barbara Johnson's eyelashes as she spends a snow day sledding with family at Maple Street Magnet School Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Kalamazoo, Mich. (© Mark Bugnaski, The Kalamazoo Gazette/AP Photos)
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  • Ice crystals cling to Barbara Johnson's eyelashes as she spends a snow day sledding with family at Maple Street Magnet School Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Kalamazoo, Mich. (© Mark Bugnaski, The Kalamazoo Gazette/AP Photos)
  • Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence pauses after speaking with journalists about her hunger strike in a teepee on Victoria Island in Ottawa December 27, 2012. (© Chris Wattie/Reuters)
  • From top left: One of three missing Canadians, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, Keystone Pipeline project in Water City, North Dakota. (© CBC video still; Mark Blinch/Reuters; The Washington Post/Getty Images)
  • Top: John Pope, a Canadian facing charges of illegal possession of firearms, opened fire in the Philippine courtroom Tuesday,before police fatally shot him. Bottom: A police officer takes down police tape after a shooting incident in Dorval, Que., Tuesday, Jan.22, 2013. (© Chester Baldicantos/AP Photo; Peter Ray/The Canadian Press)
  • U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk and wave after emerging from the presidential limousine during the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House in Washington, January 21, 2013. (© Larry Downing/Reuters)
  • From top: British soldier secures area in front of C17 cargo aircraft at Mali air force base, Togolese soldiers prepare for deployment to Mali, French soldier wears skeleton mask (© Eric Gaillard/Reuters; Noel Kokou Tadegnon/Reuters; Issouf Sangogo/Getty Images)
  • Prince Harry, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (© Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images)
  • Left to right: Police man the front of a Walmart store amid heightened Black Friday security in Paramount, California on November 23, 2012; attendees try Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) BlackBerry 10 smartphone prototypes at the BlackBerry Jam Asia developer conference in Bangkok, Thailand. (© Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images; Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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The Rundown returns, presenting the cold facts of the week that was. Yes, we’re talking about the weather. Isn’t everybody?

Elsewhere this week:
Public trust in government, financial and news media has declined, says a poll.

Some flaming cheese in Norway shut down a road tunnel in the northern part of the country.

Canadians are feeling compromised between saving money for the education of their children and setting aside funds for their retirement, according to a survey. But we are paying off our debts quicker.

The full-body scanners used at airport security are being removed in the United States, although Canadian airports are still using them.

Parks Canada, in need of cash, is contemplating a series of fee hikes. Some winter services in the parks have already been halted as part of cutbacks.

NHL fans seemed to hold little anger over the league’s recent lockout, as teams in Canada returned to sold-out arenas when play resumed. Actually, there was much more rancour at the Canadian figure skating championships after the police were called to a hotel to break up a fight involving some skaters. 

Some residents of New Zealand are starting a campaign to eliminate cats from the island in a bid to save the country’s native bird population.

Josip Novakovich of Montreal is a finalist for the Man Booker International literary prize.

Dutch police have three suspects in last year’s multimillion-dollar art heist but have not yet recovered the stolen paintings.

The Super Bowl matchup is set. The San Francisco 49ers will play the Baltimore Ravens for the NFL championship in New Orleans on Feb. 3. It will mark the first time in Super Bowl history that brothers will oppose each other as head coaches in the game.

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