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[February 15, 2014]

--Seventeenth NewsWatch--

(Canadian Press Broadcast Wire (Canada) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) (Obama-Harper-KXL) The White House says Prime Minister Harper shouldn't expect any new information if he presses for details on Keystone X-L next week.

Harper and U-S President Obama will join Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico for a leaders' summit.

It's not clear whether Harper and Obama will have a formal one-on-one meeting.

Senior officials in the Obama administration say Harper will be told privately the same thing he's been hearing elsewhere in public -- that the review process is ongoing. (17) (Senate-Poll) (Audio: P07) Results of polls commissioned by the federal government show the Senate expense scandal has hurt the image of all Canadian politicians.


The results show many Canadians are fed up with what they see as the lush lifestyles of rich politicians -- and wondering if the Senate mess is just the top of the iceberg.

A report on results of polls by private pollster Leger last August cites Canadians' personal economic difficulties as deepening their frustration with the misuse of public funds. (17) (Infrastructure-Funding) Ottawa is having no trouble finding places ready to accept money from its 14-billion-dollar infrastructure program.

Municipalities are proposing projects ranging from wastewater treatment facilities to public transit.

They've been preparing applications for weeks to take advantage of federal spending first announced in last year's budget. (17) (OLY-FIG-Men) Canada's Patrick Chan won the silver in men's figure skating in Sochi, but later apologized on camera for not doing better.

His performance was marred by touching the ice on one jump and falling on anther.

He finished second to Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu, a 19-year-old who lives and trains in Toronto.

Hanyu set a world short-program record the previous night. (17) (US-Loud-Music-Killing) (Audio: 136) Jurors deciding the fate of a Florida man charged with fatally shooting a teen after an argument over loud music have asked a judge if they can reach a verdict on some counts but not others.

He said yes.

The jury has now deliberated nearly 20 hours.

The shooting happened outside a convenience store.

Michael Dunn is charged with first-degree murder. (17) (Film-Angry-Birds-Vancouver) The worldwide phenomenon ``Angry Birds'' will bring its furious fowl and evil green pigs to Vancouver on its way to the big screen.

Finnish video-game developer Rovio Entertainment says it has chosen Sony Pictures Imageworks's Vancouver studio to be the primary animation house for the ``Angry Birds'' movie.

Rovio's chief executive says he searched the world for the best animation facility before picking Sony's Vancouver operation. (17) (NewsWatch by Bill Draper) (c) 2014 The Canadian Press

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