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[December 11, 2012]

Top B.C. News as of 4:30 p.m.

(Canadian Press DataFile Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TUESDAY, Dec. 11 B.C. NEWS ADVISORY Here are the Top B.C. News stories from The Canadian Press as of 4:30 p.m. All times local unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject to change as news develops.


Contact the Vancouver desk at 604-687-1662 TOP STORIES: Enbridge underestimates risks: Raincoast Northern-Gateway PRINCE RUPERT _ A half dozen Pacific humpback whales broke the grey surface of the ocean Tuesday just a few nautical miles away from where proponents and critics are sparing before a federal panel that is weighing the future of the Northern Gateway oil pipeline. It was a fairly calm day for storm season in the North Pacific, where Brian Falconer, Long-time mariner and marine operations co-ordinator for the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, said waves can swell to 26 metres high. 660 words.

BUZZ: Charges in celebrity harassment case MUSIC-Jepsen-Photos VANCOUVER _ Charges have been laid in what the Vancouver Police Department is calling a high-profile criminal harassment case.A VPD release says Abbotsford, B.C., resident Christopher David Long faces five charges, ranging from identity fraud to possession of stolen property, fraudulently obtaining telecommunications services, and unauthorized use of a computer.

___ ALSO IN THE NEWS: Give long sentence to killer gangster: Crown Drug-Murders VANCOUVER _ A violent gang enforcer who will already serve life for first-degree murder should receive another 25-year sentence and an 18-year term for two other murders because he's extremely dangerous, says a Crown lawyer. Sheldon O'Donnell was convicted of first-degree murder, for which he'll spend life in prison without parole for 25 years, and two second-degree murders while he was a member of the notorious Greeks gang. 500 words.

___ Lower Mainland dikes need major upgrades Dike-Repair VANCOUVER _ Renewing southern British Columbia's flood-defence network to protect against rising sea levels will cost up to $9.5 billion over the next 90 to 100 years, says a provincial government report. It said an expected rise in the sea level will affect a significant part of Metro Vancouver and existing flood defences will need to go higher and new berms must be built. 225 words.

___ Murdered B.C. teen was `sweet girl' Teen-Murder KAMLOOPS _ A teenaged girl who was murdered in Kamloops, B.C., was a "sweet kid" despite her troubles in and out of foster homes and school, her aunt and a teacher say. The body of 16-year-old CJ Morningstar Fowler was found in a ravine last Wednesday. Online out ___ Accused wife killer faces new charges Wife-Murdered-Charges SURREY _ A 56-year-old Alberta man charged with murdering his wife after she drowned in B.C. two years ago has now been charged with trying to arrange the murders of witnesses in his pending trial. The RCMP say Peter Beckett faces the additional charges of counselling to commit murder and obstruction of justice. Brief.

___ Teachers' car pulled from river; 1 body found Teacher-Deaths KAMLOOPS _ Crews have recovered the body of one of two teachers killed when their car plunged into the North Thompson river near Kamloops, B.C., on the weekend. Skye Buck and his wife Courtney, who was seven months pregnant, taught at schools in the town of Clearwater. Brief.

(c) 2012 The Canadian Press

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