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by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

Video entertainment, surveillance and games along with a lot of follow-up stories and humour held our attention this week. Here's the proof:

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Breaking Tsunami warning on B.C. coast after large earthquake southeast of Alaska
A tsunami warning is in effect for coastal British Columbia and parts of Alaska after an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck 256 kilometres southeast of Chiniak, Alaska, at a depth of 10 kilometres.
5 missing after Oklahoma oil and gas drilling site explosion video
Officials say the fire is out at a drilling rig that exploded in eastern Oklahoma. Five rig workers are missing.
Trump signs spending bill, ending U.S. government shutdown video
U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a bill funding the government through Feb. 8, ending a 69-hour shutdown after Democrats accepted promises from Republicans for a broad debate later on the future of young illegal immigrants.
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'Everything is still really raw,' says brother of bystander killed in Vancouver
Family and friends of 15-year-old Alfred Wong, the bystander killed in an exchange of gunfire in Vancouver earlier this month have set up two scholarships in memory of their loved one.
'He needs to hear about the pain': Victim impact statements delay sentencing in Winnipeg case video
An “unprecedented” number of victim impact statements has delayed the sentencing hearing for the killer of a Winnipeg high school student — and legal experts says the relatively new Canadian Victims Bill of Rights is to blame.
Video 'I am deeply sorry,' says Tom Harding, 1 of 3 men acquitted in Lac-Mégantic trial video
The 56-year-old locomotive engineer was too overcome with emotion following the verdict Friday to make a statement at that time, said his lawyer.
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New Political posturing casts sour tone over Montreal NAFTA talks
NAFTA talks are officially underway in Montreal, but the political posturing behind the scenes has already cast a sour tone on this round of discussions. Sources suggest U.S. officials believe Canada is to blame for the lack of progress, while Canadian sources say such a suggestion is "nonsense".
New Trudeau's Davos challenge: How to dance with Trump without treading on toes
Whether or not President Donald Trump shows up at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will once again face a delicate balance in negotiating his public relationship with Trump.
Liberal MP says abortion clause in summer jobs program 'not right' audio
MP Scott Simms, who represents the central Newfoundland district of Coast of Bays — Central — Notre Dame, says groups are being asked to disavow "core beliefs."
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Arts & Entertainment»

Bill Cosby performs surprise show ahead of retrial
Bill Cosby performs in public for the first time since a sex abuse scandal embroiled him in 2015, joking that he "used to be a comedian" and playing with a jazz band in his hometown as a retrial looms in his criminal sexual assault case.
Neil Diamond says he has Parkinson's disease, retires from touring
Days shy of his 77th birthday, rock legend Neil Diamond is cancelling dates on his 50th anniversary tour, saying he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
'We are living in a watershed moment': SAG Awards show spotlights women in Hollywood video
The Western-inspired revenge tale Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, swept the female-focused Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday with wins for best ensemble, best actress for Frances McDormand and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.
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Technology & Science »

More than 500 fossils of new ancient worm species found in B.C.
Roughly 508 million years ago, this bristly worm roamed the waters of what is now British Columbia. Now, the newly identified species of ancient worm is helping researchers unravel an ancient mystery.
Social media good for democracy? Facebook admits it can't make that guarantee
Facebook has warned that it can't offer any assurance that social media is on balance good for democracy, but the company says it is trying to do what it can to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia or anyone else.
Tesla to install Atlantic Canada 'supercharger' stations for its vehicles
Tesla Inc. is building fast-charging stations for its electric vehicles in Atlantic Canada, opening up the East Coast to road trippers with the California automaker's high-end plug-in cars.
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Money »

GO PUBLIC CBC investigation into sales practices at major telcos prompts growing calls for public inquiry
The call to hold a public inquiry into sales practices at Canada’s major telecommunications service providers is growing, on the heels of more allegations of wrongdoing inside the industry.
CraveTV adds Game of Thrones, but some fans say too little, too late
Bell Media is adding Game of Thrones to its stand-alone streaming service Crave TV, something that Thrones fans have been craving for years. But not all fans are celebrating, because only past episodes will be available.
New CP Rail fires conductor again, this time after sexy social media pictures and posts video
The train conductor who was at the controls during a 2014 Banff derailment has once again been fired by CP Rail, this time after butting heads with the company over social media pictures and posts.
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Russia says 6-time short track gold medallist banned from Olympics
Short track speed skater Viktor Ahn, a six-time Olympic gold medallist, is among several top Russian athletes barred from the upcoming Olympics in Pyeongchang amid the country's ongoing doping scandal, the Russian Olympic Committee said Tuesday.
Dick Pound criticizes IOC for not punishing Russia strongly enough for Olympic doping
Dick Pound, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee, is criticizing the Olympic body for neglecting to punish Russia strongly enough, and instead allowing potentially hundreds of Russian athletes to compete at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
CBC Sports' Olympic PYC podcast now available
PYC Podcast features Canadian Olympic athletes, both past and present, providing their unique and up-close perspective on the world's biggest sporting event.
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