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ANDREW PHILIPS/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES Police and fire officials continue to investigate a fire that caused extensive damage to the Port of Orillia Wednesday.

Fire probe continues

Police and fire officials continue to investigate a fire that caused extensive damage to the Port of Orillia Wednesday.

Health professionals advise people to get their flu shots. (FOTOLIA)

Flu cases rising: officials

With more cases of influenza showing up locally, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is advising residents to make sure they are taking precautions to avoid illness.

Search and rescue team on St. Thomas. (Twitter: @AEMEAD1)

Canadian drowned in U.S. Virgin Islands

Puerto Rican officials have sent a specialized search-and-rescue team to the Caribbean island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, to recover the body of a Canadian tourist who drowned after falling into the sea.

Portuguese Air Force fighter F-16 (R) and Canadian Air Force fighter CF-18 Hornet patrol over Baltics air space, from the Zokniai air base near Siauliai November 20, 2014. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Airstrikes on ISIS posts leads to rescue

Canada's CF-18 fighter jets took part in coalition airstrikes on two ISIS positions on Iraqi soil Wednesday, paving the way for the rescue of civilians trapped on a mountain range, the Department of National Defence (DND) said Thursday.

Suzanne Cote in Quebec City, Sept. 13, 2010. (Jean-Francois Desgagnes/QMI Agency, file)

Supreme Court appointee claimed $205Gs clothes

The Harper government is standing by its latest Supreme Court appointee after QMI Agency reported Justice Suzanne Cote had a three-year court battle with Revenu Quebec for claiming nearly $205,000 worth of clothes and personal care items on three tax returns.

Premier Dalton McGuinty (REUTERS PHOTO)

Grits paid to wipe hard drives: OPP

The spouse of a senior advisor in the office of former premier Dalton McGuinty told investigators he was paid $10,000 to wipe the computers of political staff, an OPP search warrant says.

An Emergencies Ministry member walks at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. The Malaysian airliner flight MH17 was brought down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 295 people aboard. (REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev)

Remembering the Malaysia Airlines disasters

Tragedy struck Malaysia Airlines twice in 2014, with the disappearance of flight MH370 in March and flight MH17 being shot down over eastern Ukraine in July. These photos captured the devastation and the heartache of those affected.

Frazier Glenn Cross Jr, also known as Glenn Miller, sits in a Johnson County courtroom for a scheduling session in Olathe, Kansas, in this file photo taken April 24, 2014. REUTERS/John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star/Files

White supremacist found competent for trial

A Kansas judge on Thursday found that a white supremacist accused in the murder of three people at Jewish facilities is competent to stand trial, after reviewing a psychological report requested by his defense lawyers.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio presents the 2015 city budget at City Hall in New York, May 8, 2014. REUTERS/Seth Wenig/Pool

New York Mayor named PETA's Person of the Year

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was named 2014 Person of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for opposing horse- drawn carriages in Manhattan and advocating other animal friendly causes, the group said on Thursday.

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