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Town prepares for oil

Officials in Saskatchewan were preparing a city of more than 35,000 people to deal with the disruption of its water supply as oil from a pipeline leak made its way along a major river in the province. Saskatchewan Water Security Agency official Sam Ferris said that Prince Albert gets most of its water from the North Saskatchewan River and staff there were getting ready to shut down the intakes as oil from the leak flows past the city. Ferris said the city was planning to treat water from stormwater retention ponds and other reservoirs, which he said would last approximately seven days. Between 200,000 and 250,000 liters of crude oil and other material leaked into the river on Thursday, upstream from a breach in Husky Energy’s pipeline near Maidstone, Saskatchewan. The company shut down the line and put out booms about 40km upstream from North Battleford, a city that had already shut its water intakes. Ferris said officials were working on ways to treat water for hydrocarbons if backup water supplies run out before the oil passes. He said the oil could reach Prince Albert late yesterday or early today. Ferris said that preparations were also being made further downstream after the North Saskatchewan and the South Saskatchewan rivers converge, where a Saskatchewan Water Corporation intake draws water for Melfort and other municipalities.


Tigers kill, injure women

Siberian tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing mauled a woman to death and wounded another when the visitors stepped out of their car in an enclosure, a state-run newspaper said. A tiger pounced on one of the women after she got out of a private car in which she was touring the Beijing Badaling Wildlife World on Saturday, the Legal Evening News reported. The second woman was killed by another tiger that leaped at her after she stepped out of the vehicle to try to help her companion, the report said. The Yanqing District Government confirmed in an official microblog post that the tiger attack took place at the park, which lies at the foot of the Great Wall. It offered few details, but said the injured person was being treated. Visitors are allowed to drive their own vehicles in the park, but are forbidden from getting out while in certain enclosures, the report said. A woman who answered the telephone at the park refused to comment on the attack, saying only that the park was closed for two days due to forecasts of heavy rain.


Police stop ‘rolling wake’

A woman who drove her husband’s body on a days-long traveling wake in Alaska and used ice from canneries to keep him cold is not accused of breaking any laws. Officers responded to a call last week to find the body of a 78-year-old man inside an aluminum transport casket. Ketchikan Police Chief Alan Bengaard told the Ketchikan Daily News that the woman stopped at canneries for ice to put in the truck bed during the “rolling wake.” The man had died of natural causes, police said. A mortuary took custody of the body after the authorities were called. The family can make further arrangements, the mortuary said. Bengaard said that hopefully the woman would not take her husband back out on the road, but that he was not aware of any laws she had broken.

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