Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-WEA-Snow-BC)

It was another tough night for travellers on the Coquihalla Highway.

DriveBC says a stretch of Highway 5 between Hope and Merritt was closed in both directions overnight after some transport trucks lost control and spun out.

The closure caused a huge traffic backup, just as it did the previous night when the highway was shutdown by freezing rain and heavy snow, leaving motorists trapped in their vehicles for the entire frigid night.

Some motorists tweeted this morning about being at a standstill on the highway for more than three hours.

DriveBC tweeted that the highway was reopened around 4.a.m. local time. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Broken-Bones)

A B-C boy who was seized twice by the Children's Ministry due to his mysterious broken bones has been found to have a rare gene abnormality linked to a condition that blocks all feelings of pain.

The five-year-old boy, who cannot be named, was returned to his parents last fall after doctors determined his unexplained fractures were not caused by abuse.

Now, geneticists have found a variant in a gene linked to congenital insensitivity to pain, a disorder that can cause repeated broken bones.

It's bittersweet news for his parents, who are relieved to finally have answers but fear the challenging future that lies ahead for their son, a rambunctious boy who will not be allowed to play sports. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Police-No-Charges)

A rally is being held today protesting a decision by B-C's Criminal Justice Branch not to lay charges against two Vancouver cops who were involved in the shooting death of a civilian who had a history of mental illness.

The justice branch said earlier this week that although an officer shot a man who was swinging a piece of lumber at an intersection in November 2014 in less than two minutes of arriving at the scene, evidence suggests the officer was defending himself.

The family of the man, Tony Du, announced they would be filing a civil lawsuit, believing that police could have done more to calm the situation before resorting to guns.

The rally will be taking place outside Vancouver police headquarters at noon, and organizers say they want to send the message that officer should be better equipped to respond to people with mental illnesses. …

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