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NATIONAL NEWS

A voter enters a polling station for the federal election, May 2 , 2011 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Elections commissioner halts robocalls probe, says no evidence for charges
OTTAWA - A three-year investigation into allegations of fraudulent robocalls during the last federal election has found no evidence of intent to deceive voters nor any evidence of an orchestrated scheme beyond Guelph, Ont.
A long-awaited report from commissioner of elections Yves Cote will come as vindication for the Conservative party, which has faced a cloud of suspicion for years over widespread reports of non-party supporters being directed to the wrong polling stations in the final days and hours



SPORTS NEWS

FILE - In this April 1, 2014, file photo, Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald speaks at a news conference after his football team participated in an NCAA college spring practice in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern football players will cast secret ballot
All eyes on Northwestern football players as historic vote on college union arrives
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern University's football players will cast ballots Friday on whether to form the nation's first union for college athletes — a potentially landmark vote that will be kept sealed for months and possibly years.
The National Labor Relations Board said Thursday it will hear an appeal by Northwestern challenging the decision from a regional NLRB director who ruled the players are university employees and thus have the right to unionize. The board said the ballots will be impounded



BUSINESS NEWS

Novartis, GSK, Lilly sign multibillion-dollar deals to trade business units
GENEVA - Drugmaker Novartis says it has signed several multibillion-dollar deals with GlaxoSmithKline and Lilly that will affect some 15,000 of its employees.
The Basel, Switzerland-based company said Tuesday it will buy GSK's oncology products business for $14.5 billion, plus up to $1.5 billion more if certain milestones are met.



ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Author Alistair MacLeod is pictured in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Ted Rhodes
Author Alistair MacLeod dies at 77, remembered as 'great writer and a great man'
Alistair MacLeod, the Prairie-born author who won one of the world's most lucrative literary prizes with his only novel, has died. He was 77.
MacLeod was known for his short stories and his novel "No Great Mischief," winner of the 2001 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, then worth $172,000.



HEALTH NEWS

Dr. David Juurlink, head of the division of clinical pharmacology and toxicology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, speaks during an interview in Toronto on Friday, April 4, 2014. Canada's prison watchdog has launched an investigation into the prescribi
EXCLUSIVE: Over 60% of female inmates on psychiatric meds; probe launched
TORONTO - Canada's prison watchdog has launched an investigation into the prescribing practices in federal prisons, after it was revealed that more than 60 per cent of female inmates across the country are receiving psychiatric medication.
A joint investigation by The Canadian Press and CBC has learned that in August 2013, of 591 female federal inmates in five correctional institutions, 370 were being prescribed at least one psychotropic medication, drugs that impact mood and behaviour.