16 arrested at Fairy Creek blockades as police bemoan 'egregious safety violations'

Police accused protesters of cutting down 18 living trees and laying them across the logging road leading into the watershed. (BC RCMP) Police accused protesters of cutting down 18 living trees and laying them across the logging road leading into the watershed. (BC RCMP)

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German vote nearly even for Merkel's bloc, Social Democrats

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats were locked in a very close race Sunday with outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's bloc in the country's parliamentary election, a vote that will determine who succeeds the long-time leader after 16 years in power, exit polls showed. Officials from both parties said they hope to lead the next government.