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St. Albert RCMP shooter identified as Shawn Rehn

Global News

EDMONTON — St. Albert RCMP has identified the man responsible for shooting two Mounties inside a casino early Saturday morning.

RCMP say 34-year-old Shawn Maxwell Rehn, of the greater Edmonton area, was known to police.

A family member of Rehn tells Global News he had a lengthy criminal history and was in and out of jail. According to media reports from 2005, a warrant for Rehn’s arrest was issued after he allegedly forced his way into a residence and robbed a man at gunpoint. Rehn was 24 years old at the time.

Rehn was found dead inside a rural St. Albert-area home after an intense manhunt. The search for Rehn began early Saturday morning after an altercation inside the Apex Casino, where RCMP Cst. David Wynn and Auxiliary Constable Derek Bond were shot.

Police tracked Rehn to a rural home southeast of the Sturgeon Valley Golf and Country Club. Once inside, officers found…

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A Pale Blue Glow

Marvel’s of Creation

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by Shane L. Larson

One of the great things about being a scientist is I’m exposed to amazing and awesome things. Every. Single. Day. Sometimes I am astonished by Nature itself, and other days I am amazed by our ingenuity and abilities as we come of age in the Cosmos. Today was one of those days.

The first picture of the Moon and Earth together in space, taken by Voyager 1. The first picture of the Moon and Earth together in space, taken by Voyager 1.

This story has its origins long ago. On 5 September 1977 we hucked a 722 kg spacecraft into the sky, named Voyager 1. That was the last time any of us ever saw Voyager 1 with our own eyes. But Voyager has been on a 37-year journey to act as our eyes in the Solar System. On 18 September 1977, barely 13 days after launch, when it was 7.25 million miles from Earth, Voyager sent home the first picture ever

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Google Maps offers dry tour of Niagara Falls, safe view of Buffalo Jump


Global News

TORONTO – Have you ever wanted to experience the Maid of the Mist tour of Niagara Falls without being dampened–sometimes drenched–by actual mist?

How about the Calgary Zoo without the line-ups or odorous animals?

Google Maps unveiled virtual visits of more than 50 new Canadian destinations in its Street View feature Tuesday.

Touting the country’s natural beauty, Google provides a look at Canada’s national and provincial parks, as well as Alberta’s Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump–a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Where the Rocky Mountain foothills meet the Great Plains, the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is one of the oldest and best-preserved buffalo jumps used by aboriginal peoples for nearly 6,000 years.

Take a look at some photos of the new additions to Street View below, which can also be found by a name search on Google Maps, then clicking on the Street View button which will appear in a bar across the bottom of your screen. When…

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