News for Youse: Marc Emery may return, Christy Clark wins, and drug company accused of bribery

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      Prince of Pot may come home  The U.S. Justice Department has given Marc Emery permission to serve the rest of his five-year prison sentence in Canada. Before he can return, the Conservative government must also give its assent.

      Christy Clark elected  The premier easily won the Westside-Kelowna by-election. According to a preliminary count by Elections B.C., she captured 62.7 percent of the vote.

      Former MLA calls party "unethical"  Guy Gentner, who didn't seek reelection as the NDP MLA in Delta North, has called for big changes in his party, claiming that there were serious ethical shortcomings in the way the 2011 leadership race was conducted.

      Groups want action on Oppal recommendations  An informal coalition of 20 groups has written a letter to Attorney General Suzanne Anton, demanding that she implement recommendations from Wally Oppal's commission of inquiry into missing and murdered women.

      Government interference shocks researchers  Therapeutics Initiative research program manager Greg Carney has told the Straight that when he was told that an evaluation of a smoking-cessation program was "getting political", he assumed this decision came "from very high up". For more on the story, go here.

      Drug company accused of bribery  The South China Morning Post has reported a China police ministry claim that pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has bribed doctors to prescribe its drugs. The company has responded that "corruption has no place in our business" and it will take action if any evidence is provided.

      Mayor puts house on market  Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson is selling his six-bedroom house in the Douglas Park area because he and his wife have moved to a smaller home near York Avenue.

      Ferry crashes into dock  The M.V. Coho, which is owned by Black Ball Ferry Line, rammed into a dock in Victoria's Inner Harbour last night prior to its scheduled sailing to Port Angeles.

      Missing Lac-Mégantic presumed dead  Quebec police inspector Michel Forget has said that those missing after an explosion of oil-filled railcars in Lac-Mégantic are presumed to have died.

      Microsoft reorganizes  Declining sales of PCs have forced Microsoft to restructure its business divisions.

      Markets rise  U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's support for continued economic stimulus led to a sharp rise in stock markets in early trading.

      Jury can rule on manslaughter  A judge has instructed the jury in the George Zimmerman murder trial that he can be convicted of manslaughter in the 2012 shooting death of African-American teen Treyvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

      Colorado theatre-murder admission  The defence team has claimed that former PhD student James Holmes was in the throes of a psychotic episode when he opened fire on moviegoers last year at a Batman screening in Aurora, Colorado.

      Randy Travis had a stroke  TMZ has reported that country-music star Randy Travis has undergone brain surgery after suffering a stroke.