While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Jan 23 edition

At least two dead, suspect held in Canada school shooting - report

At least two people were killed in a shooting at a school in the remote community of La Loche, Saskatchewan, on Friday and a suspect is in custody, the Star Phoenix newspaper reported, citing a local aboriginal chief.

Canadian police declined to confirm to Reuters that there was a shooting, but said they were on scene for a serious incident at La Loche Community School.

Police and the school district’s Facebook page said the school was in lockdown.


Chinese nanny gets 20 years for Paris double murder

A Paris court on Friday handed a 20-year jail term to a Chinese nanny for murdering and chopping up her employers after their two-month-old baby died in her care.

The woman, 34-year-old Hui Zhang, had admitted killing the couple, Ying Wang and Liangsi Xui, during a violent row at her home after they learned the little boy had died.

The judge followed the prosecutor’s recommendation of 20 years behind bars for Hui, who had claimed she acted in self-defence as the furious parents of the dead child attacked her and her boyfriend Te Lu, also 34, with a butcher’s knife.


Listeria in Dole packaged salad kills one, sickens 11

One person has died and 11 have been hospitalised due to an outbreak of listeria linked to salads packaged at a Dole plant in Ohio, US health authorities said Friday.

The infections have been documented in six states since July 5, 2015, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said, including New York, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The fatality occurred in Michigan.

Dole halted production at the site on Thursday, and is "withdrawing packaged salads currently on the market that were produced at this facility," said the agency, warning consumers not to eat any salads packaged there.


Mammoth blizzard arrives in Washington

A monster blizzard threatening the US East Coast hit Washington on Friday, as officials warned the millions of people in the storm's path to take shelter from potentially deadly snowfall and biting wind gusts.

Over the next 36 hours, forecasters predict the storm will dump 61cm of snow in the capital and surrounding areas, bringing life to a wintry halt as residents ride out the storm.

A blizzard warning was in effect for a large swath of the eastern United States from Washington up to New York, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. Several southern states were already hit by snow and sleet.

Thousands of flights were cancelled and grocery store shelves laid bare in preparation for the storm, which was dubbed "Snowzilla" by The Washington Post's weather team.


Football: Messi ready to return for Barca, Neymar out

Barcelona should have Lionel Messi back for Saturday’s La Liga match at Malaga but his attacking partner Neymar is unavailable, the Spanish and European champions said on Friday.

Messi had to come off at halftime in last weekend’s 6-0 demolition of Athletic Bilbao at the Nou Camp and missed Wednesday’s 2-1 King’s Cup quarter-final first leg victory at the Basque club. The Fifa Ballon d’Or holder complained of lingering discomfort and was rested as a precaution. A hamstring strain was ruled out.

Neymar was not included in the squad for the match at Malaga’s La Rosaleda stadium due to a similar complaint, Barca said in a statement on their website.