4 in the Afternoon1 OIL EMBARGO The EU is banning the import of Iranian oil because of controversy surrounding the country’s nuclear programme. Given the direct link between a so-called nuclear threat and oil incentives, it is no surprise that the US supports these sanctions.

2 BACHMANN OUT Republican candidate Michele Bachmann announced that she was withdrawing from the presidential nomination race earlier today. At today’s news conference she even managed to drop the “Obamacare” bomb one last time.

3 QUEEN OF CONSTRUCTION Regina has broken its all-time record for construction permits in 2011. This comes as no surprise to anyone who lived, worked or frequented the downtown area in 2011. Road rage anyone?

4 ITS HOT! Most importantly, Regina residents can look forward to a gorgeous couple days to start the new year.