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3 'Helicopter Escapees' Arrested in Luxury Condo

Quebec plans probe into weird jailbreak

(Newser) - Three men who escaped by helicopter from a Quebec City-area prison two weeks ago were captured early today at a Montreal residence, Quebec provincial police said. The fugitives were arrested by police investigators, accompanied by SWAT team members, around 1:30am at a "luxury condo in Old Montreal,"... More »

Quebec Loses Inmates in Bold Chopper Escape, Again

Quebec jails don't have such a good record against helicopters

(Newser) - Just another Saturday night in Quebec: A trio of inmates managed to break out of their jail in Quebec City, using a green helicopter to make their getaway and fly off into the west. Adding insult to any successful jailbreak is the fact that it's not exactly an original... More »

Kidnapped Newborn Saved Thanks to Facebook

Melissa McMahon got baby girl back within 3 hours

(Newser) - The mother of a day-old infant kidnapped from a Quebec hospital by a fake nurse got her baby back within three hours thanks to four young people who spotted an alert on Facebook. One of the group recognized the suspect's photo and guided police to her home, where they... More »

Grim Search at Burned-Out Seniors' Home Buried in Ice

Cig may have caused fire that killed dozens

(Newser) - Work crews have resumed the grim task of searching for ice-covered bodies in the wreckage of a seniors' residence in Quebec, where a blaze is believed to have killed more than 30 people . Search teams working in bitter weather conditions are using hot air to melt more than 20 inches... More »

Firefighters Saw Seniors in Home, Couldn't Save Them

Fast-moving blaze trapped residents of Canada facility

(Newser) - A fire raged through a seniors' home in eastern Quebec yesterday, trapping residents dependent on wheelchairs and walkers. Five died, about 30 were missing and Canada's prime minister said there is little doubt the death toll will be high: Officials said firefighters saw and heard people in the building... More »

Answers in Quebec Train Blast May Be Months Away

Toll now at 33, with another 17 presumed dead

(Newser) - While the world's attention has now moved to a different train wreck in France , the aftermath of the train blast in Quebec last week worsens, with the official death toll now at 33 after five more bodies were found. Another 17 are presumed dead, bringing the total to 50.... More »

Train Blast Site Being Treated as Crime Scene

Disaster raises questions about moving oil by rail

(Newser) - Police in Quebec are pursuing a painstaking, wide-ranging criminal investigation of the inferno ignited by the derailment of a runaway oil train that killed at least 15 people and left dozens missing in the burned-out ruins of a downtown district. A police inspector says terrorism has been ruled out as... More »

8 More Bodies Found in Canada Train Wreck

Up to 50 still missing

(Newser) - The death toll in the oil train derailment in Quebec has risen to 13, with eight more bodies discovered in the wreckage, the AP reports. Many more are still missing—the AP puts the number at "about 40," but Reuters says the figure has been updated to "... More »

Victims Feared 'Vaporized' in Runaway Train Inferno

40 still missing after Quebec disaster

(Newser) - Around 40 people are still missing after the derailment and explosion of a runaway train in Quebec , and the blast was so intense that authorities fear there may be nothing left of some victims. The hospital in Lac Megantic, which had been braced for huge numbers of casualties, is "... More »

Toll Hits 5 in Train Derailment

Officials believe they'll discover more bodies in Quebec accident

(Newser) - Officials say two more bodies were discovered today after a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in eastern Quebec, igniting explosions and fires that destroyed a town's center. That brings the confirmed death toll to five. A Quebec provincial police lieutenant said today that fires are preventing rescuers from... More »

Train With Crude Oil Derails, Explodes

Several missing, 1K evacuated in Quebec town

(Newser) - Train cars carrying crude oil through a small town in Quebec derailed last night, setting off huge explosions that forced the evacuation of 1,000 and left several people missing, reports the CBC . About 30 buildings in the heart of Lac Megantic were destroyed by the explosions and resulting fire,... More »

Canada Bill Would Ease Quebec's Secession

But don't expect opposition measure to pass

(Newser) - Under a new bill, Quebec could theoretically secede from Canada with a simple majority vote—but the bill isn't going to become law anytime soon, Reuters notes. The opposition New Democratic Party bill would revise standards set by the country's Clarity Act, which says secession would require a... More »

Killer Whales Trapped in Ice Free Themselves

Local officials had warned that orcas were running out of time

(Newser) - The killer whales trapped in encircling ice 19 miles off the coast of northwestern Quebec have apparently freed themselves, reports the CBC . Officials had earlier warned that the pod was in danger. The dozen whales were discovered trapped in the ice Tuesday by an Inukjuak hunter, and cold weather had... More »

Inside the Brazen $18M Maple-Syrup Heist

NYT gives the back-story behind the 16M-pound theft

(Newser) - With Tuesday's arrests of three of the thieves behind the $18 million maple syrup heist uncovered in Quebec in August, investigators are revealing details of how the job was done, reports the New York Times . But in order to understand the crime, you need to know the victim: the... More »

Canadians Seize Stolen Maple Syrup

But no arrests made yet in $20m heist

(Newser) - Authorities in Canada appear to be closing in on the sticky-fingered crooks behind history's biggest maple syrup heist . Police have seized more than $1.4 million worth of syrup—500,000 pounds of the stuff—from a warehouse in New Brunswick, the Globe and Mail reports. Investigators will test... More »

2 Shot at Quebec Premier's Victory Rally

Gunman kills 1 after pro-independence party wins election

(Newser) - A historic victory for the separatist Parti Quebecois was marred by an attack on a victory rally for premier-elect Pauline Marois. A man opened fire during her victory speech, killing one person and critically wounding another, reports CTV . The suspect, a man in his 50s, then started a fire and... More »

Thieves Steal Millions Worth of ... Maple Syrup

Sticky loot in Canada could be worth up to $30M

(Newser) - Pancake enthusiasts, be on the lookout—thieves in Quebec have made off with a "substantial amount" of maple syrup, and the sweet haul could be worth as much as $30 million. A routine inventory check last week of a temporary warehouse where the syrup was being stored revealed the... More »

Quebec Student Protests: 2.5K Arrested So Far

Hundreds of thousands take to streets

(Newser) - With countless students taking to the streets of Quebec to protest tuition hikes, the number of arrests over the last three months has already hit 2,500 —and it's still growing. Protesters were initially furious over the increased fees; now they're also opposing a new law limiting... More »

Quebec Pol Slams Visit From Royal 'Parasites'

Prince William, Kate Middleton not warmly received by Amir Khadir

(Newser) - Suffice it to say Quebec legislator Amir Khadir is not happy about the upcoming royal visit. Khadir, leader of a small left-wing party, said yesterday that taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for Prince William’s planned summer visit with his new wife, the Duchess of Cambridge. Khadir, a self-described... More »

Wildfire Smoke Shrouds New England, Quebec

Blazes raging in Canadian forest send clouds hundreds of miles

(Newser) - Massive clouds of smoke from forest fires raging in Quebec have moved south and east across New England, screening the holiday-weekend sun throughout the region. "I just walked to the beach in Sandwich where you can usually see white cliffs in Plymouth, the Sagamore Bridge and sometimes the Provincetown... More »

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