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The Smell in This Canadian Town Is Just Unbearable

Fish sauce factory stopped operating in 2001, but the liquid is still causing problems

(Newser) - The residents of a small Canadian town say they've been plagued by a wretched smell for more than a decade. The CBC digs into the plight of St. Mary's in Newfoundland. It's home to 400 residents and the shuttered Atlantic Seafood Sauce Co. plant, which opened in... More »

Passengers Spend 14 Hours Stuck on Cold, Grounded Plane

Some of them ended up calling off their trips to Hong Kong

(Newser) - The Newark to Hong Kong route is one of the world's longest flights. And for United Airlines passengers on Saturday, it was much longer than usual—and they ended back in Newark at the end of it. The passengers were stuck on the ground in frigid weather at a... More »

Bourdain's Show Uses Term That Bugs Some Canadians

For many, the term is a derogatory; for younger generation, maybe not

(Newser) - It’s not exactly an international incident, but the use of the term “Newfie” in a tweet promoting Anthony Bourdain's visit to Newfoundland and Labrador on Sunday's episode of Parts Unknown has generated a lively discussion about the meaning of the term and its use. The tweet,... More »

Town Suddenly Dwarfed by Massive Iceberg

The iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland is 150 feet at its tallest

(Newser) - A small town on the coast of Newfoundland is—in the words of one local—suddenly "swarming with people" after a huge iceberg recently set up shop there, the CBC reports. The iceberg—150 feet above the water at its tallest point—got stuck in the shallow waters off... More »

Ivanka, Trudeau Take in Tale of Friendship in Wake of 9/11

They caught Broadway show 'Come From Away'

(Newser) - While President Trump was defending his travel ban in Nashville, Tenn., his daughter Ivanka joined Canada's prime minister for a Broadway show with a message of tolerance. Ivanka Trump and Justin Trudeau attended Come From Away, a musical about how the residents of Gander, Newfoundland, welcomed more than 6,... More »

Suspect Keeps Facebook Promise to Cops, Turns Self In

Brandon Melbourne explained he had some things to take care of first

(Newser) - It was just your average Facebook chat between two folks trying to arrange a get-together, except that one party was a man with outstanding warrants who resembles a bank robbery suspect and the other was the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. After the RNC post about 25-year-old Brandon Melbourne went up on... More »

Huge Discovery About Vikings Just Came From Space

They may have made it further into America than we ever knew

(Newser) - A "high-tech Indiana Jones" may have just done what no one else has been able to for 55 years: find a second Viking settlement in North America, the Washington Post reports. "Typically in archaeology, you only ever get to write a footnote in the history books, but what... More »

United Fliers End Up in Military Barracks, Unhappily

They were stuck in Newfoundland for 22 hours

(Newser) - United Airlines passengers flying from Chicago to London over the weekend arrived more than a day late after an unscheduled—and apparently uncomfortable—stop at a Canadian military base. After what the airline describes as a "maintenance issue" surfaced, the flight was diverted to Newfoundland's Goose Bay base,... More »

Town May Get to Keep Unexploded Whale

Dismemberment job even bigger than museum expected

(Newser) - Cutting up the remains of the biggest creature on our planet is a big, messy, and expensive job, says the man leading the effort to dismember two dead blue whales washed up near a Newfoundland town , where residents at first feared they would explode. The museum official says he had... More »

Rotting Whale Might Not Explode After All

It's deflating, and museum says it will take it away

(Newser) - Residents of a Newfoundland town can breathe a sigh of relief: It looks like the carcass of a blue whale that washed up on the shores of Trout River might not explode after all. Officials feared it would , as gases swelled the creature's 81-foot-long body, but the whale has... More »

Town Fears Dead Whale Might Soon Explode

Newfoundland residents looking for help

(Newser) - It's bad enough that an endangered blue whale washed up on the shores of the Newfoundland town of Trout River. Worse is that the carcass has ballooned in size and looks set to explode at any moment, reports CBC . Town officials say they don't have the expertise or... More »

Men Save Shark Choking on ... Moose

2 Newfoundland men pry out moose chunk, send shark back to sea

(Newser) - Two men spotted a wildlife watcher's dream on the coast of Newfoundland last weekend: a beached, eight-foot-long Greenland shark—choking on a piece of moose hide. The shark itself is a rare sight in the area. The chunk of moose stuck in its mouth "had the fur and... More »

'Doesn't Look Like France': Balloonist's Trek Falls Short

American Jonathan Trappe rescued by media chopper in Newfoundland

(Newser) - A US balloonist who was trying to cross the Atlantic Ocean using hundreds of helium-filled balloons has landed short of his goal in Newfoundland. With sense of humor intact: "This doesn't look like France," he posted on Facebook . The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported today that it used... More »

Russian 'Ghost Ship' Vanishes

Lyubov Orlova hasn't been heard from since March 12

(Newser) - Months after a Russian "ghost ship" turned up adrift off the Irish coast , she's gone missing again. The Lyubov Orlova's tow line broke back in January, as the cruise ship was being hauled from Canada to the Dominican Republic as scrap. The ship, empty except for an... More »

Canadians Sue Over Loose Moose

Injured Newfoundland drivers launch class-action suit

(Newser) - Dozens of Newfoundlanders who say their province has too many moose are taking their government to court. The plaintiffs in the class-action suit, including two drivers who were paralyzed after car accidents involving moose, charge that the government hasn't done enough to control populations of the animal. Moose were introduced... More »

7-Foot Dog Has High Hopes for World Record

North Dakota specimen, ermm, Boomer, stands 3 ft tall and 7 ft long

(Newser) - The owner of a North Dakota dog who drinks from the kitchen sink and stares motorists right in the eye thinks he’s a candidate for world’s tallest dog. Boomer, a 180-pound Landseer Newfoundland, measures 3 feet at the shoulders and 7 feet nose to tail. His owner plans... More »

1 Dead, 16 Missing in Canadian Helicopter Crash

(Newser) - A helicopter ferrying workers to oil rigs off Canada’s Atlantic coast crashed into the ocean today, killing at least one, the Telegram of St. John’s, Newfoundland, reports. One passenger has been rescued, but 16 more remain lost. The chopper reported engine trouble prior to ditching about 40 miles... More »

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