PLASTER ROCK, New Brunswick
Train carrying oil
burns in Canada
Officials in Canada said a derailed freight train carrying crude oil and propane continued to burn Wednesday, and about 150 residents remained evacuated from their homes. There were no deaths or injuries.
Of the 17 cars that derailed late Tuesday in New Brunswick province, five contain crude oil and four contain liquefied petroleum gas, officials said. Later Wednesday, the Canadian National Railway said two of the cars carrying liquefied petroleum gas and one car carrying crude oil were on fire.
In July, 47 people were killed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, when a train carrying crude oil derailed.
On Dec. 30, an oil train derailed and exploded in North Dakota, causing the evacuation of a nearby town but no injuries.
2 return from
kidnap in Syria
Two Swedish journalists who’d been kidnapped by an unidentified rebel group in Syria last November have returned safely to Lebanon, the Swedish Foreign Affairs Ministry said Wednesday. Both men were said to be at the Swedish Embassy in Beirut.
Who abducted the men and whether their release was related to the current fighting among Syria’s rebel factions was unknown. The details of how they won their freedom were uncertain.
One of the freed men told a Swedish newspaper that he’d been shot in the leg while attempting to escape earlier in captivity.
Family is appalled
Rodman won’t help
The sister of a Washington man imprisoned in North Korea says she’s worried that Dennis Rodman, who is in the country to celebrate the birthday of leader Kim Jong Un, is hurting efforts to free her brother.
Terri Chung said Wednesday his family couldn’t believe what Dennis Rodman has said about Kenneth Bae. In a CNN interview Tuesday, Rodman said he refused to discuss Bae with North Korean leaders and implied Bae may deserve to be imprisoned. Rodman and other former NBA players played in an exhibition game Wednesday in Pyongyang and Rodman sang a verse from a birthday song to Kim.
Chung said her brother did nothing wrong and that Rodman didn’t know what he was talking about.
“Clearly, he’s uninformed and doesn’t know anything about Kenneth or his detainment. I don’t think he has any authority to speak or pass judgment on Kenneth, certainly,” Chung said.
Musical group sues
over gang label
The Insane Clown Posse sued the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday over a 2011 FBI report that describes the rap-metal duo’s devoted fans, the Juggalos, as a dangerous gang, saying the designation has tarnished reputations and hurt business.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in Detroit federal court on behalf of the group’s two members, Joseph Bruce, or Violent J, and Joseph Utsler, or Shaggy 2 Dope. It also names four fans as plaintiffs.
The FBI report on criminal gangs labeled the Juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.” It said those who identify as Juggalos have committed assaults and vandalism, and a “small number” of them have engaged in more serious crimes.
The lawsuit contends that the gang designation violates free speech and due process rights.