Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Second NewsWatch-

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No injuries were reported from Friday's freight-train derailment in southeastern Alberta, along the Trans-Canada Highway east of Medicine Hat.

But the fiery afternoon crash prompted the Alberta government to issue an evacuation order for residents living within seven kilometres of the hamlet of Irvine, as a precaution due to chemical exposure and damage to the rail line.

While cleanup and an investigation into what caused the derailment continue, the evacuation order was lifted just before 11 o'clock last night.

Witnesses report about a dozen cars jumped the tracks, and that they saw fire or smoke coming from at least one of the cars in the crumpled heap.

Canadian Pacific Railway has only said so far that two of the derailed cars were leaking small amounts of styrene "from their top valves'' but that the leaks were being contained. (2)



A 23-year-old Toronto-area man facing four counts of first-degree murder was expressionless and said little during yesterday's brief court appearance via videolink in Newmarket, Ontario.

Menhaz Zaman (meh-NAHZ' ZAH'-mihn) has been in custody since Sunday after police found four bodies inside a home in Markham.

While Zaman's court hearing took place, mourners packed an east Toronto mosque for the funeral for the four homicide victims -- Zaman's parents, his 21-year-old sister, and his grandmother.

A family friend says Zaman's parents moved to Canada from Bangladesh in the 1980s. (2)


(US-Police Chokehold Death)

An administrative judge has recommended firing a New York City police officer over the 2014 chokehold death of an unarmed black man whose dying cries of "I can't breathe" fuelled a national debate over policing, race and the use of force.

New York's police commissioner will make a final decision this month on whether to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo for his role in Eric Garner's death. …

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