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Three ‘extremely dangerous’ prisoners escaped from Canadian jail in hijacked helicopter

Three inmates escape Quebec jail on helicopter (via AFP) Three prisoners, deemed extremely dangerous by police, have broken out of a Canadian jail in a helicopter, local media reported, the second such daring jailbreak recently in Quebec. In March 2013, two inmates were lifted on a hijacked helicopter from…  …

Sightseeing helicopter makes emergency landing in Hudson River

(Reuters) – A sightseeing helicopter made an emergency landing in the Hudson River in New York City on Sunday and all five people aboard were rescued unharmed, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The Bell 206 helicopter landed in the river near West 79th Street about noon EDT, police said. The…

Taliban attack on Kabul hotel kills 21

Heavily armed Taliban militants stormed a top Kabul hotel, sparking a ferocious battle involving Afghan commandos and a NATO helicopter gunship that left at least 21 dead including the nine attackers. Officials said all of the gunmen were killed during the night-time raid on the hilltop Intercontinental Hotel, frequented by Westerners…

Two policemen rescued from brink of Niagara Falls

MONTREAL (AFP) – A Canadian helicopter pilot was being hailed Sunday as a hero after mounting a daring weekend rescue, plucking two New York policemen from their stranded boat in swirling waters just above Niagara Falls. The Toronto Star newspaper reported that the US officers — who themselves were out…

City changes rules after police watch man drown

LOS ANGELES — A US city fire chief ordered an immediate policy change Wednesday after emergency workers stood by for an hour as a reportedly suicidal man drowned himself off a San Francisco beach. Michael D’Orazi, interim fire chief in the city of Alameda, said 57-year-old Raymond Zack’s death on…

New Jersey Gov. Christie takes state helicopter to son’s baseball game

Cameras caught Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Tuesday arriving at his son’s baseball game in a State Police helicopter. Photographer Christopher Costa snapped several pictures of Christie as he exited the $12.5 million aircraft. After touching down at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, the governor got in…

NATO helicopter strike wounds two Pakistani soldiers

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — NATO helicopters from Afghanistan wounded two Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border attack Tuesday, officials said, triggering a “strong protest” from Islamabad as tensions with the US simmered after Osama bin Laden’s death. The two choppers opened fire in the direction of a restive tribal region in Pakistan’s…

Bin Laden tweeter becomes Internet sensation

ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan — An IT consultant who hoped for a quiet life in a summer resort town in Pakistan has become an Internet sensation as the first to report the attack on the world’s most wanted man. Sohaib Athar was just another witty voice on micro-blogging site Twitter until he…

Blogger ‘tweets’ attack on Osama bin Laden

SAN FRANCISCO – An IT consultant in the Pakistan city of Abbottabad was an Internet celebrity on Monday after unwittingly providing a real-time account of the attack that killed Osama bin Laden. Sohaib Athar, who tweets under the name “ReallyVirtual,” began sending Twitter messages complaining about helicopters hovering in an…

Osama bin Laden said to be buried at sea after brutal firefight in Pakistan

by Sajjad Tarakzai Sajjad Tarakzai – 9 mins ago ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AFP) – Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead deep inside Pakistan in a night-time helicopter raid by US covert forces, ending a decade-long manhunt for the mastermind of the September 11 attacks. “Justice has been done,” President…

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