Helicopter jailbreak staged
Two prisoners staged a daring escape from a Quebec jail using a hijacked helicopter, but one was swiftly rearrested, while the other appears to have been cornered by police, authorities said on Sunday. Police said two accomplices working from outside the Saint-Jerome Prison near Montreal hijacked a helicopter, forced its pilot to hover over the jail and, using a rope ladder, picked up Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau and Danny Provencal from a prison rooftop. The helicopter and its pilot were found later in Mont-Tremblant, police said. The pilot was unharmed, but suffering from shock. Quebec Provincial Police said they detained Hudon-Barbeau, 36, who appeared to be injured, along with his two outside accomplices. Provencal was later found holed up in a rural shack and surrendered, they said. The four involved in the jailbreak were to appear in court in Saint-Jerome yesterday to face charges.
HPV vaccine causes worry
A growing number of parents oppose doctors’ recommendations to vaccinate teenage girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV), the main cause of cervical cancer, a study said yesterday. Parents cited reasons such as their child being too young or not sexually active, concerns about safety and side effects, or lack of knowledge about the vaccine, the study said in the journal Pediatrics. In 2008, 40 percent of parents polled said they did not want the HPV vaccine for their daughters. In 2010, that figure rose to 44 percent. “That’s the opposite direction that rate should be going,” said senior researcher Robert Jacobson, a pediatrician with the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center, saying that studies have continually shown the HPV vaccine to be safe and effective. “HPV causes essentially 100 percent of cervical cancer and 50 percent of all Americans get infected at least once with HPV,” he said.
Jet crashes in neighborhood
A private jet apparently experiencing mechanical trouble crashed into an Indiana neighborhood on Sunday, hitting three homes and leaving two passengers dead, authorities said. The crash injured two other people onboard the Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet aricraft and one person on the ground, South Bend Assistant Fire Chief John Corthier said. Corthier said officials believe everyone connected with the damaged homes had been accounted for and there were no known missing people. The jet left Riverside Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Sunday and crashed later that afternoon near South Bend Regional Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig said.
Missile defense change
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Ryabkov yesterday said that the US’ cancellation of a critical part of its European missile defense system plan does not mollify Moscow’s opposition to the system. Ryabkov was quoted by the Kommersant newspaper yesterday as saying: “We feel no euphoria in connection with what was announced by the US defense secretary and we see no grounds for correcting our position.” US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel last week announced that Washington is abandoning its plans to place missile interceptors in Poland and possibly Romania, and that the interceptors would be placed in Alaska instead. The interceptors were to be the final phase of a program that Russia contends aims to counter its own missiles. Washington says the system is meant to stop missiles coming from Iran and North Korea.