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Jul 17, 2013

Quebec brings in 9/11 expert to help sift through train crash debris

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (Reuters) – A U.S. expert who worked on the aftermath of the September 11 attacks is helping Canadian authorities sift through wreckage left more than a week after a runaway train barreled into a lakeside town in Quebec killing 50 people, police said on Wednesday.

Frank DePaolo, an emergency specialist from New York’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, visited the ruins of Lac-Megantic earlier in the week.

Jul 16, 2013

First glimpse at Canada disaster site shows scale of devastation

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec, July 16 (Reuters) – Street lights
melted and heavy rail lines buckled into a 5-foot arch after the
explosion of a runaway train in the little Quebec town of
Lac-Megantic, where police on Tuesday gave outsiders a first,
closely monitored look at the edges of the devastation.

“Go in, listen, be silent and understand, and explain to the
world what happened here,” Quebec police Lieutenant Michel
Brunet told a small group of journalists who have been reporting
on the disaster, which killed 50 people and destroyed the center
of this lakeside town near the Maine border.

Jul 15, 2013

Even funerals on hold in blast-ravaged Quebec town

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (Reuters) – A small Quebec town devastated by the deadliest North American rail crash in more than 20 years faces a slow and painful return to a more normal way of life, with even the funerals of the dozens of victims likely to be delayed by weeks or months.

About 50 people are believed to have died when a runaway train with 72 oil tanker cars crashed and exploded in the center of the Quebec lakeside town just over a week ago, although not all the bodies have yet been recovered, and only 11 have so far been identified.

Jul 15, 2013

Survivors of Quebec train crash to file class action suit

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (Reuters) – Two residents of the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, where a runaway train derailed on July 6 and exploded into a wall of fire that killed 50 people, have launched a class action lawsuit to win compensation for the small community.

The plaintiffs, Guy Ouellet and Yannick Gagné, are seeking damages after the Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway train of 72 oil tanker cars crashed into the center of the lakeside town near the Maine border, destroying buildings and businesses and leaving a community in mourning.

Jul 14, 2013

Rail at center of Quebec town tragedy and heart of its recovery

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (Reuters) – It was a runaway train that caused this month’s deadly inferno in Lac-Megantic, but the Canadian town’s leaders, business owners and many of its residents see the railway as crucial to their survival and want it operating again as soon as possible.

Fifty people, including 17 still missing, are believed to have been killed on July 6 when a driverless train with 72 oil tanker cars crashed and exploded in the center of the picturesque, lakeside town in rural Quebec. The fire burned for hours and dozens of buildings were leveled.

Jul 13, 2013

Bell tolls 50 times for Quebec dead in train disaster

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec, July 13 (Reuters) – A week after the
heart of the Quebec village of Lac-Megantic was devastated in a
fireball in one of the worst train accidents in Canadian
history, the St. Agnes church bell rang 50 times on Saturday,
once for each person believed to have perished.

Eight seconds intervened between each bell, then a minute of
silence, after which 12 white doves were released from the steps
of the 92-year-old church in an emotional midday ceremony.

Jul 13, 2013

Quebec town marks deadly train crash with vigil, church bells

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec, July 13 (Reuters) – A week after their
town was devastated by one of the worst train accidents in
Canadian history, residents of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, began
commemorating their dead, holding a tearful candlelight vigil
and tolling the bells of the local church.

Dozens of people from the town and area gathered at the
Paroisse de Ste-Agnes church on Friday evening to pray and
remember an estimated 50 people killed after a train hauling
crude oil jumped the track and exploded into flames there last
Saturday.

Jul 12, 2013

Quebec town takes small steps to normalcy after train disaster

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (Reuters) – Shell-shocked residents of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, took small steps on a long path back to normalcy on Friday as they returned to homes and businesses just a short walk from the lakeside town’s center, devastated by a fiery rail crash last week.

The town’s main church, Paroisse de Ste-Agnes, opened its doors to mourners, allowing them to drop off pictures, flowers and notes for the estimated 50 people killed.

Jul 12, 2013

Quebec crash probe to transform rail sector, official says

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec, July 12 (Reuters) – The way the
railway industry does business in Canada will be transformed by
the Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into the deadly
train derailment that demolished the heart of the Quebec town of
Lac-Megantic, TSB investigator Glen Pilon said on Friday.

In the wake of the crash, the main areas the TSB, an
arm’s-length federal government agency, is looking at are train
braking systems, the durability of tanker cars and crew-size
requirements, Pilon said. Policy recommendations will result, he
added.

Jul 9, 2013

Analysis: Departure of Barnes & Noble CEO may put focus on retail

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The sudden resignation on Monday of Barnes & Noble Inc’s (BKS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) chief executive could indicate the struggling bookseller is closer to breaking up and returning to basics: bookstores.

William Lynch, who became CEO in 2010 to take on Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in the e-books wars, quit on Monday just two weeks after the company reported a 34 percent drop in revenue in its Nook business, a venture he spearheaded that has cost Barnes & Noble hundreds of millions of dollars. His departure was somewhat of a surprise to investors because he signed a two-year contract renewal in March.

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      "Phil Wahba joined Reuters in 2008 and has covered the exchanges, equity capital markets (IPOs), corporate bankruptcies and now covers retailers such as department stores and booksellers."
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