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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, October 11, 2018 1:00 am


Federal agents get Chinese spy to US

News services

In a rare feat, federal agents lured a Chinese government spy to Belgium, where authorities transferred him this week to the United States for prosecution on economic espionage charges, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Yanjun Xu, a senior officer with the Ministry of State Security, is accused of seeking to steal trade secrets from leading defense aviation firms, top Justice Department officials said. His capture helps vindicate U.S. law enforcement officials who have faced criticism in recent years that indictments of foreign operatives are not likely to result in the defendants setting foot in a courtroom.

Officials and former officials said it is apparently the first time that a Chinese government spy has been brought to the United States to face charges.

Pipe blast limits natural gas flow

A pipeline explosion in British Columbia risks cutting off the flow of Canadian natural gas to Washington state, and companies are urging customers to conserve.

The blast Tuesday evening shut down the Enbridge natural gas pipeline about 600 miles northeast of Vancouver.

Doug Stout of Fortis BC said Wednesday that 85 percent of the gas his company feeds to homes and businesses is carried by the twinned pipeline that runs from northern British Columbia to the United States border south of Vancouver.

Medieval re-enactor killed performing

A Medieval knight re-enactor impaled himself with his lance during a performance and died.

News outlets report 53-year-old Peter Barclay, of Virginia, was competing in an equestrian game in Williamstown, Kentucky, when he was wounded Saturday. Barclay's brother and the president of event holder Society for Creative Anachronism, John Fulton, says Barclay was trying to spear a paper plate on the ground.

Fulton says in a Facebook post that the metal-tipped lance hit the ground and flipped, stabbing Barclay's chest.

He says Barclay, who performed under the name Master Terafan Greydragon, died while he was being flown to a hospital.