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Train derails spilling oil

A train towing a highly volatile type of oil on Friday derailed in Oregon State’s scenic Columbia River Gorge, igniting a fire that sent a plume of black smoke into the sky and spurring evacuations and road closures. Eleven cars derailed in the 96-car Union Pacific train and the railroad said several caught fire. The crash released oil alongside tracks that parallel the Columbia River. All the cars on the train traveling to Tacoma, Washington State, from Eastpoint, Idaho, were carrying Bakken oil, which is more flammable than other varieties because it has a higher gas content and vapor pressure, and a lower flash point. The accident immediately drew reaction from environmentalists who said oil should not be transported by rail, particularly along a river that is a hub of recreation and commerce. “Moving oil by rail constantly puts our communities and environment at risk,’’ said Jared Margolis, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity in Eugene, Oregon.


Exhumations completed

Officials on Friday said they have finished exhuming the remains of 117 people buried by authorities in a common grave in the central state of Morelos. Shoddy practices at the gravesite intended for unidentified bodies came to light last year after a judge ordered the state prosecutor’s office to exhume a corpse and turn it over to family members. They found they had to dig around dozens of plastic-wrapped bodies without any documentation connecting them to case files. The Morelos State Government on Friday said that the bodies had been reburied at a regular graveyard. State prosecutors said DNA samples had been taken to help connect the bodies to people looking for missing relatives. Because nobody was sure how many had been buried in the pit, exploratory wells were dug to prove there were no more bodies. The exhumations came after a long battle by the families of the missing, many of whom complained of shoddy investigations into their relatives’ disappearances.


‘Glee’ star pleads not guilty

An actor who starred in the musical TV series Glee on Friday pleaded not guilty to federal pornography charges and had his Internet usage and travel severely restricted. US Magistrate Judge Rozella Oliver ruled Mark Salling can be released after he posts US$150,000 bail, including US$100,000 of his own money to guarantee future court appearances. Salling, 33, answered several questions from the judge and entered a not-guilty plea during his court appearance, which also resulted in a trial date being set for next month. Salling, who played bad-boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman in the Fox musical dramedy, was charged last week with two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography after a grand jury indicted him last week. US Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said investigators found an extensive, carefully organized collection of child pornography during searches of Salling’s electronic devices.


President hospitalized briefly

President Mauricio Macri was briefly hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat, the presidency said on Friday. Macri, 57, suffered from a “light arrhythmia” at about 3pm, but he carried on working normally at the presidential residence in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, his office said in a statement. He was checked into a hospital at about 7:30pm for precautionary studies. He was released later in the evening.

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