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Train cars carrying crude oil derail, burn north of Seattle

Train cars carrying crude oil derail, burn north of Seattle

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Seven train cars carrying crude oil derailed Tuesday and five caught fire, sending a large black plume of smoke into the sky north of Seattle close to the Canadian border, authorities said.
California first: A Latino U.S. senator to replace Harris

California first: A Latino U.S. senator to replace Harris

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom selected Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Tuesday to be a U.S. senator, a pick that sends a Latino to the Senate for the first time in the state’s history.
In South Africa, child homicides show violence 'entrenched'

In South Africa, child homicides show violence 'entrenched'

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — At night, Amanda Zitho worries her little boy is shivering and cold in his coffin and yearns to take him a blanket. She knows Wandi’s dead and gone and it’s senseless, but that doesn’t stop the ache.
Performing in the pandemic, by zoom, drive-in and doorstep

Performing in the pandemic, by zoom, drive-in and doorstep

NEW YORK — A good way to hear what we’ve missed this year is to listen to Sam Cooke’s landmark live album, “Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963.
Feds sue Walmart over role in opioid crisis

Feds sue Walmart over role in opioid crisis

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sued Walmart on Tuesday, accusing it of fueling the nation’s opioid crisis by pressuring its pharmacies to fill even potentially suspicious prescriptions for the powerful painkillers.

Business capacity limited, nonessential surgeries postponed

Many Massachusetts businesses will be limited to 25% capacity and hospitals have been directed to postpone nonessential surgeries starting the day after Christmas to help curb an anticipated increase in new coronavirus cases after the holiday that co

2 passengers, puppy exit NYC flight via slide before takeoff

NEW YORK — A Delta flight out of New York City was halted after a Florida couple travelling with a Great Dane puppy fled the aircraft with the pet using an emergency slide, an airline spokesperson and authorities said Tuesday.
Louis Vuitton yoga mat made of leather draws Hindu complaint

Louis Vuitton yoga mat made of leather draws Hindu complaint

BOSTON — A Hindu activist is calling on luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton to pull a yoga mat made partly from cowhide leather, calling it “hugely insensitive.

Russia sends 300 instructors to Central African Republic

MOSCOW — Russia said Tuesday it has sent 300 military instructors to the Central African Republic to help train its army that's facing an offensive by rebel groups ahead of elections.
Congress approves bill to crack down on racehorse doping

Congress approves bill to crack down on racehorse doping

WASHINGTON — A bill to ban race-day doping of horses and set national medication and track-safety standards for the horse-racing industry is nearing the finish line.