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A freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas derailed in eastern Tennessee, igniting a fire in one car and spreading noxious fumes that forced the evacuation of more than 5,000 people and the hospitalization of 25, officials said. Homes and businesses were evacuated following the derailment around midnight Wednesday of the CSX Corp train in Blount County, near Maryville, the officials they said. Local officials said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was monitoring air quality in the area.
A Brazilian cyclist was killed and two other riders were critically injured in a crash on Thursday during an international bicycle race near Washington, D.C., police said. One cyclist blew out a tire and lost control, colliding with the other two riders at the annual World Police and Fire Games, which drew some 12,000 first responders and law enforcers to compete in sporting events in the Washington area, police said. Carlos Silva, 48, died from his injuries a few hours after the early-afternoon crash in Dumfries, Virginia, about 35 miles (56 km) south of Washington, Prince William County police said.
Federal law enforcement officials have found no links among any of several recent fires at African American churches in the U.S. South and have determined that two were started by natural causes and one was due to an electrical fire. The investigation into the fires follows the June 17 shootings at a historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, in which nine black people were killed and a white man linked to racist views was charged in their deaths. A federal law enforcement team including the FBI and the Justice Department's civil rights division are investigating several church fires across five states over the past two weeks, Newman said.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) ? More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the company billions.
Jeremy Daniel Ringquist, 38, has been held since June 25 at the Lane County jail in Eugene on two counts of aggravated murder. Police said the bodies found in the freezer of the home in Springfield, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) south of Portland, were those of Randy and Karen Ringquist, both in their 60s.