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Thousands evacuated after freight train derails, catches fire, in Tennessee


- 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. | Video

Brazil cyclist killed at World Police and Fire Games near Washington

WASHINGTON - 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.

02 Jul 2015

U.S. probe sees no links among black church fires in South

WASHINGTON - 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.

Africa 02 Jul 2015

Louisiana man freed from death row last year dies of cancer: report

- A Louisiana man who spent three decades on death row before his murder conviction was thrown out has died at his home in New Orleans less than 16 months after winning his freedom, the New York Times reported.

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Oregon man jailed on suspicion of killing parents dies after suicide attempt

- An Oregon man accused of killing his parents and storing their bodies in a freezer in the family home has died a day after a suicide attempt in his jail cell, police said on Friday.

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Montana polygamist vows to fight for marriage license

- A self-styled Montana polygamist who was featured on the reality television show "Sister Wives" said on Thursday he will sue the state if it denies him the right to legally wed his second wife.

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Washington state reports first U.S. measles death in 12 years

SEATTLE - A previously undetected measles infection was found by an autopsy to be the underlying cause of a Washington state woman's death this spring, marking the first known U.S. fatality from the disease in 12 years, public health officials said on Thursday.

Health, 02 Jul 2015

Anonymous donors raise $3 million for scholarships after U.S. church shooting

- Anonymous donors have given more than $3 million to fund college scholarships for the community around the historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina where nine people were slain last month, local leaders said on Thursday.

02 Jul 2015

California removes 'lynching' language from state law

SAN FRANCISCO - California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill striking the word "lynching" from a 1933 law that used the term to describe the crime of trying to take someone from police custody.

02 Jul 2015

NASCAR cools on Confederate flag, but fans still fly it

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR wants to limit the Confederate battle flag's presence at its tracks after the murder of nine black worshippers in South Carolina, but getting U.S. motor racing fans to comply may prove difficult.

Sports, 02 Jul 2015

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