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Freight Locomotive Derails, Spills Fuel In Maspeth, Queens

maspeth train derailmentFire officials say a freight train ran off the track in Maspeth, Queens.

They say a diesel tank ran off the rail at Eliot Avenue and 60th Lane, rupturing the tank and spilling around 100 gallons of fuel.

"We had a diesel tank derail. Ran out of rail actually. It ruptured a 900-gallon diesel fuel tank," said FDNY Chief Marc Cuccurullo.

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Major train derailment and fire near Wadena, Sask.

Train derails saskatchewan

A major train derailment has occurred near Wadena, Sask., prompting authorities to keep people well back from smouldering railcars and smoke that may be toxic..​

The CN Rail derailment happened at 10:40 a.m. CST Tuesday about 20 kilometres west of the town of 1,300, which is about 230 kilometres east of Saskatoon.

There were no reported injuries. CN said two employees were on the train at the time of the derailment and both are safe.

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Gay marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada struck down

gay marriage bans stoppedA federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld gay marriage in Idaho and Nevada, saying bans on the practice in those states violate same-sex couples' equal protection rights.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling that laws that treat people differently based on sexual orientation are unconstitutional unless there is a compelling government interest.

Neither Idaho nor Nevada offered any legitimate reasons to discriminate against gay couples, Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel.

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Judge orders Ferguson police to stop using '5-second' rule for protesters

Ferguson protest judgmentA federal judge in St. Louis has ordered police in Ferguson, Missouri to stop enforcing a rule that threatens protesters with arrest if they stop moving. The judge said the rule violates constitutional rights.

Police adopted the so-called "keep moving" policy — which prohibits protesters from remaining still for more than five seconds — as a method to control large crowds that gathered to protest the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, by a white Ferguson police officer.

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CIA didn't know it had Senate 'torture' report

CIA reportThe U.S. government inaccurately told a federal judge last month that the CIA did not have a copy of the unabridged version of a Senate committee report on treatment of detainees, but the spy agency in fact does have a copy of the 6,300-page report, a Justice Department lawyer said Tuesday.

"There was a miscommunication over at the agency as to what we were looking for," DOJ attorney Vesper Mei told U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg Tuesday. "They didn't realize that they had it."

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Twitter sues U.S. government over limits on ability to disclose surveillance orders

Teitter sues US gov'tTwitter, the world’s largest microblogging platform, on Tuesday sued the U.S. government, alleging that the Justice Department’s restrictions on what the company can say publicly about the government’s national security requests for user data violate the firm’s First Amendment rights.

With its lawsuit, the San Francisco-based firm is seeking to go further than five other technology companies that earlier this year reached a settlement with the government on the permissible scope of disclosure at a time of heightened concern about the scale of government surveillance.

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Most Foods Labeled 'Natural' Actually Contain GMOs

gmo's in most natural foodsA majority of U.S. packaged foods labeled as "natural" and tested by Consumer Reports actually contained a substantial level of genetically modified ingredients, according to a report issued Tuesday by the non-profit product testing group.

Consumers are being misled by the "natural" label, said Urvashi Rangan, executive director of Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability.

Consumer Reports said it had conducted a survey of more than 80 different processed foods containing corn or soy, the two most widely grown genetically engineered crops in the United States, to determine whether labeling claims for GMO presence were accurate.

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Wal-Mart Cuts Health Benefits for 30,000 Part-Timers

walmartsWal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer.

Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that starting Jan. 1, it will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week. The move affects 30,000 employees, or about 5 percent of Wal-Mart's total part-time workforce, but comes after the company already had scaled back the number of part-time workers who were eligible for health insurance coverage since 2011.

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Turkey says Syrian town about to fall as Islamic State moves in

Syrian town falling to ISISTurkey's president said Kobani was "about to fall" after Islamic State fighters advanced into the south west of the Syrian Kurdish town, pressing home a three-week assault that has cost a reported 400 lives.

The prospect that the town on the Turkish border could be captured by the militants has increased pressure on Turkey, with the strongest army in the region, to join an international coalition to fight against Islamic State.

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