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Train derailment spills Boeing 737 fuselages into river

train derailmentCrews on Sunday will attempt to remove three Boeing 737 fuselages that tumbled down a steep bank and into the Clark Fork River in western Montana after a train derailed.

Montana Rail Link spokeswoman Lynda Frost said Saturday that it's unclear the type of challenge involved because it's the first time the company has faced such a task.

No one was injured when 19 cars from a westbound train derailed Thursday about 10 miles west of Alberton. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

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My push for disclosure ‘destroyed my entire career,’ ex-CIA employee says

jeffrey scudderHis CIA career included assignments in Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq, but the most perilous posting for Jeffrey Scudder turned out to be a two-year stint in a sleepy office that looks after the agency’s historical files.

It was there that Scudder discovered a stack of articles, hundreds of histories of long-dormant conflicts and operations that he concluded were still being stored in secret years after they should have been shared with the public.

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Reeling from four June killings, trans community calls for understanding

Trandgender activistsEvery week of June this year – a month designated to remember the history and struggle of the LGBT community – a transgender woman of color was found dead.

On June 3, Kandy Hall’s body was found in a field northeast of Baltimore. Eight days later, on June 11, Zoraida Reyes, a 28-year-old Mexican activist involved in Southern California transgender and immigration advocacy groups, was found behind a Dairy Queen. Her death is still being investigated as suspicious. On June 19, the burned body of Yaz’min Shancez, 31, was found behind a dumpster. And on June 26, three days before New York and San Francisco Pride, 28-year-old Tiff Edwards was found shot to death in a suburb of Ohio.

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Supreme Court Grants Evangelical College Plea On Contraception Rule

Wheaton CollegeA divided Supreme Court on Thursday allowed, at least for now, an evangelical college in Illinois that objects to paying for contraceptives in its health plan to avoid filling out a government document that the college says would violate its religious beliefs.

The justices said that Wheaton College does not have to fill out the contested form while its case is on appeal but can instead write the Department of Health and Human Services declaring that it is a religious nonprofit organization and making its objection to emergency contraception. The college does provide coverage for other birth control.

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California city turns up anti-immigrant volume

anti immigrant protestsAn overflow crowd in a Southern California community where protesters turned back Homeland Security buses filled with immigrants gave a loud, negative reception Wednesday night to a federal official behind the decision to make Murrieta a destination for the humanitarian effort.

Residents filled a 750-seat high school auditorium to capacity and spilled out into a parking lot, carrying signs with slogans like "Illegals today, Jihadists with Nukes tomorrow!!" One man scuffled with police after they stopped him from walking into the meeting draped in an American flag.

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Buy your own town for just $399,000 — in South Dakota

Buy your own townFor less than $400,000, you could own an entire South Dakota town.

The town of Swett, S.D., comes with a three-bedroom home, tire shop, three trailer houses and a bar, the Swett Tavern. Its listing price: $399,000, or half the cost of a one-bedroom apartment in New York City, as a press release from Coldwell Banker pointed out.

Updates to the Swett Tavern include a new horseshoe-shaped bar, coolers, grill, insulation and camera system, according to the listing. And that’s not all: There’s a good amount of inventory and personal property that the current owner will throw in to sweeten the deal, including a 1990 Volvo semi, currently used to haul trailers.

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Target bans guns from its stores after demonstration

Target bans gunsUS retail giant Target has asked customers not to bring guns into its stores, after Texas gun rights activists demonstrated in a Texas shop with rifles slung over their shoulders.

CEO John Mulligan said guns were at odds with its family atmosphere. Many US states allow people to carry guns in some fashion, but businesses may ban them.

Gun control activists applauded the new rule, coming as many states loosen laws restricting the carrying of firearms.

"[We] respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target - even in communities where it is permitted by law," Target CEO John Mulligan wrote in a statement.

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