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Hazardous chemical leak after Louisiana train derails

<b>About 100 homes have been evacuated in Louisiana in the US after a derailed train wagon leaked toxic chemicals.</b><p>The wagon leaked sodium hydroxide, which can be lethal if inhaled, a Union Pacific railways spokeswoman said.<p>More than 20 train wagons went off tracks west of Baton Rouge at 15:30 local …

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DOD cribs Hill ideas on sex assault

The Pentagon, desperate to show Congress it’s serious about cracking down on sexual assault in the ranks, is preparing to unveil another round of new policies as soon as this week.<p>But there’s a catch: the Defense Department keeps pitching ideas they’re about to be forced to follow anyway.<p>Adm. James …

Ryan: Shutdown not best way to repeal Obamacare

The chairman of the House Budget Committee says there's a better way of repealing President Barack Obama's health care law than shutting down the government this fall — a path some Republican conservatives are backing.<p>“We, all Republicans, want to repeal and replace Obamacare. … We’re having a …

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Edward Snowden's temporary asylum gets mixed reception among Russians

Russian human rights activists welcomed the decision to give temporary asylum to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden on Thursday, but pointed out that Moscow was unlikely to look kindly on local whistleblowers who leaked its secrets.<p>Sergei Nikitin, the head of Amnesty …

New York police kill gunman, 14

A rookie police officer shot and killed a 14-year-old boy on a street early on Sunday after he refused to drop his gun and pointed it in the direction of officers, authorities said.<p>Shaaliver Douse died of a single gunshot to his jaw after the confrontation in the Bronx.<p>Two New York police were on …