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In this photo provided by Melissa Smith, a train fire is seen from her farm in East Palestine, Ohio, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. A train derailment and resulting large fire prompted an evacuation order in the Ohio village near the Pennsylvania state line on Friday night, covering the area in billows of smoke lit orange by the flames below. (Melissa Smith via AP)

50-car train derailment causes big fire, evacuations in Ohio

Associated Press

A freight train derailment in Ohio near the Pennsylvania state line left a mangled and charred mass of boxcars and flames Saturday as authorities launched a federal investigation and monitored air quality from the various hazardous chemicals in the train.

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Voters cast their ballots under a giant mural at Robious Elementary School in Midlothian, Va., on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020. Voting in the 2022 midterm election ends when polls close on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Millions of Americans have already cast ballots either early in person or by mail, with millions more set to vote in person at their polling places. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

DNC approves Biden's primary calendar shakeup

- The Washington Times

The Democratic National Committee on Saturday approved President Biden's proposal to dramatically alter the state lineup for Democrats' presidential primary calendar, placing South Carolina in the leadoff spot in a bid to give minority voters more representation in shaping the party's lineup.

A photo of Eric Cruz as a 5-year-old pre-schooler rests on a table at the home of his mother, Dolores, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, in San Gabriel, Calif. Dolores Cruz published an essay in 2022 about grieving for her son, Eric, who died in a car crash in 2017. "Died Suddenly" used a screenshot of the headline in the film, portraying his death as vaccine related. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

'Died suddenly' posts twist tragedies to push vaccine lies

- Associated Press

Results from 6-year-old Anastasia Weaver's autopsy may take weeks. But online anti-vaccine activists needed only hours after her funeral this week to baselessly blame the COVID-19 vaccine.

A high-altitude balloon floats over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. The huge, high-altitude Chinese balloon sailed across the U.S. on Friday, drawing severe Pentagon accusations of spying and sending excited or alarmed Americans outside with binoculars. Secretary of State Antony Blinken abruptly canceled a high-stakes Beijing trip aimed at easing U.S.-China tensions. (Larry Mayer/The Billings Gazette via AP)

Second Chinese spy balloon flying over Latin America, Pentagon says

- Associated Press

The Pentagon on Friday acknowledged reports of a second balloon flying over Latin America. "We now assess it is another Chinese surveillance balloon," Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement, declining to offer further information such as where it was spotted.

Pablo Lyle gestures toward family members as they appear in court at the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building in Miami, on Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Lyle, accused of fatally punching a driver during a road-rage incident in Miami in 2019, is expected to be sentenced for involuntary manslaughter. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP, Pool, File)

'Yankee' actor gets prison in road-rage death

- Associated Press

Mexican actor Pablo Lyle was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for involuntary manslaughter after fatally punching a man during a road rage confrontation in Miami in 2019.

This image provided by Dallas County Jail shows Davion Irvin. Dallas police say Irvin, has been arrested, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, in the case of the two monkeys that were taken from the Dallas Zoo after he was spotted near the animal exhibits at an aquarium in the city.   (Dallas County Jail via AP)

Man accused of stealing monkeys charged in other incidents at zoo

- Associated Press

The man charged in the taking of two emperor tamarin monkeys from the Dallas Zoo has also been charged in two other recent incidents there involving holes that were cut in animal enclosure fences, authorities said Friday.

Attorney Mark Pomerantz arrives at Federal Court in New York, Aug. 12, 2002. Pomerantz writes in his new book, "People vs. Donald Trump: An Inside Account," that then-District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. authorized him in December 2021 to seek Trump's indictment, and laments friction with the new D.A. Alvin Bragg that put that plan on ice. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

Ex-prosecutor's new book details fight over indicting Trump

- Associated Press

As the Manhattan district attorney's office ramps up its yearslong investigation of Donald Trump, a new book by a former prosecutor details just how close the former president came to getting indicted - and laments friction with the new D.A. that put that plan on ice.