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Feds blame railroad for oil train derailment, spill in Oregon

Portland - Calls for a U.S. ban on shipping oil by train got louder last week after federal investigators put the blame for a June 3 oil train derailment on Union Pacific Railroad.

Anti-Trump protesters hurl rocks as Trump wins Washington primary

Los Angeles - Protesters opposed to Donald Trump hurled rocks and bottles outside a Trump rally in New Mexico, the same day the bombastic billionaire won the Republican presidential primary in Washington state.

Obama said ready to release suppressed pages of 9/11 report

Washington - The Obama administration could be ready to release details about Saudi Arabia's involvement with the 9/11 hijackers that were suppressed after Congress formally investigated the tragedy in 2002.

In Washington, there's more than politics on the menu

Washington - Mary Ackley, who lives in the US capital, had to keep an open mind while pursuing her dream of becoming a farmer. So she went underground.

PÆRISH, a Paris-based alternative rock band Special

You may not know the name, but chances are you soon will. The French rockers' riff-roaring debut single, "Undone," has been streamed over two million times - with no promotion whatsoever - on Spotify. Digital Journal spoke to band member Martin Dupraz.

Washington an eerie ghost town as huge blizzard hits

Washington - Bus stops stand empty, mounds of snow in the place of passengers. A lone man stands outside the White House, the blizzard biting at his exposed ears.

U.S. residents wake up to the white stuff on East Coast

New York City - Millions of northeastern U.S. residents woke up to a carpet of white snow Saturday as the largest storm in years crashed the East Coast, leaving tall drifts, blocked roads and power outages in its wake.

Occupy Bundy: Camping couple hopes to annoy militia into leaving

For over two weeks now, the extremists who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have frustrated authorities and Oregon residents alike. Now, this couple hopes to annoy the militia until they can't take any more of it and leave.

Chipotle briefly closing all restaurants to talk food safety

It's been a bumpy year for Chipotle after frustrating outbreaks of E. coli and norovirus, so the company has decided it's time to take a short break and have a meeting with employees to discuss this unpleasant situation.

Op-Ed: Winter Fancy Food Show at Moscone Center features the unique Special

San Francisco - Moscone Center is gearing up for the annual Winter Fancy Food Show opening this Saturday, January 17. Sponsored by the Speciality Food Association, this is the largest specialty food trade event on the West Coast.

Chipotle shares plummet as E. coli now reported in six states

The E. coli outbreak that sickened dozens of customers who had eaten at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Oregon and Washington has now made its way to three more states. This brings the total up to six states that have been affected.

'La Marseillaise' rings out in show of support in US

Washington - French expatriates in Washington and New York sang their national anthem in a spine-tingling and spontaneous show of raw emotion Saturday, a day after terror attacks in Paris killed at least 129 people.

Man who sold bleach as a miracle cure gets 51 months in jail

Spokane - It was hailed as a miracle cure for cancer, AIDS, malaria, asthma, hepatitis, Lyme disease and numerous other ailments, but it was actually industrial bleach, used for hydraulic fracking, wastewater treatment, and as a pesticide.

Five fascinating facts you might not know about sea otters

Sea otters tickle our imaginations. Their charming antics make them the clowns of the sea, and for those of us fortunate enough to live alongside them, they are enchanting. The sight of mother otters cuddling young ones make them even more endearing.

Op-Ed: D.C.'s 16-week paid leave act serves as a national model

Washington - Conflicts between work and family life are common for U.S. workers. The term "work-life balance" describes the ultimate goal of the employed. D.C.'s proposed 16-week paid family leave would provide benefits to most who live in the nation's capitol.

Cuba and United States resume full diplomatic relations

Washington - The United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations Monday in one of the most-obvious signs of change since Barack Obama was elected president and Fidel Castro left office.

Five fascinating facts that you may not know about sea turtles

Each year, in its quest for tasty jellyfish, the leatherback sea turtle travels an astounding 10,000 miles crossing the entire Pacific Ocean, in a journey that stretches from Asia to the U.S. West Coast from Washington to California.

Washington's 'Big Four Ice Caves' closed after collapse and death

One person is dead and five others injured after the partial collapse of Washington state's popular Big Four Ice Caves Monday night in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Marblemount.

Man sees Amber Alert, finds out he's babysitting abducted child

Renton - A couple in Washington accidentally wound up as part of a kidnapping investigation this week after they found out that the toddler they were babysitting had been kidnapped and was the subject of an Amber Alert asking for his safe return.

Op-Ed: 10 reasons why the Toronto Raptors will demolish the Wizards

Toronto - The Toronto Raptors square off against the Washington Wizards in the first round of the NBA playoffs, and I predict the Raptors' offensive firepower will overwhelm Washington's disorganized defense. Raptors in five.

One detained after gyrocopter lands at the U.S. Capitol

The U.S. capitol remains of high alert after a small gyrocopter lands outside the west end of the Capitol building. The pilot has been detained at this time.

Op-Ed: Kerry begins to accept that Congress will have say on Iran deal

Washington, D. C. - Sounds like a fourth-grade social studies teacher finally got to him. Of course, we’re speaking about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the longtime U.S. Senator who took over the State Department when Hillary Clinton left in 2013.

Op-Ed: Cops threaten couple with $750,000 fine over missing dog flyer

Washington D.c. - Roger Horowitz and his wife Annemarie did what many of us do when we lose a pet. They posted flyers. Then they received a call from a D.C. police officer who allegedly said they would face a $750,000 fine if they didn't take the posters down.

Op-Ed: Inside China’s silent onslaught on Washington

International institutions are one of the most enduring legacies of the post- World War II US-sponsored American world order.

President Obama vetoed controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project

Washington D.c. - On February 24, U.S. President Barack Obama vetoed the contentious Keystone XL Pipeline project. GOP lawmakers are unable to reverse his decision after a long battle with power struggles, interruptions, public protests, and legal challenges.

Unmanned drone recovered from White House grounds

Washington, D. C. - A drone aircraft found on the grounds of the White House in Washington, D.C., prompted new concerns Monday about the quality of protection offered to U.S. President Barack Obama and his family.

Defense secretary resigns, could signal U.S. government shakeup

Washington, D. C. - Speculation about a shakeup at the highest levels of the U.S. government security apparatus were rampant Monday after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation.

Tom Hanks among 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors recipients

Al Green, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride, Sting, and Lily Tomlin are the recipients of The 2014 Kennedy Center Honors, which were announced today.

Exploring sources of weed for Washington

Seattle - Washington has a weed shortage but this is not for lack of resources. Shortages here are mostly due to restrictions and a failure to try new sources.

Frontier Airlines pilot treats delayed passengers to pizza

Cheyenne - Passengers on a Frontier Airlines flight from Washington DC to Denver probably thought their trip could not get much worse after their plane was diverted to Wyoming because of bad weather.
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