National briefs: Train carrying crude oil derails

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LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Several CSX train cars carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire Wednesday along the James River in Lynchburg, Va., with three tankers ending up in the water and leaking some oil, becoming the most recent crash involving oil trains that has safety efforts pushing for better oversight.

Nearby buildings were evacuated for a time, but officials said there were no injuries and the city on its website and Twitter said firefighters on the scene made the decision to let the fire burn out. Three or four tankers were breached on the 15-car train that CSX said was on its way from Chicago to an unspecified destination.

Re-sentencing in rape case

HELENA, Mont. -- A former Montana high school teacher who was convicted of raping a 14-year-old student will be re-sentenced and could do more time in jail after the Montana Supreme Court ruled the original one-month sentence was too short.

The case, which stirred national anger against Yellowstone County District Judge G. Todd Baugh, will go to a new judge who will re-sentence Stacey Dean Rambold. He is the former teacher who served a month in jail after acknowledging having "multiple instances of sexual activity" in 2007 with Cherice Moralez, who committed suicide in 2010.

Heartbleed bug survey

WASHINGTON -- About 60 percent of American adults -- and 64 percent of those online -- were aware of the Heartbleed bug, which exposed millions of people's online passwords and personal information, according to a study from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project released Wednesday.

About 39 percent of Internet users surveyed took the extra steps of protecting their online accounts by either changing their passwords or canceling accounts, the study found.

Dolphin trainer drowns

SAN DIEGO -- A contractor with a Navy program that trains dolphins and sea lions for missions drowned during a nighttime exercise Monday in San Diego Bay, the first death for the program that started in 1959, a Navy spokesman said Wednesday.

Coll Perske, 29, was part of a team of contractors with Virginia-based Science Applications International Corp. training Navy dolphins and sea lions to intercept someone in the water, Navy spokesman Jim Fallin said. Initial reports indicate the mammals had no contact with Mr. Perske before he failed to resurface, Mr. Fallin said.

Oil well blast kills 2

MENTONE, Texas -- A buildup of pressure caused an explosion as workers were changing a wellhead Wednesday at a West Texas oil field, killing two of them and injuring nine others, a sheriff said.

Loving County Sheriff Billy Hopper said the explosion occurred some 60 miles southeast of Carlsbad, N.M. It was not clear which company operates the oil field, he said.

Edible-marijuana worries

DENVER -- Colorado's marijuana experiment is threatened by the popularity of eating it instead of smoking it, leading the pot industry to join health officials and state regulators to try to curb the problem of consumers ingesting too much weed.

A task force gathered Wednesday to start brainstorming ways to educate consumers, including a standard warning system on popular edibles.


-- Compiled from news services


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