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Multi-car oil train derails in Oregon: officials

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A multi-car oil train derailed in northern Oregon on Friday, about 70 miles (110 km) outside of Portland, officials confirmed, though there were no initial reports of injuries.

Black smoke could be seen following the accident, which occurred in Mosier, near the Columbia River. A spokesman with the Mosier Volunteer Fire Department said there were no injuries, and the damage was confined to the railroad.

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Union Pacific Corp owns the train, The Oregonian reported, citing a spokesman. Reuters has not verified that information.

“It has closed the interstate. There’s black and white smoke, and I hear they might be evacuating houses in the area, too,” said Jared Snyder, proprietor of the Thirsty Woman Pub in Mosier.

Interstate 84 has been closed as a result and the nearby Mosier Community School was evacuated, a school official said.

(Reporting by Jessica Resnick-Ault, Devika Krishna Kumar, Eric M. Johnson and Curtis Skinner; Editing by G Crosse and Chris Reese)

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‘Smoking gun so hot it’s still on fire’: Ex-US Attorney astonished by text shown in Vindman testimony

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A former U.S. Attorney says Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman has delivered "smoking gun" evidence of a quid pro quo arrangement between President Donald Trump and Ukraine.

The National Security Council staffer told a House impeachment inquiry that he was aware of -- and alarmed by -- efforts as early as March to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation of Joe Biden and his son, which he believed were conducted to deliver a political benefit the president.

The counsel for House Democrats then showed a text sent 30 minutes before Trump's July 25 call to Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky, which shows the special envoy Kurt Volker dangling a White House visit to a Zelensky aide in exchange for an investigation.

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‘Perfectly impeachable’: George Conway says Vindman and Williams testimony is ‘absolutely devastating’ for Trump

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On Tuesday, as Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams testified publicly about their knowledge of the Ukraine scandal, conservative lawyer George Conway called the testimony "devastating" for President Donald Trump — and proclaimed his conduct both impeachable and criminal.

This testimony, from two witnesses to the July 25 call, is absolutely devastating. That call was absolutely “perfect,” all right—perfectly impeachable.

And criminal.

— George Conway (@gtconway3d) November 19, 2019

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‘Improper’, ‘Unusual’: Aides describe Trump’s Ukraine call at impeachment hearing

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One top national security aide who listened to President Donald Trump’s July call with Ukraine’s president called it “improper.” Another said it was “unusual.” The two testified Tuesday at House impeachment hearings as the inquiry reached deeper into the White House.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer at the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, his counterpart at Vice President Mike Pence’s office, said they had concerns as Trump spoke on July 25 with the newly elected Ukraine president about political investigations into Democrat Joe Biden.

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