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Tank Car Sends Out Poisonous Gas

A tank car imploded at a paper mill Monday, sending a huge pinkish-yellow cloud of poisonous gas into the sky and prompting evacuation of the neighborhood.

Scores of people descended on hospitals to be treated for burning eyes and throats. State police confirmed at least half a dozen injuries.

“Our emergency room is chaotic,” said state Rep. Jerry Thomas, a doctor at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton, 20 miles from Bogalusa. “I don’t have total numbers, but everything is filled and they just keep coming.”

At least 50 people had probably arrived by 7:45 p.m., all with the same complaints: “Shortness of breath, eyes burning, throats burning,” he said. “It looks like a temporary thing for all of them. Some are receiving oxygen; some are just taking breaths and it’s going away.”

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In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation

UPDATED: 7:36 p.m.

Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.