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A freight train carrying hazardous material has derailed near a busy metro station, spilling chemicals onto the tracks.Read the full story ›
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A man has been arrested in Washington DC after a bomb squad was forced to destroy a "suspicious" pressure cooker left in a car near the Capitol building.
Police cordoned off the unattended car after officers noticed the smell of petrol
The owner of the vehicle, Israel Shimeles of Alexandria, Virginia, was arrested and charged with using his car after his license had been revoked.
The US Capitol was locked down on Saturday after shots were fired nearby, but police have "neutralized" the suspected shooter, US Capitol police said.
Police were also investigating a suspicious package close to the complex in Washington.
"The Capitol has been locked down because of the potential security threat. No one can enter or exit," Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said in a statement.
Police did not give details of what happened to the suspected shooter.
However, several media reports including NBC and the Associated Press said the man had committed suicide, and that he left behind a suitcase that was being investigating by a bomb squad.
The incident, which is not believed to be an act of terrorism, occurred on a Saturday and Congress is out of session.
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The number of people missing from last week's Washington state mudslide is revised down from 90 to 22, as the death toll increases to 24, US officials say.
The official death toll in the Washington mudslide has risen to 21, emergency service officials tell Reuters.
The number of people killed after a devastating mudslide in Washington State has risen to 18, authorities confirmed.