Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

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Youths arrested at immigration protest

More than 20 people including seven youths were arrested outside the U.S. Capitol Wednesday as they blocked an intersection to call for an end to deportations.

Chanting protesters wore red and white shirts with the slogan "Stop Separating Families." They locked arms and sat down in the street in the rain before Capitol Police rounded them up and loaded them in vans.

Jorge Servin, 11, was the youngest arrested, according to the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, which helped organize the event.

Jorge said he was protesting because "I don't want more kids to have to grow up without the love of their parents."

Activists are keeping up a drumbeat of protests around the Capitol, on the National Mall and outside the White House to pressure President Barack Obama and Congress over record-high deportations by the Obama administration.

Tankers carrying oil derail in Virginia * Several CSX train cars carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire Wednesday along the James River, with three black tankers ending up in the water and leaking some of their contents, becoming the most recent crash involving oil trains that has safety experts pushing for better oversight.

Nearby buildings were evacuated for a time in downtown Lynchburg, Va., but officials said there were no injuries and the city on its website and Twitter said firefighters decided 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. Most of the cars were knocked off the tracks.

There have been eight significant oil train accidents in the U.S. and Canada in the past year involving trains hauling crude oil, including several that resulted in spectacular fires, according to National Transportation Safety Board.

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