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October 29, 1995
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Florida train derailment forces evacuation

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MOLINO, Florida (CNN) -- A 25-car freight train derailment, involving several tankers loaded with hazardous chemicals, forced the evacuation of about 100 residents of a community north of Pensacola Sunday.

The train ran off the tracks early Sunday morning east of Molino, rupturing two tank cars filled with sodium hydroxide, according to Escambia County emergency management spokesman David Milliron. Sodium hydroxide is a corrosive chemical used in petroleum refining and paper-making. It's not flammable. All of the chemical in one of the tankers spilled and a second tanker was leaking, Milliron told CNN.



Pipe bomb destroys two cars in California

SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) -- A powerful pipe bomb placed under a car exploded in a town 20 miles from San Francisco Sunday, destroying two cars but causing no injuries.

Police said they did not have a motive or a suspect in the explosion., which took place in the town of Castro Valley. Investigators said the bomb was placed under one of two cars parked in the driveway of a house.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Department said the bomb was a sophisticated pipe bomb that included a mechanical timing device used to detonate it. The two cars in the driveway burst into flames after the bomb exploded and a large piece of shrapnel smashed the windows of another vehicle parked on the street.



Darden says jurors' experience with police led to verdict

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MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- The verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial had more to do with the police department's history of abuses than the race of the predominantly-black jury that acquitted him, prosecutor Christopher Darden said.

"I'm not ready yet to call that verdict a race-based verdict," Darden said in a speech at the University of Miami Law School.

Darden said he believed the long history of abuse of power by authorities in Los Angeles made the jury more likely to acquit Simpson when considering the standard of "reasonable doubt."

"If that (a juror's) experience has always been negative, if it involves contact with the police and the courts, then what kind of jury verdict can we expect?" he asked.



Potato plants aboard space shuttle doing well

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (CNN) -- Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Columbia reported Sunday that potato plants appear to grow well in space. Sunday was the 10th day of Columbia's 16-day mission.

The potato plants are being grown in high-tech containers that provide them with light and water. The space agency needs to know if growing plants in space is feasible because plants could be a food source on long missions and also help clean the air aboard a spacecraft.



Tape shows possible third suspect in federal bombing

Oklahoma City building

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (CNN) -- A federal law enforcement source said Saturday a surveillance videotape shows a third possible conspirator in the Oklahoma City bombing. The source told the Associated Press that the tape shows a shadowy figure in the passenger seat of the truck that carried the bomb. Another official said that can't be confirmed because the tape is unclear.

"There's a shape in there, but they can't see a face" in the video, the source told the AP this week. The images were videotaped minutes before the bomb went off at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, killing 169 people.



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