Train derailment spills oil, sparks fire in Oregon – Eagle

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A train towing a highly volatile type of oil derailed Friday in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge, igniting a fire that sent a plume of black smoke high into the sky and spurring evacuations and road closures.

Eleven cars derailed in the 96-car Union Pacific train and at least one ignited, releasing oil alongside tracks that parallel the region’s treasured Columbia River, said Aaron Hunt, a spokesman for the railroad. All the cars were carrying Bakken oil, a type of oil that is more flammable because it has a higher gas content and vapor pressure and lower flash point than other varieties.

The accident immediately drew reaction from environmentalists who said oil should not be transported by rail, particularly along a river that is a hub of recreation and commerce.

“Moving oil by rail constantly puts our communities and environment at risk,” said Jared Margolis, an attorney at the

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Cadillac Launches New CTS ‘Bold’ Edition For Middle East

Cadillac has launched the new CTS ‘Bold’ in the Middle East, a limited-edition trim level that “perfectly caters to luxury car enthusiasts,” in the region, the automaker says.

The CTS Bold is differentiated from standard models by a large red ‘B’ badge on the rear driver’s side of the car.  It’s not entirely clear what the remaining changes consist of, with Felix Weller, Cadillac Middle East director of sales and marketing, only saying customers will be able to “reap significant benefits from its enhanced equipment and agile driving dynamics.”

The Bold trim-level for the CTS is available on all 2014 CTS models and the base-level 2015 CTS with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Pricing and a full options list for Bold editions has yet to be announced.

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List of vehicles involved in General Motors 2014 recall

DETROIT — General Motors is issuing six more recalls covering a total of almost 718,000 vehicles in the U.S.

The latest recalls bring the total for GM so far this year to 60, affecting a record 29.7 million cars and trucks. GM already has passed the 22 million vehicles recalled by all automakers last year.

The biggest recall announced Wednesday was for just over 414,000 cars and small SUVs for faulty seats. Other problems include incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power steering failures, loose suspension bolts and faulty roof rack bolts.

According to GM, the recalls cover:

414,333 2011-2012 model year Chevrolet Camaro; 2010-2012 model year Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain; 2011-2012 Buick Regal and LaCrosse; and 2010-2012 Cadillac SRX models in the U.S. equipped with power height adjustable driver or front passenger seat structures. In these vehicles, the bolt that secures the height adjuster actuator may become loose or fall out. If the bolt falls out, the seat

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This 1987 Buick Regal Dragster Is The Fastest NHRA Super Stocker Ever, And It’s For Sale

This may sound like somewhat of a cliché around here– probably because we love to feature weird, rare cars– but this is something you definitively don’t see everyday.

Yes folks, you’re looking at a bona fide drag car, more specifically the fastest NHRA Super Stocker ever built. Yeeah.

Built and tuned by legendary engine builder Kenny Duttweiler, this insane 1987 Buick Regal uses a twin-turbo 209ci V6 to produce a monumental 1,292 hp and 872 lb-ft of torque– that’s twice the horsepower of a new Z06 under your right foot. Holy *insert expletive* is right.

The listing also claims it’s the only Super Stocker ever to run in the 7’s, having performed an NHRA certified 7.98 at 167.4 MPH on May 1, 2003. And that’s not even the NHRA record, which it also holds.

The record pass was set on May 17, 2004, with a staggering 7.81 second run

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V8 Supercars Holden Sandman Outfitted To Promote Cancer Awareness

The iconic V8 Supercars Holden Sandman has a new graphics scheme for this month, as men’s cancer awareness charity, Blue September, takes over the vehicle, according to GoAuto.

Blue September is a charity to raise awareness for testicular cancer, a front often overlooked. V8 Supercars has decided to make the message loud and clear with the Sandman’s 637 hp V8, allowing the one-off Commodore to rocket from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds.

The campaign has a goal to raise $400,000 AUD to fund early diagnosis equipment for the Australian Prostate Cancer Research and Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

V8 Supercar builder, Triple Eight, and automotive retailer Autobarn will kicked off the month with the car’s unveiling at Autobarn Logan City in Queensland where Blue September campaign director Mike Chapman explained “the importance of educating young Aussie men about the early signs of testicular cancer, whilst breaking down current stigmas around men

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