Survivors recall panic before Mexico City hospital blast

Survivors recall panic before Mexico City hospital blast
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Rescue workers climb out of the wreckage of a maternity and children’s hospital amid one of several temporary evacuations as firefighters monitor the leaking gas tanker that caused the explosion in Cuajimalpa on the outskirts of Mexico City, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The explosion, which collapsed the majority of the building, occurred in the morning when a tanker truck was making a routine delivery of gas to the hospital kitchen and gas started to leak. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)

January 30 at 12:21 AM

MEXICO CITY — Inside the maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City, concern quickly turned to panic as the sour smell of propane seeped in and a vapor cloud grew at the emergency room’s entrance. The crew of a gas tanker truck outside began yelling: “Call the fir…………… continues on Washington Post

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Senate OKs Keystone XL Pipeline Bill
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Washington — After three weeks and nearly 50 amendment votes, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation to expedite construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Passage secured not only a top Republican policy victory, but a political success for new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who made Keystone his priority. The issue also became the first test of his promise to return the Senate to freewheeling debate and a more open amendment process.

“We had a whirlwind,” said a noticeably upbeat McConnell, as he opened the chamber on Thursday morning. “Let’s notch one more win for the middle class by passing this Keystone project.”

Even though the White House has threatened to veto the pipeline bill, nine Democrats joined all Republicans present on the 62-36 vote.

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., voted for the Keystone project, while U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., were opposed.

But passage Thursday doesn’t quite yet set the stage for what many expect to be a veto showdown between President Obama and the new Republican Congress.

The bill will need to return to the House, where the Republican majority will have to acc…………… continues on Valley News

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