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No spill after Seattle oil train derailment

A train carrying nearly 100 cars of crude oil went off the track under the Magnolia Bridge in Seattle early Thursday. Nobody was hurt, no oil leaked and there was no threat to the public when five of the train’s 102 cars went off the track about 2 a.m., said BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas.

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Tegan and Sara embrace risk to bolster their fan base

CHICAGO — There are the Tegan and Sara fans who have been listening to the Canadian twins since they debuted with a folksy sound in 1999. And then there are those who became fans in the last year or two thanks to Tegan and Sara’s radio-friendly dance hit “Closer” and their catchy theme song with The Lonely Island for “The Lego Movie,” “Everything Iis Awesome.”

Jerry Seinfeld returns with more “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The first episode of the fourth season of Jerry Seinfeld’s Web series — arriving Thursday — begins very close to home. Jerry returns to Long Island, where he grew up, with Sarah Jessica Parker in her very own Ford Country Square Wagon LTD, circa 1976. Sights to be seen in Thursday’s opener: Francesco’s Bakery on South Broadway in Hicksville and the Colony Diner on the Hempstead Bethpage Turnpike, where coffee is served.

Researchers grapple for Alzheimer’s cure as it threatens to overwhelm health care system

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gasps were audible as the images flashed before a gathering of scientists at a recent UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center pathology conference. On the screen before them were photos of a brain severely wasted with age, with what looked like silver rivers of atrophy cutting deeply through the tissue. Even for the experts, it can be shocking to see the damage that Alzheimer’s disease inflicts on the aging brain.

Lost sense of smell often invisible, untreatable problem

CHICAGO — Mimi Koberlein woke up one morning unable to smell the bacon her husband was frying for breakfast. Confused, she ran to the shower, grabbed her shampoo and inhaled deeply. Nothing. Two years later, Koberlein, 47, still can’t smell lemons, freshly cut grass, her three boys or any other fragrances of life. Diagnosed with anosmia, or smell loss, she has tried decongestants, nasal irrigation, oral steroids and acupuncture. But nothing has worked.

Kathy Griffin will host 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES — Comedian Kathy Griffin will be hosting this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards. But she won’t have the assistance of Anderson Cooper, who has co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage with Griffin for the last seven years. With 20 stand-up specials under her belt, Griffin should be fine on her own.