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Keystone pipeline leak days before Nebraska expansion ruling

PIERRE, S.D. — TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, but state officials don’t believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems.

State officials and pipeline operator TransCanada Corp. disclosed the leak Thursday, and the company shut down the pipeline.

Pope auctions Lamborghini to rebuild Christian Iraq

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis got the keys to a fancy new Lamborghini on Wednesday ‚Äî but he won’t be tooling around the Vatican gardens in it.

Instead, the special edition Huracan will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s, with the proceeds going to charities including one aimed at helping rebuild Christian communities in Iraq that were devastated by the Islamic State group.

'Super invader' tree conquering U.S. South

NEW ORLEANS—The tallow tree, a “super invader” with toxic leaves and no natural enemies in North America, is conquering the U.S. South.

Overtaking forests from Texas to Florida, tallows grow three times faster than most native hardwoods, and each one casts off 100,000 seeds a year.

Controlled burns haven't stopped their spread, nor have herbicide sprays from helicopters.

Magnitude 6.5 quake hits Costa Rica coast, shakes capital

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 shook Costa Rica on Sunday night, knocking items from shelves and sending people rushing outside in panic.

The country’s Public Safety Ministry said it had reports of two serious injuries as a result of the quake, but did not provide additional details.