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Oregon coast is threatened by more oil from freighter

Waves pounding a Japanese freighter wrecked off the coast Saturday threatened to break up a main fuel tank and spread more oil on a contaminated estuary where endangered brown pelicans and other birds were killed by oozing crude.

The oilslick of 3,000 gallons from the 350-foot Blue Magpie spread 4 miles up the coast and 5 miles up the Yaquina River.

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