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Houston channel closed as oil cleanup proceeds

The Houston Ship Channel remained closed Monday as workers continued cleaning up thousands of gallons of oil that leaked from a grounded Venezuelan tanker, the Coast Guard said.

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The tanker Turpial apparently lost power as it prepared to dock and ran aground Saturday night, officials said. The accident tied up traffic throughout the 58-mile channel, said Coast Guard Comdr. E. Roe, alternate captain of the Port of Houston.