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U.S. investigators release more details on 2015 Amtrak crash

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:24

Federal investigators on Monday released thousands of pages about the fatal derailment of an Amtrak passenger train last year in Philadelphia, but the central mystery of what caused the crash remained unexplained. The documents, posted online by the National Transportation Safety Board, include interviews with the train's engineer, Brandon Bostian, who told investigators he had no recollection of the moments before the accident. An Amtrak regional train headed from Washington, D.C., to New York, went off the tracks on May 12 along a northbound curve in Philadelphia while traveling at more than twice the 50 mile-per-hour (80 kilometer-per-hour) speed limit.

Attorney: Corrections officer fired during deadly brawl

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 15:28

DENVER (AP) — An attorney says a Colorado Department of Corrections officer fired his gun during a weekend brawl at a Denver motorcycle show that left one dead and seven others injured.

For Brazil's rich and poor, disparate response to Zika

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 12:41

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two Brazilian women, two pregnancies, one nightmare. But two very different stories.

Taking a stand in Flint, or fleeing: Residents weigh the future

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 10:58
The vacant lots and crumbling houses that line a vast majority of the city’s streets are evidence of Flint’s descent from the home of General Motors — a bustling company town with a population of close to 200,000 — into the country’s murder capital, with a population down by roughly half from its peak in 1960, and a poverty rate of more than 41 percent.

Day Before Iowa Caucus, Donald Trump Surprised by His Own Lead

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 10:16

Trump touted his support in Iowa and bashed rival Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, whom he holds a slight lead over in the latest Des Moines Register / Bloomberg Politics poll. Trump called Cruz a "total liar" for saying the billionaire businessman supports a health care system similar to Obamacare. “Look, Ted Cruz is a total liar.

California sheriff 'concerned' by slow response to jail escape

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 08:48

Hours after the last two fugitives were captured, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said she had ordered an investigation into how the trio broke out of a maximum-security jail in Santa Ana and went unnoticed for about 16 hours, according to a letter her office released late on Saturday. “I have been very clear from the onset of the jail escape investigation that I am deeply concerned about the length of time it took to recognize that three maximum security inmates were unaccounted for,” Hutchens wrote in response to a letter she had received from the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs about the escapes. “I have initiated an internal administrative investigation to determine the facts of what occurred, contributing factors to the escape and inmate count procedures,” Hutchens continued in the letter, which she later disclosed in an emailed statement.

Saudi police arrest 9 American 'terror' suspects: report

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 05:42

Saudi authorities have arrested nine American citizens among 33 "terror" suspects rounded up over the past days, the Saudi Gazette newspaper reported on Sunday. It did not say if any of the "terror suspects" was linked to the Islamic State group, which has claimed several deadly attacks against security forces and Shiites in the kingdom in recent months. The Saudi Gazette said some 532 IS suspects accused of plotting attacks in the kingdom are being questioned ahead of their trial at the criminal court in Riyadh.

Ministry: Blasts close to Damascus' main Shiite shrine kill 45

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 03:28

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least 45 people were killed and 110 wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in the Sayeda Zeinab district of Damascus, where Syria's holiest Shi'ite shrine is located, the interior ministry said. Syrian state news agency SANA, quoting an interior ministry source, said a group of militants had detonated a car bomb near a public transport garage in the neighborhood's Koua Sudan area. Two suicide bombers then blew themselves up nearby as people were being rescued.

SAG Awards 'SoBlack,' says Internet

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 22:14

Serena: 'I'm not a robot'

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 13:13

Serena Williams showed pure class after losing to Angelique Kerber in Saturday night's final.