(Reuters) - A conductor critically injured in last week's deadly Philadelphia train derailment has sued Amtrak, his lawyer said on Tuesday, adding to a string of emerging lawsuits since the crash last week. Emilio Fonseca, 33, was taking a restroom break in the first car during his work shift when the passenger train went off the rails, attorney Bruce Nagel told a news conference, saying the train suddenly surged forward and then crashed. Fonseca, who is married and lives in Kearney, New Jersey, suffered a broken neck, back and both shoulders, and was believed to be the most severely injured Amtrak employee, Nagel said.
By Tim McLaughlin BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will face about 20 of his victims at a hearing next month when he will be formally sentenced to die for the 2013 attack, a U.S. judge said on Tuesday. The same jury that found Tsarnaev, 21, guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, sentenced him to death for his crimes last week. "We could proceed rather expeditiously," in making the jury's sentence formal, U.S. District Judge George O'Toole told prosecutors and defense attorneys in the same courtroom where Tsarnaev was tried.
By Lisa Maria Garza WACO, Texas (Reuters) - The local Harley Davidson dealership was closed, motorcycle riders were asked to stay off the roads and police snipers took to rooftops to watch Waco streets after a deadly gangland shooting caused many to cast a colder eye on bikers. Police did not say how long the request would last. Riders asked the public to take a breath, relax and realize that criminality is the rare exception for members of motorcycle clubs. Waco Police said they have been threatened by motorcycle gangs after a Sunday shoot out between rivals at a Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine dead and 18 injured.
(Reuters) - Republican Jeb Bush said in a weekend radio interview that he does not believe the U.S. Constitution grants a right to gay marriage, moving away from his previous urging of "respect" for all Americans on the gay and lesbian marriage issue. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected by the end of June to make a landmark ruling that could make gay marriage the law of the land or return the decision to individual states. "It's at the core of the Catholic faith and to imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, (a) committed child-centered family system, is hard to imagine," Bush told the conservative Christian Broadcasting Network show, The Brody File, in an interview broadcast on Sunday. "So, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling because they are going to decide whatever they decide - I don’t know what they are going to do - we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage," said Bush, who converted to Catholicism 20 years ago.
The Obama administration on Monday escalated its running regulatory battle with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV by announcing a public hearing to scrutinize how the automaker has handled 20 recalls affecting more than 10 million vehicles. As part of a broader effort to get automakers to speed up the repair of recalled cars and trucks, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said FCA could face up to $700 million in fines and be required to buy back or replace vehicles if regulators find evidence that it failed in its legal recall obligations. The proceedings would be the broadest public hearing the agency had held to date and follows what NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind described as frustrated attempts by the agency to get Fiat Chrysler's U.S. unit, FCA US LLC, to move more aggressively to correct defects tied to fires, loss of control, unintended air bag deployments and fuel leaks.
(Reuters) - Four passengers on the Amtrak commuter train that derailed in Philadelphia last week filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against the U.S. rail service, citing "serious and disabling" injuries. The lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia, appeared to be the first by non-employee passengers since the derailment on May 12 that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. (Reporting by Joseph Ax in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)
Funeral services were set for Monday for three victims of the deadly Philadelphia train derailment last week, as Amtrak commuter service resumed on the busy Northeast Corridor. An investigation continued into the cause of the derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others last Tuesday evening. The train was barreling north at twice the 50-mile-per-hour speed limit when it entered a sharp curve and derailed just north of Philadelphia. It was headed to New York from Washington with 243 people on board.
(Reuters) - Police in Waco, Texas said 192 people were being arrested on Monday in connection with a biker gang shootout that left nine dead and 18 injured a day earlier. Those under arrest will face charges of engaging in organized crime, police said in a statement following a deadly gun battle at a sports bar on Sunday when a simmering feud among rival biker gangs boiled over. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is closing Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill, located at a shopping mall in the central Texas city, for at least seven days "due to the ongoing danger it presents to our community," police said.