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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2021 file photo, The Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge overlooks the newly-completed Moynihan Train Hall in New York. Two major railroad workers unions have asked the Department of Homeland Security to beef up security on Amtrak and other passenger rail lines, including by creating a no-ride list akin to the no-fly list that prevents people identified as risks from boarding planes. The unions said Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, that tougher security measures are needed after last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol because people who took part in the insurrection that were placed on the no-fly list may turn to railroads for transportation. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen File).

Unions: Passenger rails need better security, no-ride list

Jan. 14, 2021 6:08 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two major railroad workers unions have asked the Department of Homeland Security to beef up security on Amtrak and other passenger lines, including by creating a no-ride list akin to the no-fly list that prevents people identified as risks from boarding planes. The unions said Wednesday...

2 passengers beat Greek subway official after mask order

Jan. 13, 2021 4:28 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Two subway passengers assaulted an Athens stationmaster Wednesday after he told them they should be wearing masks for the coronavirus pandemic, and Greek authorities vowed to bring the attackers to justice. The public order ministry said the two young men behaved “like...

Arizona history Jan. 17-23

Jan. 13, 2021 11:40 AM EST

Sunday, Jan. 17 On this date in 1805, Spanish troops, commanded by Lt. Antonio Narbona, invaded Canyon de Chelly, killing 93 Navajo warriors and 45 women and children. The bones of the slain were left in the cave where they were killed. The area became known as the Canyon de Muerto. On this date in 1877, Gov....

Atmospheric river brings record rain, flooding, landslides

Jan. 12, 2021 8:42 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Pacific Northwest is experiencing heavy rains, flooding, some landslides and road closures as a rain event known as an atmospheric river arrived in Washington and Oregon. Seattle reached the normal January total rainfall before 3 A.M. Tuesday, making it the wettest start to a year on...

In this photo made available on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, by the European Space Agency, a view of a Copernicus Sentinel-2 image of Madrid, Spain. The image appears to have been taken in black and white. In fact, it is a true-colour image – but the heaviest snowfall in 50 years has blanketed the region, turning the landscape white. Much of Spain is struggling to return to normality three days after a 30-hour-long record snowfall that was then hardened by record-low temperatures, turning streets and roads into dangerous ice sheets in areas not used to extreme winters.  (European Space Agency via AP)

Cold snap brings Spain lowest temperatures in 20 years

Jan. 12, 2021 9:29 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Much of Spain struggled Tuesday in the aftermath of a massive snowfall that hardened into ice amid a record cold snap that turned streets and roads into safety hazards in areas unaccustomed to extreme winters. Overnight temperatures were the coldest since at least 2001 and dropped in some...

People walk along Paseo Castellana covered with the snow in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The Spanish capital is trying to get back on its feet after a 50-year record snowfall that paralyzed large parts of central Spain over the weekend. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Snow and ice disrupt lives, vaccine rollout in Spain

Jan. 11, 2021 1:11 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish capital of Madrid was still trying to get back on its feet Monday after a 50-year record snowfall that paralyzed large parts of central Spain and hampered the delivery of coronavirus vaccines. The blizzard dumped over 50 centimeters (20 inches) of snow in some areas and a cold...

Neighbours have drinks in the middle of the street during a heavy snowfall in Bustarviejo, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. A persistent blizzard has blanketed large parts of Spain with 50-year record levels of snow, halting traffic and leaving thousands trapped in cars or in train stations and airports that suspended all services as the snow kept falling on Saturday. Half of Spain is on alert, with five provinces on their highest level of warning. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Unusual snow kills 4, brings much of Spain to a standstill

Jan. 9, 2021 2:54 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — A persistent blizzard blanketed large parts of Spain with an unusual amount of snow on Saturday, killing at least four people and leaving thousands trapped in cars or at train stations and airports that suspended all services. The national weather agency reported that as of 7 a.m., the...

The logo for the China Development Bank is seen on a display at the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing on Sept. 5, 2020. The former chairman of the main Chinese state bank behind Beijing's initiative to build railways and ports across dozens of Asian countries has been sentenced to life in prison on corruption charges, a court announced. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Head of Chinese bank behind foreign building spree jailed

Jan. 8, 2021 9:01 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The former chairman of the main Chinese state bank behind Beijing's initiative to build railways and ports across dozens of Asian countries has been sentenced to life in prison on corruption charges, a court announced. Hu Huaibang was sentenced Thursday after being convicted of taking 85.5...

A station passageway is crowded with commuters wearing face mask during a rush hour Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency Thursday for Tokyo and three other prefectures to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan starts 1st day under emergency steps to curb virus

Jan. 8, 2021 4:21 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan began its first day under a coronavirus state of emergency Friday with much of life going on as usual, including morning commuter trains shuttling crowds of mask-wearing people at bustling stations. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reiterated his request for restaurants to shorten business...

Demonstrators rally outside the Massachusetts State House, protesting Governor Charlie Baker's order for mandatory influenza vaccinations for students in Boston on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.  (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via AP)

Massachusetts lawmakers launch new legislative session

Jan. 6, 2021 5:02 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers launched a new legislative session Wednesday just hours after wrapping up the prior session, working into the early morning hours to pass a series of bills including a $16.5 billion transportation bond bill. In one of their first official acts of the new session, House...