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In this image made from video, Tetsuko Shakuda speaks during a video interview in Hiroshima, western Japan, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Shakuda was a frightened 14-year-old when she resumed her work as a conductor on a tram line in the devastated city of Hiroshima, just three days after the atomic bomb exploded 75 years ago, badly damaging the tracks and most of the trams. The U.S. first atomic bomb that exploded on Aug. 6, 1945, changed everything. As that first tram on Aug. 9 moved through Hiroshima, it passed huge piles of rubble and decomposing bodies. (AP Photo)

Hiroshima survivor recalls working on tram after A-bomb

Aug. 4, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Tetsuko Shakuda was a frightened 14-year-old when she resumed her work as a conductor on a tram line in the devastated city of Hiroshima, just three days after the atomic bomb exploded 75 years ago, badly damaging the tracks and most of the trams. Shakuda was one of a group of young...

Police operate a checkpoint Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, outside Manila, Philippines, as the capital is placed on another lockdown in the hopes of controlling the surge of coronavirus cases. Commuter trains, buses and other public vehicles stayed off the main roads of the Philippine capital Tuesday and police were again staffing checkpoints to restrict public travel. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Manila back under lockdown as virus cases surge

Aug. 4, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Commuter trains, buses and other public vehicles stayed off the main roads of the Philippine capital Tuesday and police were again staffing checkpoints to restrict public travel as surging virus cases forced another lockdown. Officials deployed dozens of shuttle buses, along with...

This Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, satellite image released by NASA shows Typhoon Hagupit approaching Taiwan, center left. Vulnerable coastal areas of eastern China are being evacuated in anticipation of Typhoon Hagupit making landfall late Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, bringing gales and heavy rainfall at a time when much of the country is still recovering from unusually summer heavy flooding.  (NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) via AP)

Vulnerable eastern China areas evacuated ahead of typhoon

Aug. 3, 2020 5:22 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Vulnerable coastal areas were being evacuated and fishing boats recalled to port before a typhoon was expected to bring heavy rains to eastern China late Monday as much of the country is still recovering from unusually summer heavy flooding. Typhoon Hagupit had gusts of up to 90 kilometers...

A woman's temperature is measured before riding a passenger jeepney to help curb the spread of COVID19 as drivers at the Tandang Sora terminal were recently allowed back on the road after months of not being able to work on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 in Quezon city, Philippines. Coronavirus infections in the Philippines continues to surge Sunday as medical groups declared the country was waging a losing battle against the contagion and asked the president to reimpose a lockdown in the capital. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Italy's tally of new virus cases down to 239

Aug. 2, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

MILAN — The number of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Italy nudged lower to 239 in the last 24 hours, while all eight deaths were recorded in Lombardy, the epicenter of the country's epidemic. That brings the total number of cases in Italy to 248,070 and deaths to 35,154, according to Health...

Passenger train crash in Portugal kills 2, seriously hurts 7

Jul. 31, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — An intercity passenger train rammed into a maintenance vehicle on the track in northern Portugal on Friday, killing two people and seriously injuring at least seven others, authorities said. Thirty other people were slightly injured, the Civil Protection Agency said on its website....

EU clears Alstom's acquisition of Bombardier rail unit

Jul. 31, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission has given its go-ahead to the acquisition of the rail business of Canadian engineering firm Bombardier by French train maker Alstom. Alstom, which makes the French TGV high-speed trains, said this year it had signed an agreement with a view to buy full control of...

Local firefighters attempt to put out a fire on a derailed freight train on a bridge spanning Tempe Town Lake Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Train derails on Arizona bridge that collapses, catches fire

Jul. 29, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A freight train derailed Wednesday as it traveled on a bridge that spans a man-made lake in a Phoenix suburb, setting the bridge ablaze and partially collapsing the structure, officials said. Tempe police said there was another derailment in the same area last month that slightly damaged the...

FILE- In this March 26, 2018, file photo, a Norfolk Southern freight train rolls through downtown Pittsburgh.  Norfolk Southern Corp.’s second-quarter profit fell 46% as the railroad hauled 26% less freight because of the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on the economy. The railroad said Wednesday, July 29, 2020 it earned $392 million, or $1.53 per share, during the quarter.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Norfolk Southern profit falls 46% as virus slows shipments

Jul. 29, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Norfolk Southern Corp.'s second-quarter profit fell 46% as the railroad hauled 26% less freight because of the coronavirus outbreak's impact on the economy. The railroad said Wednesday that it earned $392 million, or $1.53 per share, during the quarter. That's down from $722 million, or...

A miniature steam train runs across a bridge on Pavel Chilin's personal railway in Ulyanovka village outside St. Petersburg, Russia Sunday, July 19, 2020. It took Chilin more than 10 years to build a 350-meter-long mini-railway twisting through the grounds of his cottage home about 50 kilometers (some 30 miles) outside St. Petersburg, complete with various branches, dead ends, circuit loops, and even three bridges.(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

AP Photos: Russian enthusiast builds his own mini-railway

Jul. 26, 2020 4:24 AM EDT

ULYANOVKA, Russia (AP) — For Pavel Chilin, building his own railway was the fulfillment of a childhood dream. It took the 62-year-old electrical engineer more than 10 years to build a 350-meter (383-yard)-long narrow-gauge railway twisting through the grounds of his steads about 50 kilometers (some 30...

FILE - In this July 31, 2018, file photo a Union Pacific train travels through Union, Neb. Union Pacific Corp. reports financial results Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Pandemic grips commerce, hits railroader Union Pacific

Jul. 23, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific’s second-quarter profit fell 28% from a year ago as carload revenue tumbled in the coronavirus pandemic. The railroad expects improvement in the second half with full-year carload volumes to be down around 10% compared with 2019, assuming there isn't a second wave of...