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Safety officials seek answers in deadly Amtrak derailment

Sep. 27, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — Federal investigators examined overturned rail cars and a stretch of tracks Monday as they worked to figure out why an Amtrak train derailed in rural Montana over the weekend, killing three people. The westbound Empire Builder was traveling from...

Probe of Lebanon port blast suspended amid legal challenges

Sep. 27, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The lead judge investigating last year’s massive blast in Beirut’s port had to suspend his work in the case Monday after a former Cabinet minister demanded his dismissal. Judge Tarek Bitar, the second judge to lead the complicated investigation, called...

3 dismembered bodies found in burning Texas dumpster

Sep. 27, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Police were investigating after three dismembered bodies were discovered in a dumpster that had been set afire in Texas. Fort Worth police said the three bodies that were discovered Wednesday appeared to be those of a man, a teen girl or adult...

Pedestrian struck, killed by driver who had been shot

Sep. 27, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 35-year-old man was struck and killed while trying to help his brother with a disabled vehicle by a driver who had been shot in Milwaukee, according to authorities. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office on Monday identified the man who died...

Last chunk of wrecked cargo ship awaits removal off Georgia

Sep. 27, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The final chunk of a cargo ship that capsized two years ago along the Georgia coast is awaiting removal from the water. Salvage crews have worked since November to cut the South Korean freighter Golden Ray into eight giant chunks and...

Police: 2-year-old finds gun, accidentally shoots herself

Sep. 27, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina toddler was in stable condition on Monday, a day after accidentally shooting herself, police said. The Columbia Police Department reported on Twitter that the 2-year-old girl found an unsecured gun in a bedroom on Sunday evening...

NYC to hire forecaster, beef up warnings after Ida flooding

Sep. 27, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is planning to hire a private weather forecaster, design more systems to catch and drain water and issue earlier and more aggressive warnings to residents under a new plan to respond to heavy rainfall like the deadly deluge Hurricane Ida dropped on the city...

Aggressive river otters attack people, dogs in Anchorage

Sep. 27, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents of Alaska’s largest city often contend with bears and moose, but state officials are warning of another wild animal that has been causing problems: river otters. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says river otters have attacked...

Authorities identify teen who died in crash near Omaha

Sep. 27, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have identified the teenager who was killed in a two-car crash last Friday that also injured four others. The Douglas County Sheriff's Department said Monday that Jamin Creek, 18, died. The crash happened shortly before 4 a.m. Friday when...

NTSB investigates Montana plane crash that kills 2, hurts 1

Sep. 27, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal authorities were investigating a small plane crash that killed two people and critically injured a third in southern Montana on Sunday, authorities said. Two people died at the crash south of Billings and a third was taken to the hospital,...