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Recently paroled robber held without bond in fatal stabbing

Jul. 17, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A recently paroled armed robber is being held without bond in the stabbing death of a man aboard a Chicago Transit Authority train. Tony Polk is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Troy Johnson, who authorities said was trying to protect another passenger from a...

Man accused of killing 18-year-old found competent for trial

Jul. 17, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A judge in Northern California has found a 29-year-old transient charged with the stabbing death of an 18-year-old woman on a train platform competent to stand trial. The East Bay Times reports Wednesday that the Alameda County Superior Court judge's ruling comes after a lawyer for...

Man struck, killed by passenger train near Topeka

Jul. 17, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been struck and killed by an Amtrak train while walking across a stretch of railroad tracks south of Topeka. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the man killed in Tuesday's crash has been identified as 64-year-old William Reynolds III, of Topeka. Shawnee...

Power problems roil Boston subway line

Jul. 17, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A power outage caused major problems on a Boston subway line during the morning commute. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said in a tweet that there was "power problem" on the Blue Line at about 8 a.m. Wednesday near the Government Center station. Shuttle buses replaced service...

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island governors meet

Jul. 16, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) — Transportation, improved data sharing and renewable energy were some of the issues where the governors of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island said Tuesday they found common ground in their first private meeting with one another, promising to work together in the future....

Police car hits train, delaying service on New Jersey coast

Jul. 15, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Train service is being delayed in New Jersey after a police car collided with a New Jersey Transit train. The incident occurred in Long Branch around 11 a.m. Monday. NJ Transit says the northbound North Jersey Coast Line train struck the police vehicle that was stopped on the...

Footage of fatal crash involving commuter train, car damaged

Jul. 15, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Albuquerque may have hit a snag in their investigation into a fatal crash involving a commuter train and a car. The Albuquerque Journal reports cameras on the Rail Runner Express train are supposed to record everything that happens while the train is operating. Rio...

1 dead after Amtrak train hits van in suburban Chicago

Jul. 14, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

MORTON GROVE, Ill. (AP) — The driver of a minivan was killed when an Amtrak train slammed into the vehicle at a suburban Chicago crossing. Police in Morton Grove say the train carrying 254 passengers was headed to Chicago from Milwaukee on Sunday when it hit the minivan. The driver, who was identified as a...

Calls for investigations after power restored in Manhattan

Jul. 14, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan power outage that temporarily turned off the bright lights of the big city only lasted for a few hours, but left plenty of lingering questions and calls for investigations on Sunday. Con Ed President Tim Cawley insisted the Saturday night blackout that darkened more than 40...

Cuba debuts modern Chinese train as rail overhaul begins

Jul. 13, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The first train using new equipment from China pulled out of Havana Saturday, hauling excited passengers on the start of a 915-kilometer (516-mile) journey to the eastern end of the island as the government tries to overhaul the country's aging and decrepit rail system. The 14 gleaming...