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Grant to help renovate 'Jim Crow' rail car in North Carolina

Oct. 16, 2019 4:27 AM EDT

SPENCER, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has received a federal grant to renovate a 1920s rail car that was built to comply with the racist Jim Crow laws of the 20th century. State officials say the National Park Service awarded a grant of more than $287,000 to renovate the railroad car that's now at the N.C....

Direct service to resume on NJ Transit's Raritan rail line

Oct. 14, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Trains on one New Jersey Transit route that had been curtailed last year as the agency scrambled to finish installing a federally mandated braking system will finally be restored. Transit officials and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that off-peak direct service on the...

Unused tracks could become well-traveled trail in Starkville

Oct. 13, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The railroad that bisects Starkville from southwest to northeast is part of Johnny Buckner's heritage. His house on Washington Street near the bridge with the tracks has been his home for most of his life. Before trains stopped using the tracks, his children and their grandmother...

Railroads to renew push for one-man crews in contract talks

Oct. 8, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The biggest U.S. freight railroads appear ready to renew their push to reduce their crews to one person from the current two-man operation used at major railroads now. Eight U.S. railroads have filed a federal lawsuit against the union that represents rail conductors to force the union...

Lam says Chinese military could step in if uprising gets bad

Oct. 8, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam warned Tuesday that the Chinese military could step in if an uprising for democratic reforms that has rocked the city for months "becomes so bad" but said the government still hopes to resolve the crisis itself. Lam urged foreign critics to accept that the four...

2 workers hurt in crash between DC commuter trains

Oct. 7, 2019 4:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities in Washington, D.C., say two regional transit agency workers were hurt when one commuter train rear-ended another. WTOP-FM reports D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority workers hurt in the Monday crash have been hospitalized for...

Hong Kong lawmakers challenge mask ban as protests persist

Oct. 5, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A group of pro-democracy Hong Kong legislators filed a legal challenge against the government's use of a colonial-era emergency law to criminalize the wearing of masks at rallies to quell anti-government demonstrations, which diminished in intensity but didn't stop. The mask ban that went...

The Latest: Hong Kong lawmakers seek to block mask ban

Oct. 5, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 11:05 p.m. A group of pro-democracy Hong Kong legislators has filed a legal challenge against the government's use of a colonial-era emergency law to criminalize the wearing of face masks at rallies to quell anti-government...

Alaska Railroad seeks to overhaul Seward cruise terminal

Oct. 5, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Railroad is looking for a partner to help it update and expand its cruise ship facilities in Seward in order to meet ever-increasing demand in the state's tourism industry. Railroad officials issued a request for qualifications, or RFQ, on Sept. 16 to start the process...

Woman shot when dog jumps onto car console, causes gunfire

Oct. 4, 2019 10:45 PM EDT

ENID, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman was shot in the thigh when a dog inside the vehicle with her jumped onto a back seat console, causing a gun under the console to fire. The Enid News & Eagle reports that Tina Springer was in the passenger seat of the vehicle that had stopped Thursday to wait for a...