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InvestigateWest: Activists thwart fossil fuel projects

Jan. 18, 2021 1:13 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Environmentalists teamed with Native Americans, ranchers and even windsurfers to block nearly every effort over the past decade to export fossil fuels from the West Coast. And they claimed yet another major victory this month when a proposed coal-export terminal in Washington state was...

A snowman, featuring a mask, is seen in Istanbul, Monday, Jan 18, 2021. Snow blanketed most of the Turkish metropolis of some 16 million that spans two continents, bridging Europe to Asia and the flurries are forecasted to continue throughout the day. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Freezing temps bring Europe traffic chaos, smog, avalanche

Jan. 18, 2021 1:01 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Extreme cold has hit large parts of Europe, with freezing temperatures cracking railroad tracks in Poland, snow blanketing the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul and smog spiking as more coal was being burned to generate heat. In Switzerland, a skier who had been buried by an avalanche...

Police: Woman dies after being hit by train in Lawrence

Jan. 14, 2021 9:41 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A woman has died after being hit by a train in Lawrence, officials said. The incident happened late Wednesday night at BNSF tracks near Second and Indiana streets, television station KSNT reported. Officers and medics were called to the scene by someone reporting that a person had...

Train cars moving lumber derail after hitting tree on tracks

Jan. 6, 2021 8:20 PM EST

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — A Union Pacific train carrying lumber derailed after hitting a large tree that had fallen on the tracks along Highway 99 between Canby and Oregon City, authorities said. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said three locomotives and 15 rail cars derailed at around 1:30...

Judge rejects NYC subway bomber's conviction challenge

Jan. 4, 2021 11:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The conviction of a Bangladeshi immigrant who set off a pipe bomb attached to his chest in New York City’s busiest subway station was properly returned by a Manhattan jury, a judge said in a decision released Monday. The December 2017 attack by Akayed Ullah, 30, of Brooklyn, fizzled...

Officials reinstall derailed trains near Yakima, clean spill

Dec. 30, 2020 7:59 AM EST

MABTON, Wash. (AP) — Three locomotives that tipped over in a train derailment last week near Mabton, Washington are now upright and the track is open for operations, a BNSF spokeswoman said. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports work continues to re-rail the other eight derailed cars and clean up spilled...

Workers use heavy equipment to begin to move one of several train cars which had been hauling crude oil and derailed a week earlier, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in Custer, Wash. The cause of the derailment of the oil cars Dec. 22 in Whatcom County is still unknown. A spokesperson for BNSF Railways said three cars ruptured, spilling an unknown amount of crude oil onto the ground. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Derailed oil train cars removed north of Bellingham

Dec. 29, 2020 7:23 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Crews on Tuesday removed the train cars carrying crude oil that derailed north of Bellingham and near the Canadian border last week. BNSF employees and contractors loaded the cars onto flatbed trucks for removal from the derailment site in Custer. BNSF spokeswoman Courtney Wallace...

An N train moves through the Long Island City neighborhood Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Major rail safety technology installed before deadline

Dec. 29, 2020 5:50 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The railroad industry has installed an automatic braking system on nearly 58,000 miles of track where it is required ahead of a yearend deadline, federal regulators said Tuesday. Federal Railroad Administration chief Ronald Batory said railroads worked together over the past 12 years to...

2 killed and baby injured in car-train crash in Mississippi

Dec. 28, 2020 3:42 PM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Two adults were killed and a baby was injured in a collision between a car and an Amtrak train in Mississippi. Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman Ryan Moore said the accident happened Saturday night. Those killed or injured were in the Nissan Altima. The baby was taken to a...

Derailed train cars to be removed Monday

Dec. 28, 2020 9:11 AM EST

CUSTER, Wash. (AP) — Officials with the Washington Department of Ecology say they plan to start removing the train cars that derailed last week in Whatcom County starting Monday. The cause of the derailment is still unknown. The tanker train hauling crude oil derailed near the town of Custer, Washington on...