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Pedestrian footbridge damaged by derailment reopens in WVa

Jul. 7, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — A popular pedestrian footbridge in West Virginia is repaired and back open following a train derailment. The footbridge crosses the Potomac River from Harpers Ferry into Maryland and draws tourists, bicyclists and hikers along the Appalachian Trail. “Hallelujah....

Sri Lankan Municipal health workers spray disinfectant to another colleague who conducted blood tests for COVID-19 antibody tests at a market place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: India's cases spike again to near half-million

Jun. 26, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India neared half a million confirmed coronavirus cases Friday with its biggest 24-hour spike of 17,296 new infections, prompting a delay in resumption of regular train services of more than a month. The new cases took India's total to 490,401. The Health Ministry also reported 407 more...

FILE - This Dec. 21, 2019 file photo photo provided by the Washington County, Md., shows a freight line train in the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, W.Va.  A report from the Federal Railroad Administration says an engineer error caused a CSX freight train to derail as it crossed the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The derailment in December sent two cars into the water and damaged a footbridge that is part of the Appalachian Trail  (Washington County, Md via AP, File)

Report: Engineer error caused train derailment

Jun. 25, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — An engineer error caused a CSX freight train to derail as it crossed the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, sending two cars into the water and damaging a footbridge that is part of the Appalachian Trail, according to a report from the Federal Railroad...

Storm damage to delay Colorado railroad's service for months

Jun. 23, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) — A rainstorm washed out a significant portion of tracks used by a popular railroad in southwest Colorado, effectively cutting off part of its route for months. A storm in the past week or two brought down debris and caused a log jam at a bridge used by the Durango & Silverton Narrow...

NJ Transit's longer-term plans focus on infrastructure

Jun. 8, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

New Jersey Transit unveiled a five-year capital plan Monday that would require nearly $6 billion in additional funding to address bus and train reliability and safety. Along with a 10-year strategic plan, the release marked the first time the nation's largest statewide transit system has shared long-term plans...

A volunteer worker walks past a shattered display window early Sunday morning, May 31, 2020, at the downtown Macy's store in Chicago, after a night of unrest and protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

After downtown Chicago protests, unrest spreads to suburbs

May. 31, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — While Chicago officials took extraordinary steps Sunday to patrol and restrict access to downtown in the hopes of preventing further chaos after tense weekend protests over the death of George Floyd, destruction and unrest spread to the city's neighborhoods and suburbs. Vandals smashed...

A participant destroys a thin blue line American flag used to honor police officers during a protest outside the State Capitol over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Denver. More than 1,000 protesters walked from the Capitol down the 16th Street pedestrian mall during the protest. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver protest devolves into 2nd night of confrontation

May. 29, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of people staged a raucous, roving protest in Denver on Friday that was generally peaceful until night fell, when police deployed gas canisters and fired pellet guns for a second straight night to disperse crowds gathered over the death of a black man in police custody in Minnesota....

In this photo provided by Turkey's Transportation Ministry, Minister Adil Karaismailoglu poses for images as a train departs for Istanbul from Ankara's train station, Turkey, Thursday, May 28, 2020. Turkey has resumed limited intercity train operations after a two-month suspension as the country eases restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus outbreak.(Transportation Ministry via AP )

Turkey to lift travel ban, open gyms, restaurants on June 1

May. 28, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A coronavirus travel ban between Turkey's worst affected cities is being lifted while restaurants, cafes and sports facilities will reopen on June 1, the country's president said Thursday, under the next phase of plans to roll back pandemic restrictions. In a televised address...

Small Missouri city considers silencing train whistles

May. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Elaine Kellerman of Parkville cringes when she hears people describe the sound coming from a train’s horn as “noise.” “To me, the whistles of the train, they are like the song of the train,” she said. “They’re a call. I think they are...

Brightline suspends South Florida train service for months

May. 21, 2020 7:29 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A high speed train service that operates between Miami and West Palm Beach announced Wednesday it is suspending service “for the coming months" because of the coronavirus pandemic. Virgin Trains USA, which was formerly known as Brightline, made an announcement on its...