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Passenger train stopped in Oregon after man makes threats

Aug. 4, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Police say an Amtrak passenger train was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Oregon after a man threatened to harm himself and others. The Klamath County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Mason Lira of Fresno, California, was charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with...

US officials say key rail safety technology 90% complete

Jul. 31, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The railroad industry has installed safety technology on nearly 90% of tracks where it is required, federal officials said Wednesday, but "significant work" is needed to ensure the technology is completely installed by a December 2020 deadline. Federal Railroad Administration chief Ronald...

Correction: Train Crash story

Jul. 25, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In a story July 23 about the cause of a February 2018 deadly Amtrak crash in South Carolina, The Associated Press reported erroneously that National Transportation Safety Board member Jennifer Homendy said The Federal Railroad Administration hasn't done anything about the Positive...

The Latest: CSX agrees on blame for deadly 2018 Amtrak crash

Jul. 23, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into a deadly 2018 Amtrak crash in South Carolina (all times local): 4:30 p.m. CSX is agreeing with federal officials who say the company and one of its train crews were responsible for an Amtrak crash that killed two people and hurt nearly 100...

Charges thrown out again in deadly Philadelphia Amtrak crash

Jul. 23, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For the second time, a judge threw out all charges Tuesday against an Amtrak engineer for his role in a high-speed derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people, saying: "The law recognizes we're all human." Common Pleas Judge Barbara McDermott rejected the involuntary...

The Latest: Toxic bacteria keep Mississippi beaches closed

Jul. 16, 2019 1:55 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Barry (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Beaches along the Mississippi Gulf Coast remain closed because of toxic bacteria detected before Barry blew ashore. Polluted Midwest floodwaters have fed an outbreak of cyanobacterium. Commonly known as blue-green algae, it can cause...

Official blasts complacency before fatal 2017 train crash

Jun. 24, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has published its final report Monday on a deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state in 2017, with the agency's vice chairman blasting what he described as a "Titanic-like complacency" among those charged with ensuring train operations were safe....