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Bill would help finance commuter rail projects

Feb. 25, 2020 11:09 AM EST

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster of New Hampshire is sponsoring a commuter rail-funding bill that would help states secure low-interest loans for rail projects. The “Invest in American Railroads Act" is co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas, also a Democrat from New Hampshire, and...

Ontario Provincial Police officers make arrests at a rail blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, near Belleville, Ont., on Monday Feb. 24, 2020, as they protest in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en Nation hereditary chiefs attempting to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline on their traditional territories.(Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian police clear indigenous protest, tensions remain

Feb. 24, 2020 9:30 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian police cleared an indigenous rail blockade in Ontario on Monday that has crippled freight and passenger rail traffic in most of eastern Canada for three weeks but tensions remained. Ontario Provincial Police arrested 10 protesters on Tyendinaga Mohawk territory near Belleville,...

Police officers control the road to Vo' Euganeo, a town of 3,500 people at the epicenter of the Veneto cluster, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Police manned checkpoints around quarantined towns in Italy's north on Monday and residents stocked up on food as the country became the focal point of the virus outbreak in Europe and fears of its cross-border spread. (AP Photo/Andrea Casalis)

Italy tries to contain virus as isolated towns hunker down

Feb. 24, 2020 3:27 PM EST

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — Police manned checkpoints around quarantined towns in Italy's north on Monday and residents stocked up on food as the country became the focal point of the outbreak in Europe and fears of its cross-border spread. Croatia, Hungary and Ireland advised against travel to the affected...

People with protective mask walk in Tokyo, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Most of Japan's cases were from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where nearly one-fifth of its 3,711 passengers and crew became infected. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan govt panel experts say ship quarantine was not perfect

Feb. 24, 2020 1:48 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese health officials and experts on a government panel acknowledged Monday that the quarantine of the virus-hit cruise ship Diamond Princess was not perfect, but defended Japan's decision to release about 1,000 passengers after 14 days. The officials said Japanese health authorities...

A policeman wearing a sanitary masks controls with a metal detector a reveler in Venice, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Italian authorities have announced they are shutting down Venice's famed carnival events in a bid to stop the spread of the novel virus, as numbers of infected persons in the country have soared to at least 133, the largest amount of cases outside Asia. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)

Italy rushes to contain Europe's first major virus outbreak

Feb. 23, 2020 6:02 PM EST

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — Italy scrambled Sunday to check the spread of Europe's first major outbreak of the new viral disease amid rapidly rising numbers of infections and a third death, calling off the popular Venice Carnival, scrapping major league soccer matches in the stricken area and shuttering...

CSX: Train struck car in Ohio, killing car driver

Feb. 22, 2020 6:26 PM EST

BARBERTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a train struck a car on tracks in Ohio, killing the car driver. CSX confirmed that a westbound train struck the vehicle in Barberton shortly before 2:30 p.m. Saturday. CSX said the driver died of his injuries. The train crew wasn't injured. Barberton police haven't...

Commuter train derails in Chicago, four passengers injured

Feb. 22, 2020 11:32 AM EST

Four people suffered minor injuries when a commuter train they were on derailed early Saturday as it entered Chicago's Millennium Station, officials said. The South Shore Line train carrying 74 passengers was pulling into the station at about 7:30 a.m. when it experienced what officials said was a low-speed...

Cargo ships sit at anchor on English Bay, in Vancouver, on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Rail blockades across the country have led to an increase in the number of cargo ships waiting to load or unload according to the Port of Vancouver. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian PM Trudeau says rail blockades have to end

Feb. 21, 2020 10:44 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday indigenous barricades that are blocking rail service across Canada and hurting the economy have to come down now. Trudeau said that court injunctions must be obeyed and that the situation is unacceptable and untenable and every attempt at dialogue...

Jury selection began Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in the trial of Jeremy Christian, accused of killing two men and slashing another in 2017 on a Portland, Oregon, MAX train after they confronted Christian while he was shouting racist slurs at two teenage girls. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)

Man guilty of killing 2 who tried to stop his slurs on train

Feb. 21, 2020 8:54 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man accused of fatally stabbing two people who prosecutors say tried to stop his racist tirade against two young black women on a Portland, Oregon, commuter train was convicted of murder Friday after an emotional trial that featured testimony from both women and the sole survivor of...

Cars of a passenger train are derailed in Wallan, Victoria, Australia, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. The train heading from Sydney to Melbourne, carrying 160 passengers and crew, derailed late Thursday, killing two operators. (David Crosling/AAP Image via AP)

Passenger train partly derails in Australia, killing 2

Feb. 21, 2020 2:15 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Several cars on a passenger train derailed in southeastern Australia, killing two operators and injuring 12 other people, police said. The train was heading from Sydney to Melbourne late Thursday when part of it came off the tracks in Victoria state near Wallan. The two dead were the pilot...