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Amtrak train hurtles off overpass; at least 6 people killed

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:19:49 UT

DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — An Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a faster new route hurtled off an overpass Monday near Tacoma and spilled some of its cars onto the highway below, killing at least six people, authorities said. The death toll was expected to rise. Seventy-eight passengers and five crew members were aboard when the train moving at more than 80 mph derailed about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Seattle on a route that had raised safety concerns. An official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press that preliminary signs indicate that Train 501 may have struck something before going off the track.

Solar eclipse, loveable baby hippo warmed hearts in 2017

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:15:55 UT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It wasn't all doom and gloom in 2017. The year was also filled with awe-inspiring moments that united us and warmed the heart. The first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in a century bought millions together in what some could only describe as a primal experience. Thousands of immigrants took the oath of citizenship, realizing their dreams of becoming Americans. And one adorable baby, Fiona the hippopotamus, became a story of survival as she overcame the odds and tumbled into the world's heart. The stories provided some lighthearted moments amid a series of deadly mass shootings, terrorist attacks, hurricanes, wildfires, sexual harassment scandals and other tragic news in 2017.

ESPN chief Skipper resigns, cites substance abuse problem

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:08:01 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — John Skipper, president of the sprawling ESPN sports network, said Monday that he is resigning to treat a substance abuse problem. Skipper's sudden announcement will force the Walt Disney Co.-owned network to search for new leadership at a time of retrenchment, with the company losing subscribers due to cord-cutters and working to boost its digital output to follow the migration of young sports fans to their smartphones. The 61-year-old executive, who has worked at ESPN since 1997 and has led the company since 2012, said he's struggled for many years with substance addiction but gave no details of his specific problem. He said he had concluded that now is the time to deal with it.

The Latest: Trump offers prayers after train derailment

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:05:10 UT

DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on an Amtrak train derailment in Washington state (all times local): 11:10 a.m. President Donald Trump is offering "thoughts and prayers" for those involved in the train derailment in Washington state. Trump thanked the first responders at the scene and says the White House is monitoring the situation. Those thoughts came in his second tweet Monday about the derailment that officials say have killed at least six people. His first tweet focused on the need for quick approval of a plan for more spending on infrastructure. ___ 10:55 a.m. President Donald Trump is using a deadly train derailment in Washington state to call for a boost to infrastructure spending.

Opposition leader says he could beat Putin in fair election

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:57:43 UT

MOSCOW (AP) — As the most serious challenger during Vladimir Putin's 18 years in power, Alexei Navalny has endured arrests, show trials and facefuls of green antiseptic that damaged his vision. But in an interview Monday with The Associated Press, he said the biggest thing keeping him from becoming Russia's next president is a political system that punishes him for rallying support and conspires to keep his face off the airwaves. Putin's approval rating is astronomical and he is widely expected to win another term with ease, but the fact that he won't even say Navalny's name suggests the anti-corruption crusader has struck a nerve.

Shots fired in 'disturbance' at UK base used by US Air Force

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:54:55 UT

LONDON (AP) — A British military air base in England used by the U.S. Air Force was locked down Monday after a disturbance, but the emergency measure ended when a man was arrested on suspicion of "criminal trespass," police and Air Force officials said. American service members fired shots during the incident at the Royal Air Force base in Suffolk, according to county police. No one was injured other than the suspect, a 44-year-old British man who suffered cuts and bruises, police said. Police said the incident was not treated as terrorism. The nature of the disturbance was unclear, although British media reported that a car tried to ram the perimeter gates at RAF Mildenhall.

UCF's Scott Frost wins Associated Press Coach of the Year

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:46:53 UT

Scott Frost is The Associated Press coach of the year after leading Central Florida to an unbeaten season and a spot in the Peach Bowl. Frost has already accepted the Nebraska head coaching job, but plans to complete the season with UCF and coach the 10th-ranked Knights against No. 7 Auburn. Frost received 21 first-place votes and 100 points from 57 Top 25 poll voters who submitted ballots. Kirby Smart of Georgia finished second with seven first-place votes and 55 points. Clemson's Dabo Swinney finished third with seven votes and 38 points. Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley (four, 36) was fourth and Miami's Mark Richt (five, 28) was fifth.

Atlanta airport fire strands thousands, slams travel system

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:46:24 UT

ATLANTA (AP) — The nation's air-travel system struggled to get back on schedule after a weekend power outage at the Atlanta airport, the world's busiest, forced the cancellation of over 1,400 flights just days before the start of the Christmas rush. A fire in an underground service tunnel brought Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to a standstill Sunday. The fire broke out next to equipment for a backup system, causing that to also fail. Power wasn't fully restored until about midnight. During those hours in the dark, thousands of travelers waited on planes or in the terminals. Disabled people had to be carried down stairs and escalators in the chaos.

The Latest: UK base incident not being treated as terrorism

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:42:02 UT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the police response at a British air base used by U.S. Air Force (all times local): 6:30 p.m. British police investigating what they called a disturbance at an English military air base used by the U.S. Air Force say the incident is not being treated as terrorism. Suffolk Police said a 44-year-old British man was arrested earlier Monday at the RAF Mildenhall air base "on suspicion of criminal trespass." The facility was placed under lockdown briefly and American service members fired shots during the incident, police said. It remains unclear what the nature of the disturbance was but British media reported that a man had tried to ram the gates of the facility.

Twitter suspends white nationalists under new rules

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:31:01 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter suspended the accounts of well-known white nationalists Monday, moving swiftly after putting into place new rules on what it sees as abusive content. The account of far-right group Britain First, a small group that regularly posts inflammatory videos purporting to show Muslims engaged in acts of violence, was among the first to go dark. The individual accounts of two of its leaders, Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding, were also suspended. President Donald Trump caused a stir last month when he retweeted a post by Fransen, drawing criticism from British Prime Minister Theresa May. Fransen and Golding were arrested in Belfast last week for allegedly stirring up hatred.