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Two killed as trains collide in southern US WASHINGTON: Two people were killed and two injured when freight trains collided in the US state of Arkansas early Sunday, officials said.The collision took place in Hoxie, a town of approximately 3,000 people in northeastern Arkansas at around 3:00 am (0800 GMT) Sunday.The dead and injured were all believed to be crew members, according to a police statement.A fire which erupted following the collision involved a tank car that the National Transportation Safety Board said was carrying alcoholic beverages.Some 500 people were evacuated from a 1.5-mile (2.5-kilometer) radius around the crash due to an initial report of a hazardous material release, but had since returned home, the NTSB said late Sunday.NTSB investigators arrived on the scene at noon, promising to "look at every aspect" of the accident in their probe."We'll be looking at signaling information, breaking, track information, train operations and how the crew operated the trains," NTSB spokesman Terry ...

Obama informs Congress of airstrikes to retake Mosul dam WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama formally notified Congress on Sunday that he had authorized "limited" airstrikes in Iraq to help security forces, which retook the country's largest dam earlier from militants.National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the airstrikes were consistent with the War Powers Resolution, which requires congressional approval before the president can launch the country into war.The strikes have been conducted since Friday at the request of the Iraqi government, according to Hayden. ...
Explosions and gunfire: a US police raid gone wrong BERWYN HEIGHTS: Cheye Calvo was at home in his underwear in the US state of Maryland when police in commando gear stormed in, shooting his dogs with machine guns and throwing his mother-in-law to the floor.They were looking for drugs. But there was just one problem: they had the wrong person and had just battered down the door of the local mayor."I hear the sound of an explosion, which is our door being blown over, ...
Texas governor vows to fight against 'farce' indictment WASHINGTON: Texas Governor Rick Perry, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, vowed Saturday to fight charges that he abused his power, calling the indictment a politically-motivated "farce."A state grand jury in Austin indicted Perry on two felony charges Friday for his alleged threat to veto $7.5 million in state funding to an anti-corruption unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat.After Lehmberg was convicted of drunken driving, Perry threatened to withhold the ...
Texas governor indicted over 'abuse of power' WASHINGTON: Texas Governor Rick Perry, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was indicted Friday over allegations he abused his power, prompting calls for him to resign.A state grand jury in Austin indicted Perry on two felony charges -- abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant -- for his alleged threat to veto $7.5 million in state funding to an anti-corruption unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a democrat.After Lehmberg ...
Slain US teen was robbery suspect: police FERGUSON: The unarmed black teenager whose shooting death by a white police officer unleashed riots in a Missouri town was a suspect in a robbery just minutes before he was killed, police said Friday.The allegation reignited fresh anger and frustration in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, with the 18-year-old student's family accusing police of attempting to demean his character amid an ongoing investigation.Incident reports from the Ferguson police department linked Michael Brown to the ...
UN urges ‘immediate de-escalation’ of conflict in Ukraine UNITED NATIONS: Reports that the Ukrainian military shelled and partly destroyed a Russian armored column after it entered Ukraine overnight highlight the need for a swift and peaceful resolution of the conflict there, the United Nations said on Friday. "We are aware of the reports in Ukraine, which we cannot verify independently, and will follow related developments very carefully," UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters."Such reports point to the urgent need for immediate de-escalation and ...

 



 
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