NYC TRAIN DERAILMENT
NTSB to upright train, seek other possible victims
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal investigators say they're trying to determine whether excessive speed, mechanical problems or human error could have played a role.in the deadly derailment of a commuter train in New York City.
The National Transportation Safety Board says it will be examining the train's data recorders to find out what happened.
The Metro-North train came off the tracks Sunday morning as it was rounding a riverside curve in the Bronx, killing four people and injuring more than 60.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says two men and two women died.
Crews plan to bring in cranes during the night to right the overturned cars on the slight chance anyone might still be underneath.
The NTSB says investigators have not yet spoken to the train conductor, who was among the injured.
Meanwhile, thousands of people are bracing for a complicated Monday morning commute, with shuttle buses ferrying passengers to another line.
Officials say the accident is the second passenger train derailment in six months for Metro-North, and the first passenger death in an accident in its nearly 31-year history.
Meanwhile, Amtrak, whose trains run along the same rail line, has restored service between New York City and Albany, N.Y., but it says delays can be expected.
NYC TRAIN DERAILMENT-VICTIMS
MTA identifies 4 people killed in NYC train crash
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Transit Authority has identified the four people killed after a New York City commuter train derailed.
The MTA identified the victims Sunday as 54-year-old Donna L. Smith of Newburgh; 58-year-old James G. Lovell of Cold Spring; 59-year-old James M. Ferrari of Montrose; and 35-year-old Ahn Kisook of Queens.
Family members for Smith and Lovell didn't return messages seeking comment Sunday. Relatives for Ferrari and Kisook couldn't immediately be reached.
More than 60 others suffered injuries in the early morning crash.
Federal investigators plan to upright the Metro-North cars to check for any other possible victims Sunday night.
Officials say the accident is the second passenger train derailment in six months for Metro-North — and the first passenger deaths in an accident in its nearly 31-year history.
NYC TRAIN DERAILMENT-VICTIM
NEW: NY crash victim was headed to famed Christmas tree
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the people killed after a New York City commuter train derailed was headed to midtown Manhattan to work on the famed Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.
Longtime friend Janet Barton says James Lovell was taking the Metro-North to New York City Sunday to do lighting and sound work on the giant tree.
She called the 58-year-old Cold Spring man beloved and said he enjoyed wind surfing and playing guitar.
New York state Sen. Greg Ball said Lovell was a caring member of his community and a family man.
Lovell was the husband of Nancy Montgomery, a local elected official.
Federal officials are investigating how the train derailed rounding a riverside curve in the Bronx early Sunday morning, killing four people and injuring more than 60 others.
NEW MEXICO TRAIN-INVESTIGATION
Railroad awaits word on cause of derailment that killed 3
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Federal Railroad Administration spokesman says it could take several weeks to determine the cause of a deadly freight train derailment in southern New Mexico.
Three railroad employees were killed Saturday when the train's locomotive plunged 40 feet down a ravine.
Police have identified the three as 38-year-old Donald White, 60-year-old Steven Corse and 50-year-old Ann Thompson. White lived in Silver City, N.M., and Corse and Thompson lived in the northern Arizona community of Paulden.
No other people were on the train.
The derailment occurred near the community of Bayard, about 75 miles northwest of Las Cruces.
At least half of the train's eight cars tilted on their sides, but none of the iron ore being carried by the train spilled out.
The train was operated by Southwest Railroad Inc.
ALASKA PLANE CRASH
NTSB officials reach Alaska crash site
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says investigators have started documenting the wreckage of a plane crash in remote southwest Alaska that killed four people and injured six Friday night.
The chief of the agency's Alaska office, Clint Johnson, said an investigator with the NTSB and another from the Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday reached the site where a single-engine aircraft went down near the village of St. Marys.
He said investigators will be at the accident site for a day or two. They'll collect evidence and interview witnesses.
Johnson says it's too early to draw any conclusions about why the plane crashed. Another NTSB investigator in Anchorage also is hoping to interview survivors of the crash.
The Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 crashed at around 6:30 p.m. Friday. It left Bethel on a scheduled flight for Mountain Village and eventually Saint Marys but never reached Mountain Village.
Officials: speed factor in Walker's crash death
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fiery car crash that killed "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says speed was a factor in Saturday's one-car crash, though it'll take time to learn how fast the car was going when it smashed into a light pole and tree
Although authorities have not identified the victims, Walker's publicist says the crash also killed Walker's friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas. She says Walker was a passenger in the car when the two drove away in a 2005 red Porsche Carrera GT from a fundraiser in the community of Valencia, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Sheriff's deputies found the car engulfed in flames when they arrived at the site of the crash, near the fundraiser at Rodas' sport car dealership.
Meanwhile, the 40-year-old actor's fans have erected a makeshift memorial near where the wreck occurred. They gathered today to leave flowers, candles and memorabilia from the action movies.
FOOTBALL STADIUM LOT-DEATH
NEW: Police investigate death outside Arrowhead Stadium
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police say two people have been arrested after a person was killed in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot.
Details have not been released, but Police Chief Darryl Forte tweeted about the incident Sunday night on Twitter. Forte said the death is being investigated as a homicide and that two suspects are in custody.
Flashing emergency lights could be seen outside the stadium after the incident.
The Chiefs lost to the Denver Broncos, 35-28, on Sunday at the stadium in Kansas City. It isn't clear if the incident involved fans who had been at the game.
Kansas City Chiefs spokesman Ted Crews says the team is aware of the incident but could not comment any further because of the ongoing police investigation.
AMISH BUGGY FATAL
Police identify victims in fatal Amish buggy crash
PITTSBURGH (AP) — State police say a mother and her daughter died in a fatal collision between a truck and a horse-drawn Amish buggy in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Authorities say 34-year-old Mary Byler, of New Wilmington, and her 11-year-old daughter, whose name was withheld, died in the crash Saturday. Byler's husband, 35-year-old William Byler, was seriously injured and flown to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio.
Emergency dispatchers say the incident happened late Saturday afternoon, about 60 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. The truck was driven by 36-year-old Matthew Coulter, of Pulaski. His condition wasn't available.
Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene by Mercer County Coroner Brad McGonigle. He says they died of blunt force trauma.
State Police are investigating.
Biden to visit DMZ while in South Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is preparing to visit the Demilitarized Zone, the heavily armed border between South Korea and North Korea.
The White House is releasing details of Biden's itinerary for his weeklong trip to Asia aimed at showing the U.S. remains focused on the region. Biden left Sunday for Japan, China and South Korea.
Biden will visit the DMZ Saturday following a ceremony honoring U.S. troops who died during the Korean War, which ended 60 years ago. The border visit will likely highlight the conflict over North Korea's nuclear program.
In Tokyo, Biden will meet with Japan's prime minister and lawmakers. He'll meet with China's president in Beijing and with South Korea's president in Seoul. Biden will also give a speech in South Korea on U.S. policy in Asia.
China launches its first moon rover mission
BEIJING (AP) — China has launched its first mission to land a rover on the moon that will transmit images and survey the moon's surface. The spacecraft is expected to land in mid-December.
The official Xinhua News Agency said a Long March-3B rocket carrying the Chang'e 3 lander blasted off Monday as scheduled at 1:30 a.m. from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China.
If the mission goes as planned, the Chang'e 3 will become China's first spacecraft to soft land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body.
The moon rover will survey the moon's geological structure and surface substances.
China's military-backed space program is a source of enormous national pride and has powered ahead in a series of well-funded, methodically timed steps.
Israel's former leader slams Netanyahu over US
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says his successor has severely damaged the country's relations with the United States.
Speaking before a security conference, Olmert said Sunday that Benjamin Netanyahu's public criticism of the American-led nuclear deal with Iran was provocative and counterproductive. He said he too would differ with the American president, but always made sure to do so in private.
In an apparent response, Netanyahu responded that in contrast to others when it came to the vital security of Israel's citizens "I will not be silent."
Netanyahu has called the interim deal with Iran a "historic mistake" and declared Israel not bound by the agreement.
Netanyahu believes Iran is determined to produce a nuclear bomb and offering it relief from sanctions at this time amounts to appeasement.
BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND
Record crowds over weekend, but spending declined
NEW YORK (AP) — Did retailers shoot themselves in the foot?
U.S. retailers offered holiday discounts in early November and opened stores on Thanksgiving Day to attract more shoppers. Those tactics drew bigger crowds, but they didn't motivate Americans to spend.
A record 141 million people are expected to shop in stores and online over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend that ends Sunday, up from last year's 137 million, according to a survey conducted for The National Retail Federation.
But total spending is expected to fall for the first time ever since the retail group started tracking it in 2006. Over the four-day weekend, spending is estimated to reach $57.4 billion, down 2.9 percent from last year.
The group says earlier discounts led Americans to shop before the weekend and be more cautious about spending.