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Deadly 2018 Amtrak crash caused by safety oversights, delays

Deadly 2018 Amtrak crash caused by safety oversights, delaysFederal safety officials ruled Tuesday yet another fatal train crash in the United States has been caused by easy-to-fix human errors. The National Transportation Safety Board determined the crash of an Amtrak train into a parked train on a side track near Columbia, South Carolina, in February 2018 was CSX's fault. The NTSB also ruled years of delays in implementing a safety system called Positive Train Control that would have automatically stopped the Amtrak train before it got to the switched track contributed to the wreck.



Male nominees to service academies outnumber women 3 to 1

Male nominees to service academies outnumber women 3 to 1The percentage of female students nominated by members of Congress for admission to U.S. service academies has been rising, but men are still put forward nearly three times as often as women, according to an analysis released Tuesday. A nomination from a federal lawmaker is required for most applicants to the Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy, institutions where some advocates say female enrollment remains low, considering how gender barriers have been falling across the armed services. Representatives of some congressional members say the low numbers reflect a correspondingly small number of female applicants.



Ex-Flynn business partner convicted of illegal lobbying

Ex-Flynn business partner convicted of illegal lobbyingA jury on Tuesday convicted a one-time business partner of former national security adviser Michael Flynn on charges he illegally acted as a Turkish agent when he and Flynn undertook a project to discredit an exiled cleric wanted by Turkey's government. Bijan Kian was convicted on charges of conspiracy and acting as a foreign agent, according to Josh Stueve, a spokesman for the US attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. The convictions came despite comments by the judge made outside the jury's presence that the government's evidence was weak.



Trump transition adviser Bijan Rafiekian is convicted

Trump transition adviser Bijan Rafiekian is convictedRafiekian, 67, faces up to 15 years in prison on the two felony counts against him.



Videos of water being dumped on police officers create stir

Videos of water being dumped on police officers create stirCellphone videos of people brazenly dousing uniformed New York Police Department patrolmen with water have sparked outrage and led police officials to urge the force not to tolerate the behavior. Asked about the dousings in an interview Monday with local news channel NY1, de Blasio responded that "they are two very different incidents, one of which was not confrontational, the other of which was.





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