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The lead engine and several passenger carriages of the Amtrak derailed after coming "in contact" with the freight train, Amtrak said in an emailed statement . Anyone with questions about passengers on the train can call (800) 523-9101, Amtrak said. The passenger rail company released a statement noting that it is "deeply saddened" by the deaths of its employees, according to the Associated Press.
  • Pentagon finally confirms failure of missile defense test off Kauai

    Pentagon finally confirms failure of missile defense test off Kauai

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    A USA military missile intercept test failed in Hawaii on Wednesday, potentially having implications for Japan as it moves forward with plans to introduce the costly Aegis Ashore system on its soil, The Japan Times . It is the second test confirmed to have failed since rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea prompted the regime's leader Kim Jong Un to threaten using a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile against the United States mainland.
  • A big difference Friday plus more snow on the way

    A big difference Friday plus more snow on the way

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    Happy Groundhog Day! We're tracking a mini warm-up through the first half of the weekend. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Temperatures will be hovering near freezing in the morning and then then fall well below freezing by the late afternoon and evening.
  • USA prosecutors won't retry Menendez on corruption charges

    USA prosecutors won't retry Menendez on corruption charges

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    Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Menendez with the firm of Norton Rose Fulbright, applauded the move, which followed a 15-minute conference this morning before U.S. The charges tossed by the judge dealt with alleged political donations to Menendez by Melgen. Now, Menendez will have some time to fix his standing among voters, while Republicans decide whether it's worth the trouble to find a viable challenger and launch an expensive effort to oust him in a bad year and a bad state for them.
  • Former Michigan Gov. John Engler To Be Named MSU's Interim President

    Former Michigan Gov. John Engler To Be Named MSU's Interim President

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    It all started when former MSU doctor Larry Nassar had a week-long of court trials, facing many of his former victims in a horrendous sexual abuse scandal. On Facebook, she called Engler a "deep political insider" at a time Michigan State needs outside accountability. Students disrupted the meeting as the board selected former MI governor John Engler as interim president.
  • Erdogan, Putin discuss Sochi talks, Afrin op on phone

    Erdogan, Putin discuss Sochi talks, Afrin op on phone

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    The UN official said there were heated discussion during the Congress, but added it's a completely normal occurrence during democratic negotiations. On Tuesday, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said that participants in the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi agreed to draw up a constitutional council.
  • Putin orders sports competition for banned Russian Olympic athletes

    Putin orders sports competition for banned Russian Olympic athletes

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    He also noted Moscow to not be looking to cut ties with Washington despite emphasizing it won't "surrender positions endlessly". "They are assailing the US president", he said . Putin called the list "a hostile step" but then joked that he felt "slighted" that he wasn't included on it. 'You would think that Russian Federation, having subverted our elections and trying again to do this - there seems to be an inability by this president and this administration to talk about Russian ...
  • Pyongyang cancels joint event, blames S.Korean media

    Pyongyang cancels joint event, blames S.Korean media

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    The letter said that every event agreed upon between the Koreas should be held without a hitch, as both sides have vowed cooperation for the success of the Winter Olympics and the March 9-18 Paralympics, he added. A total of 2,943 athletes from 92 countries had confirmed their participation in the Olympics by the 6 a.m. Monday deadline, PyeongChang's organizing committee said.
  • Error Unmasks Person of Interest in Vegas Attack

    Error Unmasks Person of Interest in Vegas Attack

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    According to his LinkedIn profile page, Haig owns a website named " Specialized Military Ammunition LLC ", which specializes in selling premium, tracer and incendiary ammunition in popular military calibers. Paddock did call Haig and paid him a visit in Mesa, Arizona. Asked about the release of the names on Tuesday, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the Review-Journal, "If you've got it, publish it".
  • Helicopter crashes into Southern California home

    Helicopter crashes into Southern California home

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    Photos show a piece of the tail rotor lodged into the roof of a home across the street. Details of the moments leading to the crash and the cause were not immediately clear but Chip Duncan, the fire chief in Newport Beach, confirmed three people had died and two others had been taken to hospital with unknown injuries.
  • Referendum on 8th Amendment to be held by early June, Cabinet says

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    Last night's announcement formally starts the referendum campaign, with both sides expected to now ramp up their arguments ahead of an historic vote. During Monday's press conference, Varadkar confirmed that he would campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Many Irish women have to travel to other countries for abortion or source abortion pills from overseas online.
  • How Melania Trump Has Been Coping With Those Stormy Daniels Rumors

    How Melania Trump Has Been Coping With Those Stormy Daniels Rumors

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    The first lady made an unexpected trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington instead, ahead of the International Day of Holocaust Remembrance. Later, according to the Times , she traveled to Mar-a-Lago and spent some time at the spa there. "She has kept a low profile since", read the report.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu: Iran wants to turn Lebanon into a giant missile site

    Benjamin Netanyahu: Iran wants to turn Lebanon into a giant missile site

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    At the start of their meeting, Netanyahu expressed his appreciation to Putin for holding the meeting at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center . Speaking during his weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said he intends to discuss with the Russian leader "the various developments in the region".
  • [Breaking] Trump says NK nukes could 'very soon' threaten US

    [Breaking] Trump says NK nukes could 'very soon' threaten US

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    The U.S. Congress and President Donald Trump's administration also enacted important new sanctions previous year, including a welcome move to begin imposing sanctions on Chinese companies that engage in commercial trade with North Korea. Pompeo also said that Trump asks "great questions" during their daily intelligence briefings, the content of which usually taking the place of "killer graphics" instead of the written word.
  • Melania Trump Spokeswoman Blasts 'Salacious' And 'False Reporting'

    Melania Trump Spokeswoman Blasts 'Salacious' And 'False Reporting'

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    Stephanie Grisham , spokeswoman for the first lady, turned to Twitter on Friday to criticize "the totally false reports" about Melania that have emerged in recent days. Bill Maher , the often controversial HBO political satirist, hit nerves on Friday night when he compared Melania Trump's marriage to Donald Trump to the Holocaust .
  • SpaceX Feb. 6 Falcon Heavy launch will be huge

    SpaceX Feb. 6 Falcon Heavy launch will be huge

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    On January 24, the company ignited all 27 engines for the first time in a static fire test, burning the rocket engines for about 12 seconds while the rocket was held in place on the pad. "I love the thought of a auto drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future", Musk wrote.
  • FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Leaving After More Than 20 Years

    FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Leaving After More Than 20 Years

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    Trump has also said McCabe is "racing the clock to retire with full benefits". Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "The President wasn't part of this decision-making process". Republicans charge that an anti-Trump bias exists in the bureau's ranks, citing the campaign donations to McCabe's wife and, more recently, the release of hundreds of text messages between FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.