U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on Tuesday he seriously considered ordering a shutdown of Washington's troubled subway last week and warned the subway agency he would not hesitate to use that authority if necessary. The response by Metro subway employees to the explosion of a third-rail insulator and fire showed major lapses by the system's control center, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) said in a directive. "We're not afraid to use the authority we have," Foxx told reporters in a briefing at the Transportation Department's Washington headquarters.
A grand jury indicted three Maryland brothers on 121 charges in a police detective's death in a gunfight allegedly started by one brother and videotaped by the others, a prosecutor said on Tuesday. Michael Ford faces 55 charges, including second-degree murder and attempted murder, Alsobrooks said. Elijah and Malik Ford each are accused of 33 counts that include attempted murder, first-degree assault and weapons violations.