The operator of a passenger train that jumped the tracks and ran part-way up an escalator at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport early on Monday admitted that she dozed off and did not wake up until the crash, a federal investigator said. The operator had been running Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) trains for about 60 days before the incident and was admonished in February for overrunning a station, Ted Turpin, an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said on Wednesday. In the February incident, the operator told investigators she "closed her eyes for a moment," the CTA said. The operator had started her shift at about 10 p.m. the previous night and was on the fourth of five round trips running the electric, elevated train, he said.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The sailor who was slain during a shootout aboard a guided-missile destroyer at a Virginia base saved another sailor's life by jumping between her and a civilian gunman who was trying to board the ship, Navy officials said Wednesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge voided the state's execution law Wednesday, agreeing with inmates that a "veil of secrecy" preventing them from seeking information about the drugs used in lethal injections violated their rights under the state constitution.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday.
HOUSTON (AP) — Cruise operators, like airline pilots, may be relying too heavily on electronics to navigate massive ships, losing the knowledge and ability needed to operate a vessel in the case of a power failure, an expert sea pilot told a federal agency on Wednesday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Less than six months on the job, the mayor of Charlotte was arrested Wednesday and accused of accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to do work with North Carolina's largest city.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.
By Emily Harris CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - The mayor of North Carolina's largest city was arrested on Wednesday on federal public corruption charges that include accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents, a U.S. attorney's office said. Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, 47, faces charges of theft and bribery, wire fraud and extortion, which could carry up to 50 years in prison, according to the prosecutor's office for the Western District of North Carolina.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California state senator who was lauded for his efforts to make government more transparent and authored gun control legislation was arrested Wednesday, accused of conspiracy to deal firearms and wire fraud.
CHICAGO (AP) — A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found.