By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Milwaukee lawmakers on Tuesday approved a $124 million plan to build a downtown streetcar system, which supporters say will spur economic growth and opponents call a waste of money. City council members voted 9-6 not to reconsider its January approval of the streetcar project, which will be funded through federal grants and tax incremental districts. Milwaukee will join several other U.S. cities that have streetcars including Portland and Seattle. A similar streetcar system, costing $133 million, is under construction in nearby Cincinnati.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — All six of the people killed in a fiery collision between a commuter train and an SUV in the New York City suburbs suffered blunt-force injuries and burns, a medical examiner announced Tuesday.
The number of available jobs posted by U.S. employers rose in December to the highest level in 14 years, a sign recent strong job gains will likely continue. Employers also filled more jobs and more employees quit, two additional signs of an improving labor market.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two animal welfare groups are trying to bring about the end of greyhound racing, which has been declining for years, with an aggressive effort to change laws and public opinion in the states where dogs still race.
A veteran Seattle police officer paused to compose himself and wipe away tears Tuesday morning as he recounted seeing the massive wounds that Officer Tim Brenton sustained in a fatal ambush on Halloween night 2009.