WASHINGTON (AP) — In Judge Merrick Garland's courthouse office in Washington, there's a framed photo of Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after the 1995 bombing that ripped away most of its front. There's also a courtroom artist's sketch from the prosecution of bomber Timothy McVeigh and a medal honoring Garland for his work on the case.
The backhoe operator involved in a fatal Amtrak passenger train collision near Philadelphia this month had a right to drive the vehicle on the tracks intermittently to perform maintenance work, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Monday. Three other tracks, including the one used by the Amtrak train, were periodically closed during the weekend to protect the backhoe and its driver. The report did not mention whether the Amtrak train had permission to use the track at the time of the incident.