By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. watchdog office urged Congress on Wednesday to empower regulators to extend a Dec. 31 deadline for freight and passenger railroads to adopt new safety technology that could prevent major derailments and other deadly crashes. A new report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office found about two-thirds of railroads, including the largest freight carriers, will need another one to five years to implement the technology known as positive train control, or PTC. The report surfaced a week after major freight railroads stepped up pressure on Congress to extend the deadline by warning of crippling disruptions to the national rail system if the Dec. 31 target date remains in place.
NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A small community college in Ohio is banking on its newly created football team to boost school spirit and enrollment. In turn, its starting quarterback — a former high school player convicted in a notorious rape case — is banking on this school that took him when others wouldn't.