New York’s Metro-North Railroad is shut down along the Hudson River after a train derailment caused the first passenger fatalities in the line’s 30-year history, renewing scrutiny of safety on one of the city’s major mass- transit arteries.
For the second time in two weeks, U.S. Senate Republicans blocked one of President Barack Obama’s nominees for a federal appeals court considered the nation’s second-highest because of its influence over government regulations.
Two Metro-North Railroad accidents this year, one fatal and one that injured dozens of passengers, show rail safety needs more money and attention, a U.S. senator said as regulators began a two-day hearing.
Insurers will be required to cover mental illness to the same degree as physical ailments as the Obama administration moves forward with the largest U.S. expansion of behavioral health care in a generation.
The U.S. Capitol reopened after police shot and killed a female suspect who tried to breach a White House checkpoint today and led authorities on an almost two-mile car chase through downtown to the legislative complex.