SAN FRANCISCO (AP) –Amtrak officials in northernCalifornia say 17 people sufferedminor injuries when two Amtrak trains collided at an Oaklandstation.• By Noah Berger, AP TwoAmtrak trains rest against eachother after colliding at anOakland, Calif., station onWednesday.By Noah Berger, APTwo Amtrak trains rest againsteach other after colliding at anOakland, Calif., station onWednesday.Authorities originally reported 16injuries in the crash about 10 p.m.Wednesday. But Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole says thecompany compiled numbers allnight to arrive at the higher figure.The injuries were all consideredminor.Authorities have said the crashoccurred when a passenger traintraveling an estimated 15 to 20mph ran a red signal and struck astationary train unloadingpassengers head-on.Amtrak has said it could notcomment on the report of the trainrunning a red light.The company says it and theowner of the tracks, Union PacificFreight Railroad, will work withfederal officials to investigate thecrash.Service at the station remainedsuspended early Thursdaymorning.Oakland Fire Departmentbattalion chief Emon Usher earliersaid the company told him that thetraveling train went through a redlight."According to the Amtrak representative, the train travelingshould have never continued pastthe red signal," Usher told TheAssociated Press."It's an equivalent to a red light,"he said.Most of the injuries were minor,but several people were taken tolocal hospitals, Usher said.Amtrak's Cole described thecrash as it as a "low-speed"collision between Amtrak's "SanJoaquin," a train that operatesbetween Bakersfield to Oakland,and theCoast Starlight, a trainfromLos Angelesto SeattleHe said the wheels of each leadengine went off the track.Alton Smith, a passenger on oneof the trains, told televisionstation KTVU that he felt "anawful jolt" from the impact.Another person, identified bytelevision station CBS5 as MieshaAnderson, told the station that sheheard "a big bang like, a bomb."She told the station that shethought a forklift had hit the train."We didn't even think that anothertrain had hit the train," she said.About two hours after the crash,about 50 passengers weregathered inside the train terminal,talking to Amtrak officials, whileAmtrak and local officialsinspected the two trains.There was no immediate word onwhat caused the crash, which isunder investigation.Amtrak officials said train traffichas been temporarily suspended atthe station.Passengers who paid for travel oncanceled trains can contactAmtrak to receive refund withoutfee or penalty, according toAmtrak.The crash is the secondsignificant incident in two weeksin the San Francisco East Bayarea where there were injuries toAmtrak passengers.On Sept. 30, 37 passengers andtwo crew members suffered minorto moderate injuries when anAmtrak passenger train collidedwith a truck at a crossing nearBrentwood where there were nolights or gates.The driver of the truck and apassenger inside were not hurt.Copyright 2011 The AssociatedPress. All rights reserved. Thismaterial may not be published,broadcast, rewritten orredistributed. For moreinformation aboutreprints &permissions, visit our FAQ's. Toreport corrections andclarifications, contact StandardsEditor Brent Jones. Forpublication consideration in thenewspaper, send comments firstname.lastname@example.org. Includename, phone number, city andstate for verification. To view ourcorrections, go tocorrections.usatoday.com. We'veupdated the ConversationGuidelines. Changes include abrief review of the moderationprocess and an explanation onhow to use the "Report Abuse"button.Read more.This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice — if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readthe FAQ atfivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.FiveFiltersfeatured article:A 'MalignIntellectual Subculture' - GeorgeMonbiot Smears Chomsky,Herman, Peterson, Pilger AndMedia Lens.[unable to retrieve full-textcontent]
MANZANILLO, Mexico (AP) –Hurricane Jovaslammed intoMexico's Pacific coast as aCategory 2 storm earlyWednesday, killing at least fivepeople and injuring six, while atropical depression hit farthersouth and unleashed steady rainsthat contributed to 13 deathsacross the border in Guatemala.Find your local weather with TheWeather Channel zip-codelookup:• By Marco Ugarte, AP Residentswade through a flooded street inVilla de Coral, Mexico,Wednesday on Oct. 12. HurricaneJova slammed into Mexico'sPacific coast as a Category 2storm early Wednesday, killing atleast two people.By Marco Ugarte, APResidents wade through aflooded street in Villa de Coral,Mexico, Wednesday on Oct. 12.Hurricane Jova slammed intoMexico's Pacific coast as aCategory 2 storm earlyWednesday, killing at least twopeople.Jova came ashore west of theMexican port of Manzanillo andthe beach town of Barra deNavidad before dawn with 100mph winds and heavy rains,before moving inland andweakening to a tropicaldepression by afternoon. Itcontinued to dump rain over alarge swath of northwest Mexico,including Jalisco state whererainfall this year had been low.A 71-year-old woman drownedin Colima state after a strongcurrent swept away the car inwhich she and her son wereriding. Her son survived, ColimaGov. Mario Anguiano said.In the neighboring state of Jalisco, Jova triggered a mudslidein the town of Cihuatlan, justinland from Barra de Navidad,that swept away a house on ahillside, killing a 21-year-oldwoman and her daughter, Jaliscocivil protection officials said in astatement.Farther northwest along theMexican coast in the town of Tomatlan, about 12 miles fromwhere Jova landed, a man and ateenage boy were killed when awall of their home softened byheavy rains fell on them, officialssaid.Also in Tomatlan, two childrensuffered head injuries when thewalls of their brick homecollapsed under the force of thewind and rains, said Oscar Mejia,spokesman for the Jalisco stateRed Crossrescue division.The new tropical depressionformed in the Pacific off far-southern Mexico near theGuatemala border, with maximumsustained winds near 35 mph, theU.S.National Hurricane Centerreported. The storm quicklymoved ashore over Mexico andwas expected to move slightlynorth before dissipating beforeday's end.The storm was smaller and lesspowerful than Jova, but themountainous terrain of southernMexico state of Chiapas andneighboring Guatemala isparticularly vulnerable to flashflooding and mudslides.Numerous Indian villages perchprecariously on hillsides.A fishing boat with nineIndonesian fishermen ran agroundoff the coast of Chiapas, theMexican navy said in a statement.Seven men were rescued butmarines were searching for twoothers late Wednesday. The sevensuffered only minor injuries, thenavy said.Guatemalan President AlvaroColom blamed rain from thestorm for the deaths of 13 peoplein his country. At least four of those were electrocuted whencontacted power lines, Colomsaid. Others died in mudslides orwere swept away by swollenrivers.National Hurricane Centerforecaster John Cangialosi saidthe rains in Guatemala probablywere linked to the tropicaldepression, even though it had notyet hit land."If they're in Guatemala, they'repretty close to the circulationcenter of the system, and it hasbeen a very slow-moving system… so it's likely linked to thisfeature," Cangialosi said.Farther north on Mexico's coast,flooding from Jova was so bad inCihuatlan that the Red Crossoffice had to be evacuatedbecause it was filled with 4 feet of water.Mexico's navy said it evacuated atotal of 2,600 people in flood-prone areas hit by Jova, and set upkitchens at shelters to feed 1,600evacuees.The approach of Jova ledauthorities to close the port inManzanillo, which is Mexico'ssecond-biggest non-oil cargo port.The storm flooded someneighborhoods in the city andbrought down power lines andbillboards. Flooding knocked outat least one bridge and destroyedstretches of highways leading outof Manzanillo.The federal Communications andTransportation Departmentsaidthat several roads were damagesby the storm and that landslidesand flooding blocked three mainhighways connecting cities inJalisco and Colima states.Israel Arriaga, 38, rode out thehurricane with his wife and twochildren in the Valle de las Garzasneighborhood of Manzanillo,where at least one home collapsedand water rose waist-high.Around 2 a.m., Arriaga said, "Iheard a very loud noise. It was thewater coming in." There werestrange flashes of lightning, headded, and "the waves soundedlike a dam about to burst."The home of retired soldierErnesto Huerta, 55, in Valle de lasGarzas was flooded knee-highwith water. Huerta had put hisfurniture up on bricks in advance,but didn't evacuate.The U.S. hurricane center saidJova weakened steadily as itmoved inland and wasdowngraded to a tropicaldepression by afternoon, withwinds of 35 mph. It was movingnorth at about 6 mph.Jova passed about 12 milesinland fromPuerto Vallarta,where officials piled sandbags andtarps across beach volleyball court
By Kevin Johnson and DavidJackson, USA TODAYUpdatedWASHINGTON – The Obamaadministration launched acampaign on Wednesday tofurther isolate Iran following thedisclosure of a foiledassassination plot on U.S. soilalleged to have been backed bythe Iranian government.• By Chip Somodevilla, GettyImages Clinton says the plan is "adangerous escalation of theIranian government's use of political violence.''By Chip Somodevilla, GettyImagesClinton says the plan is "adangerous escalation of theIranian government's use of political violence.''Vice President Bidensaid theU.S. would be taking its caseagainst Iran to allies in an attemptto restrict the Iraniangovernment's global commercialand political activities after theadministration accused Iran of supporting a plan to kill theSaudiArabianambassador to the U.S.,Adel Al-Jubeir, by bombing aWashington restaurant.Iran has denied the allegations."Our whole attempt here is tomake sure that there isaccountability for Iran and thatthere's a further isolation of Iranin terms of their ability to operatearound the world," Biden said onNBC's Today show.Separately, Secretary of StateHillary Rodham Clinton called theattack plan "a violation of international law and a dangerousescalation of the Iraniangovernment's use of politicalviolence.''Adel Al-Jubeir, SaudiAmbassador to the U.S.The administration officials'comments were quickly followedWednesday by a condemnation of the alleged plot from a coalitionof Persian Gulf nations: Bahrain,Kuwait, Oman, Qatar,SaudiArabiaand theUnited ArabEmirates.Abdul Latif al-Zayani, theGulf Cooperation Council's secretary-general, called the planned attack a "flagrant violation" of law andother international agreements.The U.S. Treasury Departmentalso announced sanctions againstMahan Air, an Iraniancommercial airline, for assistingthe secret operations of the QudsForce of Iran's IslamicRevolutionary Guard Corps,which U.S. prosecutors havelinked to the plan.Sen.Dianne Feinstein,Democratic chairwoman of theSenate Intelligence Committee,who was briefed on theinvestigation, said she did notbelieve a U.S. military responsewas appropriate. She said the U.S.needs to "explore whether thereare other plots going on in othercountries.''Meanwhile, the attack planhighlights a concern of U.S.counterterrorism officials: thatterrorists could exploit the U.S.-Mexican border to launch assaultsagainst theUnited States.The plan to assassinate Al-Jubeiractively sought to enlist associatesof Mexico's violent cartelnetworks to carry out the assaultin Washington, according tofederal court documents."There is always a concern whenyou have the chaotic situation thatnow exists" in Mexico, saidAliSoufan, a formerFBIagent whooversaw numerous federalterrorism investigations.According to court documents,Manssor Arbabsiar, the U.S.citizen charged in the plot, wasdirected by a cousin in Iran to"find someone in the narcoticsbusiness" to carry out the plotbecause of Arbabsiar's proximityto Mexico. At the time, he wasworking as a used-car salesman inSouth Texas.The cousin was described byprosecutors as "a high-rankingmember of the Iranian QudsForce.''Arbabsiar was later directed to aMexican drug contact, who wasactually an informant for the U.S.Drug Enforcement Administrationand who ultimately foiled the plot,authorities said.Arbabsiar found the Mexicancontact through the informant'saunt, who had developed afriendship with the Arbabsiarwhile he worked inCorpusChristi, Texas, said a federal lawenforcement official who has beenbriefed on the matter. The officialdeclined to be identified becausehe was not authorized to commentpublicly about the case.In subsequent meetings inMexico, Arbabsiar came tobelieve that the informant was amember of the violent Zetas drug-trafficking organization whowould assist in executing theattack plan, the official said.Former White House drug czarBarry McCaffreysaid the $1.5million murder-for-hire plan,although flawed, offers"unsettling insight into one of themost powerful secretorganizations in Iran.''McCaffrey said it also shouldserve as a warning of the threatposed by instability in Mexico."We've got to wake up,'' he said.Contributing: Richard Wolf Formore information aboutreprints &permissions, visit our FAQ's. Toreport corrections andclarifications, contact StandardsEditor Brent Jones. Forpublication consideration in thenewspaper, send comments email@example.com. Includename, phone number, city andstate for verification. To view ourcorrections, go tocorrections.usatoday.com. We'veupdated the ConversationGuidelines. Changes include abrief review of the moderationprocess and an explanation onhow to use the "Report Abuse"button.Read more.This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice — if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readthe FAQ atfivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.FiveFiltersfeatured article:A 'MalignIntellectual Subculture' - GeorgeMonbiot Smears Chomsky,Herman, Peterson, Pilger AndMedia Lens.