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Moscow train derails; 15 dead

– A rush-hour subway train derailed Tuesday in Moscow, killing 15 people and sending at least 150 others to the hospital, many with serious injuries, Russian emergency officials said.

Several cars went off the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly, the Emergency Situations Ministry said in a statement.

Emergency services have recovered 12 dead bodies and are working to extract three more bodies from the wrecked train car, Moscow’s deputy mayor, Viktor Biryukov, told Russian news agencies.


1 killed by typhoon in Philippines

Typhoon Rammasun strengthened overnight, leaving at least one person dead and knocking out power in many areas, but its fierce wind shifted slightly today to spare the Philippine capital, Manila, and densely populated northern provinces from being directly pummeled, officials said.

Still, the typhoon’s 93-mile wind and blinding 115-mph gusts brought down trees, electric posts and ripped off roofs across the capital of 12 million people.


California to fine for wasting water

California water regulators voted Tuesday to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, as a report showed that consumption throughout the state has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades.

The fines will apply only to wasteful outdoor watering, including watering landscaping to the point that runoff flows onto sidewalks, washing a vehicle without a nozzle on the hose, or hosing down sidewalks and driveways.

Kasem yet to be buried after month

A spokesman for Casey Kasem’s daughter says the famous radio host’s unburied body remains at a funeral home in Tacoma, Washington, a month after his death.

Danny Deraney, publicist for Kerri Kasem, says Kasem’s children from his first marriage hope he will be buried at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California, as he wished.

Kasem died June 15 at a hospital in Washington state. Deraney says the celebrity’s second wife, Jean Kasem, has the rights to his body but has not yet arranged for him to be buried.

NYC riders fear rail strike, shutdown

Anxiety is growing among the nearly 300,000 daily riders caught in the middle of a labor dispute involving the nation’s largest commuter railroad.

Long Island Rail Road unions have threatened a strike at 12:01 a.m. Sunday unless they get a new contract.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says a strike could cost up to $50 million in lost economic activity each day.

Passers-by free kids from hot car

Two young children were freed from a hot car by passers-by in a Houston suburb Monday, a local television station reported.

The children were in the back seat of a black Jeep parked in a shopping center in Katy as temperatures hovered above 90 degrees, according to the TV station.

Gabriel Del Valle, a witness, told KHOU that he and other people nearby could hear the children crying and decided to use a hammer to shatter the car window and get them out.

After several minutes, the children were freed and appeared unharmed, KHOU reported.

Leaving a child in a car in Texas is a Class C misdemeanor.

Political scientist, historian dies

James MacGregor Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and political scientist who analyzed the nature of presidential leadership and wrote candid biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday at 95.

Burns died at his home in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

The longtime Williams College professor helped coin two adjectives now common in politics: “transformational” leaders, or those with a vision to change the world, and “transactional” leaders, those with the cunning to get things done.

The words were used constantly during the 2008 presidential race, with the “transactional” Hillary Rodham Clinton battling the “transformational” Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination.

Burns was a liberal Democrat who wrote about and participated in the political process. He was a convention delegate, congressional aide and congressional candidate who became friendly enough with Sen. John F. Kennedy in the late 1950s to gain access for a biography.

Burns was critical of most presidents, finding Bill Clinton too willing to compromise and George W. Bush too partisan.