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Was engineer in fatal Amtrak wreck distracted?

Federal investigators in the deadly Amtrak wreck want to know whether the engineer was distracted by a second person in his cab as his train hurtled into a curve at more than twice the speed limit.
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Amtrak train hurtles off overpass; at least 6 people killed

An Amtrak train has derailed on an overpass in Washington, authorities said Monday. At this time, all lanes of traffic remain blocked on Interstate 5.

McCain treated for viral infection, returns home to Arizona

McCain expressed appreciation for his care and the outpouring of support and, according to his office, "looks forward to returning to Washington in January."
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Fire official: 1 killed, 3 injured in shooting at high school in Washington state

Fire officials in Washington state say one person has been killed and three others have been injured and taken to a hospital after a shooting at a high school.
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Officials say Trump’s Afghan plan involves 3,900 more troops

President Donald Trump's plan to end the stalemate in America's longest war and eliminate Afghanistan's rising extremist threat involves sending up to 3,900 additional U.S. forces, senior officials said Tuesday.

Should springing of US terrorism convicts alarm Americans?

Dozens of convicts serving time in U.S. prisons for terrorism-related offenses are due to be released in the next several years, raising the question whether that's something Americans should fear.
Donald Trump has pledged to build a wall along the Mexican border that Mexico will pay for. (Photos: Gage Skidmore & Office of Rep. Phil Gingrey/MGN)video

House GOP passes $788B bill for Pentagon, border wall

The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon.
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Brunswick Co. man optimistic after testifying in DC on opioid epidemic

A Brunswick County man testified in Washington, DC today in front of the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform to advocate for the fight against the opioid crisis.

Amtrak says Cascades train had 267 passengers

Amtrak has identified the locomotive that derailed near a town in Washington state's Pierce County as the Amtrak Cascades train, which runs between Vancouver, Canada, and Eugene-Springfield, Oregon, KOMO TV reports.

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