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Engineer In Deadly Amtrak Crash Mistook Signal Ahead Of Curve

The engineer on an Amtrak train that derailed in Washington state last month, killing three people, told investigators he mistook a wayside signal for another signal before the track speed dropped to 30 mph, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday. Additionally more than 70 people were injured when Train 501 of Amtrak’s Cascades service from Seattle to Portland derailed and went off a bridge in the city of DuPont on Dec. 18. Both the engineer and conductor suffered “serious injuries” in the crash and couldn’t be interviewed until last week, the agency said. A cause has not been determined. The NTSB investigation is expected to take between one and two years. ...Read more

Trump Plan Offers Citizenship Path To 1.8 Million Immigrants

The White House said that President Donald Trump is proposing a plan that provides a path to citizenship for 1.8 million of the “Dreamer” immigrants, tighter restrictions on legal immigration and $25 billion in border security.  Senior White House officials offered a preview of Trump’s immigration framework Thursday, casting it as a compromise that could pass the Senate. The proposal represents a reversal for the president, who once promised to eliminate an Obama-era program protecting immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and now in the country illegally.  ...Read more

WWE’s Vince McMahon Announces He Is Bringing Back XFL Football League In 2020

WWE founder and chairman Vince McMahon announced Thursday he is giving a professional football league another go. It will be called the XFL, the same name of the league McMahon and NBC tried for one season in 2001, but it won’t rely on gimmicks as its predecessor did, he said. McMahon said he is the sole funding source for the league, which is slated to begin in January 2020. Its first season will have eight teams around the country playing a 10-week schedule. Over the next couple of months, the XFL will announce the eight cities, expected to be large and medium-sized markets, where the teams will play. Team names will follow. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN that the league will have no comment on McMahon’s upstart league. ...Read more

Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome And Trevor Hoffman Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

On Wednesday Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jones and Thome were both elected in their first year of eligibility. This is the fourth time that the Baseball Writers’ Association of America has elected four players in a year (1947, 1955, 2015). The four will join veterans committee inductees Jack Morris and Alan Trammell in entering the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 29 in Cooperstown, New York.  ...Read more

Magician David Copperfield Backs #MeToo Movement After Sexual Assault Allegation

David Copperfield is speaking out on the #MeToo movement as he faces new sexual assault allegations. The 61-year-old illusionist took to social media on Wednesday just hours before a report surfaced that alleged he drugged and sexually assaulted a former teenage model 30 years ago. He also praised #MeToo, a social movement fighting back against sexual assault and misconduct, as “crucial and long overdue,” but he also cautioned against false accusations of sexual assault. In 2007, Copperfield was publicly accused of having lured a former beauty pageant model to his private island in the Bahamas and sexually assaulting her. The FBI investigated the claim for two years but ultimately dropped the case. The most recent allegations come from former aspiring model Brittany Lewis, who claims that Copperfield sexually assaulted her during a trip to California in 1988, when she was 17.  ...Read more

‘Murphy Brown’ Returning To TV With Candice Bergen To Reprise Lead Role

CBS announced on January 24 that Murphy Brown, the sitcom that ran from 1988 to 1998, will return to the network with new episodes. Candice Bergen, who starred as television journalist Murphy Brown, will reprise her role to lead the revival. CBS has ordered 13 episodes of the series, set to debut in the 2018-2019 season. Original creator Diane English, who left the original show after season 4, will also return as writer/executive producer.  Murphy Brown received 62 Emmy nominations and won 18 , five that went to Bergen for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy.  In 1996, she withdrew from the Emmys race, declining further nominations for that role to make room for other actresses. ...Read more

U.S. Offers $3 Million Prize To Boost Solar Manufacturing

The Trump administration is offering a $3 million prize to revive domestic solar manufacturing, this coming after imposing tariffs opposed by much of the U.S. solar industry. The Energy Department said Wednesday that the American Made Solar Prize would help “reassert American leadership in the solar marketplace.” Earlier this week, President Donald Trump decided to impose tariffs of up to 30 percent on most imported solar cells used in solar panels. Most of the U.S. solar industry revolves around installing solar systems for homeowners and utilities, and those companies largely opposed the tariffs. A federal trade panel recommended the tariffs, which had been sought by two U.S. manufacturers. ...Read more

President Trump Says He Is Willing To Be Interviewed By Mueller Under Oath

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would be willing to be interviewed under oath by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.  “I‘m looking forward to it, actually,” Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said of an interview with Mueller. “I would do it under oath.”  He later added his lawyers would have to work out the details and that there is no date set but it could be in two or three weeks. The president’s lawyers began meeting with Mueller’s team in December and have been discussing how the president would respond to the special counsel’s questions, including the possibility of sending questions in writing. Sources familiar with the meeting said earlier this month that Mueller wanted to speak with the president directly. ...Read more

LeBron James Becomes Youngest NBA Player To Join 30,000-Point Club

Heading into Tuesday night’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James needed seven points to reach the 30,000 career point milestone. James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter. He finished the game with 28 points, though it was not enough for the Cavaliers to win the game as the Spurs went on to win 114-102.  The 14-time All-Star is also the youngest person to join the prestigious point club, at the age of 33 years and 24 days. He bested Kobe Bryant, who was 34 years and 104 days when he reached the mark. In addition, James became the first NBA player to add 7,000 rebounds and 7,000 assists to his point total.   ...Read more

Former Olympic Doctor Larry Nassar Sentenced To Up To 175 Years In Prison For Sexual Abuse

Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison today by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina for 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The sentence came down following the seventh day of victim impact statements in the courtroom, after 156 women spoke in open court about the damage done by Nassar’s serial sexual abuse of them, done under the guise of providing them with medical treatment. Nassar, who already is serving time in prison after pleading guilty on child pornography charges, will have this sentenced added on to the 60 years he is currently already serving in federal prison. “Your decision to assault was calculated, precise, devious, despicable,” Aquilina said. “You do not deserve to walk outside a prison again,” she added. “I just signed your death warrant.” ...Read more