After decade of delays, rail safety system still not ready

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — As they begin to probe the circumstances of the fatal wreck in South Carolina, officials have already settled on one thing: that the crash between a passenger train and a freight car could have been prevented with technology already installed in parts of the U.S.

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  • Written by By MEG KINNARD , Associated Press

Dow plunges 1,175 points in worst day for stocks since 2011

 

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 1,100 points Monday as stocks took their worst loss in six and a half years. Two days of steep losses have erased the market's gains from the start of this year and ended a period of record-setting calm for stocks.

  • Written by By MARLEY JAY , AP Markets Writer

Child abductions rise as South Sudan war incites desperation

AKOBO, South Sudan (AP) — It's been almost two years since Deng Machar's three young children were abducted from his home and likely sold for cattle. Sitting in South Sudan's opposition-held town of Akobo, the 35-year-old pointed to the dirt beneath his feet.

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  • Written by By SAM MEDNICK , Associated Press

States and cities are taking the lead on bump stock bans

In the immediate aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there was a fevered pitch to ban bump stocks, the device that allowed the shooter's semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of machine guns.

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  • Written by By LISA MARIE PANE, Associated Press

New report details misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents, responding to pressure from many directions. Yet advocacy groups insist that overmedication remains a major problem, and want the pressure to intensify.

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  • Written by By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer