Investigators are looking into whether the Amtrak engineer whose speeding train plunged off an overpass, killing at least three people, was distracted by the presence of an employee-in-training next to him in the locomotive, a federal official says.
P-22, a six-year-old male mountain-lion living in Southern California, became a minor celebrity when he was photographed walking past an American cultural icon; the famous Hollywood sign, with its 15m high lettering, in the Santa Monica Mountains. He has also sheltered under a house and broken into Los Angeles Zoo where he may have dismembered a koala, writes
Soldiers dug through tons of mud and dirt in search of victims of a massive landslide, as Mexican authorities looked for a police helicopter that went missing while carrying out relief operations on the flood-stricken Pacific coast.
The major link between the US and Canadian sides of the Pacific Northwest region was severed after a bridge collapsed, dumping a handful of vehicles and people into a river, police said. All three people who were on the span were rescued and taken to hospitals.