In brief: Freight train collision kills two, closes track
DES MOINES, Iowa – Two freight trains collided about an hour outside of Des Moines, killing two crew members and shutting down the tracks.
A spokesman for BNSF Railway Co. said a coal train rear-ended a train carrying maintenance equipment about 7 a.m. Sunday in rural McPherson. Spokesman Gus Melonas said the conductor and engineer on the coal train were killed. They were the only crew members on the train. The two crew members on the other train were not injured.
SUV sinks in canal, leaving five dead
CROATAN NATIONAL FOREST, N.C. – North Carolina officials say five people including two infants and another child were killed when a sport utility vehicle overturned on a national forest road and sank in a canal.
Highway Patrol Trooper R.A. Woods said the crash happened Sunday evening in the Croatan National Forest north of Camp Lejeune. He said speed was likely a factor.
Belly-dancing costs ex-wife her alimony
NEW YORK – A New York City woman who was getting $850 a month in alimony because she was supposedly disabled and unable to work had her payments slashed after her ex-husband spotted online photos of her belly dancing.
Brian McGurk went to court after discovering a blog that showed his 43-year-old ex-wife dancing at a gallery.
In other Internet postings, she wrote about dancing vigorously for several hours every day.
Dorothy McGurk told the court that the dancing was physical therapy for injuries she suffered in a car accident in the mid-1990s.
A county judge didn’t buy it – and reduced her payments to $400 per month.
The judge also ordered her to pay her ex-husband’s legal fees and 60 percent from the sale of their home.