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Kansas City Southern delays vote on $33.6B rail takeover bid

Kansas City Southern decided Tuesday to will delay this week’s planned shareholder vote on Canadian National’s $33.6 billion offer to buy the railroad because regulators haven’t yet ruled on a key part of the acquisition plan.

Getting There: Can Spokane’s light rail effort be revived?

Early planning work 15 years ago established a price tag and some early ideas of what light rail might look like between Spokane and Coeur d'Alene. A pair of advisory votes effectively killed that momentum. Now, the backers of that original planning say it's time to dust off those documents.

France’s virus pass now required in restaurants, trains

PARIS — France took a big step Monday into a post-pandemic future by requiring people to show a QR code proving they have a special virus pass before they can enjoy restaurants and cafes or travel by plane, train or bus across the country.

Pandemic recession ended in April 2020, shortest on record

The recession that broke out with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic lasted just two months, officially ended in April 2020. That makes it the shortest downturn on record, according to the committee of economists that determines when recessions begin and end.

25,000 troops deployed to quell South Africa riots, 117 dead

JOHANNESBURG — In one of the largest deployments of soldiers since the end of white minority rule, 25,000 South African troops began taking up positions Thursday to help quell weeklong riots sparked by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma. At least 117 people have been killed in the violence, authorities said.

Officials: 2 trains collide in southern Pakistan, killing 25

MULTAN, Pakistan — Two express trains collided in southern Pakistan early Monday, killing at least 25 passengers, authorities said, as rescuers and villagers worked to pull injured people and more bodies from the wreckage.

New York to let vaccinated people ditch masks

NEW YORK— Vaccinated New Yorkers can ditch their masks, even indoors, the New York City marathon is coming back and Radio City Music Hall will reopen to vaccinated audiences, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday in a flurry of announcements intended to accelerate the state's reopening.

Track down rail history at Reardan museum

The loud chug, chug of the massive iron engine as its ear-splitting horn announces arrival into town. The hissing of steam and repeated clang, clang of the bell as it passes the train depot on huge wheels.

Truck owner behind deadly Taiwan railway crash apologizes

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The owner of a construction truck that caused Taiwan's worst rail accident in decades, killing 48 people, apologized in tears while being led away from his home by police on Sunday. The unmanned truck’s emergency brake was not properly engaged, according to the government’s disaster relief center.

Taiwan prosecutors seek arrest in deadly train crash

HUALIEN COUNTY, Taiwan — Prosecutors in Taiwan on Saturday sought an arrest warrant for the owner of an unmanned truck that rolled onto a train track and caused the country's worst rail disaster in decades, killing 50 people and injuring 178.