An Amtrak train derailed Monday morning in Washington state, causing "multiple injuries and fatalities," local officials said. Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, said the incident is under investigation.
Troyer said that no motorists were killed in the derailment, and deaths "are all contained to the train. It's pretty horrific." The incident caused a train car to dangle over the major Interstate 5 thoroughfare. Thirteen of the train's 14 cars jumped the track, and on the freeway five cars and two semi-trucks were also involved in accidents because of the crash.
All SB lanes of I-5 blocked near Mounts Road in Pierce County due to derailed train car. Avoid area! pic.twitter.com/SBH7dCc6yg
— WSDOT Tacoma Traffic (@wsdot_tacoma) December 18, 2017
The train was carrying 78 passengers and five crew members when it derailed roughly 40 miles south of Seattle, near Tacoma, just before 8 a.m. local time. It was the inaugural run of a new, high-speed route connecting Seattle and Portland. Amtrak said it was "aware of an incident involving Amtrak train 501." Kimberly Alters
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The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics are fast approaching, but concerns about whether or not the city is prepared to host the Games are mounting in the face of a growing list of scandals. On Wednesday, mutilated body parts, including a severed foot, washed up on Copacabana Beach near the court where the Olympic beach volleyball competitions are set to take place. Police aren't sure where the body parts came from, but they may be connected to recent violent attempts to capture a Brazilian drug trafficker that resulted in gun battles throughout the city's slums, The Independent reports.
Killings in Rio have been on the rise in the first half of 2016, according to The Associated Press. Rio's acting governor has warned the Games could be a "big failure" due to a lack of funding and security shortages. Last week, an Australian Paralympian was robbed at gunpoint in Rio while riding her bike. Meanwhile, the lab in charge of drug testing for the Games has been suspended for not conforming to international standards, and several high-profile athletes have decided to skip the Games due to fears about Zika. Jessica Hullinger
Blogger, media critic, and feminist Anita Sarkeesian canceled a Wednesday morning speech at Utah State University after an anonymous email was sent out threatening "the deadliest school shooting in American history."
On Twitter, Sarkeesian wrote that she "requested pat downs or metal detectors after mass shooting threat but because of Utah's open carry laws police wouldn't do firearm searches." On USU's website, the school posted a statement saying, "Sarkeesian was informed that, in accordance with the State of Utah law regarding the carrying of firearms, if a person has a valid concealed firearm permit and is carrying a weapon, they are permitted to have it at the venue."
The email was sent to several USU staff members by an anonymous person claiming to be a USU student, the Standard-Examiner reports. It read in part, "feminists have ruined my life and I will have my revenge, for my sake and the sake of all the others they've wronged." USU spokesman Tim Vitale told the Standard-Examiner that authorities "determined the threat seems to be consistent with ones [Sarkeesian] has received at other places around the nation. The threat we received is not out of the norm for [this woman]."
Sarkeesian, who runs the video blog Feminist Frequency and video series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, said on Twitter that although she canceled her speech, she's not going to stay quiet. "I'm safe," she tweeted. "I will continue my work. I will continue speaking out. The whole game industry must stand up against the harassment of women." Catherine Garcia