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Swiss Train Attacker, Victim Die

34-year-old woman succumbs to injuries after Saturday attack

(Newser) - Swiss police say the man who attacked passengers aboard a train with a knife and burning liquid, killing one and wounding five others, has died of his own injuries. St. Gallen canton (state) police said the suspect, described only as a 27-year-old Swiss man from a neighboring state, had been... More »

Swiss Police: Man Sets Fire on Train, Stabs Passengers

Six people are reported injured

(Newser) - Authorities say a Swiss man set a fire and stabbed people on a train in Switzerland, wounding six people as well as himself. The AP reports the incident happened early Saturday afternoon as the train neared a station in Salez. Police say the 27-year-old suspect had at least one knife... More »

Husband's Frantic Effort to Save Wife From Train Fails

Police say she tripped on tracks as it approached

(Newser) - Police in Florida say a husband failed in his frantic attempt to pull his wife off railroad tracks after she tripped, and she was killed by an oncoming train. Delray Beach police said Thursday that the couple was walking home after dinner at a nearby restaurant Wednesday night when they... More »

Teen Migrant Killed After Slashing 4 on German Train

Victims' injuries are serous

(Newser) - A teenage Afghan migrant armed with an ax and a knife attacked passengers aboard a regional train in southern Germany on Monday night, injuring four people before he was shot and killed by police as he fled, authorities said. Wuerzburg police said on their Facebook page that three of the... More »

Lone Bullet Backs Up Lawrence of Arabia's Story

Scientists have unearthed evidence that aligns with tales from Great Arab Revolt

(Newser) - Ten years into a broader hunt throughout the Arabian desert, archaeologists have unearthed a bullet they are "almost 100% certain" is the one Lawrence of Arabia claimed to have fired in 1917 in a guerrilla attack on the Hallat Ammar train. Many, including his own biographers, have suspected that... More »

Dog Hit By 13 Trains Miraculously Still Alive

Loki lost a leg, eye, and his tail

(Newser) - A 14-month-old puppy is recuperating at home—miraculously—after being hit by an astounding 13 trains last Wednesday in Idaho, KBOI reports. According to a GoFundMe page set up by his owners, Loki got out of the family's yard somehow and made his way to some nearby train tracks.... More »

2 US Cities May Soon Get World's Fastest Train

US advances with pricey plan for 310mph train

(Newser) - Over the weekend, the federal government committed nearly $28 million to take another step toward connecting two US cities with the fastest train in the world, Bloomberg reports. According to the Wall Street Journal , the $27.8 million grant from the Department of Transportation will be used to study planning,... More »

Chris Christie Kicked Off Train for Screaming

New Jersey governor was in the, uh, quiet car

(Newser) - Chris Christie made a little news Sunday when he boarded a "quiet" Amtrak car and barked so loudly into his phone that the conductor kicked him off. After nearly missing the 9:55 from DC to New York, Gawker reports, Christie boarded the car in a pretty foul mood.... More »

Black Women Who Were Kicked Off Wine Train Sue

Book club members want $11M in damages

(Newser) - A group of mostly black women filed a racial discrimination lawsuit Thursday after they were removed from a train that tours Napa Valley wineries, saying it was humiliating to be thrown off a rail car when loud and inebriated white passengers were allowed to stay. The 11 women sued Napa... More »

Polish Army Swoops In on Nazi 'Gold Train' Site

Explosives, radiation experts assessing site to rule out possible dangers

(Newser) - The world has been hearing about the Nazi gold train for weeks, and we may finally be getting closer to a confirmation or denial. The Polish army has converged upon the southwestern Poland site where the train could be located, with explosives, chemical, and radiation experts making sure there's... More »

Teen Saves Man Stuck on Tracks Just in Time

'I look up, and the train's literally right there'

(Newser) - Ashley Aldridge was at home in Auburn, Illinois, last week when she heard a man screaming. The 19-year-old ran outside to the railroad tracks near her house, heard a train blaring its horn, and saw 75-year-old Earl Moorman, whose wheelchair had gotten stuck on the tracks. "She came over... More »

Hunt for Nazi Gold Train Now Involves Polish Army

Military hopes to confirm there's actually a train to be found

(Newser) - The Polish army, including an explosives unit, will join scores of treasure hunters in the search for the rumored Nazi gold train apparently buried somewhere below Walbrzych . A government rep says the governor of the area asked for help, and "the defense minister decided to send technical equipment to... More »

Nazi Train Town's New Fear: Gold Hunters Getting Killed

People in the city of Walbrzych have been walking on in-use train tracks

(Newser) - Polish authorities have blocked off a wooded area near a railroad track after scores of treasure hunters swarmed southwest Poland looking for an alleged Nazi gold train . The city of Walbrzych and its surrounding wooded hills are experiencing a gold rush after two men, a Pole and a German, informed... More »

'Deathbed' Map Led to Site of Possible Nazi Gold Train

Man who allegedly helped bury it 70 years ago revealed secret before dying

(Newser) - Because the potential discovery of a long-lost "Nazi gold train" wasn't tantalizing enough: It turns out that the two men who say they've found it got the information from a deathbed confession. Poland's deputy culture minister explained yesterday that one of the men who allegedly helped... More »

Book Club: Racism Got Us Kicked Off Wine Train

Book club members say they had to do 'walk of shame' off the train in 'racist attack'

(Newser) - Members of a book club out for a ride through California wine country say they endured a "humiliating" experience Saturday when they were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The women from the Sistahs on the Reading Edge club—10 of them black,... More »

Train Heroes Made Fateful Decision to Change Cars

Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler today awarded Legion of Honor

(Newser) - Dressed in polo shirts and khakis, the three Americans who subdued an armed attacker on a Paris-bound train on Friday were today handed what CNN calls France's "highest recognition": the Legion of Honor. "Three Americans and one Englishman ... you risked your lives to defend an ideal, the... More »

France Train Gunman 'Dumbfounded' by Terrorist Claim

Ayoub el Khazzani wasn't out to kill people, lawyer says

(Newser) - The gunman accused of attempting mass-murder on a French train is apparently "dumbfounded" that people are taking him for an Islamic terrorist. His lawyer, Sophie David, describes 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub el Khazzani as a hungry man planning to rob people for food money, Reuters reports. "(I saw) somebody... More »

Meet the American Heroes Who Stopped Train Attack

3 buddies from the US happened to be traveling in Europe

(Newser) - The details on how three Americans helped foil an apparent terror attack aboard a train bound for France yesterday are firming up, and they're pretty dramatic. The three are Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler, all in their early 20s and friends since middle school, reports the Washington ... More »

Deputies Save Driver Seconds Before Train Hits

Dramatic video shows rescue

(Newser) - A California driver is very lucky that two deputies happened to be nearby after he crashed and ended up on railroad tracks yesterday. Because, yes, a train was bearing down on him. San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputy Erik Rueppel ran toward the train to try to slow it down... More »

Man Busted for Charging iPhone on London Train

In the UK, they call the crime 'abstracting electricity'

(Newser) - A 45-year-old UK artist was arrested Friday on a London train for the dastardly crime of "abstracting electricity"—and according to arrestee Robin Lee, the crime is just as "ridiculous" as it sounds, the Evening Standard reports. Even though the outlets on the London Overground are clearly... More »

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