4 dead, 17 hurt when train hits Texas vets parade
Authorities say four people are dead and 17 others are injured after a train slammed into a parade float headed to a West Texas event honoring wounded veterans.
City of Midland spokesman Ryan Stout says the crash happened at a Union Pacific railroad crossing around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Stout says 10 of those injured are in critical condition at Midland Memorial Hospital, while the seven others are in stable condition.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson says the NTSB is investigating. A message left with a Union Pacific spokeswoman was not returned.
The parade was supposed to end at a “Hunt for Heroes” banquet. The wounded service members were then going to be treated to a deer-hunting trip this weekend.
Mexican freelance journalist shot dead
Press freedom groups are demanding that Mexico investigate the shooting death of a freelance journalist just after he reportedly witnessed a confrontation at a highway checkpoint.
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says reporter Adrian Silva was found dead in his car Wednesday.
Silva had been covering a story on gasoline thefts from Mexico’s state-owned oil company. He worked for several publications in the central state of Puebla.
The committee said Thursday that Silva was returning from covering an army investigation into the thefts when he told a fellow journalist he had just witnessed a confrontation between gunmen and soldiers at a highway checkpoint.
The killing apparently occurred moments later.
Postal losses cap year of defaults and little help
The struggling U.S. Postal Service on Thursday reported an annual loss of a record $15.9 billion and forecast more red ink in 2013, capping a tumultuous year in which it was forced to default on billions in payments to avert bankruptcy.
The financial losses for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 were more than triple the $5.1 billion loss in the previous year. Having reached its borrowing limit, the mail agency is operating with little cash on hand, putting it at risk in the event of an unexpectedly large downturn in the economy.