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Crossing has seen plenty of wrecks...Apple says it fixed the security issues...Lights back on for Liberty

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 8, 2017 at 12:45 p.m.



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BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A National Transportation Safety Board member says the agency is investigating yesterday's fatal train-bus crash in Mississippi because another large vehicle got stuck at the crossing and hit by a train in January. Robert Sumwalt told a news conference that the wreck was the 17th since 1976 at that crossing. He says that "sounds like a big number" but investigators need to compare it to other crossings. He says the agency cannot investigate every fatal wreck at a train crossing — there were 265 such deaths last year. Sumwalt says this is the first time the agency has looked at this crossing in Biloxi. Four people were killed in yesterday's crash.

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple says many of the security vulnerabilities disclosed yesterday by the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks were fixed weeks ago. WikiLeaks released thousands of documents that it claims show a broad program by the CIA to turn everyday gadgets such as iPhones into snooping tools by exploiting previously undisclosed software flaws. Apple says its initial analysis shows that its latest version of the iOS system software for iPhones and iPads fixes many of those flaws. That version came out in January, well before the latest WikiLeaks release. Google hasn't commented yet on similar vulnerabilities with its Android system.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of a congressional probe into Russia's efforts to sway the U.S. election are asking the Justice Department to provide information related to President Donald Trump's explosive wiretapping allegation. Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island are seeking any warrant applications and court orders that could show the Obama administration tapped Trump's phones during the presidential campaign, as Trump claims. Graham, a Republican, and Whitehouse, a Democrat, say Congress "must get to the bottom" of Trump's allegation.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Statue of Liberty has her juice back after an evening-long partial power outage. The incident last night sparked speculation on social media that it was done deliberately for today's "A Day Without A Woman" protest. But it was actually a case of human error. The National Park Service says the lights were supposed to go on at dusk but didn't. The situation was resolved by 11:45 p.m. The crown and torch kept shining. Liberty will experience some more outages over the next few weeks — this time on purpose — while workers install a new emergency generator.

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is considering whether a 30-day suspension is appropriate for a Detroit-area judge who ordered three siblings to juvenile detention for failing to see their father. The court heard arguments today about the recommendation from the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission, which acts as a watchdog. Judge Lisa Gorcyca (GOHR'-sih-kah) made headlines in 2015 when she held three kids in contempt and sent them to juvenile detention for two weeks. The incident stemmed from a contentious divorce. The judge blamed the mother for alienating the two boys and their younger sister from their father.

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