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Truck ran signals at train crossing in W. Va.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — A logging truck apparently ran through crossing signals before colliding with a passenger train in the remote mountains of West Virginia, killing the driver, officials said. Two cars of the train overturned in the Friday collision on US Route 250 atop Cheat Mountain. The driver was identified Saturday as Danny Lee Kimble Sr. of Frank. (AP)


Mother, 3 children killed in house fire

SHIRLEY — A fast-moving fire that killed a Long Island mother and her three children spread before she could get them to safety, authorities said Saturday. The blaze was reported at 10:15 p.m. Friday. Police identified the victims as Jennifer McCusker, 41; son Aidan Tarbell, 7; and twins Brendan and Ava Jane Mistretta, 2. (AP)


Talks continue as transit strike looms

OAKLAND — A San Francisco Bay Area transit agency and two unions are holding contract talks through the weekend, with a strike deadline looming Monday. The two sides reported progress that could lead to an agreement. Service Employees International Union, Local 1021, and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1555, agreed to keep negotiating after a 60-day cooling-off period that banned a strike expired Thursday night. (AP)