A federal appeals court on Sunday opened the door for construction to resume on a small stretch of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline while it considers an appeal by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
The ruling removed a temporary injunction that halted work on the project.
The tribe had asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to continue work stoppage on the pipeline within 20 miles of Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The court earlier ordered work to stop while it considered the motion.
In a statement, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II said the tribe “is not backing down from this fight.”
A 12-car commuter train and a work train performing track maintenance were traveling the same direction when they sideswiped one another, causing the commuter train to derail and injuring 33 people, four seriously, state officials said Sunday.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, speaking at the site of the Saturday night accident, said initial reviews indicate that the yellow maintenance train somehow entered the clearance space of the eastbound Long Island Rail Road train, causing it to derail and leaving “a splatter of yellow paint where the first collision occurred.”
“Both trains were running in the same direction — one was a work train, one was a revenue train and they sideswiped each other,” said Cuomo, a Democrat. “The question is why.”
Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were to determine what caused the accident, Cuomo said.
— Associated Press
Police assailant wanted to shoot, father says: In the minutes before three Palm Springs officers were shot, two fatally, the suspected gunman’s father told a neighbor that his son was armed, “acting crazy” and wanted to shoot police. John Felix, 26, was apprehended early Sunday after a lengthy standoff and will be charged this week with murder. Police said Felix emerged wearing soft body armor and carrying ammunition but no weapon after police shot a chemical agent into the home where he had holed up. A neighbor, Frances Serrano, told the Associated Press that the suspect’s panicked father, Santos Felix, earlier said that his son, a gang member, had a gun.
— Associated Press