At least 1 dead, up to 100 injured as commuter train smashes into New Jersey station

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A New Jersey Transit commuter train crashed into the Hoboken terminal during rush hour, causing numerous injuries and major structural damage. One person was confirmed dead and up to 100 were injured, according to emergency services.

Local media are reporting “major structural damage” and “multiple injuries,” while the first responders are setting up triage.

Eleven patients are undergoing emergency treatment – 3 of them are in critical condition, and 8 were said to be in serious condition. Another 40 are “walking wounded” with minor injuries, said officials at Jersey City Medical Center.

Emergency responder traffic spoke of three dead, but that figure could not be confirmed.

The accident occurred around 8:45 am local time, and involved the 1614 train on the Pascack Valley Line. Photos show that the lead car car 6036 – an Alstom Comet V model – hit the wall of the terminal. The engine was in the back of the train as it entered the station.

The cause of the crash is still unknown. NJ Transit trains are not equipped with Positive Train Control (PTC) system, according to News 12 New Jersey reporter Walt Kane. PTC is designed to stop the train automatically in case the operator becomes incapacitated.

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Preliminary reports said “approximately 100 victims.” Officials have confirmed up to 100 people were injured, and that everyone has been evacuated from both the train and the station.

Several people who were on the train tweeted they felt “lucky to be alive.”

Images of the accident posted on social media showed mangled metal, wires and debris scattered all over the floor. It appears the impact was powerful enough to bring down part of the ceiling.

“It simply did not stop,” WFAN anchor John Minko, who witnessed the crash, told 1010 WINS. “It went right through the barriers and into the reception area.”

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Hoboken terminal is a major transit hub for New Jersey commuters traveling to and from New York City. More than 50,000 people use the terminal daily making it the busiest railroad station in New Jersey and the state’s second busiest transportation facility after Newark Liberty International Airport, according to New Jersey transit.

All NJ Transit trains are being held at Secaucus station. PATH train service to New York City has been suspended from Hoboken station. New York Waterway ferry is accepting all rail tickets and passes at the momnet, NJ Transit said.

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By noon, however, the ferry terminal had shut down as well, causing further commuter delays.
The one person confirmed dead was on the platform when the train crashed.

“We are just launching our go-team for the investigation. We expect to arrive in Hoboken later today,” Bella Dinh-Zarr, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), speaking from Virginia, told reporters.

A reporter asked if the NTSB will be looking at ‘positive train control’ (PTC), an advanced design system to automatically prevent accidents from happening.

Dinh-Zarr said: “PTC has been one of our priorities, and we know that it has proven to prevent accidents. That is one of the things we will look at carefully.”

She said they would be looking at the similarities between today’s crash and the one that occurred at Hoboken in 2011. That crash injured more than 30 people when a PATH commuter train smashed into the bumpers at the end of the tracks on Mother’s Day.

“We always look at the past history and every other factor,” said Dinh-Zarr.

Saudis could pull billions from US economy, hinder access to Mideast bases following 9/11 lawsuits

Saudi Arabia and its allies could retaliate against US legislation allowing the kingdom to be sued for the 9/11 attacks, including scaling back investment in the US economy or restricting access to important regional air bases, experts claim.
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“This should be clear to America and to the rest of the world. When one Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) state is targeted unfairly, the others stand around it,” Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, a professor of political science at United Arab Emirates University, told Associated Press.

“All the states will stand by Saudi Arabia in every way possible.”

On Wednesday, Congress overwhelmingly voted to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the bill that would allow Americans to potentially sue Saudi Arabia for 9/11. Lawmakers said their priority was not Saudi Arabia, but victims and families.

The “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)” would allow US judges to waive sovereign immunity claims when dealing with acts of terrorism committed on American soil – potentially allowing lawsuits against Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 attacks. 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals.

Chas Freeman, former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm, told AP that Saudi Arabia could respond in a way that risks US strategic interests.

That could include Saudi restricting its rules for overflight between Europe and Asia and the Qatari air base from which US military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria are directed, Freeman says.

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“The souring of relations and curtailing of official contacts that this legislation would inevitably produce could also jeopardize Saudi cooperation against anti-American terrorism,” Freeman told AP.

Obama vetoed JASTA last week, saying it would erode the doctrine of sovereign immunity and expose the US to lawsuits around the world.

He argued the bill could lead to other governments acting “reciprocally” by allowing their own courts to exercise jurisdiction over the US, including over deadly US drone strikes.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in June that the US has the most to lose if JASTA is enacted.

There have been reports that Riyadh threatened to pull billions of dollars from the US economy if the bill became law, however al-Jubeir has only officially said investor confidence in the US could decline.

“No business community likes to see their sovereign nation basically assailed by another nation,” the US-Saudi Business Council’s CEO and Chairman Ed Burton said.

The Saudi-led GCC, established in 1981, consists of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Emirates.

Earlier this month, the group expressed “deep concern” over JASTA, with its Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani calling it “contrary to the foundations and principles of relations between states and the principle of sovereign immunity enjoyed by states.”

In a separate statement, the government of Qatar said JASTA ”violates international law, particularly the principle of sovereign equality between states,” according to Reuters.

“Such laws will negatively affect the international efforts and international cooperation to combat terrorism,” said the Emirates Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, according to the state news agency WAM. Two of the 9/11 hijackers were Emirati.

Mall shooter illegally voted in 3 elections… Supported Hillary?

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by Jessica McBride

The Cascade Mall shooting suspect, Arcan Cetin, may face an additional investigation related to his voting record and citizenship status.

Federal sources confirm to KING 5 that Cetin was not a U.S. citizen, meaning legally he cannot vote. However, state records show Cetin registered to vote in 2014 and participated in three election cycles, including the May presidential primary.

Cetin, who immigrated to the United States from Turkey as a child, is considered a permanent resident or green card holder. While a permanent resident can apply for U.S. citizenship after a certain period of time, sources tell KING his status had not changed from green card holder to U.S. citizen.

While voters must attest to citizenship upon registering online or registering to vote at the Department of Licensing Office, Washington state doesn’t require proof of citizenship. Therefore elections officials say the state’s elections system operates, more or less, under an honor system.

“We don’t have a provision in state law that allows us either county elections officials or the Secretary of State’s office to verify someone’s citizenship,” explained Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “So, we’re in this place where we want to make sure we’re maintaining people’s confidence in the elections and the integrity of the process, but also that we’re giving this individual, like we would any voter, his due process. We’re moving forward, and that investigation is really coming out of the investigation from the shootings.” 

The penalty for voting as a non U.S. citizen could result in five years of prison time or a $10,000, according to Secretary of State’s Office.

“The penalties are very serious. That’s why we want to make sure we’re very measured, and this is why we want to make sure we’re very calm and purposeful in how we move forward,” Wyman continued. “The stakes are very high on both sides. You want to keep the confidence level high, but you also want to protect the voting rights of everyone.”

Wyman says while it’s impossible to determine an exact number, she does not believe this case points to a larger issue.

“Our hands are kind of tied, but make no mistake, we want to make sure that everybody has confidence that people casting ballots are eligible. This is certainly going to be a topic at next legislation.”

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FEMALE STUDENT ATTACKED FOR WEARING TRUMP HAT ON CAMPUS

“No one deserves to feel unsafe for wearing a Trump hat, so it’s sad that it has to come to this.”

Campus ReformSEPTEMBER 29, 2016

A female member of the Gustavus College Republicans was assaulted by a male student for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat shortly before Monday night’s debate.

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The incident took place on campus, right before the first presidential debate began, according to a press release put out by the Minnesota College Republicans.

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The victim of the assault has chosen to remain anonymous, saying that she feels unsafe and threatened, and has even resorted to asking campus security to escort her around the college. While the perpetrator of the assault has not been publicly identified, he is reportedly a male student at Gustavus College.

“She was walking around bothering no one by wearing a Trump hat, she didn’t deserve this and there’s no way that this should’ve happened,” Minnesota Federation of College Republican Chair Amanda Peterson told Campus Reform. “I wish this was a surprise to me, but it’s not, it’s no secret that college students with conservative leaning viewpoints aren’t strangers to this type of thing on campus.”

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According to Peterson, the young woman was merely attempting to enter the campus cafeteria when the male student approached her and began shouting slurs and waving his coat menacingly in an effort to scare her, at one point even having to be restrained when he attempted to charge at the female student.

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“No one deserves to feel unsafe for wearing a Trump hat, so it’s sad that it has to come to this,” Peterson observed.

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Although the male student is not alleged to have physically touched the victim, Minnesota Statute 609.224 states that anyone who “commits an act with intent to cause fear in another of immediate bodily harm or death” or “intentionally inflicts or attempts to inflict bodily harm upon another” has committed misdemeanor assault in the fifth degree.

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The Minnesota College Republicans have therefore filed an assault report with the college’s campus security, and are waiting for them to make a final decision on the issue.
The university administration held a meeting Tuesday to discuss the incident, and while officials have not yet settled upon an official course of action, they do plan on speaking with the victim Wednesday to hear her side of the story.

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“College campuses are meant to be places of freedom of speech and diverse opinions without fearing for one’s physical safety,” the Minnesota CRs said in the press release. “In the case we saw last night on Gustavus Adolphus College’s campus, this did not seem to be the case. This is unacceptable.”

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Asserting that “nobody, regardless of race, gender, or political party, should feel unsafe because of the way they look or what they wear when they walk on campus,” the group said it expects that “Gustavus Adolphus College will come to a resolution on this issue to combat violence on campus towards students with differing opinions.”
A spokesperson for the college told Campus Reform that the incident is currently being investigated, but stressed that the confrontation was purely verbal, not physical.

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“Gustavus Adolphus College respects the rights of students to engage in the political process and encourages all students—regardless of political affiliation—to contribute to civil dialogue in a thoughtful and respectful manner,” the school’s statement noted. “As a liberal arts college, Gustavus is a community that values open discussion on a wide range of issues while affirming the rights and dignity of all people.”