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'Design errors' faulted in Florida bridge that collapsed: agency
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:58:38 -0500

'Design errors' faulted in Florida bridge that collapsed: agencyThe National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday that "design errors" were found in a pedestrian bridge that collapsed in March at Florida International University, killing six people and injuring eight. The NTSB said concrete and steel specimens tested met the project’s build plans' minimum requirements. The 950-ton, $14.2 million bridge, which crossed an eight-lane highway adjacent to Florida International University (FIU) in Miami-Dade County and linked the campus to the city of Sweetwater, collapsed five days after it was installed.


Exclusive: U.S. troop levels at Mexico border likely at peak - commander
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:50:38 -0500

Exclusive: U.S. troop levels at Mexico border likely at peak - commanderThe number of U.S. troops at the border with Mexico may have peaked at about 5,800, the U.S. commander of the mission told Reuters, noting he would start looking next week at whether to begin sending forces home or perhaps shifting some to new border positions. The outlook by Lieutenant General Jeffrey Buchanan, while not definitive, suggests that the high-profile military mission could soon achieve its goal of helping harden the border ahead of the expected arrival of caravans of Central American migrants in the coming weeks. The deployment, which critics have called a pre-election political stunt by President Donald Trump, was initially expected to reach more than 7,000 troops, acting in support of U.S. Customs and Border , or CBP.


Troops sift through California wildfire ruins amid fears death toll will rise
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:48:41 -0500

Troops sift through California wildfire ruins amid fears death toll will riseMore than 9,000 personnel from many U.S. states are fighting the Camp Fire, which incinerated Paradise, and the Woolsey Fire hundreds of miles to the south. Authorities attributed the high number of casualties to the staggering speed with which the wind-driven flames blew through Paradise. Nearly 8,700 homes were destroyed and 15,500 buildings threatened, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said on Thursday.



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