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Train hits crane, goes off tracks; 22 injured

BENKELMAN, Neb. (AP) -- Twenty-two were injured Friday when an Amtrak train derailed after striking a crane on tracks in southwest Nebraska.

The train carrying 175 passengers and 17 crew members from California to Chicago left the tracks about 8 a.m. near Benkelman.

Dundy County emergency director Elaine Frasier said the crane was tearing down an old grain bin. She said 20 people on the train, including passengers and crew, were taken to area hospitals. She said two other people not on the train also were injured.

Frasier said none of the injuries was critical.


King's fraternity holds statue dedication

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After more than a quarter of a century of work to get a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brothers celebrated the results of their perseverance Friday even as Hurricane Irene approached.

Irene forced the postponement of a grand dedication ceremony planned for Sunday. But the fraternity brothers went ahead with their dedication on a smaller stage at the same site.

Martin Luther King III accepted the memorial to his father, who was gunned down in 1968 in Memphis, Tenn.

The civil rights leader was a member of the fraternity, along with many prominent African-Americans. Fraternity members worked to get the memorial approved and raise money for the $120 million monument.

The monument sits between memorials to Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln -- a spot where the Rev. Al Sharpton said King belongs. "Welcome to the neighborhood Martin ... Get ready Mr. Lincoln, there's a new neighbor ... Guess who's coming to dinner," he said.


Man gets life term in death of editor

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The former leader of an Oakland community group was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for ordering the killing of three men, including a journalist who was working on a story about the organization's financial troubles.

Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey was the first American journalist killed on U.S. soil for reporting a story in nearly two decades.

Yusuf Bey IV, 25, former head of Your Black Muslim Bakery who was convicted in June, was given three life terms in prison without the possibility of parole in the 2007 murders of Bailey, Michael Wills and Odell Roberson, in separate attacks. Bailey was gunned down while walking to the newspaper.

Founded 40 years ago by Bey's father, the bakery became an institution in Oakland's black community but had been tainted recently by links to criminal activity.

Prosecutors argued that Bey was so desperate to protect the legacy of his family's bakery that he ordered Bailey killed.


Suspended scientist returns to work

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An Alaska scientist whose observations of drowned polar bears spurred national publicity about climate warming returned to work Friday at the federal agency that oversees offshore oil drilling.

Dr. Charles Monnett was suspended from his job at the Anchorage office of the Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation and Enforcement six weeks ago after federal inspectors said he helped a polar bear researcher prepare a proposal even though he was the government official responsible for determining if the proposal met minimum qualifications.

But Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility claimed Monnett was targeted for his 2006 paper in a scientific journal on the drowned polar bears. The study made national news, helped the global warming movement and was cited in former Vice President Al Gore's book and movie, "An Inconvenient Truth."

Bureau director Michael Bromwich has said that Monnett's suspension was unrelated to the paper or to his scientific work.