Truck firm faces paying millions in Amtrak crash

FILE - In this June 24, 2011 file photo, burned Amtrak passenger cars are left after the train was struck by a semitrailer near Fallon, Nev. A federal jury in Reno on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 awarded $4.5 million to Amtrak and $210,777 to Union Pacific Railroad for damages resulting from John Davis Trucking Co.'s negligence when one of its trucks slammed into the side of the passenger train. U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben has put the judgment on hold until Sept. 29 to consider adding up to another $1 million or more in attorney fees and interest to the award to the railroad companies. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette Journal, Liz Margerum, File)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada trucking company could be forced to pay more than $5.7 million if a judge formalizes a jury verdict that faulted one of its drivers for a fiery 2011 crash with an Amtrak train that killed six people and injured dozens.

In Iowa, Biden preaches populist theme on taxes

Vice President Joe Biden greets supporters during the kickoff of the Nuns on the Bus tour, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden accused Republicans of breaking faith with the middle class while he preached a populist theme Wednesday in Iowa, an important early-voting state in the presidential nominating calendar.

Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes

This September 2014 image, provided by the Marijuana Policy Project, (MPP), is to appear on a billboard in Denver to promote what MPP says is the first marijuana-related ad campaign that encourages adults to consume it responsibly in states where it is legal, such as Colorado. (AP Photo/Marijuana Policy Project)

DENVER (AP) — Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.

Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, Konrad Wierzbicki, 23, stands in front of a memorial to Poles killed by the Soviet Union in the 1940s in Otwock, Poland. As Poland commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland at the start of World War II, Wierzbicki reflected on his feelings of Russian aggression in Ukraine. Many Poles fear that war could eventually spread to their country, though Wierzbicki is more optimistic given Polands membership in NATO. But if something happens in the Baltics and NATO doesnt react, then we know we will be alone, he said. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: “Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?”

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