High-speed train hits and kills woman
MIAMI—A high-speed train that was offering preview runs a day before its debut struck and killed a woman, police in Florida said Saturday.
Melissa Lavell, 32, was crossing the tracks of the new Brightline train after the sun set on Friday, Boynton Beach police said.
Witnesses told police the woman tried to make it across after the guard rails were down, attempting to beat the train, which was traveling north. No one on the train was injured.
The Sun Sentinel reported the train was running smoothly Friday evening when it made an abrupt stop and a Brightline employee informed the passengers about a “trespasser incident.”
Virginia governor pledges better future
RICHMOND, Va.—Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who rode a wave of voter unhappiness with President Donald Trump to electoral victory, took the oath of office Saturday with a pledge to make politics less toxic and more productive.
Speaking to a crowd gathered in dreary, cold weather on the south portico of the state Capitol, Northam took veiled shots at the president while promising to govern with a “moral compass.”
“It can be hard to find our way in a time when there’s so much shouting, when nasty, shallow tweets take the place of honest debate,” Northam said. “We are bigger than this.”
The folksy doctor with a low-key charm easily won Virginia’s closely watched governor’s race in November, powered in large part by a surge of voters unhappy with the Trump administration. Democrats swept all three statewide offices and made major gains in the state House in a possible preview of this year’s mid-term elections.
Chelsea Manning files for US Senate bid
NORTH BETHESDA, Md.—Chelsea Manning intends to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, returning the transgender former soldier to the spotlight after her conviction for leaking classified documents and her early release from military prison.
Manning, 30, filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, listing an apartment in North Bethesda as her address.
She is running as a Democrat and will likely challenge two-term Sen. Ben Cardin in the primary. The state’s senior senator is an overwhelming favorite to win.
Known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest, the former Army intelligence analyst was convicted of leaking more than 700,000 military and State Department documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. She’s been hailed as a traitor as well as a courageous hero.
Manning came out as transgender after being sentenced to 35 years in prison. President Barack Obama granted Manning clemency before leaving office last year.
After outcry, Mark Wahlberg donates pay
NEW YORK—Following an outcry over a significant disparity in pay between co-stars, Mark Wahlberg agreed Saturday to donate the $1.5 million he earned for reshoots for “All the Money in the World” to the sexual misconduct defense initiative Time’s Up.
Wahlberg said he’ll donate the money in the name of his co-star, Michelle Williams, who reportedly made less than $1,000 on the reshoots.
“I 100 percent support the fight for fair pay,” Wahlberg said in a statement.
The announcement Saturday came after directors and stars, including Jessica Chastain and Judd Apatow, shared their shock at reports of the huge pay disparity for the Ridley Scott film.
Pakistan, US try to ease policy tensions
MUMBAI, India—In the weeks since the Trump administration withheld nearly $1 billion in security aid for Pakistan, Washington and Islamabad officials have been working to patch things up and avert a dangerous deterioration in their often troubled relationship.
Several U.S. officials have met with senior Pakistani civilian and military leaders to find what one called “common ground” after President Donald Trump rebuked Pakistan in a series of Twitter posts, and then said the U.S. would no longer provide aid to Islamabad.
Trump accused Pakistan of doing nothing to assist in the U.S.-led war effort in neighboring Afghanistan and of not cracking down on militants that attack U.S. and Afghan forces across the border.
Some U.S. and Afghan officials worried that Pakistan would retaliate by no longer sharing intelligence or raising the costs for U.S.-led NATO forces to use Pakistani air and land corridors into Afghanistan.
Pakistani Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan said this week that Pakistan would stop “a wide field of intelligence cooperation and defense cooperation” with the U.S. He did not elaborate.
U.S. and Pakistani officials say neither has happened, and in conversations over the past week the two sides have tried to move past Trump’s incendiary rhetoric.
The Pakistani army said the “ongoing turbulence” in the countries’ relationship was “a temporary phase.”