Law enforcement officials say a pipe bomb that exploded in a crowded New York City subway passageway was ignited with a Christmas light, matches and a nine-volt battery. The officials say the short pipe was packed with explosive powder but didn't work as intended. The blast wasn't powerful enough to turn the pipe into deadly shrapnel. Authorities have identified the attacker as Akayed Ullah, an immigrant from Bangladesh. Law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation say he had looked at Islamic State group propaganda online and told investigators he was retaliating against U.S. military aggression. The blast during the Monday morning rush hour injured three people besides Ullah, who's being treated at a hospital.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Investigators in Northern New Jersey have a big question to ponder tonight: Why did a commuter train smash into a station in the midst of rush hour? It was 8:45 this morning, when a New Jersey transit train came barreling into Hoboken without slowing down. A passenger in the first car said there'd been no hint of anything wrong. JAMIE WEATHERHEAD-SAUL, Rain Passenger: There wasn't even a screeching, like it was halting. Maybe there was some kind of, like, braking involved, because the lights went off and people started screaming.
As Houstonians watch the waters recede, they are looking ahead to the next phase of the disaster: recovery. The unusually prolonged assault by Hurricane Harvey flooded nearly a third of Harris County, killed at least 38 people, and left thousands more homeless. Both of its major airports closed, its rail yards and nearby ports were majorly disrupted, and the city's extensive highway system was largely underwater. The deluge appears to be finally done, and Houstonians are hustling to rebuild and recoup what they've lost in part by reestablishing those vital connections. George Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airports, which together move 55 million passengers and 442,563 metric tons of freight every year, shut down for three days, with airlines rerouting flights and waiving change fees for travelers.
Long Beach Airport is the only airport in Southern California that doesn't allow car-hailing businesses such as Uber and Lyft to pick up travelers at the terminals. That is about to change. The regional airport has announced that it will launch a pilot program, starting April 5, to allow the car-hailing businesses to pick up and drop off passengers at the airport. "This is a great opportunity to modernize our regulations and allow taxis and ride-share companies an environment to compete fairly while still improving services for travelers," Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said. Last year, the city had considered joining every other airport in the region in allowing such businesses but decided to study the idea first.
The nightmarish holiday season at Los Angeles International Airport may be an indicator of what's ahead if the nation's third-busiest airport continues to expand at a record pace. Airport consultants and commercial aviation experts say traffic and terminal congestion will probably persist, especially during peak travel times of the year, because of a variety of factors, including an ongoing modernization of the facility that has yet to catch up with its dramatic growth since the recession. El Monte has one of the highest public pension burdens in California. One big reason: Administrators in the working-class city arranged for a low-visibility way to steer taxpayer money into a supplemental pension plan that pays a benefit in addition to city workers' state-approved pensions. Starting Jan. 1, Californians' lives will be governed by hundreds of new laws, including added controls on guns, harsher sanctions against criminals, extra restrictions on ride-hailing firms such as Uber and Lyft, and a boost in the minimum wage.