- - Thursday, September 23, 2010

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

NTSB head: Metro safer after June ‘09 crash

The head of the National Transportation Safety Board said that the D.C. Metro system is significantly safer now than it was last year when a train crash killed nine people and injured dozens of others.

In July, the NTSB’s Deborah Hersman issued a scathing report criticizing an “anemic safety culture” at the nation’s second largest subway system that contributed to the June 2009 crash near the system’s Red Line.


But in testimony Thursday before a congressional oversight committee, Mrs. Hersman said Metro has made clear progress on safety issues and begun to implement more than a dozen NTSB recommendations.

GEORGIA

Study: 1 in 5 urban gay, bisexual men have HIV

ATLANTA — A government study found one in five sexually active urban gay and bisexual men is infected with HIV, and nearly half of those infected don’t know they have the disease.

The study is considered the largest to look at urban gay and bisexual men at high risk for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. More than 8,000 men in 21 U.S. cities were tested and interviewed.

The new study echoed earlier research that found men who were black and had lower incomes were the most likely to be infected and to not know it.

MINNESOTA

Feds: Near-collision of 2 planes probed

MINNEAPOLIS — Federal regulators are investigating the near-collision of a US Airways jet and a small cargo plane that came within 50 to 100 feet of crashing over Minneapolis just after takeoff, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.

The pilots of the two planes never saw the other aircraft, though the US Airways captain said he heard the cargo plane nearby, the NTSB said. There were no reports of damage or injuries, it said.

US Airways Flight 1848, an Airbus 320, took off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for Philadelphia with 90 passengers and five crew members shortly before 7 a.m. on Sept. 16. A Beech 99 operated by Bemidji Aviation Services took off on a parallel runway at about the same time.

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