Bridge Collapse Victim’s Uncle Rages At ‘Incompetence’

By JENNIFER KAY and ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — As crews began removing bodies from beneath a collapsed pedestrian bridge Saturday, a victim’s uncle raged against what he called the “complete incompetence” and “colossal failure” that allowed people to drive beneath the unfinished concrete span. “Why they had to build this monstrosity in…

Trump Lauds Firing Of Ex-Top FBI Official As ‘Great Day’

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he has fired Andrew McCabe, a former FBI deputy director who was a regular target of President Donald Trump’s anger and criticism, just two days before McCabe’s scheduled retirement date. McCabe suggested the move was part of the Trump administration’s “war on the…

Bridge Collapse Puts Spotlight On Rapid Building Technique

By JASON DEAREN, Associated Press As the 950-ton concrete bridge section was swung into place over a highway last weekend, Florida International University officials were beaming with pride. The pedestrian bridge on the edge of the Miami-area campus was a signature achievement of the school’s Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center, a research group set up…

Fallen Bridge: ‘Stress Test’ Preceded Collapse That Killed Six

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — An innovative pedestrian bridge being built at Florida International University had been put to a “stress test” and its cables were being tightened when it collapsed over traffic, killing six people and sending 10 to a hospital, authorities said. As state and federal investigators worked to determine…

Footbridge Collapses Onto Busy Highway, Crushes 8 Vehicles

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A pedestrian bridge that was under construction collapsed onto a busy Miami highway Thursday, crushing at least eight vehicles under massive slabs of concrete and steel and killing multiple people, authorities said. Search-and-rescue crews drilled holes into the debris and used dogs to look for survivors. They…

Students To Walk Out Nationwide Protesting Gun Violence

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press From Maine to Hawaii, students planned to walk out of school Wednesday to protest gun violence in the biggest demonstration yet of the student activism that has emerged in response to last month’s massacre of 17 people at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In nearly 3,000 protests nationwide, students from…