News Briefs

January 17, 1996
Web posted at: 1 a.m. EST

Commuter train hits truck, injuring 21

WAKEFIELD, Massachusetts (CNN) -- Twenty-one people were injured Tuesday when a crowded commuter train collided with a stalled truck during rush hour near Boston.

The impact derailed the engine of the train and knocked the flatbed truck off of the tracks, but the passenger cars remained on the rails.

Most of the injured complained of neck and back pain, a local fire chief said.

One person sustained more serious injuries and was airlifted to Boston City Hospital, where she was in stable condition. Nine passengers were being evaluated at hospitals late Tuesday, while the others were treated and released. The driver of the truck was unhurt.

"Looks like the truck was stuck in the snow," said Robert Prince, chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority.

Prince said that the train was traveling 40 mph when it slammed into the truck.

Eight injured in Boston office building fire


BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- A 10-story office building caught fire in downtown Boston during rush hour Tuesday morning, injuring eight people.

Smoke billowed out of the fifth floor of the block-long building at Congress and Exchange streets shortly before 8 a.m. The fire was brought under control around 8:40 a.m.

Five people, including three firefighters, were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for smoke inhalation or minor injuries. Three others were treated at the scene.

"For a moment there, I thought we weren't going to get out," said Gordon Barrett, an investment manager. "Some guy got to us. They put masks on our faces and took us down the stairs. Thank the Lord and the Boston Fire Department."

About 75 to 100 people were in the building when the alarm was sounded, said Fire Commissioner Martin Pierce.

Judge clears hurdle to Simpson's deposition

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Attorneys representing O.J. Simpson lost a motion Tuesday to delay the former football star's deposition in a wrongful death suit filed by the family of murder victim Ronald Goldman. The trial is to begin April 2 in Los Angeles, but the date of Simpson's deposition has been kept secret by the court.


Simpson's attorneys wanted a Goldman attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, removed from the case, alleging a conflict of interest. They claimed his firm had represented a corporation with ties to Honey Baked Hams in which Simpson has a financial interest.

Judge Alan Haber ruled there was no conflict of interest.

There were no objections to motions filed asking the court to order a commission to take the deposition of former Los Angeles Police Detective Mark Fuhrman outside of California. There also was no objection to Simpson adding two lawyers to his team, including F. Lee Bailey, who helped successfully defend Simpson against charges he murdered his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman.

Clinton picks Foley to head spy panel

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Clinton Tuesday named former House Speaker Thomas Foley as chairman of the president's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

Foley, a Democrat from the state of Washington, lost his bid for re-election to Congress in 1994. It was the first time he had lost re-election since taking office in 1964.

He replaces U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain William Crowe, who was also a former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.

Fifth Avenue named world's most expensive street

NEW YORK (CNN) -- If you want to toddle down the most expensive street in the world, then New York's Fifth Avenue is the place to be. The street has been so designated for the second year in a row.

The ranking is based on a survey of annual rents. With Tiffany and Co. and Trump Tower lining up along Fifth Avenue from 49th Street to 57th Street, the going rent is $500 per square foot.

The eighth annual survey by the Hirschfeld Group real estate consultants named New York's 57th Street as the second most expensive. It borders the same area as first place and boasts rents of $440 per square foot.

Strolling in at third is Tokyo's The Ginza, where the rents average $350 per square foot and reached an all-time high of $675 per square foot in 1990.

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Hunt for kidnapped Texas girl, 9

ARLINGTON, Texas (CNN) -- The FBI has joined Texas authorities in the search for a kidnapped nine-year-old girl. Amber Hagerman was grabbed from her bicycle on Saturday in the parking lot of a closed supermarket. Police are conducting door-to-door searches and checking known sex offenders and owners of black pickups, the type of vehicle used by the man seen abducting the girl. A witness says Amber was kicking and screaming.

For Amber's father, Richard, the kidnapping is the second family nightmare in five years. His newborn granddaughter was kidnapped from a Fort Worth hospital but was safely returned to Hagerman's daughter about 11 hours later. Police said they don't see a connection because the kidnapper in that case, a woman, is institutionalized. Authorities and businesses have offered a $1,500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the latest case.


Hemophiliacs warned about tainted clotting agent

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A risk of hepatitis A has led federal health authorities to warn hemophiliacs against using several batches of clotting factor. The Food and Drug Administration said two cases recently uncovered mark the first time a U.S. plasma product has been found to be transmitting Hepatitis A, a usually mild disease.

A batch of Alphanate Factor Eight, made by Alpha Therapeutics, was genetically linked to two cases of hepatitis A, and doctors suspect it also caused a third infection. A fourth patient came down with hepatitis A after taking a second Alpha clotting factor, called Factor Nine, made from the same pool of blood plasma.

The affected Factor Eight lot is number AP5014A. The four lots of Factor Nine being quarantined are numbers CA5410A, CA5412A, CA5413A and CA5421A.

Car thieves go for Cutlass Supremes

DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) -- For the fourth year in a row, the Olds Cutlass Supreme wins the dubious honor of most-stolen car in the United States. In fact, Cutlasses captured the top three spots on the 1995 list compiled by CCC Information Services Inc. The 1986 Supreme was No. 1, the '87 model second and the '84 third.

The top 10 also included the 1994 Toyota Camry, the 1987 Chevrolet Caprice and five Honda Accords. "You're looking at vehicles that are popular not only with consumers, but with thieves ... most importantly because their parts are in great demand," said CCC senior vice president Bill Geen.

Geen said the rankings have little to do with how easy a car is to steal. "If there's a need and desire to have (a particular vehicle), a thief is going to get it." Chicago-based CCC is hired by insurance companies to set the value on cars and trucks that are stolen or destroyed in accidents.

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Survey: Women earn 5-15 percent less

NEW YORK (CNN) -- In general, women have narrowed, but not closed, the pay gap with men who do comparable work, Working Woman magazine reported Tuesday. A survey found women typically earn 5 to 15 cents less on the dollar than men in similar jobs, though in some cases their salaries are catching up to and even surpassing men's pay.

The magazine reports the gender gap in pay narrowed significantly in 1995 in some jobs, such as computer analysts. But it widened in others: Women bank tellers, brokers and other financial service representatives made 55 percent of what their male counterparts earned, down from 66 percent in 1994.

The survey, which used figures provided by professional associations, pay consultants, trade publications and the government's Bureau of Labor Statistics, looked at 28 fields for which salaries were available by gender.



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