Train derails: At least five people were killed last night when an Amtrak train traveling from Washington to New York derailed. Dozens were injured. Armed with flashlights, firefighters workers went from car to car, rescuing passengers from the train, which went off the tracks in Philadelphia. Mayor Michael Nutter called the scene “an absolute, disastrous mess.” Seven cars and the train’s engine were either turned over or found upside down. The FBI was on the scene, but as of last night there was nothing to indicate the incident was an act of terrorism.
No charges: There were protests, but no violence yesterday when a district attorney announcedno charges would be brought against the Madison, Wisconsin, police officer who shot and killed an unarmed biracial man. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said while Tony Robinson’s death was “tragic and unfortunate,” he concluded Officer Matt Kenny’s use of force was lawful. Robinson’s family criticized the decision and protestors took the streets, but there were no reports last night of any violence or unrest.
New study: Fewer Americans identify themselves as Christians, mainly because millennials are leaving the fold. That’s the takeaway from a new Pew Research Center study released yesterday. The study says the Christian percentage of the population has dropped from 78.4% in 2007 to 70.6% today. Hinduism and Islam made small but significant gains, but the big drop in Christianity comes from people who now identify themselves as unaffiliated with any faith, a category that’s up 10 percentage points since 2007.
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