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  • CHICAGO/ CLEVELAND, Ohio, Jan 6- A blast of Arctic air gripped the vast middle of the United States on Monday, bringing the coldest temperatures felt in two decades, causing at least four deaths, forcing businesses and schools to close and canceling thousands of flights.

  • LONDON, Jan 6- The rising number of serious accidents involving oil tank cars over the past 12 months suggests that shippers are underestimating the safety risk of transporting crude by rail. If the industry and regulators do not resolve these issues promptly, it is only a matter of time before a major disaster occurs in the United States.

  • Amtrak spokeswoman on modified schedule     Friday, 3 Jan 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

    How the winter storm has impacted train travel, with Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 2- Crude oil produced in North Dakota may be more flammable and prone to explosions than earlier thought, U.S. officials said on Thursday as they examine whether gas trapped in crude-by-rail shipments could explain a spate of fiery accidents.

  • Pipelines & rails both safe: Pro     Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 2:19 PM ET

    Discussing the safest way to transport oil, with Peter Goelz, O'Neill and Associates, and John Hofmeister, Citizens for Affordable Energy.

  • The case for Norfolk Southern     Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 2:15 PM ET

    Will rail stocks stay the course in 2014? Donald Broughton, Avondale Partners, discusses the U.S. industrial revolution driven by fracking, and his top rail pick.

  • The 106- car BNSF Railway Co oil train struck a derailed grain train on Monday afternoon about a mile west of Casselton, a town of 2,300 people. "The environment within the city limits of Casselton is now safe for residents to return to their homes," the Cass County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

  • CASSELTON, North Dakota, Dec 31- In this tiny North Dakota town, the shock of watching a dozen oil tank cars erupt into flames just a mile or two from residents' homes and businesses stirred little anxiety over the safety of the thriving oil-by-rail business.

  • CASSELTON, N.D., Dec 31- Tests of air over a small North Dakota town shrouded in smoke from a fiery oil train crash show that the pollution level is dropping and residents who were evacuated might be able to go home soon, authorities said on Tuesday.

  • Local residents heard five powerful explosions just a mile outside of the small town of Casselton after a westbound 112- car train carrying soybeans derailed. Residents within 5 miles of Casselton were urged to evacuate to avoid contact with the smoke.

  • FARGO, N.D., Dec 30- A BNSF train carrying crude oil in North Dakota collided with another train on Monday setting off a series of explosions that left at least 10 cars ablaze, the latest in a string of incidents that have raised alarms over growing oil-by-rail traffic.

  • OTTAWA, Dec 13- Canada is considering classifying crude oil as a higher-risk, dangerous product requiring emergency response plans for shipment by rail following a train accident that leveled the heart of a Quebec town in July, a government official said on Friday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 13- Dan Richard is determined to keep California's plan for building an 800- mile high-speed rail system on track despite two recent court rulings against it and rising criticism of the effort.

  • Possible Buffett successor drops CEO role at BNSF Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 5:49 PM ET
    Matthew 'Matt' Rose

    Matt Rose, one of Warren Buffett's possible successors as Berkshire Hathaway's CEO, will drop his CEO role at BNSF and become the railroad's chairman.

  • Dennis Gartman's top five year-end plays Monday, 9 Dec 2013 | 6:54 PM ET
    Dennis Gartman, editor and publisher of The Gartman Letter

    Commodities trader Dennis Gartman shares his top trades to close out the year.

  • NTSB will interview NY train engineer     Monday, 2 Dec 2013 | 7:32 AM ET

    CNBC's Mary Thompson reports a train engineer and 60 others were injured when a train derailed in New York. 4 people are dead from the accident.

  • 4 killed, 60 injured from train derailment     Monday, 2 Dec 2013 | 6:14 AM ET

    CNBC's Mary Thompson reports from New York where a train derailed and killed 4 people. The NTSB expects the investigation to find out why this happened will take 7-10 days.

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Nov 14- U.S. railroads on Thursday urged regulators to improve safety standards for tank cars carrying flammable liquids, following a spate of accidents in the booming crude-by-rail industry.

  • Most old tank cars must be phased out, and even new cars will require modifications, the Association of American Railroads said in a letter to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The letter came after a train derailed and exploded in western Alabama on Friday, spilling crude oil into a trackside wetland area.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 11- The second explosive oil-train derailment this year, which has finally burned out in rural Alabama, may raise new questions about the safety of the crude-by-rail boom, pointing to problems beyond those that surfaced following the earlier tragedy in Quebec.

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