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NEW YORK (AP) — While the Metro-North Railroad is already getting hit with multimillion-dollar civil claims over a deadly commuter train derailment, prosecutors will face tough choices when deciding whether to bring criminal charges against the train's engineer, who told investigators he nodded or fell into a daze at the controls.
Costa do Sauipe (Brazil) (AFP) - Sao Paulo will host the opening match of the World Cup in June, despite a fatal accident meaning the venue will only be ready two months before kick-off, world governing body FIFA said Thursday. "We have received information it should be ready in mid-April," FIFA president Sepp Blatter told reporters at Friday's draw venue in Costa do Sauipe, north-eastern Brazil. "For the time being there is no Plan B," he added, though secretary general Jerome Valcke later urged caution ahead of tests rescheduled to late April. Blatter said he prayed there would be no more problems to overcome.
Embattled Australian carrier Qantas was placed in a trading halt Friday ahead of an announcement on its credit rating by Standard and Poor's after the airline issued an unexpected profit warning. Qantas on Thursday flagged a half-year loss of up to Aus$300 million (US$271 million) and said it would axe 1,000 jobs as it struggles under the weight of record fuel costs and fierce competition from subsidised rivals. The airline's shares plunged on Thursday and a halt was placed on any further trading on the Australian market until Monday ahead of an update by S&P. "The trading halt is requested pending receipt of information from Standard and Poor's in relation to Qantas' credit rating, which is considered likely to be materially price sensitive," the carrier said.