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  • New York City emergency crews converge at 60th Street and Broadway to evacuate passengers from a subway train after it derailed in the Queens borough of New York, Friday, May 2, 2014.  The express F train was bound for Manhattan and Brooklyn when it derailed at 10:40 a.m. about 1,200 feet (365 meters) south of the 65th Street station, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Dozens of firefighters and paramedics with stretchers converged on Broadway and 60th Street, where passengers calmly left the tunnel through the sidewalk opening. A few were treated on stretchers. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    New York City emergency crews converge at 60th Street and Broadway to evacuate passengers from a subway train after it derailed in the Queens borough of New York, Friday, May 2, 2014. The express F train was bound for Manhattan and Brooklyn when it derailed at 10:40 a.m. about 1,200 feet (365 meters) south of the 65th Street station, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Dozens of firefighters and paramedics with stretchers converged on Broadway and 60th Street, where passengers calmly left the tunnel through the sidewalk opening. A few were treated on stretchers. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Windows of two subway trains remain broken after their collision at Sangwangshipri subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May. 2, 2014. A subway train plowed into another train stopped Friday, causing minor injuries for scores of people, a city official said. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Park Dong-ju)  KOREA OUT

    Windows of two subway trains remain broken after their collision at Sangwangshipri subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May. 2, 2014. A subway train plowed into another train stopped Friday, causing minor injuries for scores of people, a city official said. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Park Dong-ju) KOREA OUT

  • In this April 10, 2014 photo, Jennifer Stickney, a recruiter for Right at Home, which provides in-home care and assistance, answers questions from nursing students at a job fair on the campus of Kaplan University in Lincoln, Neb. The Labor Department on Friday, May 2, 2014 said U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    In this April 10, 2014 photo, Jennifer Stickney, a recruiter for Right at Home, which provides in-home care and assistance, answers questions from nursing students at a job fair on the campus of Kaplan University in Lincoln, Neb. The Labor Department on Friday, May 2, 2014 said U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

  • A mourner pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at a group memorial altar in Ansan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 2, 2014. More than 300 people are dead or missing in the disaster that has caused widespread grief, anger and shame. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT

    A mourner pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at a group memorial altar in Ansan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 2, 2014. More than 300 people are dead or missing in the disaster that has caused widespread grief, anger and shame. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT

  • In this April 22, 2014 photo, Sarah Keegan of Windham, N.Y., with her son Kevin, fills out paperwork during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department on Friday, May 2, 2014 said U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    In this April 22, 2014 photo, Sarah Keegan of Windham, N.Y., with her son Kevin, fills out paperwork during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department on Friday, May 2, 2014 said U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

  • Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg, center, explains the architectural design of a staircase during a tour of the future site for the Whitney Museum, Thursday, May 1, 2014, in New York. The museum will open in its new location in lower Manhattan in the spring of 2015. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg, center, explains the architectural design of a staircase during a tour of the future site for the Whitney Museum, Thursday, May 1, 2014, in New York. The museum will open in its new location in lower Manhattan in the spring of 2015. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • A window of a subway train is broken after a collision at Sangwangshipri subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May. 2, 2014. A subway train plowed into another train stopped at the station Friday, causing minor injuries for scores of people, a city official said. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Park Dong-ju)  KOREA OUT

    A window of a subway train is broken after a collision at Sangwangshipri subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May. 2, 2014. A subway train plowed into another train stopped at the station Friday, causing minor injuries for scores of people, a city official said. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Park Dong-ju) KOREA OUT

  • New York City firefighters emerge from a hatch in the sidewalk at 60th Street and Broadway after evacuating passengers from a subway train that derailed in the Queens borough of New York, Friday, May 2, 2014.  The express F train was bound for Manhattan and Brooklyn when it derailed at 10:40 a.m. about 1,200 feet (365 meters) south of the 65th Street station, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Dozens of firefighters and paramedics with stretchers converged on Broadway and 60th Street, where passengers calmly left the tunnel through the sidewalk opening. A few were treated on stretchers. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    New York City firefighters emerge from a hatch in the sidewalk at 60th Street and Broadway after evacuating passengers from a subway train that derailed in the Queens borough of New York, Friday, May 2, 2014. The express F train was bound for Manhattan and Brooklyn when it derailed at 10:40 a.m. about 1,200 feet (365 meters) south of the 65th Street station, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Dozens of firefighters and paramedics with stretchers converged on Broadway and 60th Street, where passengers calmly left the tunnel through the sidewalk opening. A few were treated on stretchers. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Investigators inspect the site where two subway trains collided at Sangwangshipri subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May. 2, 2014. A subway train plowed into another train stopped at the station Friday, causing minor injuries for scores of people, a city official said. (AP Photo/Yonhap)  KOREA OUT

    Investigators inspect the site where two subway trains collided at Sangwangshipri subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May. 2, 2014. A subway train plowed into another train stopped at the station Friday, causing minor injuries for scores of people, a city official said. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT

  • In this April 10, 2014 photo, John Soung, right, and Gabriel Fitzgerald, second right, talk to recruiter Todd Zedicher of Integrated Life Choices, left, at a job fair on the campus of Kaplan University in Lincoln, Neb. The Labor Department on Friday, May 2, 2014 said U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    In this April 10, 2014 photo, John Soung, right, and Gabriel Fitzgerald, second right, talk to recruiter Todd Zedicher of Integrated Life Choices, left, at a job fair on the campus of Kaplan University in Lincoln, Neb. The Labor Department on Friday, May 2, 2014 said U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

  • Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken Sewol ferry cry as they look toward the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 2, 2014. More than 300 people are dead or missing in the disaster that has caused widespread grief, anger and shame. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT

    Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken Sewol ferry cry as they look toward the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 2, 2014. More than 300 people are dead or missing in the disaster that has caused widespread grief, anger and shame. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT

  • In this April 10, 2014 photo, John Soung, right, and Gabriel Fitzgerald, second right, talk to recruiter Todd Zedicher of Integrated Life Choices, left, at a job fair on the campus of Kaplan University in Lincoln, Neb. The Labor Department on Friday, May 2, 2014 said U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    In this April 10, 2014 photo, John Soung, right, and Gabriel Fitzgerald, second right, talk to recruiter Todd Zedicher of Integrated Life Choices, left, at a job fair on the campus of Kaplan University in Lincoln, Neb. The Labor Department on Friday, May 2, 2014 said U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

  • New York City fire department emergency medical personnel assist a woman who was evacuated from a subway train after it derailed in the Queens borough of New York, Friday, May 2, 2014.  The express F train was bound for Manhattan and Brooklyn when it derailed at 10:40 a.m. about 1,200 feet (365 meters) south of the 65th Street station, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Dozens of firefighters and paramedics with stretchers converged on Broadway and 60th Street, where passengers calmly left the tunnel through the sidewalk opening. A few were treated on stretchers. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    New York City fire department emergency medical personnel assist a woman who was evacuated from a subway train after it derailed in the Queens borough of New York, Friday, May 2, 2014. The express F train was bound for Manhattan and Brooklyn when it derailed at 10:40 a.m. about 1,200 feet (365 meters) south of the 65th Street station, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Dozens of firefighters and paramedics with stretchers converged on Broadway and 60th Street, where passengers calmly left the tunnel through the sidewalk opening. A few were treated on stretchers. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • ADD PHOTOGRAPHER'S NAME - Investigators inspect the site where two subway trains collided at Sangwangshipri subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May. 2, 2014. A subway train ran into another train at the station Friday, causing minor injuries for scores of people, a city official said. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Park Dong-ju)  KOREA OUT

    ADD PHOTOGRAPHER'S NAME - Investigators inspect the site where two subway trains collided at Sangwangshipri subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May. 2, 2014. A subway train ran into another train at the station Friday, causing minor injuries for scores of people, a city official said. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Park Dong-ju) KOREA OUT

  • Co-owners Brent King, left, and Scott Boles peer out from the kitchen as they pose for a photo at Yabo's Tacos in Powell, Ohio, on Thursday, May 1, 2014. They say getting more involved in the community helped their struggling business rebound and succeed. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)

    Co-owners Brent King, left, and Scott Boles peer out from the kitchen as they pose for a photo at Yabo's Tacos in Powell, Ohio, on Thursday, May 1, 2014. They say getting more involved in the community helped their struggling business rebound and succeed. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)

  • New York City emergency crews converge at 60th Street and Broadway to evacuate passengers from a subway train after it derailed in the Queens borough of New York, Friday, May 2, 2014.  The express F train was bound for Manhattan and Brooklyn when it derailed at 10:40 a.m. about 1,200 feet (365 meters) south of the 65th Street station, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Dozens of firefighters and paramedics with stretchers converged on Broadway and 60th Street, where passengers calmly left the tunnel through the sidewalk opening. A few were treated on stretchers. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
  • Windows of two subway trains remain broken after their collision at Sangwangshipri subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May. 2, 2014. A subway train plowed into another train stopped Friday, causing minor injuries for scores of people, a city official said. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Park Dong-ju)  KOREA OUT
  • In this April 10, 2014 photo, Jennifer Stickney, a recruiter for Right at Home, which provides in-home care and assistance, answers questions from nursing students at a job fair on the campus of Kaplan University in Lincoln, Neb. The Labor Department on Friday, May 2, 2014 said U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
  • A mourner pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at a group memorial altar in Ansan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 2, 2014. More than 300 people are dead or missing in the disaster that has caused widespread grief, anger and shame. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
  • In this April 22, 2014 photo, Sarah Keegan of Windham, N.Y., with her son Kevin, fills out paperwork during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department on Friday, May 2, 2014 said U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg, center, explains the architectural design of a staircase during a tour of the future site for the Whitney Museum, Thursday, May 1, 2014, in New York. The museum will open in its new location in lower Manhattan in the spring of 2015. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
  • A window of a subway train is broken after a collision at Sangwangshipri subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May. 2, 2014. A subway train plowed into another train stopped at the station Friday, causing minor injuries for scores of people, a city official said. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Park Dong-ju)  KOREA OUT
  • New York City firefighters emerge from a hatch in the sidewalk at 60th Street and Broadway after evacuating passengers from a subway train that derailed in the Queens borough of New York, Friday, May 2, 2014.  The express F train was bound for Manhattan and Brooklyn when it derailed at 10:40 a.m. about 1,200 feet (365 meters) south of the 65th Street station, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Dozens of firefighters and paramedics with stretchers converged on Broadway and 60th Street, where passengers calmly left the tunnel through the sidewalk opening. A few were treated on stretchers. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
  • Investigators inspect the site where two subway trains collided at Sangwangshipri subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May. 2, 2014. A subway train plowed into another train stopped at the station Friday, causing minor injuries for scores of people, a city official said. (AP Photo/Yonhap)  KOREA OUT
  • In this April 10, 2014 photo, John Soung, right, and Gabriel Fitzgerald, second right, talk to recruiter Todd Zedicher of Integrated Life Choices, left, at a job fair on the campus of Kaplan University in Lincoln, Neb. The Labor Department on Friday, May 2, 2014 said U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
  • Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken Sewol ferry cry as they look toward the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 2, 2014. More than 300 people are dead or missing in the disaster that has caused widespread grief, anger and shame. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
  • In this April 10, 2014 photo, John Soung, right, and Gabriel Fitzgerald, second right, talk to recruiter Todd Zedicher of Integrated Life Choices, left, at a job fair on the campus of Kaplan University in Lincoln, Neb. The Labor Department on Friday, May 2, 2014 said U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
  • New York City fire department emergency medical personnel assist a woman who was evacuated from a subway train after it derailed in the Queens borough of New York, Friday, May 2, 2014.  The express F train was bound for Manhattan and Brooklyn when it derailed at 10:40 a.m. about 1,200 feet (365 meters) south of the 65th Street station, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Dozens of firefighters and paramedics with stretchers converged on Broadway and 60th Street, where passengers calmly left the tunnel through the sidewalk opening. A few were treated on stretchers. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
  • ADD PHOTOGRAPHER'S NAME - Investigators inspect the site where two subway trains collided at Sangwangshipri subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May. 2, 2014. A subway train ran into another train at the station Friday, causing minor injuries for scores of people, a city official said. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Park Dong-ju)  KOREA OUT
  • Co-owners Brent King, left, and Scott Boles peer out from the kitchen as they pose for a photo at Yabo's Tacos in Powell, Ohio, on Thursday, May 1, 2014. They say getting more involved in the community helped their struggling business rebound and succeed. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)

Senators warn of safety risks at closed nuclear reactors

LOS ANGELES — Five U.S. senators on Friday warned that federal regulators need to keep more emergency and security regulations in place at shuttered nuclear power plants that store tons of spent radioactive fuel.

In a letter to Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane, the senators said the agency that oversees the nation’s commercial nuclear industry has been freeing closed plants from certain emergency and security safeguards, even though the spent fuel on site remains dangerous for years to come.

They wrote that studies, including by the NRC, have concluded that “draining a spent nuclear fuel pool can lead to fires, large radioactive releases and widespread contamination.”

The “NRC’s analysis has even concluded that the health and economic impacts of a spent fuel fire could equal those caused by an accident at an operating reactor,” the letter said.

The letter was sent by Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, all Democrats, and independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

They urged the commission to reject any requests for exemptions.

NYC subway train derails; 4 hurt

NEW YORK — A subway train carrying 1,000 passengers shook through a tunnel, tilted and derailed on Friday, injuring more than a dozen people and frightening scores of others with sparks, smoke and sudden darkness.

Four people suffered serious injuries and were hospitalized, firefighters said. Some complained of chest pains. Fifteen others were treated at the scene.

The express F train was heading for Manhattan and Brooklyn when six of its eight cars derailed at 10:40 a.m. about 1,200 feet south of the 65th Street station in the Woodside section of Queens.

Passenger Rashmi Basdeo said the train suddenly “started to tilt and shake.”

“It was scary,” said the sales associate from Queens, who was taking the train to work in Manhattan. She said she held onto a post as the train came “screeching to a stop.”

“We knew it was derailed from the sounds and the position of the car,” she said.

Seoul subway trains crash, scores injured

Local media reported there were long delays in providing instructions to passengers about what to do. That struck a nerve in South Korea, where the captain in an April 16 ferry sinking that killed hundreds of people has been condemned for waiting 30 minutes to issue an evacuation order as the ship sank.

A preliminary investigation suggested the train’s automatic distance control system may have malfunctioned, subway officials said.

The driver of the moving train told officials that he applied the emergency brake after noticing a stop signal but wasn’t able to halt in time, Seoul Metro official Jeong Su-young told a briefing.

The accident comes as South Koreans are criticizing the government for lax safety practices that many feel contributed to the sinking of the ferry Sewol, which left more than 300 people, mostly high school students, dead or missing.

American economy bounces back from brutal winter

WASHINGTON — The American economy shrugged off the end of a brutal winter last month, rebounding with the biggest hiring surge in two years and suggesting that the job market’s gains could endure.

Employers added 288,000 jobs across industries from manufacturing to construction to accounting. Even local governments hired. The unemployment rate sank to 6.3 percent, its lowest point since 2008, from 6.7 percent.

But the rate fell that far because many fewer people began looking for work in April, thereby reducing the number of unemployed. The proportion of Americans who either have a job or are looking for one dropped to a three-decade low.

And the monthly employment report the government released Friday showed that worker pay has yet to pick up — evidence that the job market has not fully recovered.

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