Afternoon briefing

Wind gusts led to train derailment

PERRYVILLE, Md. — CSX is attributing “extreme wind gusts” to the derailment of a freight train on a river bridge in Maryland during last week’s nor’easter.

The company said in a statement Tuesday that it’s still working to remove two rail cars from the Susquehanna River near Perryville.

The train derailed along the Interstate 95 corridor northeast of Baltimore on Friday night. No one was hurt and there was no environmental damage.

Marc Willis, a spokesman for the Federal Railroad Administration, said that agency doesn’t have regulations regarding high wind gusts.

CSX said normal train service has since resumed in the area.

Man threatens daughter with AR-15

NEWFIELD, Maine — Police say a man in Maine threatened his daughter and her boyfriend with an AR-15 assault-style weapon during a dispute.

They say a caller told them her father was arguing with her and her boyfriend Monday when he made the threat with the semi-automatic rifle. The caller, boyfriend and the caller’s children fled the home.

Fifty-one-year-old Grant Lane has been charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. Police say he was cooperative when he was detained and arrested.

Lane is scheduled to appear in court in Alfred on April 7. It was unclear on Tuesday if he had hired an attorney.

Man steals McDormand’s Oscar

LOS ANGELES — A 47-year-old man has been charged with stealing Frances McDormand’s Academy Award.

Los Angeles County prosecutors said that Terry Bryant was charged Tuesday with stealing the statuette McDormand won for best actress from the official Oscars after-party in Hollywood on Sunday. Bryant could get three years in jail.

Video captured by The Associated Press appears to show Bryant walking with the statuette out of the party, the Governors Ball, and holding it up proudly to photographers and gawkers waiting outside.

One photographer didn’t recognize him as an Oscar winner and followed and confronted him.

Police say Bryant handed back the statuette without a struggle. It was soon returned to McDormand, and Bryant was arrested.

Wisconsin wins top cheese honors

MADISON, Wis. — Two years after a Wisconsin cheese captured top honors, the World Championship Cheese Contest is back for another round.

Organizers say they have a record 3,402 entries for the event that started Tuesday in Madison. That’s up 15 percent from 2016.

Fifty-five judges will sniff, taste and inspect 121 classes of dairy products, with entries from 26 nations. Winners are to be announced Thursday night.

Two years ago a smear-ripened hard cheese called Grand Cru Surchoix made by Fitchburg, Wisconsin-based Emmi Roth USA won the biennial contest. The cheese is made in Monroe, Wis. The company is a subsidiary of Switzerland-based Emmi Group.

Another earthquake hits Oklahoma

AMORITA, Okla. — For the second time in three days, an earthquake stronger than magnitude 4.0 has been recorded in northern Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 4.1 magnitude quake hit early Tuesday afternoon near the town of Amorita. Local officials say no injuries or damage were reported.

But moderate damage was reported to homes and buildings after two magnitude-4.2 temblors struck Sunday about 45 miles away near Breckenridge. Those quakes were the strongest to hit Oklahoma since September.

The number of earthquakes in Oklahoma has spiked in recent years, with many linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas production.

By The Associated Press