While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Sept 30 edition

Passengers rush to safety after a train crashed into the platform at the Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey on Sept 29, 2016.
Passengers rush to safety after a train crashed into the platform at the Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey on Sept 29, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

'I saw the body': New Jersey train crash witnesses describe bloody scene

New Jersey Transit train No. 1614 headed south from Spring Valley, New York, shortly before 7.30am, and for 16 stops it was a typical weekday morning commute for hundreds of passengers.

But around 8.45am, as the train approached its final destination in Hoboken, which sits on the Hudson River facing Manhattan, Linda Albelli, 62, realised from her seat in the rear of the train that something was not right.

"I thought to myself, 'Oh my God, he's not slowing up, and this is where we usually stop,'" she told Reuters in a phone interview.

Seconds later, the train careened through Hoboken Terminal, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others in what witnesses described as a chaotic and terrifying scene.


Boy, six, fighting to survive after South Carolina school shooting

A first grader who was shot and wounded by a 14-year-old boy accused of killing his father before he opened fire outside a South Carolina elementary school is “fighting for his life,” a fire chief said.

Jacob Hall, six, was struck in the leg on Wednesday afternoon during a shooting spree that also left another boy and a first-grade teacher wounded at Townville Elementary School, located about 160km north-east of Atlanta.

Police said the teenager crashed a pickup truck into a fence around the rural school’s playground after he fatally shot his father, Jeffrey DeWitt Osborne, 47, at their home about 3km away. The teen, who has not been named, is in custody.


Donald Trump wanted only 'pretty ones' at golf club, say employees

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested management at his golf club in California fire less attractive female employees, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing court records.

The paper said staff at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes were so concerned about the mogul's repeated calls for attractive hostesses that they made sure "young, thin, pretty women" were scheduled to work on the days he visited.

"I had witnessed Donald Trump tell managers many times while he was visiting the club that restaurant hostesses were not 'pretty enough' and that they should be fired and replaced with more attractive women," Hayley Strozier, who worked at the club until 2008, says in the court documents related to a lawsuit filed by employees who said they were denied breaks at the facility.


Golf: Europe rookies ready for impact in Ryder Cup debuts

Half of Europe's 12-man Ryder Cup roster will be first-time players, but the newcomers are determined to keep the trophy out of American hands.

Belgium's Thomas Pieters, Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello and England's Chris Wood, Matthew Fitzgerald, Andy Sullivan and Danny Willett - the Masters champion - make their debuts on Friday at Hazeltine in alternate shot foursomes and four-ball matches.

"We're a strong group," Pieters said. "Team chemistry is really good. Really fun in the team rooms and I don't think we even think about being a rookie."


Niall Horan latest in One Direction to go solo

One Direction's Niall Horan released a first solo single, becoming the latest member of the boy band to pursue music since the group went on hiatus.

The 23-year-old Irish singer announced that he had signed a contract with Capitol Records and released a first song, This Town.

Driven by acoustic guitar, This Town is a light ballad about heartbreak in which Horan wishes for another chance with a partner.