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A 42-year-old Iowa man drowned in the Iowa River while helping rescue an 8-year-old child from the river. The Johnson County Sheriff's office said Wegayewu Faris and a kayaker were “instrumental” in saving the child's life, but Faris disappeared under the water while he was trying to help the child Friday evening at near River Junction about 20 miles south of Coralville. Faris' body was found about an hour later. A kayaker was able to rescue the child who was taken to a hospital after bystanders performed CPR. The sheriff's department didn't provide an update on the child's condition. Faris and the child came to the river with separate families to fish. They weren't related.

For Boston subway riders, it seems every week brings a new tale of transit woe. There have been runaway trains, subway cars belching smoke and fire, fatal accidents, rush hour trains running on weekend schedules and brand-new subway cars pulled from service. The situation has stretched the nerves of riders, prompted a probe by the Federal Transit Administration and worried political leaders. One of the more maddening failures came in June when the MBTA temporarily sidelined all its new Orange and Red Line cars. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says despite the troubles, the vast majority of trips end without drama.

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