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VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — Federal investigators are on the scene of a fiery commuter train crash in suburban New York that killed six people. They'll want to find out why the SUV that triggered the wreck was stopped on the tracks. Five train passengers and the driver of the SUV were killed. Witnesses say the driver had gotten out of the vehicle briefly after the crossing gates came down around her. She then got back in and was trying to drive forward when she was hit. A safety consultant says the crossing arms are designed to be easily broken if a car trapped between them moves forward or backward.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The number of confirmed dead from the crash of a Taiwanese plane into a river in Taiwan's capital stands at 25, and it's expected to rise. Another 18 people are missing. The plane banked sharply, soon after its takeoff, and clipped a bridge before careening into the river. Taiwanese broadcasters are airing a tape of the plane's final contact with the control tower, in which the pilot called out "Mayday" three times.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's pick to run the Pentagon says he's inclined to back increased U.S. assistance to Ukraine — including lethal arms — for its fight against Russian-backed rebels. Ashton Carter spoke today at his Senate confirmation hearing. Obama is reconsidering his opposition to giving Ukraine defensive weapons and other lethal aid to help its struggling military repel the rebels in the eastern part of the country.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey finds that U.S. companies hired at a solid pace last month, the latest sign of steady improvement in the job market. Payroll processor ADP says companies added 213,000 jobs in January. It's a decent increase though also the smallest in four months. The figure suggests Friday's government report will also show a solid burst of hiring.

BOSTON (AP) — New England Patriots fans are lining the snowy streets of Boston for a parade celebrating the team's fourth Super Bowl win. Many are sporting Patriots gear, and team jerseys with No. 12 — quarterback Tom Brady's number — are clearly a crowd favorite ahead of the parade. The team will ride through downtown in two dozen World War II-style amphibious vehicles that are staples of championship parades in Boston. The parade comes after Boston was buried in more than 3 feet of snow that's piled up in the past seven days — a record for the city.

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