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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The crash of the TransAsia Airways plane in Taiwan has prompted the airline to send all 71 of its ATR pilots back to school. The airline says it has canceled 90 flights in the next three days to accommodate the requirement by the Civil Aeronautics Administration that the pilots undergo proficiency tests. The plane that crashed, killing at least 36 people was an ATR and preliminary data suggests pilots shut off a running engine after the other went idle.

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — Officials investigating a deadly car-train crash north of New York City want to know how much influence the electrified third rail had when it snapped into pieces that speared the train and the SUV. The driver of an SUV that was on the tracks died along with five passengers on the Metro North train.

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State extremists say an American woman held hostage by the group is dead after a Jordanian airstrike into Syria but others wonder whether that's the case. Jordan calls the claim "criminal propaganda" and the U.S. says it has not seen any corroborating evidence. The IS statement also says no militants were killed, raising further questions about the veracity of the claim.

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — A funeral is scheduled today for a 17-year-old girl shot to death by Denver police. Jessica Hernandez was shot Jan. 26 after she drove a stolen car toward an officer in a residential alley in Denver. However, a teen passenger in the car says Hernandez lost control of the vehicle because she had already been shot and was unconscious. The shooting is still under investigation.

ORANGEVALE, Calif. (AP) — Phantom the horse is fine after a harrowing encounter with a bathtub. Firefighters in Northern California say the horse was dancing around in her stall to protect the bathtub used as her food trough when she suddenly fell in. Phantom was stuck in the bathtub for about 25 minutes with her feet up in the air before firefighters and her owners freed her, uninjured.

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