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Storm batters West Coast...Funeral for girl killed by police...Broken third rail probed in train crash



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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Parts of the West Coast are in the grips of a windy, rainy storm that has knocked down trees, swamped some homes in Washington state and cut electricity for thousands of customers in California and Nevada. Up to 10 inches of rain is expected this weekend in parts of the drought-stricken region, but it's not expected to make a dent in California's historic drought.

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — There's a final goodbye planned today for a 17-year-old girl shot to death by Denver police officers. A funeral Mass for Jessica Hernandez will be held at a church north of Denver. Police say Hernandez was shot as she drove a stolen car toward an officer. But a passenger in her car says the girl was already shot and unconscious. The shooting sparked angry protests.

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators are looking at what role, if any, a broken third rail played in the deaths of six people in the fiery crash of a commuter train and an SUV on tracks north of New York City. The electrified third rail snapped into 12 pieces and speared both the SUV and the Metro North train. The SUV driver died as did five train passengers.

BAGHDAD (AP) — More than three dozen people are dead in a pair of bombings in the Iraqi capital today. The blasts came as the city's longtime curfew was set to come to an end. Police say 22 people were killed in a suicide bombing on a street filled with hardware stores. Shortly after, two improvised explosive devices killed at least 11 people at a popular market. A third bombing killed four people.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are rising ahead of joint military exercises by the U.S. and South Korea. North Korea, which objects to the drills and calls them an invasion rehearsal, says it has test-fired a new anti-ship cruise missile. Pyongyang says leader Kim Jong Un was present.

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