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Train derailment in Philadelphia ... Possible murder-suicide in Tucson ... Attack on Shiites in Pakistan kills 43

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 13, 2015 at 12:50 a.m.



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — At least five people are dead and at least 140 have gone to hospitals following an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia. The train was traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York City Tuesday night when the accident occurred. Officials say all seven cars of the train derailed.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man who lives near the train tracks where an Amtrak train derailed says it sounded like "a bunch of shopping carts crashing into each other." David Hernandez says the sound lasted for a few seconds, and then he heard chaos. Neighbors started screaming. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says there were train cars that were "completely overturned, on their side, ripped apart." And he says the train's engine completely separated from the rest of the train.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Tucson, Arizona, say five people have been found shot to death in a home in what appears to be a murder-suicide. Police Sgt. Pete Dugan says the bodies, found Tuesday evening in the single-story home, had "obvious signs of gunshot trauma."

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say gunmen have killed 43 people in an attack on the country's Shiite minority. Police say several others were wounded in Wednesday's attack on a bus in the southern port city of Karachi. Police say the bus was headed to a place of worship for Ismaili Shiite Muslims when gunmen boarded it and sprayed the passengers with bullets. No one has claimed responsibility.

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Voters in the northwest Arkansas town of Eureka Springs have upheld an expanded anti-discrimination ordinance which prohibits the city and businesses from discriminating against someone on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The City Council passed the ordinance in February. Upholding the ordinance could lead to a broader legal fight due to a state law that aims to prevent Arkansas cities and counties from expanding discrimination policies. The state law will go into effect later this year.

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