PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal investigators will be examining the wreckage of the Amtrak train that left the tracks last night in Philadelphia, killing at least six people and sending more than 140 others to hospitals. One car is mangled, three rail cars are overturned and three others are a twisted mess. The derailment has closed a major section of the nation's busiest rail corridor.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Survivors are recalling last night's terrifying train wreck in Philadelphia. One passenger says she was thrown from her seat when the car she was in turned onto its side. Jillian Jorgensen says things got "very bumpy" and she flew across the train, eventually landing under some seats. She says she heard people screaming and saw people trapped, as she escaped through an emergency exit window.
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) is back in federal court for closing arguments from prosecutors arguing he should be executed and defense attorneys hoping for mercy and life imprisonment. Prosecutors have portrayed Tsarnaev as a callous, unrepentant terrorist who carried out the deadly 2013 attack with his radicalized older brother, Tamerlan. They say he deserves the death penalty. Defense lawyers admitted he participated in the bombings but told the jury he was heavily influenced by his brother.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have opened slightly higher as the market comes off two days of losses. The government reported this morning that shoppers restrained their spending last month, as modest wage growth continues to keep family budgets tight. Retail sales were unchanged in April after rising 1.1 percent in March.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is officially recognizing the state of Palestine in a new treaty. The treaty, which was finalized today but still has to be signed, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine. The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state. But the treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state and constitutes an official recognition.