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Train's 'black box' recovered...Islamic State commander reported killed...Protesters gather in Madison

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 13, 2015 at 9:01 a.m.



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's mayor says the train equivalent of a black box has been recovered from the wreckage of the Amtrak crash that killed at least six people. At a news conference this morning, a National Transportation Safety Board official said investigators are looking at factors including track signals and the operation of the train. It derailed in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section, while carrying 238 passengers and five crew members from Washington to New York City along the nation's busiest rail corridor.

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi Defense Ministry says a senior Islamic State commander has been killed in a U.S.-led airstrike in country's north. The U.S. led coalition confirms that it did carry out a strike there in the last 24 hours. The Defense Ministry statement said the strike killed the militant commander and others in the city of Tal Afar. According to a Defense Ministry official, the airstrike hit a mosque. The coalition says the strike destroyed a "militant fighting position and a heavy machine gun."

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — At least 45 people are dead in an attack on a bus in southern Pakistan -- the latest attack there targeting Shiite Muslims. Officials say gunmen stormed the bus and ordered the Shiite passengers to bow their heads before shooting them. A Pakistani Taliban splinter group and an Islamic State affiliate both claimed responsibility.

BOSTON (AP) — The judge at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) is telling jurors that all of the emotions that were on display during his trial can't be considered evidence, as they deliberate in the penalty phase of his trial. The judge said the appearance and demeanor of Tsarnaev -- and everyone else in the courtroom -- are not to be discussed. Tsarnaev was impassive through most of the trial, but he wiped away tears when his Russian aunt sobbed uncontrollably on the witness stand.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Protesters are gathering outside an apartment house where a white Wisconsin police officer shot and killed an unarmed biracial man in March. Activists are asking people to leave work and school today and join them on a march from the apartment house to downtown Madison, where they plan to set up a street court to try the Madison Police Department themselves. A prosecutor said yesterday that he won't charge the officer in Tony Robinson's death because he believes the shooting was justified.

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