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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Another body has been pulled from the wreckage of an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, increasing the death toll to seven. A Philadelphia fire official says the body was found today as crews combed through the mangled train. Authorities previously confirmed the deaths of six people. They include an Associated Press employee and a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Federal Railroad Administration says Amtrak inspected tracks in Philadelphia just hours before a deadly derailment, and found no defects. The agency says the speed limit on the track just before the accident site is 70 miles an hour. It's 50 miles an hour for the curve near where the train came to a rest.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just hours after the deadly Amtrak wreck in Philadelphia, Republicans on a powerful House panel have blocked a bid by Democrats to boost Amtrak's budget by more than $1 billion. About half that money would have been targeted to the railroad's Northeast corridor. The overall transportation funding measure that's being considered would slash Amtrak's budget by $251 million, to $1.1 billion, for the next fiscal year.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, says any protesters who break the law should expect to be arrested. Scores of people have been marching through the city to protest a prosecutor's decision not to charge Madison police Officer Matt Kenny for shooting and killing an unarmed biracial man in March. The prosecutor said yesterday that he believes the shooting was justified. Mayor Paul Soglin says the city will provide "the greatest latitude" for anyone expressing their beliefs. But he says police won't tolerate illegal acts such as the blocking of ambulances.
BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say executing Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) won't make him a martyr but will give him the death he deserves. Prosecutor Steven Mellin told jurors today that Tsarnaev had ample opportunities to martyr himself during and after the 2013 bombings but "he made a different choice." The defense is to deliver its closing argument in the penalty phase this afternoon, followed by a prosecution rebuttal. The jury could get the case later today.
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