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Train was apparently speeding...Engineer won't talk...Relay team loses Olympic medals



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It appears that the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia last night was traveling far faster than allowed on that section of track. Surveillance video from just before the crash has been analyzed by The Associated Press. And it indicates that the train was traveling about 107 miles an hour as it approached a curve where the speed limit was 50. The derailment killed seven people and injured more than 200.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police officials in Philadelphia say the engineer of the Amtrak train involved in last night's crash declined to provide a statement today to investigators. They also say the engineer had an attorney when he left a meeting with the investigators at a police precinct. The engineer has not yet been identified. Authorities say the locomotive's data recorder has been recovered and that it should yield critical information, including the speed of the train.

BOSTON (AP) — A defense lawyer for the Boston Marathon bomber says the death penalty should be reserved for "the worst of the worst." And she says that's not Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv). She told jurors in closing arguments today that the attack never would have happened had it not been for Tsarnaev's older brother. And she says Tsarnaev is "genuinely sorry for what he's done." A jury will soon be considering whether he should be sentenced to death or to life in prison.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A teenage girl at the center of an international custody case won't be sent to the United States until Mexican authorities confirm her identity through DNA testing. The search for 13-year-old Alondra Diaz Garcia attracted wide attention last month after a Mexican court erroneously sent another girl named Alondra to Texas in a case of mistaken identity. That girl was returned to Mexico after DNA testing confirmed that she's not related to a Houston woman who's been searching for her daughter since 2007. The daughter was allegedly taken to Mexico by her father.

LONDON (AP) — The entire U.S. men's sprint relay team has been stripped of its silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics, because of the doping case involving Tyson Gay. That word comes from two officials with knowledge of the decision. They say a letter from the International Olympic Committee asks U.S. Olympic Committee officials to collect the medals and return them. Gay returned his own medal last year after accepting a one-year doping suspension and the loss of results dating back to July of 2012.

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