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Train was going over 100...Midshipman among the dead...Late-term ban nears House approval

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 13, 2015 at 2:02 p.m.



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal accident investigators say an Amtrak train was going over 100 miles an hour before a derailment that killed seven people and injured about 200 others in Philadelphia. The derailment took place as the train entered a curve where the speed limit is 50. The accident has closed the nation's busiest rail corridor between New York and Washington.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 20-year-old U.S. Naval Academy midshipman from New York City was one of the seven people killed in the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus identified the midshipman as Justin Zemser. The popular student leader and athlete was on leave from the Annapolis, Maryland, institution and heading home to Rockaway Beach, New York.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The mother of an unarmed biracial man who was killed by a white Wisconsin police officer in March is questioning the official investigation of the incident. A prosecutor in Madison said yesterday that he won't charge Officer Matt Kenny for shooting and killing Tony Robinson. The announcement triggered new protests yesterday and today from those who want Kenny to stand trial. Andrea Irwin says she doesn't think the authorities have released all of the facts regarding her 19-year-old son's death.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators have reached a deal to move forward on President Barack Obama's trade agenda. This, just a day after Democrats embarrassed Obama by blocking it. Lawmakers say about a dozen Senate Democrats have agreed to let debate begin, after both parties' leaders agreed to tweak the package that failed to advance yesterday. The breakthrough still doesn't assure that Obama will receive "fast track" negotiation authority. That will be decided by weeks or months of debates, amendments and votes.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are predicting House passage today of a late-term abortion ban. This, after GOP leaders dropped rape provisions that angered Republican female lawmakers. Originally, the legislation would have exempted rape victims from the ban only if they had reported the assault to police. The legislation isn't likely to become law. It faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, and a likely White House veto.

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