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Investigators: Amtrak engineer was speeding ... More bodies recovered in Philippine fire ... Migrants turned away



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal investigators say the Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia was traveling at 106 mph before it ran off the rails. The train was approaching a sharp curve where the speed limit drops to just 50 mph. Investigators say the engineer has refused to give a statement to law enforcement and left a police station with a lawyer. Seven people were killed in Tuesday night's derailment.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police in the Philippines have now recovered 58 bodies from a factory fire near the capital Manila. But about a dozen people are still missing. A man whose four relatives are among the missing says iron grills reinforced with fencing wire covered windows on the second floor of the rubber slipper factory. He says this prevented workers from escaping Wednesday's blaze.

LANGKAWI, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has turned away two boats containing more than 800 migrants, saying it can't afford to keep being nice. Indonesia and Thailand also appear unwilling to provide refuge to the migrants, despite appeals by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, international aid agencies and rights activists. Boat captains tied to trafficking have been abandoning ships, leaving behind their human cargo. Many are Rohingya (ROH'-hin-GAH') Muslims and Bangladeshis.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is opening a public inquiry Thursday into student loan servicing practices that it says can make paying back loans "stressful or harmful." The bureau wants to see what changes can be made to help the 40 million people with student loan debt save money and avoid default. Agency director, Richard Cordray, says student loan servicers often make more money when they spend as little time as possible on each account, and typically get paid more when a borrower is in repayment longer.

SYDNEY (AP) — The five massive rings from the Sydney Harbour Bridge that were the focal point of celebrations during the 2000 Olympics have been sold. The rings, measuring 230 by 130 feet and weighing 110,000 pounds, had been in a storage shed near Sydney. When a businessman, Bernard Maas, recently bought the shed, he discovered the rings inside and posted them on eBay. The winning bid was $17,000.

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