PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal investigators say right before Tuesday night's Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia, the engineer applied the emergency brakes, but that wasn't enough to slow the train down to the 50 mph speed limit along a sharp curve. Investigators say the engineer had been traveling at 106 mph and slowed to only 102 mph. At least seven people were killed in the crash. The engineer is not speaking to authorities.
BOSTON (AP) — A federal jury in Boston has begun deliberating the punishment for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv). Tsarnaev faces either life in prison or the death penalty for the April 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded 260 others. Prosecutors said in closing arguments Wednesday that Tsarnaev wanted to inflict pain and death as a political statement against U.S. wars in Muslim countries. The defense said Tsarnaev's older brother led him down the path to terrorism.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban is claiming responsibility for a Wednesday night attack on a guesthouse in Kabul that killed five people, including an American. Gunmen stormed the restaurant of the Park Palace Hotel in the Afghan capital as it was hosting a party for foreigners. Authorities said the five were killed during an hours-long siege that ended early Thursday morning. Six people were wounded and 54 hostages rescued.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan is observing a day of mourning after 45 minority Shiites were killed Wednesday on a bus in Karachi. It's unclear who was behind the assault in which gunmen stormed the bus, ordered passengers to bow their heads and then shot them dead. Under tight security, a mass funeral is being held Thursday for the victims. State-run television is broadcasting live footage showing mourners attending the last rituals.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian authorities are telling actor Johnny Depp to either fly his two dogs out of the country or they'll be put down. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is accusing Depp of smuggling his Yorkshire terriers aboard his private jet in April to resume filming of the 5th installment in the "Pirates of the Caribbean." On Wednesday, Australia's Agriculture Department gave Depp a 72-hour notice to send his pets back to the United States.
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