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Engineer in Amtrak crash not yet questioned...Government watchdog issues critical report on Secret Service agents...Obama-Iran-Gulf leaders



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It has been two days since an Amtrak train crashed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 200 others, and still the engineer has not been questioned by safety investigators. Police say the engineer, whose name has not been released, has refused to give a statement to law enforcement and left a police precinct yesterday with a lawyer. Investigators say the speeding train was only able to slow down to 102 mph before it ran off the rails along a sharp curve where the speed limit drops to just 50 mph.

BOSTON (AP) — Some level of closure for the families and friends of people killed or maimed in the April 2014 Boston Marathon bombing may not be far away. A jury has begun deliberating the fate of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) after prosecutors called him a "remorse-free" terrorist and his lawyer said he deserves a chance at redemption. The federal jury must decide whether to sentence Tsarnaev to death or life in prison without the possibility of release.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report says two senior Secret Service agents were "more likely than not" impaired by alcohol when they drove a government vehicle through a secure area at the White House earlier this year. Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth found that Marc Connolly and George Ogilvie spent about five hours at a bar during and after a retirement party for a colleague and ran up a "significant" bar tab before driving to the White House on March 4. Their tab included eight glasses of scotch, two vodka drinks, three beers and a glass of wine.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and leaders from six Gulf nations are trying to work through tensions sparked by the U.S. bid for a nuclear deal with Iran. During talks at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland, Obama is seeking to reassure the Gulf leaders that American overtures to Iran wouldn't come at the expense of commitments to their security. He's expected to offer them more military assistance, including increased joint exercises and coordination on ballistic missile systems.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury in Los Angeles has convicted a former airline baggage handler of first-degree murder in the death of his 4-year-old girl daughter, who was hurled over a 120-foot sea cliff. The victim's mother breathed heavily and began crying yesterday as the verdict against Cameron Brown was delivered in Superior Court. Lauren Sarene Key's mother waited 15 years for the verdict. Two previous juries failed to reach a unanimous decision in the November 2000 killing.

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