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14 dead in Afghan attack ... Investigators want to talk to Amtrak engineer ... More Takata air bag problems



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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior Afghan government official says 14 people, including nine foreigners, were killed when Taliban attackers stormed a Kabul guesthouse last night. The official says that among the nine foreigners killed in the assault, seven were men, and two women. The other five killed were Afghans. Gunmen stormed the restaurant of the Park Palace Hotel as it was hosting a party for foreigners. So far one American has been confirmed dead.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal investigators are still waiting to interview the engineer of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 200 others. The engineer, whose name hasn't been released, has so far refused to talk with investigators, but officials have said they'd give him a couple of days to recover from the shock of the accident. Investigators say the train could only slow down to 102 mph before taking a sharp curve where the speed limit was 50 mph.

TOKYO (AP) — More recall problems involving Takata air bags. Honda is recalling an additional 4.89 million vehicles around the world because the Takata air bag can leak while the vehicle is in use, causing a rupture, and the air bag could explode. Toyota and Nissan have already issued recalls connected to the problem. Honda also has announced a global recall for more than 47,000 vehicles, including Acuras, for a defect in a radar system designed to make cars safer by stopping automatically before crashes.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has come up with the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. The move by the Agriculture Department is taking place as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Certification would be voluntary — and companies would have to pay for it. If approved, the foods would be able to carry a "USDA Process Verified" label along with a claim that they are free of GMOs.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The sister of a Virginia man who's spent 29 years in prison for attempted rape says her family is looking forward to making up for missed time now that it's been determined that her brother was not the attacker. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe granted a full pardon yesterday to 58-year-old Michael Kenneth McAlister, after authorities said McAlister was wrongly convicted based on mistaken ID by the victim. Authorities say the real attacker is a serial rapist who's serving three life terms in prison.

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