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Why was Amtrak engineer speeding? ... Nepal PM says country overwhelmed ... 14 killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 14, 2015 at 4:41 a.m.



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal investigators don't know why the engineer of an Amtrak train was traveling at 106 mph before the train ran off the rails in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 200. Investigators say the engineer could only slow down to 102 mph before taking a sharp curve where the speed limit is just 50 mph. And so far he's refused to talk with investigators.

CHARIKOT, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's prime minister says his country is overwhelmed by its second massive earthquake in less than three weeks. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala today visited the village of Charikot, in the isolated district hit hardest by Tuesday's magnitude-7.3 quake, which killed at least 96 people. It followed last month's powerful tremor that killed more than 8,100. Koirala says shelter is needed for the hundreds of thousands of people left homeless, and the monsoon season is looming.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have spotted another boat carrying hundreds of migrants near Malaysian border waters. A Thai official says it's unlikely that the migrants will be brought to shore because the mainland is too far and permission is needed from higher officials before that can happen. Malaysia earlier today turned away two boats crammed with Rohingya (ROH'-hin-GAH') Muslims and Bangladeshis, saying, "We have treated them humanely but they cannot be flooding our shores like this."

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials now say 14 people were killed when the Taliban attacked a guesthouse in Kabul last night. The attackers launched an assault on the Park Palace Hotel, which was hosting a party for foreigners. The victims were killed during an hours-long siege that ended early today. At least one American is among the dead. Afghan officials say at least 54 hostages were rescued.

BOSTON (AP) — Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley plans to announce his presidential intentions on May 30 in Baltimore, a move that could present another Democratic challenger to Hillary Rodham Clinton. An O'Malley aide says he'll hold a conference call with supporters tonight to discuss his plans. O'Malley has been considering a potential challenge to Clinton, the leading Democratic contender, for months and courted voters in New Hampshire on Wednesday.

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