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Attorney: Amtrak engineer can't remember crash ... At least 72 dead in fire near Manila ... Jobless claims dip



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The attorney for the engineer who was at the controls when an Amtrak train crashed in Philadelphia says his client can't remember the crash that killed at least seven people. Attorney Robert Goggin tells ABC's "Good Morning America" that engineer Brandon Bostian (BAH'-stee-un) remembers trying to slow down as the train entered a curve before he was knocked out. Investigators say the train was only able to slow down to 102 mph Tuesday night before it ran off the rails, where the speed limit was 50 mph.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police in the Philippines have opened a criminal investigation into a factory fire near Manila that's killed at least 72 workers. A man who had several relatives working at the rubber slipper factory says iron grills on windows prevented workers on the second floor from escaping. At a village hall, bodies are lined up as relatives stream in, trying to identify the charred remains.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits has ticked lower, pushing the four-week average of applications last week to its lowest level since April 2000. In a separate report, the Labor Department says a sharp drop in the cost of gasoline and food pushed down overall U.S. producer prices in April.

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A northwest Indiana woman will be sentenced in August after pleading guilty to giving birth on a cruise ship and leaving the baby girl to die under a bed. A cleaning crew found the dead baby the next day when the ship arrived at port in St. Maarten in October 2011. Twenty-four-year-old Alicia Keir pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in federal court yesterday, telling the judge she "should have gotten help."

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — The United Nations says it's sending experts to Madagascar to assess a claim by underwater explorers that they found treasure and the wreck of a ship belonging to the pirate Captain Kidd. Last week American explorer Barry Clifford said he found a silver bar he believes belonged to William Kidd, who raided ships in the late 17th century and was executed in London in 1701. The silver was presented to Madagascar's president. UNESCO is also concerned that Clifford's crew may have damaged the site.

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