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WASHINGTON (AP) — The lawyer for the engineer of the Amtrak train that flew off the rails in Philadelphia says his client surrendered his cellphone to authorities. Lawyer Robert Goggin told ABC News that Brandon Bostian (BAHS'-tee-un) immediately consented to a blood test and voluntarily gave up his cellphone after the crash, which killed at least seven people and injured more than 200. He says Bostian doesn't remember the crash itself but recalls regaining consciousness, looking for his bag, retrieving his cellphone and calling 911. He says the engineer's cellphone was off and stored in his bag before the accident, as required.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two former top officials of the nation's largest sheriff's department have surrendered to the FBI. It's the result of a widespread misconduct investigation stemming from abuse within the Los Angeles County jail system. Several sheriff's employees have been charged with federal crimes including beating inmates, obstructing justice, bribery and conspiracy.

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A national right-to-die group has been convicted of assisting in the 2007 suicide of a Minnesota woman. Jurors today also found the Final Exit Network guilty of a lesser charge of interfering with a death scene. Sentencing is set for August. The group was accused in the death of Doreen Dunn, a 57-year-old woman who lived with chronic pain for a decade. Prosecutors argued Final Exit Network provided Dunn with a "blueprint" to commit suicide. The defense said the group's works is constitutionally protected as free speech.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin is going to try to win back the Senate seat that he lost five years ago. He's announced that he will challenge Republican incumbent Ron Johnson next year, fulfilling the hopes of Democrats who've been pushing for him to return to politics. Since 1956, only two senators have reclaimed a seat that they lost.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Duke Energy is pleading guilty in federal court to environmental crimes. And it's agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution for years of illegal pollution leaking from coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants. The company's plea to nine misdemeanor counts involving violations of the Clean Water Act was part of a negotiated settlement with federal prosecutors.

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