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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal investigators say the forward facing camera aboard the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia shows the train suddenly accelerated to more than 100 mph hour. Officials have said that the engineer applied the emergency brakes as the train was entering the sharp curve where it left the tracks.

CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. will stand by its Persian Gulf allies amid tensions with Iran. Obama says he and Gulf leaders held wide-ranging talks at today's summit at Camp David, Maryland. Obama says they discussed Iran's destabilizing actions in the region, conflict in Syria, the situation in Yemen and countering violent extremism.

CHARIKOT, Nepal (AP) — There's still no sign of a U.S. Marine helicopter carrying six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers that has been missing since Tuesday. It had been delivering aid to earthquake victims. The search is focused in an area about 50 miles northeast of the capital, Kathmandu. Meanwhile, the death toll from Tuesday's quake has passed 100. Last month's quake killed more than 8,000.

BOSTON (AP) — One full day of deliberations and no verdict in the punishment phase of the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).The federal jury must decide whether the 21-year-old Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death or life in prison for his role in the deadly 2013 attack. Jurors began deliberating late yesterday for about 45 minutes. The attack left three people dead and more than 260 injured.

SEATTLE (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell's 400-foot-long Arctic oil drilling has been pulled by tugs just off a Seattle terminal despite environmentalists' protests and the city's opposition to letting it dock there. The rig is one of two that Shell wants to park in Seattle until drilling season in the Arctic begins in the summer. Seattle's mayor says a new permit is needed. Shell disagrees.

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