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Unexplained acceleration...Gulf allies reassured..."Suspicious," deadly DC fire



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal investigator says the train that crashed in Philadelphia sped up from 70 mph to just over 100 mph in the final 65 seconds before the train derailed at a sharp curve. That section is restricted to 50 mph. Investigators are still unsure why the train was speeding up. The engineer, who was injured, is to speak with investigators within a few days. The crash killed eight people and injured scores.

CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama pledged America's "ironclad commitment" to anxious Persian Gulf allies. His vow comes following a summit at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland. The leaders have been given strong assurances that an international nuclear agreement with Iran would not leave them more vulnerable.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities in the nation's capital say a fire that killed four people in an upscale neighborhood is suspicious. The home is located in an area of multi-million dollar homes in northwest Washington. Investigators will be canvassing the neighborhood to reassure residents and gather information, the chief said.

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a man suspected of randomly attacking four people with a hammer has been arrested after he struck a New York City officer. Police say the suspect, who was shot twice and remains in critical but stable condition, struck four other people with the hammer on Monday. He faces assault and weapons charges.

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Residents in Guam are bracing for potentially damaging winds and flooding as Typhoon Dolphin approaches the U.S. territory. The typhoon is about 200 miles east of Guam and is moving northwest at 16 miles per hour. Winds near the center of the storm are about 130 mph.

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