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Unexplained acceleration...No charges in 2013 derailment...Resignation for text scandal



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The engineer who was operating the Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday night has agreed to speak with federal safety investigators. So says the lead investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB said today that the train sped up from 75 mph to just over 100 mph in the full minute before it derailed at a sharp curve. The speed limit for that section was 50 mph.

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say no criminal charges will be brought against the engineer who fell asleep at the controls of a New York City commuter train in 2013. That caused a derailment that killed four people. Federal safety investigators discovered that the engineer nodded off because he suffered from an undiagnosed sleep disorder and had a drastic shift in his work schedule.

CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. will keep its commitments to Persian Gulf allies. He made the vow after a rare summit with Arab leaders at the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland. The countries have expressed concerns about the pending international nuclear agreement with Iran. The president says any deal won't leave Gulf states vulnerable.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House Speaker John Diehl is resigning. Diehl says he made "a serious error in judgment" by exchanging sexually charged text messages with a college student serving as a Capitol intern. Diehl, who is a married lawyer, says the resignation will take effect as soon as an orderly transition can be arranged, which could be tomorrow.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police and arson investigators in Washington D.C., say a house fire at an upscale home where four bodies were discovered is "very suspicious." The victims are three adults and a child, who have not been identified. Federal agents are assisting in the probe.

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