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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak's top official says the railroad takes full responsibility for Tuesday's deadly derailment in Philadelphia and apologizes for its role in the tragedy. CEO Joseph Boardman also says in Amtrak's official blog that it is offering assistance to passengers and affected employees. Meanwhile, federal investigators say it's unclear why the train accelerated rapidly during the final moment before it headed into a sharp curve. The crash has claimed eight lives.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate has joined Democrats in putting President Barack Obama's trade agenda back on course. Lawmakers voted 65-33 to resurrect the measure, which is now likely to win approval within days. The president said the authority would help him strike "a smart, progressive, growth-prompting trade deal" along with needed enforcement tools to protect U.S. workers.

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba says it will hold a new round of talks with the U.S. on May 21 in an attempt to remove barriers to the reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana. Cuba's foreign ministry says the talks will be held in Washington. The two sides have been negotiating for nearly five months over the conditions for re-establishing diplomatic relations.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Legislation that would bar government employees in Texas from issuing wedding licenses to same-sex couples is up against the clock. Republican supporters have until midnight to pass the measure in the Texas House, which they overwhelmingly control. But dozens of other bills are stacked ahead in line. Texas-based computer maker Dell has publicly expressed its opposition to the measure.

TOKYO (AP) — A massive new recall from Honda of vehicles with air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata has brought the total recalls for the potentially deadly devices to more than 33 million. Honda has recalled an additional 4.89 million vehicles around the world for a new type of problem in air bag inflators. Japanese rivals Toyota and Nissan announced similar recalls.

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