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PHILADELLPHIA (AP) — Federal investigators say it's unclear why the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia sped up from 70 mph to just over 100 mph in the final full minute before it left the tracks at a sharp curve. A member of the National Transportation Safety Board says the speed was determined by a camera mounted on the front of the train. It went dark after the train crashed, killing eight people. The engineer has agreed to speak with investigators.

BOSTON (AP) — Jury deliberations will resume Friday in the punishment trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv). The panel spent all day Thursday deliberating without reaching a verdict. It 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. A unanimous verdict is required for the death penalty.

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The legal problems facing the fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez may be about to end. Massachusetts prosecutors are asking a judge to drop a perjury charge against Shayanna Jenkins because of an immunity deal. They cite her testimony in the trial of Hernandez. He was convicted last month of killing Odin Lloyd, who was dating Jenkins's sister. Jenkins has a hearing Friday.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The political career of Missouri House Speaker John Diehl has come to an end amid scandal. The Republican representative from suburban St. Louis is stepping down after acknowledging that he exchanged sexually suggestive text messages with a college student serving as a Capitol intern. Diehl's resignation is expected to become official Friday, when a successor can take over.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The NFL says its commissioner, Roger Goodell, will hear an appeal filed by the NFL Players Association against the punishment meted out against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The league suspended Brady four games for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC title game. The union asked that the appeal be heard by a neutral arbitrator.

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