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NTSB: Unclear why train speeded up ... Amtrak engineer to talk with NTSB ... Guam braces for Typhoon Dolphin



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says it's unclear whether the engineer manually increased the speed on an Amtrak train before it derailed Tuesday night, killing eight people and sending more than 200 to hospitals. The NTSB's Robert Sumwalt says about a minute before the Philadelphia crash, the train sped up from 70 mph to more than 100 mph as he reached a sharp bend where the maximum posted speed is 50 mph.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As federal officials investigate the deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia, local prosecutors say they're also investigating whether to bring charges. Authorities say Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian refused to talk to police on Wednesday, but on Thursday he had agreed to be interviewed by the National Transportation Safety Board in the next few days. An Amtrak dispatcher injured in the crash already has filed suit, asking for $150,000 in damages.

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, leading to a derailment that killed four people. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded last year that Metro-North Railroad engineer, William Rockefeller, nodded off because he had an undiagnosed sleep disorder and had a drastic shift in his work schedule.

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Residents in Guam are bracing for potentially damaging winds and flooding as Typhoon Dolphin approaches the U.S. territory Friday. The National Weather Service says Dolphin's center is about 200 miles east of Guam and is moving northwest at 16 miles per hour. The storm is expected to pass close to northern Guam around 6 p.m. Friday, with higher winds expected on the northern side of the island.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Known more for debate face-offs, Mitt Romney will square off in a boxing ring in Salt Lake City against five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield. The former GOP presidential nominee will be in full protective gear for the charity event. Proceeds will benefit CharityVision, which helps doctors in developing countries perform surgeries to restore vision in people with curable blindness.

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