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BB King dead at 89 ... NTSB to talk with Amtrak train engineer ... Bin Laden aide to be sentenced in NY federal court



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LAS VEGAS (AP) — 'King of the Blues' legend B.B. King is dead at age 89. King's attorney says he died peacefully in his sleep Thursday night at his home in Las Vegas. The one-time farmhand brought new fans to the blues and influenced a generation of musicians with his heartfelt vocals and soaring guitar on songs such as "The Thrill Is Gone." King sold millions of records worldwide and was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says in the next few days it'll meet with the engineer of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people and injuring more than 200. It's unclear why engineer Brandon Bostian's train sped up to more than 100 mph right before it derailed. The train was approaching a curve where speed limit is supposed to be 50 mph.

NEW YORK (AP) — A former top aide to Osama bin Laden faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced Friday in federal court in New York. Khaled al-Fawwaz (kah-LEED' al-fah-WAHZ') was convicted in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. The attacks in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people including a dozen Americans. Prosecutors say al-Fawwaz was an al-Qaida leader who helped bin Laden make sure his 1996 declaration of war against the United States reached the world. They say he also led a terrorist training camp and a terror cell.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Stores have reopened and traffic is returning to Nepal's capital three days after the Himalayan nation was shaken by a second major earthquake. But thousands of people are still sleeping in tents scattered across Kathmandu, afraid that aftershocks might topple damaged homes. Schools and colleges remain closed after Tuesday's magnitude-7.3 quake, which killed 117 people and injured 2,800. It struck just 2 1/2 weeks after a magnitude-7.8 quake killed more than 8,200 people.

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — A Mexican prosecutor says DNA tests on a teen-aged girl match the U.S. mother who had been searching for her for eight years. He says the tests show that Alondra Diaz is the daughter of Dorotea Garcia of Houston, who has searched for the girl since Alondra's father took her to Mexico without her consent. Garcia's search gained international attention last month after another girl named Alondra was thought to be Garcia's daughter and was forcibly taken to the U.S. following a Mexican judge's order.

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