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Nepal: 3 bodies on US Marine chopper charred ... Funeral for 1 Amtrak victim ... Latest Google self-driving car to hit the road soon



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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepalese rescuers have found the bodies of three of the eight people who were on a U.S. Marine helicopter when it disappeared earlier this week while on an earthquake relief mission. On the chopper were six Marines and two Nepalese army soldiers. Nepal's defense secretary says, "The wreckage of the helicopter was found in pieces and there are no chances of any survivors." And he says the bodies were charred. A team of U.S. Marines has also identified the wreckage as that of the missing helicopter.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A funeral is being held this morning in Long Island, New York for U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Justin Zemser, one of eight people killed in this week's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia. The 20-year-old sophomore was traveling home to New York City when he was killed in Tuesday's accident. Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board is trying to determine if the engineer manually increased speed of the train to more than 100 mph before it went off the tracks. The posted speed limit was 50 mph.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — More than 1,000 migrants have come ashore in different parts of Indonesia and Thailand today, becoming the latest refugees to make it into Southeast Asian countries that have made it clear they're not welcome. Authorities say most of the migrants were crammed onto three boats that Indonesian fisherman towed ashore in Aceh (ah-cheh) province and North Sumatra. Yesterday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was "alarmed by reports that some countries may be refusing entry to boats carrying refugees and migrants."

BERLIN (AP) — A Matisse painting that was looted by the Nazis and became part of a German collector's hidden trove has been returned to the heirs of a Jewish art dealer. The family's lawyer says he's "delighted" that Henri Matisse's "Woman Sitting in an Armchair" has been returned. Cornelius Gurlitt hoarded a vast art trove. He died last May. A Swiss museum that accepted Gurlitt's bequest of his collection and a cousin who challenged his will both promised to ensure any looted pieces in Gurlitt's collection would be returned to the heirs of their Jewish owners.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — The latest version of Google's self-driving car will make its debut on public roads this summer. The pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel is a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years. Google says the prototype is the first vehicle built from scratch for the purpose of self-driving. It looks like a Smart car with a shiny black bowler hat to hide its sensors, and it can drive, brake and recognize road hazards without human intervention.

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