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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As Amtrak's CEO takes full responsibility for a deadly derailment in Philadelphia, the first funeral is scheduled today. U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Justin Zemser's funeral will take place in New York on Long Island. The 20-year-old sophomore was traveling home to New York City. Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board is trying to determine if the engineer manually increased speed on the train as it accelerated for a full minute before it went off the tracks.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's Defense Secretary says a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared while on a relief mission is in pieces and there's no chance of any survivors. Three bodies have been found near the wreckage and officials say the remains were charred. The helicopter carried six Marines and to Nepalese soldiers.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The region around U.S. territory of Guam has begun getting pounded by a powerful Pacific typhoon. Maximum sustained winds from Typhoon Dolphin are hitting 110 mph. There have been no reports of any injuries or damage. Earlier in the day, Guam was getting some surf, with a beach on the eastern coast reporting 16-foot waves. Some airlines have canceled flights.
BEIJING (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is about to visit China carrying U.S. objections to Beijing's actions in the contested South China sea. On the eve of Kerry's visit, China is reaffirming that it will defend its territorial claims. A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says China would take determined action in response to any threats or provocations.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Lead poisoning from illegal gold mining operations in west-central Nigeria has killed 28 children and officials say dozens more are sick. It's the same area where children are still being treated after a mass poisoning in 2010 that left 400 dead. Doctors Without Borders says it has cured half the 5,500 infected there and has started closing clinics. It's not known when a clean-up is planned.
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