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Tracks are repaired...Jury resumes deliberations...Stocks little changed

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 15, 2015 at 8:01 a.m.



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak is making repairs to damaged tracks at the scene of Tuesday's derailment in Philadelphia, in preparation for resuming limited service on Monday. The last of the wrecked rail cars have been pulled from the scene. Investigators are trying to find out why the train accelerated to more than twice the speed limit as it approached the curve where the train left the tracks. Eight people died and more than 200 were injured.

BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have resumed deliberating over whether he should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. Jurors have already deliberated for more than eight hours. The jury must weigh any mitigating factors that Tsarnaev's lawyers say support their argument for life in prison against any aggravating factors that prosecutors say support their call for the death penalty.

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi official says Islamic State militants have captured the main government compound in Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, after fierce clashes with security forces. Ramadi's mayor says the militants raised the black flag of the IS group over the area today after troops were forced to withdraw from the compound, which houses most of the city's government offices. U.S. troops saw some of the heaviest fighting of the eight-year Iraq intervention in Anbar, and Ramadi was a major insurgent stronghold.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are little changed in early trading a day after the S&P 500 closed at an all-time high. The Dow and the Nasdaq composite remain slightly below their own record highs. The Federal Reserve reported this morning that a plunge in energy-related drilling, along with sluggish manufacturing, sent U.S. industrial output down for a fifth straight month in April.

NEW YORK (AP) — George Stephanopoulos is apologizing to "Good Morning America" viewers for donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, saying that was a mistake. The ABC News anchor said on the air today that he should have gone the extra mile to avoid the appearance of a conflict. He gave the money to the foundation started by his one-time boss, former President Bill Clinton, to help on global AIDS prevention and deforestation.

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