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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors in Philadelphia are among those investigating Tuesday night's Amtrak derailment that left eight people dead and more than 200 injured. They say they'll be deciding whether to bring charges. Investigators want to know why the train sped up -- from 70 miles an hour to more than 100 miles an hour -- in the last minute or so before the derailment on a curve where the speed limit is 50. A member of the National Transportation Safety Board says the train's engineer has agreed to be interviewed by investigators in the next few days.

NEW YORK (AP) — A former top aide to Osama bin Laden has been sentenced to life in prison for conspiring in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. A judge in New York sentenced Khaled al-Fawwaz (kah-LEED' al-fah-WAHZ') today. He was convicted this year. 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 U.S. reached the world.

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — Dozens of police officers in South Carolina are searching for a masked man who police say shot and wounded a sheriff's deputy at a gas station, before hijacking a car and getting away. The search is focused on an area near Cypress Gardens, a popular tourist attraction northwest of Charleston. The site is closed while the search continues.

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A perjury charge against the fiancee of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been dropped. Prosecutors had said Shayanna Jenkins lied dozens of times to the grand jury that investigated the murder for which Hernandez was eventually convicted. But they asked a judge yesterday to dismiss the perjury charge, citing Jenkins' testimony at Hernandez's trial in March.

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Cosby says people should separate what he has to say about social issues from the sexual assault allegations lodged against him. Cosby was in Alabama to promote an organization bringing attention to schools in one of the state's poorest areas. He was asked by ABC's "Good Morning America" what he would say if a young person pressed him about allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted women. Cosby said he would ask if the person wanted to be concerned about the message or the messenger. He said he has "a ton of ideas" to put on television about people and their love for each other.

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