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HEWLETT, N.Y. (AP) — Mourners have gathered at a chapel on New York's Long Island for the funeral of a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman killed in Tuesday's Amtrak derailment. Justin Zemser was traveling from the academy in Annapolis, Maryland, to his home in New York City when he was killed, along with seven others. The Naval Academy's superintendent says the 20-year-old Zemser was a talented and highly respected young man with a tremendously bright future.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The American killed in this week's Taliban attack at an Afghanistan guest house was dedicated to helping the poor, especially women, in less-developed nations. Her father says 46-year-old Paula Kantor worked all over the world and had stopped in Kabul this week as she traveled from Cairo to Islamabad. Authorities say she was staying at the Park Palace Hotel when it was stormed by Taliban gunmen on Wednesday, sparking a siege that left 14 people, including nine foreigners, dead.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling on Americans to honor law enforcement heroes by working harder to heal rifts with communities they serve. During an annual memorial service for fallen police at the U.S. Capitol, Obama expressed his gratitude for the sacrifices of police. He also offered condolences to the families of those killed when a U.S. Marine helicopter crashed during a relief mission in Nepal.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly is calling for urgent assistance for earthquake survivors in Nepal. A resolution approved today urges the international community to support the U.N. appeal for $415 million for essential needs over the next three months. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (bahn kee-moon) told the assembly that it's important to get shelter, clean water and supplies to all those in need before the monsoon season starts in June.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rick Perry plans to reveal next month whether he'll make another run for the White House. A spokesman says the Republican former Texas governor will announce his decision June 4 in Dallas. Perry has been traveling in Iowa and other early-voting states as he considers a second campaign for the White House. Perry, who left office in January, also ran for president in 2012.

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