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FBI joins train crash probe...Death penalty...Major layoffs by ice cream maker

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 15, 2015 at 8:51 p.m.



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The FBI has joined the investigation of this week's Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia that claimed eight lives. The windshield was shattered in the accident but one area of glass had a breakage pattern that could be consistent with being hit by an object. Investigators say an assistant conductor says she heard the engineer mention an object striking the train. He's been interviewed but is said to remember nothing.

BOSTON (AP) — He showed little emotion throughout his trial, and not much today when it was announced that Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) was given a death sentence. The decision came just over two years after the April 15, 2013, bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 260. One victim who suffered shrapnel wounds on her legs says everyone can breathe again.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A major development in the capital murder case against a Mississippi man charged with killing two Hattiesburg police officers. A spokesman for The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation says the weapon used has been found. There have been two more arrests in the case. The latest charges are obstruction of justice. Besides the alleged gunman, six people face charges.

HOUSTON (AP) — Hard times for workers at Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries. A production shutdown because of a series of listeria illnesses is forcing Blue Bell to lay off more than a third of its workforce. About 750 full-time employees and 700 part-time workers are losing their jobs. Another 1,400 workers will be furloughed but will still receive a substantial portion of their current pay.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A state agency's ruling says a former Las Vegas police captain who resigned rather than be demoted for helping a Guns N' Roses guitarist use the department's helicopter for an elaborate wedding proposal should get his job back. Captain David O'Leary will also have his record cleared and receive back pay. The Las Vegas police department says in a statement it disagrees with the ruling and plans to appeal.

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