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Amtrak ordered to expand speed controls...Delta Force kills IS head of oil operations...Funeral held for Mississippi officer



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal officials have ordered Amtrak to expand the use of a speed restriction system in the area of Tuesday's deadly derailment in Philadelphia. The Federal Railroad Administration is now requiring trains traveling north through that area to have automatic controls that notify the engineer when a train is speeding and apply the brakes if the engineer doesn't respond. The system was already being used for southbound trains approaching the curve where the derailment occurred.

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Army commandos have killed a man described as the Islamic State's head of oil operations, in a rare ground attack deep into Syria. A U.S. defense official says the Delta Force team slipped across the border from Iraq under cover of darkness aboard Black Hawk helicopters and V-22 Osprey aircraft. The official says the man identified as Abu Sayyaf was killed, along with an estimated dozen Islamic State fighters. His wife was captured and a woman being held as a slave was rescued. No Americans were hurt.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners and law enforcement officers from around the country have paid their respects to the second of two police officers shot to death in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The funeral for 25-year-old Liquori Tate was held today. People lined the highway as the funeral procession headed from Hattiesburg to Starkville for his burial. Tate and Benjamin Deen were shot to death after making a traffic stop a week ago. Deen's funeral was Thursday.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A new federal lawsuit has been filed involving a 2011 accident at an eastern Idaho nuclear facility that exposed 16 workers to plutonium. The Post Register reports the suit was filed Thursday on behalf of Ralph Stanton. It follows up on a 2013 whistleblower complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Labor by Stanton and then-colleague Brian Simmons. The complaint alleged Battelle Energy Alliance created an unsafe work environment and retaliated after Stanton and Simmons raised health and safety concerns.

LAGUNITAS, Calif. (AP) — State and federal wildlife agencies in California are deploying what they say is the biggest fish-lift in the state's history. Through this month, they are rolling out convoys of tanker trucks to transport a generation of hatchery salmon downstream to the San Francisco Bay. California is locked in its driest four-year stretch on record, making the river routes that the salmon normally take to the Pacific Ocean too warm and too shallow for them to survive.

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