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Checking Amtrak's rails...Tornado reports in Oklahoma, Minnesota...Earthquakes rattle Hawaii volcano



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Federal Railroad Administration has ordered Amtrak to analyze curves on the busy stretch of tracks between Washington, D.C., and Boston. They want to determine if more can be done to improve safety following Tuesday's deadly derailment in Philadelphia. They've also ordered Amtrak to immediately expand its use of a speed restriction system to Philadelphia's northbound tracks. The automatic train control system is already in use on the southbound rails.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota are among the states taking a pounding from another round of violent storms this evening. The National Weather Service says tornadoes touched down in southwestern Oklahoma. Tornadoes have also been reported in Minnesota. So far, though, there's no word on damage or injuries.

HONOLULU (AP) — A rash of earthquakes have been rattling Kilauea (kih-luh-WAY'-uh), and that has scientists wondering what will happen next at one of the world's most active volcanos. A lake of lava near Kilauea's summit on Hawaii's Big Island had risen to a record-high level after a recent explosion. But it's fallen nearly 500 feet in the past few days. Scientist Steve Brantley says the lava has to be going somewhere and it's possible a new lava eruption could break through the surface of the mountain.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's army says the bodies of six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers who were aboard a U.S. Marine helicopter that crashed during an earthquake relief mission have been recovered. The wreckage of the UH-1 "Huey" was found yesterday following days of intense searching in the mountains northeast of capital Kathmandu. The Wichita Eagle newspaper in Kansas reports that Marine officials today notified the parents of the helicopter's 31-year-old-pilot, Capt. Chris Norgren, that he was among those killed in the crash

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists who vandalized a uranium storage bunker have been released from prison. A federal appeals court ordered their release after overturning their 2013 sabotage convictions and ordered resentencing on their remaining conviction for injuring government property. The activists spent two years in prison, and the court says they likely already have served more time than they will receive for the lesser charge.

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