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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak says its "overarching goal is to provide safe and secure rail passenger travel" and it will abide by federal directives following Tuesday's deadly derailment in Philadelphia. The Federal Railroad Administration has ordered Amtrak to employ and automatic train control system on the stretch of tracks where the incident occurred. The system notifies an engineer when a train is above the speed limit and automatically applies the brakes if the engineer doesn't act to slow the train down.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Emergency officials in Oklahoma say they're getting reports of damage to homes and businesses and significant damage to power lines as strong storms, including some tornadoes, churn across the nation's midsection. The National Weather Service says tornadoes have touched down near three towns in southwestern Oklahoma, and several more have been reported in western Oklahoma. So far, there are no reports of fatalities, however. Tornadoes have also been reported in Minnesota.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Day four of a humanitarian truce between a Saudi-led coalition and Shiite rebels in Yemen has seen fighting in multiple provinces. Each side is blaming the other for the repeated violations. Civilians in a number of cities, including the southern city of Aden where fighting has continued, so relief supplies have not reached them. Food, water and medicine are among the basics in short supply.

BEIJING (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) on the final day of his visit to China. Later Sunday he'll head to South Korea. But in Beijing, Kerry does not appear to have made much progress in easing tensions over the South China Sea. The U.S. and most members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations want a halt to China's construction projects there, which they suspect are aimed at building islands and other land features over which China can claim sovereignty.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Beyonce (bee-AHN'-say) has been visiting Haiti. The United Nations mission in Haiti says the singer and the UN's humanitarian affairs chief today were checking up on progress made since the devastating earthquake that hit the Caribbean country in January 2010 and meeting some of the people affected by it.

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