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Amtrak to add speed safety feature...Storms in the nation's midsection....Kerry wraps up China trip



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A system that warns a train engineer of excessive speed and automatically applies brakes if there's no response will be expanded to northbound track in Philadelphia where an Amtrak train derailed, killing eight people. The train hit a curve at more than twice the speed limit. The system is already in use on the southbound rails. Amtrak says it will abide by federal emergency directives.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tornadoes dotted the nation's midsection as strong storms damaged homes, businesses and power lines. Rain and winds moved across Oklahoma, parts of Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota. Forecasters say storms with rain and hail could continue Sunday.

BEIJING (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is wrapping up a China visit as both sides stress the importance of continued dialogue even as they stand their ground over Beijing's assertive development in disputed parts of the South China Sea. Chinese officials have politely but pointedly dismissed Washington's push for U.S.-proposed ways to ease tensions.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle at a major checkpoint leading into Kabul's international airport, wounding at least 16 civilians. Official say the attack may have been aimed at vehicles of the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan.

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is reopening its doors to a group of migrants who have been stuck in a legal limbo aboard a U.S. Coast Guard ship after they were detained at sea. Cuba says it will allow the 38 migrants to return, after initially claiming they did not qualify as migrants in transit because they had legally left their country and obtained tourist visas from the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia. Cuba and the U.S. have an agreement to repatriate migrants detained at sea.

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