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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The nation's midsection is again getting raked by powerful storms. Forecasters say the system stretches from Texas to Minnesota and is moving east across Iowa, Missouri and a large area of Texas. There are no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries. The storm kicked up damaging tornadoes in Oklahoma and heavy wind and rain around the region yesterday.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak says it will obey an emergency federal directive to implement a speed restriction system on Philadelphia's northbound rails where one of its trains derailed while doing more than double the speed limit for the curve. An NTSB official has said the system which can automatically slow a train going too fast could have prevented the crash that killed eight people. It's already in use on southbound trains.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An explosives-packed car blew up near the international airport in Afghanistan's capital today, killing at least three people and wounding 18. Officials say the suicide car bomber appeared to be targeting vehicles of the European Union police training mission. The car bomb was detonated near the office of the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority.

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The International Labor Organization says unemployment has soared in areas of Jordan that have received high concentrations of Syrian refugees because of the civil war. The ILO says the jobless rate rose from 14.5 percent to 22.1 percent between 2011 and 2014 and recommends that Jordan and Lebanon, which also struggles with rising unemployment, open jobs shunned by locals to formal employment of refugees. That would include jobs in construction and agriculture.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has canonized two nuns from what was 19th century Palestine in hopes of encouraging Christians across the Middle East who are facing a wave of persecution from Islamic extremists. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and an estimated 2,000 pilgrims from the region, some waving Palestinian flags, were on hand for the canonization of the first saints from the Holy Land since the early years of Christianity.

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