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Amtrak installing safety system...Sailor dies in Bahrain fall...Kerry in SKorea for security talks

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 17, 2015 at 5:41 a.m.



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A system that an NTSB official has said would have prevented Tuesday's Amtrak derailment will now be installed on northbound track in Philadelphia. Amtrak says it will comply with a federal order to implement that automatic train control system, which is already in place southbound. The system can automatically slow a speeding train. Eight people died in the derailment on a curve that the train took too fast.

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A spokesman for the U.S. 5th fleet says the Navy is cooperating with Bahraini officials in the investigation into the death of an American sailor. The Navy says the sailor assigned to the destroyer USS Farragut was killed in a fall from a hotel balcony while on liberty during a port call. Bahrain is the longtime host of the 5th Fleet and many businesses cater to Navy personnel near the base.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New worries about North Korean belligerence serve as the backdrop of a visit to South Korea by Secretary of State John Kerry. He'll meet government official tomorrow for discussions about security. The meeting comes less than a week after South Korea's spy agency said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his defense chief executed with an anti-aircraft gun for complaining.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Areas of the nation's midsection from Texas to Minnesota are still getting pummeled by a powerful storm system today with forecasters saying heavy rain and hail are in the mix. Storms in the same region yesterday kicked up damaging tornadoes in Oklahoma and heavy wind and rain around the region. There's property and power line damage but no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The second of two Mississippi police officers shot to death a week ago during a traffic stop in Hattiesburg has been laid to rest. Thousands of mourners, both civilian and law enforcement, attended yesterday's funeral for 25-year-old Hattiesburg Officer Liquori Tate. A funeral was held Thursday for Benjamin Deen.

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