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Amtrak operating NE Corridor again ...Hundreds dead in Ramadi battle ... Obama bans some military-style equipment provided to police



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak trains are moving along the entire Northeast Corridor for the first time since last Tuesday's deadly derailment in Philadelphia. The first train leaving New York left the Manhattan station, heading south, about 5:30 this morning. Amtrak says staff and crew worked "around the clock" to restore service along the route between Washington and Boston following the crash that killed eight people and injured more than 200. Also, a speed-control system is now in effect along the northbound section of track where the derailment occurred.

BAGHDAD (AP) — A provincial official in Iraq says Islamic State militants likely killed up to 500 people and forced 8,000 others to flee their homes as they captured the city of Ramadi. The dead are both Iraqi civilians and soldiers. Militants swiftly took control of Ramadi on Sunday, despite U.S.-led airstrikes helping government forces with airstrikes. Bodies are littering the streets as local officials report that militants carried out mass killings.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is banning the federal government from providing some military-style equipment to local departments and putting stricter controls on other weapons and gear distributed to law enforcement. It's a surprise announcement that comes nine months after police in riot gear dispelled racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri. This afternoon, Obama visits Camden, New Jersey, one of the country's most violent and poorest cities.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian official says 200 human smugglers are being detained as part of the government's efforts to stem the number of Ethiopians illegally trying to migrate to Europe. Ethiopia's Federal Affairs minister says the government is looking for 80 other human smugglers who are suspected of conducting overseas operations. Ethiopia and its neighbor Eritrea are the source of many of the migrants making the perilous journey by sea to Europe, often via Sudan and then Libya.

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Former doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt has testified at his sentencing hearing in a South African court after being convicted of rape and sexual assault. The 75-year-old Hewitt told the court today that he's in poor health and has received anonymous threatening letters, warning of possible assault in prison. A judge found Hewitt guilty of raping and sexually assaulting three minors in the 1980s and 1990s.

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