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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak trains are rolling through the entire Northeast Corridor again while regional commuter trains got going too today after being stalled last week because of the Amtrak derailment that killed eight people. Regional commuter officials are reporting some delays and changes to scheduled stops. Northbound tracks where the derailment occurred now have automatic train control in place. The system can slow a train without input from the engineer.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has taken the wraps off a surprise change in aid to local law enforcement. The federal government is now banned from providing some military-style equipment to local departments. Stricter controls are also in place on other weapons and gear distributed to law enforcement. The White House had suggested last year that programs would be maintained as-is.

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) says there needs to be a global emergency plan to deal with future epidemics. Merkel told the World Health Assembly today that the Ebola crisis in western Africa should be a wake-up call. The World Health Organization has been criticized for its slow response to early warnings about the deadly Ebola outbreak.

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military says a weekend operation against Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') extremists took out 10 camps and killed many militants in northeastern forest hideouts. The military says it also captured heavy weaponry. The action came after a surge of attacks by the insurgents last week including suicide bombings, village assaults and a night-time raid on the biggest military base in northeast Nigeria.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials say a Taliban attack on a district headquarters in southern Afghanistan has killed at least seven people. The officials say a pre-dawn attack killed five police officers, a former district chief and a school principal. One official says that the government is still in control but may lose it without reinforcements. The insurgents have stepped up attacks on Afghan soldiers and police in recent months.

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