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Analyzing the train wreckage ... More defendants in Afghan mob killing sentenced ... Boxing fans sue for their money back

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 19, 2015 at 1:00 a.m.



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal officials have been analyzing a crack on the windshield of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia last week. Investigators say they're not sure if something struck the windshield before the train derailed, but it wasn't a gunshot. Eight people were killed and more than 200 were injured. The assistant conductor said she had heard the engineer of a regional train say he'd been "hit by a rock or shot at" and she also thought she heard the Amtrak engineer say his train had been struck. The regional train engineer recalled no such conversation.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan judge has sentenced 11 policemen to one year in prison in the mob killing of a woman in Kabul. The judge found the officers guilty of dereliction of duty. Another eight were released for lack of evidence. A total of 19 policemen were among 49 people charged in the death of 27-year-old Farkhunda, who was brutally beaten to death at a Kabul shrine on March 19 after being falsely accused of burning a Quran. Earlier this month, four defendants were sentenced to death, eight to 16 years in prison, and 18 were freed for lack of evidence.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — California prosecutors plan to reveal their case for the first time against a man charged with killing a business associate and the man's family. Forty-three-year-old Joseph McStay, his wife and their sons, ages four and three, mysteriously vanished from their San Diego County home five years ago. Their remains weren't discovered until three years later, in a shallow grave in the desert outside Victorville. McStay's business associate Charles Merritt is accused of the murders. He's representing himself at Tuesday's preliminary hearing.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Doctors in Corpus Christi, Texas, say it'll be at least six months before babies born joined at the pelvis can be separated. Their mother gave birth to triplets, and two of the girls are conjoined. Doctors say the girls were born to Silvia Hernandez of Brownsville via cesarean section, at about 34 weeks. Each baby weighed 4 pounds, 11 ounces. Doctors say the girls are in good condition.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Boxing fans across the country are demanding their money back from the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao (PAK'-ee-ow). At least 32 class action lawsuits in the U.S. allege Pacquiao should have disclosed a shoulder injury to boxing fans before the fight, which Mayweather won in a unanimous decision. A lawsuit filed on behalf of Flights Beer Bar near LAX airport in California says Pacquiao and his promoter's actions were, "nothing but a cash-grab." The bar paid $2,600 to broadcast the fight. A Texas lawsuit alleges racketeering.

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