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More questions raised about night of Amtrak crash ... Fighting off the IS in Iraq ... A march on the Koreas' DMZ



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As federal investigators get a better look at a grapefruit-sized crack on the windshield of the Amtrak train that derailed last week, they say they know it wasn't a gunshot that caused it. Investigators are raising new questions about the events that led up to the derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. They say the engineer of a regional train does not remember telling the Amtrak engineer that his train was hit by a rock or shot at. That's what the Amtrak assistant conductor thought she had heard.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department says it wants to release some of the emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton by next January. The State Department made the proposal in a federal court filing last night, saying it plans to post the releasable portions of 55,000 pages on its website. A department official says the review will take until the end of the year. Clinton, who's now running for president, has said she wants the State Department to release the emails as soon as possible.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces and allied Sunni tribesmen have been able to fight off an overnight attack by the Islamic State group on a town between two militant-held cities in western Anbar province. A tribal leader says militants launched an attack shortly before midnight to try to capture the town of Khaldiya, near the provincial capital of Ramadi, which was seized by the IS over the weekend. Yesterday, IS militants searched door-to-door for policemen and pro-government fighters in Ramadi and threw bodies in the Euphrates River in a bloody purge.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A group of female peace activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel laureates have arrived in North Korea's capital for a march across the Demilitarized Zone. They hope it'll bring world attention to calls for a resolution to tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The rare crossing of the DMZ was approved by both Koreas, and it's scheduled to take place on Sunday.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's highest court is being asked if a state trooper can't be trusted to tell the truth about why he lost his hat, can he be trusted about more important things? The state Supreme Court will hear arguments today about whether the Highway Patrol was justified in firing Trooper Thomas Wetherington in 2009. Wetherington had said his trooper hat blew away during a traffic stop in Craven County, and it likely was crushed by an 18-wheeler. A person he stopped returned the hat a few weeks later, and it was in good condition. Wetherington says he stuck with the story because he had gotten in trouble before for forgetting his hat.

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