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Amtrak probe into phone use...Omaha officer killed...Prescription drug arrests

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 20, 2015 at 7:01 p.m.



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Investigators are combing through phone records, locomotive data, radio transmissions and surveillance video to determine if the engineer in last week's deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia was using his cellphone while at the controls. The train crashed, killing eight people, after it went into a sharp curve at twice the 50 mph speed limit. An attorney for the engineer says his client only used his phone to call 911. Meanwhile, the union says engineer Brandon Bostian's rest period was cut short because of a delay on the outbound leg of the New York to Washington route.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police officials in Omaha, Nebraska, say an officer killed in a shootout with a suspect today is the mother of premature baby still in the hospital. Officer Kerrie Orozco was part of a task for serving a felony warrant on a suspect wanted in a shooting. Police say he opened fire and was mortally wounded. Orozco was a seven-year veteran and worked on a gang unit. The suspect is said to have been a convicted felon and gang member.

WACO, Texas (AP) — Police in Waco, Texas, say crime scene officers have found 318 weapons and "still counting" from Sunday's biker rampage at a restaurant that killed nine people. Of those weapons, 118 are handguns. One is an assault-style rifle. The others include knives and chains with padlocks attached.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Federal drug agents have fanned out across the South to raid medical clinics, pharmacies and other locations as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration attempt to thwart illegal prescription drug sales. The raids in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi were the latest stage of an operation launched last summer. Agents arrested 48 people today: 22 in Louisiana, nine each in Alabama and Arkansas and eight in Mississippi.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's more work for Bill Cosby's lawyers. Model Janice Dickinson has sued Cosby for defamation over statements by his representatives that called her claims the comedian raped her in 1982 lies. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, seeks unspecified damages. It states the denials by Cosby's camp have caused Dickinson embarrassment, humiliation and led to her being re-victimized.

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