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Heroic efforts on a European train...3 Americans killed in Afghanistan ... 7 die in British air show crash

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 22, 2015 at 3:41 p.m.

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ARRAS, France (AP) — A French official close to the investigation says the gunman who attempted to attack a high speed train from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday is a 26-year-old Moroccan. He's now in French custody. President Barack Obama has phoned the three Americans being hailed as heroes for subduing the gunman. Obama commended the men for their courage and quick action.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says three American contractors have been killed in a suicide car bombing targeting a convoy in Afghanistan. Authorities say the blast Saturday in the capital, Kabul, killed at least 12 people and wounded 66.The Taliban denied carrying out the attack. However, they have stepped up their assaults on Afghan security forces this year.

LONDON (AP) — British police say seven people are dead and another person is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a military jet taking part in an airshow crashed into a busy main road. The Hawker Hunter fighter jet, which was participating in the Shoreham Airshow near Brighton, hit several vehicles on the road as it crashed this afternoon.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina are making plans for multiple activities as they keep an eye on protests following a mistrial in the case of a white police officer accused in the shooting death of an unarmed black man. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police chief says officers are monitoring multiple events in Uptown Charlotte.

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Reduced winds are helping crews battle a series of giant wildfires in north-central Washington. The complex of fires covers 355 square miles. That's about 100 miles larger than Friday. But the flames are moving away from population centers. The same complex left three firefighters dead earlier in the week.

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