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Americans discuss their takedown of train gunman...Activists: Islamic State destroys Palmyra temple

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 23, 2015 at 2:51 p.m.

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PARIS (AP) — Three American travelers say they relied on gut instinct and their bond of friendship when they tackled a heavily armed man on a passenger train in Belgium on Friday. They say the man was armed with an assault rifle and other weapons, including a box cutter, and seemed to be "ready to fight to the end."

PARIS (AP) — Counter-terrorism police have been questioning the gunman who was subdued by passengers on an Amsterdam-to-Paris train. But his lawyer says her client doesn't understand why he's suspected of terrorism. In a French TV interview, she said the man told her he is homeless and his plan was to hold up train passengers so he could get some food.

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra (pahl-MEER'-uh). There are conflicting reports about when it happened. Word of the temple's destruction follows the beheading of a Palmyra antiquities scholar on Tuesday.

TOKYO (AP) — An explosion at a U.S. Army depot outside of Tokyo has set off a large blaze that lit up the night sky, but there are no reports of injuries. The Army says the cause of the explosion isn't known, and there are no indications of injuries. The Army says the building was not a hazardous material storage facility, and that the depot does not store ammunition or radiological materials. A duty officer at the Pentagon says base firefighters and first responders are fighting the fire to prevent its spread to nearby buildings.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City education officials are investigating the level of secular education at 39 schools serving the city's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Critics say the secular education at the yeshivas is so inadequate that students never learn fluent English or basic math.

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