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PARIS (AP) — French authorities say a shooting aboard a high-speed train heading to Paris from Amsterdam on Friday was an act of terror. A prosecutor says Ayoub El-Khazzani, a 26-year-old Moroccan, was armed with an assault rifle, a handgun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a box cutter and a bottle of gas. The suspect was detained by a group of passengers, including three Americans.

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — A prosecutor says she plans to pursue charges against a 14-year-old boy taken into custody in what authorities say was a hostage-taking episode at a West Virginia high school. It happened today in the town of Philippi (FIHL'-ih-pee). State police say the teen had a handgun and held a teacher and several students in a classroom before letting them go. No one was injured.

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks have gotten a lift from economic reports showing a rebound in consumer confidence and the sales of new American homes. China also lowered interest rates to boost its slowing economy. Still, an early rally dissipated in the final moments before the closing bell. That left the Dow 205 points lower.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked the state of Mississippi from carrying out executions. Judge Henry Wingate issued a temporary restraining order. Prisoners say they face risks of excruciating pain during an execution, which violates the U.S. Constitution's Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A group of clergy sexual abuse victims has called for an independent commission to investigate molestation accusations it says are sealed in a bankruptcy case involving the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The request comes a day after church lawyers formalized a $21 million settlement between nearly 400 abuse victims and the archdiocese.

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