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Amtrak engineer recalls opening throttle before fatal crash

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last thing Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian remembers before last May's fatal crash in Philadelphia is pushing the throttle forward to pick up speed and then braking when he felt the train going too fast into a sharp curve, according to a transcript of his interview with federal accident investigators.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016

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Scholarships, tutoring to save 'lost generation' of Syrians

ZARQA, Jordan (AP) — Until recently, Syrian refugee Eyad Zoulghena only had bad options.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016

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Plan to spin off air traffic control generates turbulence

WASHINGTON (AP) — The air traffic control system that choreographs the roughly 7,000 aircraft in U.S. skies at any given moment is the most complex, but also one of the safest, in the world — and rarely a thought in the minds of the millions of travelers who rely on it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016

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Details scant in Virginia girl's death; police, mom to speak

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers were promising engineering students at Virginia Tech, described by those who knew them as ambitious and focused. Nicole Madison Lovell was an energetic 13-year-old who bore emotional and physical wounds, suffering from bullying over the scars from her liver transplant. How their lives intersected in tragedy remains a mystery.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016

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Obama, GOP leaders meet as campaign din hinders compromise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Searching for potential compromise, President Barack Obama is bringing the Republicans who run the House and Senate to the White House to try to hash out an agenda for his final year, even as his top legislative priorities appear to be losing steam.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016

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Fight over hostage's fate broke up California jail escapees

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Three inmates who teamed up to pull off an intricate escape from a California jail stuck together and eluded authorities for nearly a week. Then authorities said their alliance began to unravel over a disagreement on whether to kill a cab driver they'd taken hostage.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016

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Carter to boost Pentagon funding on aid, equipment to Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior defense officials say the Pentagon will seek to quadruple the amount it is spending on military aid to Europe, amid expanding threats from Islamic State militants and an increasingly aggressive Russia.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016

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UN envoy declares 'official beginning' to Syria peace talks

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria has announced the official start of peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition leaders.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016

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