MADRID (AP) — The death toll from yesterday's train derailment in Spain has jumped overnight. A local official says 73 people were found dead at the scene of the accident and four died at hospitals. The passenger train derailed on a curvy stretch of track in Galicia in northwestern Spain. At least 140 people were injured in the derailment.
NEW YORK (AP) — The first poll on the New York mayor's race since Anthony Weiner's (WEE'-nurz) latest sexting scandal is scheduled to be released this afternoon. The former congressman had been a favorite in the polls until now. Weiner says his campaign is too important to abandon over "embarrassing personal things" becoming public.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of the National Security Agency's collection of phone records insist they will press ahead with their challenge to the massive surveillance program after a narrow defeat in the House. A coalition of libertarian-leaning conservatives, tea partyers and liberal Democrats lost a bid to defund the program by 12 votes yesterday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging the House to quickly pass a bill on college loan rates. The Senate passed the legislation in a bipartisan vote yesterday. The measure would link interest rates on federal student loans to the financial markets. Obama says the bill meets his principles, including locking in low rates next year and not overcharging students to reduce the deficit.
SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Authorities in Vermont are warning the public that a high-risk sex offender is scheduled to be released from prison on Friday. They are also cautioning that that the man (Timothy Szad) poses a particular danger to blue-eyed, blond-haired boys of 12 or 13. The man is completing a sentence for aggravated sexual assault against a 13-year-old boy.