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American Airlines jet lands safely after pilot falls ill

The first officer of an American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Boston took over command of Flight 550 and safely landed the plane after the pilot became ill and subsequently died, officials said Monday. 

It was unclear whether the pilot died in the air or after the craft had landed in Syracuse, where it was diverted because of the medical emergency. 

“We are incredibly saddened by this event, and

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Amtrak train bound for Washington derails in Vermont; 7 hurt

An Amtrak train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., on Monday hit rocks that had fallen onto the track from a ledge, spilling the locomotive and a passenger car down an embankment, derailing three other cars and injuring seven people, authorities said.

The Vermonter train carrying 98 passengers and four crew members derailed about 10:30 a.m. in Northfield, about 20 miles southwest of Montpelier.

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Coast Guard says cargo ship with 33 aboard sank in hurricane

The Coast Guard said Monday that a U.S. cargo ship carrying 33 people that went missing when it encountered high winds and heavy seas from Hurricane Joaquin sank and one body was found, but planes and ships will continue searching for the missing crew.

Capt. Mark Fedor said one large debris field was spotted near the last known location of the 790-foot container ship El Faro near the Bahamas.

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Bahamas search finds life ring but no other sign of U.S. ship with 28 Americans

An intensive search by U.S. Coast Guard and Navy aircraft has turned up a life ring but no other sign of a cargo ship with 33 people on board that lost power and communications off the southeastern Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin.

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25 hurt in collapse of concrete awning at North Carolina high school

A concrete canopy collapsed Saturday on a group of band students who had gathered outside a North Carolina high school shortly before a competition, leaving 25 people injured, authorities said.

Dr. Howard Bell of Iredell Emergency Medical Services confirmed the injury total to reporters after the awning collapse outside the entrance to North Iredell High School in Olin, about 55 miles north of Charlotte.

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Apparent gas explosion in Brooklyn leaves 1 dead, 3 injured, officials say

Officials suspect a recently disconnected stove may have caused an apparent gas explosion Saturday that killed a woman and injured three others in Brooklyn.

City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said firefighters received a call around 1 p.m. reporting an explosion at a building in the Borough Park neighborhood.

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