In our news wrap Friday, U.S. Military officials found the wreckage of the Marine helicopter that went down outside of Kathmandu, Nepal, in an area hit hard by the latest earthquake. Six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers were on a relief mission. Also, the last damaged rail cars from an Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia were removed, making room for replace and repair the route.
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And in other news today, the National Transportation Safety Board said the engineer of the derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia was — quote — "extremely cooperative" in an interview. Brandon Bostian said to them that he wasn't tired or ill and didn't have any problems with handling the train.
Today, the last damaged railcars were removed from the site, paving the way for crews to replace the damaged tracks. Service will remain suspended at least through Monday on this heavily-traveled Philadelphia-to-New York route. We will talk with the head of the Federal Railroad Administration right after this news summary.
U.S. military officials have found the wreckage of the Marine helicopter that went missing Tuesday in Nepal, likely killing all eight on board. The chopper went down about 50 miles east of Kathmandu in an area hit hard by the latest earthquake. Six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers were on a relief mission.
The U.S. commander in Nepal, Lieutenant General John Wissler, said, despite the losses, aid efforts will go on.
LT. GEN. JOHN WISSLER, U.S. Marine Corps:
It will not affect the ongoing mission, other than the fact that we will continue to mourn the loss of and observe the sacrifice of the great soldiers from Nepal and our Marines who lost their lives, but we will continue executing relief just as we have done throughout the day today.
President Obama expressed condolences to the families of the crash victims and said the Marines represent a truth that guides our work around the world. He made the remarks during the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service outside the U.S. Capitol. It's part of National Police Week.
The president met with the families of fallen policemen and pledged to honor their memories. The annual ceremony takes place amid tensions between police forces and communities across the country.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:
We can work harder as a nation to heal the rifts that still exist in some places between law enforcement and the people you risk your lives to protect. We owe it to all of you who wear the badge with honor, and we owe it to your fellow officers who gave their last full measure of devotion.
Last year, 131 police officers in the United States died in the line of duty.
Islamic State militants waged a fierce battle in Iraq today, in the end raising their black flag over the main government compound in the city of Ramadi. Government forces fought from trenches in the streets, but were forced to withdraw from the compound after three near-simultaneous attacks. Other parts of the city are also under Islamic State control. At least 10 police were killed during the attacks.
In Burundi, the government said it has restored order after Wednesday's attempted military coup fizzled. The president returned to the capital today, where he was met by crowds of supporters celebrating in the streets. Government forces arrested some of the members behind the failed coup. But there was still the possibility of renewed clashes, as protesters vowed to revive demonstrations against the president, whose bid for a third term they call unconstitutional.
Police in Mozambique have seized nearly 1.3 tons of ivory and rhino horns. They were found at the home of a Chinese national on the outskirts of the capital of Maputo. He was arrested Tuesday. The cache included 340 elephant tusks and 65 rhino horns. Officials estimate that's equivalent to the slaughter of 235 animals. Virtually all ivory and horn trade is banned worldwide to protect the animals from extinction.
Blue Bell Creameries, based in Texas, is laying off more than a third of its work force after a series of listeria illnesses were linked to its ice cream. All of its plants remain closed, and more than 1,400 people will lose their jobs.
On Wall Street, stocks ended the day mostly higher. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 20 points to close at 18272. The Nasdaq fell two points and the S&P 500 gained a point. For the week, the major indexes each gained a fraction of a percent.