A.M. Links: House Votes to End NSA Phone Spying, Derailed Amtrak Train Was Traveling Twice the Speed Limit, Boston Marathon Bombing Jury Begins Sentencing Deliberations


  • "The engineer of the Amtrak train that derailed near Philadelphia—killing at least seven and sending more than 200 to area hospitals—applied the emergency brakes just seconds before the train jumped the tracks while hurtling along at almost twice the speed limit, a National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said Wednesday."
  • The jury has begun its sentencing deliberations in the Boston marathon bombing trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
  • After an attempted coup in Burundi, rival groups of soldiers are fighting for control of the capital.
  • Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, who is expected to challenge Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries, will make an announcement on March 30 detailing his political plans.

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