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Investigators of the Metrolink commuter train crash in Los Angeles Sept. 12 narrowed their probe to human error Wednesday and said the engineer ran through a red light and didn't hit the brakes before the collision with a freight train. With one train exiting a tunnel and the other rounding a bend, they were within view only four or five seconds, tests revealed. The head-on collision killed 25 people, including the engineer, who may have been text-messaging.

The US will begin to review genetically engineered animals to ensure that they are safe to eat, the Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday. It is unclear how consumers will react to such animals, even with a government seal of approval.

The Senate passed a $612.5 billion defense spending bill for fiscal 2009 on Wednesday that calls for trimming President Bush's request for missile-defense spending and that shifts more of the costs of Iraq's reconstruction onto Baghdad, but raises pay for military personnel. The Senate's bill must now be reconciled with a House version, passed earlier.

Millions of obsolete American electronic devices are recycled in developing countries "with virtually no human health or environmental protection," according to a report by congressional investigators released Wednesday. The Environment Protection Agency says the study overstates the problem.


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