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In brief: Inebriated Secret Service agent, two others leave Netherlands

Wed., March 26, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama’s arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday.

The three agents were benched for “disciplinary reasons,” said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan, declining to elaborate. Donovan said the incident was prior to Obama’s arrival Monday in the country and did not compromise the president’s security in any way.

Car Walker died in was going 93 mph

LOS ANGELES – The high-performance Porsche that “Fast & Furious” actor Paul Walker was riding in was traveling up to 93 mph when it crashed and burst into flames, killing him and the driver, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigation has found.

The rate of speed was determined using surveillance videos and electronic data retrieved from the car’s computers with the help of the carmaker. That would mean that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, driven by Walker’s friend, Roger Rodas, was traveling about twice the 45 mph limit when it crashed Nov. 30 on a curvy road in a Santa Clarita business park.

Brakes, speed normal before train crashed

CHICAGO – The braking system of the Chicago Transit Authority train that crashed Monday was engaged and the train apparently wasn’t speeding, a federal official said.

The train came into the Blue Line station at O’Hare International Airport at about 25 or 26 mph, said Ted Turpin of the National Transportation and Safety Board.

An automatic stopping device at the station triggered the train and put it into emergency braking, Turpin said.


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