Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. NTSB: AMTRAK TRAIN SPED UP BEFORE HORRIFIC CRASH
In the last minute or so before the wreck, the train accelerated from 70 mph to over 100 mph — but whether the speed was increased manually isn't yet clear.
2. WHAT PERSIAN GULF STATES ARE TELLING OBAMA ABOUT IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL
They worry that if economic sanctions are lifted as part of an agreement, the influx of cash would embolden what they see as Tehran's aggression in the region.
3. ABC NEWS ANCHOR DONATED TO CLINTON FOUNDATION
George Stephanopoulos apologizes for failing to tell his employer or TV viewers about the $75,000 he contributed to the charity.
4. MESSAGE PURPORTEDLY FROM LEADER OF ISLAMIC STATE GROUP IS RELEASED
The audio recording features a voice that sounds like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's exhorting all Muslims to take up arms and fight.
5. IN HINDSIGHT, JEB BUSH SAYS, HE WOULDN'T HAVE INVADED IRAQ
Bush has sidestepped the question for days. He says that was partly out of loyalty to his older brother.
6. WHY ACTIVISTS ARE PROTESTING PLANS TO DRILL FOR OIL IN ARCTIC OCEAN
Worried about climate change, they say it's their moment to stand against opening a new frontier of fossil fuel exploration.
7. ISRAELIS, ARAB NEIGHBORS AGAIN LOCKED IN SETTLEMENT DISPUTE
The government plans to uproot a nearly 60-year-old Bedouin village and build in its place a new community seemingly catering to Jews.
8. WHICH NASTY GERM ISN'T CAUSING AS MANY ILLNESSES
Sickness in the U.S. from E. coli bacteria has fallen 20 percent in the last few years, the latest report card on food poisoning shows.
9. VIEWERS BIDDING DAVID LETTERMAN FOND FAREWELL
His "Late Show" had more viewers last week than the "Tonight" show for the first time since Jimmy Fallon took over last year — with the exception of when Fallon's show was in repeats.
10. TOM BRADY APPEALS FOUR-GAME 'DEFLATEGATE' SUSPENSION
The basis for the appeal isn't made public, but the players union urges NFL Commissioner Goodell to appoint a neutral arbitrator to hear the case.