Denver shooting, Philadelphia train crash report, Petraeus not demoted and presidential mosque visit

DENVER (AP) — One person died and six others were injured in a shooting and stabbing at a motorcycle expo Saturday, Denver police said.

Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez says the incident occurred about 1 p.m. Saturday at the National Western Complex. The Colorado Motorcycle Expo is being held this weekend at the complex.

Dr. Kevin McVaney of Denver Health Medical Center said six people were admitted to the hospital. Three were in critical condition and three were stable, he said.

McVaney did not release details about what injuries they were being treated for.

Lopez said she couldn't say whether the incident was gang related. She said police are still investigating and no arrests have been made.

Bob Cook told the Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1SsnPvS ) that the shooting happened near his leather goods company booth.

Cook said he heard two shots fired and saw people dive under tables. He said he didn't hear any arguments before the shooting and doesn't know what prompted it.

A posting on the Colorado Motorcycle Expo Facebook page said the event was going on as scheduled Sunday.

"Rest assured that all of the offending parties have been ejected and all is well," the posting said.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Investigators are poised to release evidence that could help clear up why an Amtrak train streaked into a sharp curve at double the speed limit and derailed last year.

The release, expected Monday, will be the first major development since the National Transportation Safety Board pinpointed excessive speed as a key factor within days of the deadly May 12 crash.

Investigators say the train was accelerating out of an 80 mph speed zone when it should have been slowing to 50 mph for the coming curve. It reached 106 mph just before the engineer activated emergency brakes.

The derailment left eight people dead and more than 200 injured. The lack of clarity on what happened has frustrated victims. Some have racked up more than $1 million in hospital bills.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a public show of support, President Barack Obama will meet with Muslim community members Wednesday in Baltimore on his first presidential visit to an American mosque.

Obama plans to hold talks with Muslim leaders at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, the White House announced Saturday. The visit will amount to a public embrace of Muslims by Obama at a time when public sentiment against them seems to be growing, largely fueled by fears of terrorist acts carried out by extremist groups.

Obama has largely put distance between himself and U.S. Muslims, opting against fueling the rampant theories that he is a closet Muslim who was born in Kenya, the country of his late father's birth. Obama is American by virtue of his birth in Hawaii and has released his birth certificate as proof. He also is Christian. But segments of the U.S. population still believe neither to be true.

As such, the visit will come during the final year of Obama's two terms in office. The White House said he will go to the Baltimore mosque to "celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life."

In remarks to be delivered at the mosque, Obama "will reiterate the importance of staying true to our core values: welcoming our fellow Americans, speaking out against bigotry, rejecting indifference and protecting our nation's tradition of religious freedom," the White House said.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it won't demote David Petraeus.

The retired Army general pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information while CIA director.

That incident stemmed from an affair with his biographer.

The Defense Department has told a Senate committee that the army has completed its review of Petraeus' case and has recommended no additional action.

The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Ash Carter "considers this matter closed."

Media reports had surfaced that indicated the Pentagon was considering downgrading Petraeus to a three-star general. Such a move, if taken, would have reduced his retirement salary.

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