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TRENTON — Train passengers along Amtrak’s busy Northeast Corridor faced delays of up to two hours after a fallen tree knocked out power and rail signals Wednesday.

The tree took down overhead power wires near Hamilton, N.J., around 5:30 a.m., causing delays between New York City and Philadelphia, Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said. Just before 8 a.m., Amtrak trains were able to move at greatly reduced speeds, he said.

By Wednesday afternoon, Amtrak trains were running up to an hour behind schedule while workers restored signals in New Jersey, Mr. Cole said.


Man wants name to be ‘Boomer the Dog’

PITTSBURGH — A judge is considering whether a Pittsburgh-area man can legally change his name to Boomer the Dog after a short-lived television series.

The man who went to court Tuesday is Gary Guy Mathews, 44, of Green Tree. He is a fan of the 1980s NBC series “Here’s Boomer,” which featured a dog that rescued people.

But he’s also an enthusiast of Anthrocon. That’s an annual convention of people dedicated to anthropomorphism, the practice of attributing human characteristics to animals.

Mr. Mathews said his friends already call him Boomer, as did his late parents.

Allegheny County Judge Robert Folino said he’ll take a couple of days to decide.


Warrant signed to send Jeffs to Texas

SALT LAKE CITY — Polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs won’t face a retrial in his Utah accomplice rape case until his criminal charges in Texas are resolved, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said Wednesday.

The Utah Supreme Court last month overturned Jeffs’ 2007 convictions on accomplice rape charges. The court said faulty jury instructions denied Jeffs a fair trial, and the justices sent the case back for retrial.

After talking with Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap and Texas authorities, Mr. Shurtleff said all sides agreed to let Texas step in.

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