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An aerial view of workers repairing damaged rail tracks after a train derailed in eastern Taiwan on April 2. Photo: Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images

A train in Taiwan derailed Friday when it hit an unmanned vehicle that rolled onto the track, leaving at least 50 dead and dozens of others injured, AP reports.

The big picture: It's believed to be the deadliest rail disaster in Taiwan's history. The crash came on the first day of the Tomb Sweeping Festival, a four-day holiday weekend in which people frequently travel home to see relatives and pay respects at the graves of their ancestors, per AP. The train was carrying more than 400 people.

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

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Amtrak unveils vision of expanded rail map under Biden's infrastructure plan

The proposed map for an expanded rail service by Amtrak. Photo: Amtrak.

Amtrak released a proposed map Wednesday of an expanded U.S. rail system that could be built with funding from President Biden's infrastructure plan.

Why it matters: The expanded rail system — funded with the $80 billion Biden's infrastructure plan allocates to rail specifically—would "create jobs, improve the quality of life, reduce carbon emissions and generate economic growth,” Amtrak said in a statement.

Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

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President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.

Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID-19 complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.

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