National Briefs: Leaders call for gun ban

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WASHINGTON -- Religious leaders from across the country gathered Saturday at Washington National Cathedral to call for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as more attention to poverty-related problems underlying gun violence in inner cities.

The meeting, part of a four-day "gun violence prevention sabbath," was broadcast via a live Web stream to about 400 congregations around the United States, including some that held similar events locally, organizers said.

Several leaders said they had a unique perspective on the gun issue from years of burying shooting victims and comforting their families. Others said their political strength stemmed from their diverse backgrounds -- Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus -- that straddled party lines. Several compared religious leaders' role in the gun debate to that in the civil rights movement.

"We bring a history of empathy to victims of suffering," said the Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, before a morning worship service. "All religious traditions try to answer the question of suffering, especially innocent suffering. ... We bring a lot of people who aren't always politically active into the conversation."

Amtrak service suspended

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A freight train derailment in Connecticut has suspended Amtrak service along the busy New York-to-Boston corridor, and the railroad is providing transportation on alternate routes.

Trains north from New York's Penn Station will run to New Haven, Conn., then detour to Springfield, Mass., before traveling to Boston's South Station. Passengers should allow several hours of extra time.

For those traveling to New York, Amtrak will pick up passengers at Kingston, R.I, Providence, R.I., and Route 128 and return to Boston to board a special train to New York.

The rail service says crews were working Sunday to clear the tracks.

Amtrak service between New York and Washington is not affected and the Springfield, Mass., shuttle will operate as scheduled.

Cruise ship returns

TAMPA, Fla. -- A Carnival cruise ship that experienced technical issues with its propulsion system and canceled one stop has arrived as scheduled in Tampa, Fla.

The Carnival Legend reduced its speed because of the problem and did not stop at the Grand Cayman Islands. Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen says Legend arrived about 7 a.m. Sunday in Tampa, and passengers were off the ship by the normal debarkation time of 10:30 a.m.

Carnival stresses in a statement that the Legend's safety systems, steering and services onboard are functioning normally.

Mr. Gulliksen says Legend should depart on time Sunday afternoon for its next trip, at a slightly reduced speed and with one itinerary change. He says the ship will stop in Costa Maya, Mexico, instead of Grand Cayman because it is a closer port.

Lohan back in court

LOS ANGELES -- Lindsay Lohan's trial on charges she lied to police in the wake of a car crash is set to begin today.

Ms. Lohan's attorney had asked that the trial be postponed, but the judge refused.

Prosecutors had proposed the actress serve 90 days in a locked rehabilitation facility to resolve the three misdemeanor counts, according to several people with knowledge of the situation. But so far, she has given no indication she is willing to enter that type of program.

At a recent hearing, her attorney, Mark Heller, said Ms. Lohan did not need to be placed in a rehabilitation facility. But whether Mr. Heller will remain her sole attorney next week is unclear.

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