National briefs: Navy SEAL dies during training

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FT. KNOX, Ky. -- A U.S. sailor was killed and seven people were injured in a training exercise for SEAL forces in Fort Knox, Ky., officials said Friday.

The accident took place Wednesday night during a training exercise that involved a Humvee vehicle that overturned, officials from Naval Special Warfare Group 2 said.

Seven other service members were injured. They sustained minor injuries, were treated and released.

The dead sailor was identified as Special Warfare Operator 3rd Class Jonathan H. Kaloust, assigned to an East Coast-based Navy SEAL team out of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Fort Story, Va.

Ark. abortion law blocked

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An Arkansas law limiting a woman's right to an abortion at the 12th week of pregnancy, if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright barred enforcement of the state's Human Heartbeat Protection Act after a hearing Friday in Arkansas' capital city, Little Rock.

The measure known as Act 301 was made law in March and was scheduled to take effect on Aug. 16.

Hofstra U. student killed

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- A 21-year-old Hofstra University junior from Westchester County, N.Y., was killed early Friday during an armed home invasion robbery at a rental house she shared down the block from campus in Uniondale, Nassau County police said. The gunman also was killed.

Police called the incident an officer-involved shooting and said the circumstances are under investigation.

Future retirees at risk

WASHINGTON -- The retirement prospects of Americans are slipping for the first time in generations, according to a report released Thursday.

The report by the Pew Charitable Trusts said that Americans born after 1955 are carrying more debt than the generations that came before them, putting them in danger of not having enough savings to maintain their standard of living in retirement.

The report estimates that, at the median, Americans born between 1966 and 1975 -- so-called Gen-Xers -- will be able to replace just half their pre-retirement income once they stop working, well below the minimum 70 percent replacement rates recommended by most financial planners. Late baby boomers -- which the report defines as those born between 1956 and 1965 -- will be able to replace 60 percent of their working incomes in retirement.

Dozens injured in train crash

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Two commuter trains serving New York City collided in Connecticut during Friday's evening rush hour, injuring about 50 people, authorities said. There were no reports of fatalities.

The Metro-North Railroad, a commuter line, referred in a news release to a "major derailment" near Fairfield, just outside Bridgeport. It said emergency workers were at the scene of the accident, which came shortly after 6 p.m.

Amtrak suspended service indefinitely between New York and Boston.

Also in the nation ...

President Barack Obama flew by helicopter to Baltimore Friday, where he promoted his policies to train Americans for well-paying manufacturing jobs, in visits to an elementary school and a factory that makes dredging equipment. ...First lady Michelle Obama on Friday encouraged the graduates of Bowie State University in suburban Washington to live up to the legacy of their university's founders and the leaders of the civil rights movement by promoting the importance of education in the black community.

-- Compiled from news services

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