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WASHINGTON (AP) Amtrak expects to operate every available passenger rail car in its fleet today on the heaviest travel day of the year. Rail ridership is expected to be as high as 127,000 passengers.

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) Authorities say a Maryland man is in critical condition following a motorcycle crash near New Castle. Delaware State Police say 18-year-old Charles Bellmyer of Elkton, Md., was traveling westbound on Route 273 when his Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle struck a Nissan Altima that was making a U-turn at an intersection Tuesday afternoon.

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) A homeless man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge. Police say 48-year-old Richard Rodola poured gasoline on 37-year-old Pamela Myers on October 23rd.

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) Montgomery County Police say a California man has been arrested in a 1981 rape after a DNA match. Fifty-four-year-old Joseph Nickens of Los Angeles is charged with rape and burglary. He was returned Monday to Maryland, where he is being held without bond.

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