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Before you left your house, Amtrak commuters had booked flights, as Johnny Depp was cautioned for jetting his pets into Australia. 

Taliban claimed a Kabul hotel shooting while Obama planned to calm Arab allies' frayed nerves. House of Representatives conservatives vowed to restrict abortion rights. 

Commuters planned flights

People who normally take some of the 750,000 daily trips on the nation's busiest rail line had to look for alternative ways to get to work after the Amtrak crash. Sales of flights, bus tickets and rental cars have rocketed. 

READ MORE: Flights spike as Amtrak commuters can't use nation's busiest rail route

The Taliban claimed a hotel attack

The Afghan Islamic extremist group said it was behind the shooting at an upmarket Kabul guest house. A gunman opened fire on guests as they arrived for dinner and a concert. 

READ MORE: American one of 14 dead in Afghan Taliban gun attack on Kabul hotel

Obama planned to reassure Arab leaders 

The President is hosting Gulf leaders today at Camp David. He'll be aiming to reassure them that the U.S. has their security in mind as they feel a bit anxious about American relations with Iran. 

READ MORE: Obama aims to reassure Arab leaders amid Middle East tensions

Conservatives restricted abortions

The right-wingers in the House of Representatives were behind a bill passed that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks. The White House isn't happy about it at all.

READ MORE: Conservative U.S. House votes to limit abortions after 20 weeks

Depp's dogs were told to 'bugger off'

The star took his Yorkshire terriers to Australia by private jet, and forgot all about their passports. Australia's agriculture minister told Depp in no uncertain terms that sexiest man in the world or not, he has 50 hours in which to produce the correct papers or "bugger off", or the pooches will be exterminated. He doesn't expect to be invited to the new Pirates premier. 

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