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Did the electrified third rail make train wreck deadlier?

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — It was a hellish scenario investigators had never seen before: 400 feet of electrified third rail snapped into 12 pieces and speared a commuter train during a fiery collision with an SUV. Now officials want to know whether the rail's unusual design explains why the crash was …

Baton Rouge

20 of our favorite quotes about San Francisco

Of all the people who ever called San Francisco home, maybe no one loved it more than Herb Caen.<p>The legendary Chronicle columnist said, "A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams."<p>But it is also judged by how it affects people — …

San Francisco

Your Money: Are old computers a potential investment?

<b>"Wow! Look at this place!"</b><p>The first words of everyone who comes through the door at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge are always the same.<p>In a cold warehouse the size of a large school hall, hidden away on an industrial estate, row upon row of computers are laid out.<p>They buzz away, …

Steve Wozniak

Seven arrested in undercover prostitution sting in Wilmette

Seven Chicago area men were arrested Feb. 5 in Wilmette in an undercover sting operation offering prostitution in advertising on social media, police said.<p>According to Wilmette police, a multi-jurisdictional task force targeted prostitution through various social media networks. Investigators set …

Corruption

Brian Williams: Mythology, memory and ego

Every once in a while a term surfaces in a news story that leaves us wanting.<p>The term "misremembered" is one of them. That is how NBC's chief anchor, Brian Williams, explained his shifting story about his experiences in Iraq. He issued an apology, for "misremembering".<p>What, as the kids like to say …

David Letterman

Bobbi Kristina Brown: Grandma Cissy Houston at hospital; cousin urges prayer

Bobbi Kristina Brown's grandmother CissyHouston, mother of the late Whitney Houston, arrived Friday at the Atlanta hospital where the 21-year-old has been on life support since being found unconscious last Saturday.<p>"Everyone is coming to the hospital to say goodbye," a family member told People on …

In a museum among fossils, the birth of modern Canadian politics

They moved out one of the fossil exhibits and turned the space into a temporary home for the Senate.<p>No joke; true story.<p>It all happened 100 years ago this passing week. Somehow, a fire began in the reading room of the Centre Block on Parliament Hill – instantly sparking rumours of German sabotage – …

Fears of Western split over Ukraine as Germany rebuffs American threat to send weapons

European ministers warn that allowing US arms to be used against separatist rebels would "pour oil onto the flames" in the Ukraine conflict<p>Fears of a split in Western strategy towards Ukraine grew on Friday night after Germany directly rebuffed America over its threats to send weapons to Kiev.<p>As …

Last Days of RadioShack: Fans Remember an Institution

On Thursday, the company announced that it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and would sell up to 2,400 stores.<p>Read more here.

Bankruptcy

Samantha Jones: Why I defended 'Pledge of Allegiance'

When I heard about a group of atheists suing to silence every New Jersey school kid who wished to say the Pledge of Allegiance in its entirety, including the words “under God,” I knew I had to do something.<p>That’s why my family and I decided to defend the Pledge in court. We believe in doing so we …

Rights & Freedoms

Cheating couple’s office sexcapade seen at pub across the street

Don’t you hate it when the windows you thought were tinted dark and opaque turn out to actually not prevent visibility at all? Two employees at New Zealand insurance company Marsh, Ltd. certainly do after having a very intimate office affair in full view of the pub across the street.<p>The man and …

The ‘Healing’ Tea That Kills

A Canadian woman’s quest for inner peace through a special tea wound up costing the 32-year-old her life. Before venturing into the wild for a …

New Jersey

The 'Most Offensive' Comments a President Has Ever Made

Many of today's conservatives are on the warpath about President Obama's latest speech. Conservative thinkers of other eras might have seen it differently.<p>Barack Obama has gotten himself in trouble again, with people who generally find him troublesome, for a National Prayer Breakfast speech in …

National Prayer Breakfast

Edward J. Olmos touches on lack of Latino talent in Hollywood: 'They take us for granted' | Fox News

The lack of diversity in Hollywood seems to be talk of the town lately – people are not forgetting too easily the absence of Latinos or African-Americans among the Oscars nominees this year.<p>Yet Edward James Olmos has his own take on the matter.<p>In a recent interview with Fox News Latino, Olmos said …

Jennifer Lopez

Republicans Attack Immigrants While Putting America in Danger

The House of Representatives' Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill, which is really a law seeking the mass deportations of undocumented people, including children, died on the Senate floor, victim of arithmetic certainty.<p>Mathematical reality seems to be a challenge to the GOP House …

Scientists explain how Brian Williams' memory may have failed him

While some are accusing Brian Williams of deliberately lying about his account of being on a helicopter under attack in Iraq, researchers have long said that memory is not as straightforward as we tend to think.<p>Williams is under pressure for telling changing versions of the helicopter ride, which …

Apple and Tesla engage in bidding war for top talent

Apple and Tesla are in the midst of an intense bidding war for each other’s employees, according to Bloomberg. Tesla has so far poached more Apple staffers than any other company at 150, and Apple has tried to unsuccessfully lure Tesla’s people with big paychecks.<p>Tesla’s obsession with stealing …

American held by ISIS moved by suffering of Syrian people

<b>(CNN) —</b> Kayla Mueller made helping people her life's work.<p>After graduating from college in 2009, she traveled to northern India, the Palestinian territories and Israel to assist humanitarian groups, her family said through a spokeswoman. She then went to Syria to help people whose lives had been …

North Korea

The Breakfast That Could Help You Eat 50 Percent Less at Lunch

<i>By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>What did you eat for breakfast today? If it was oatmeal, you might find yourself feeling fuller longer and …

Jeremy Meeks, whose handsome mugshot went viral, sentenced to prison

Jeremy Meeks' mugshot inspired fundraising efforts and Facebook groups after his piercing eyes and defiant glare sent the Internet into a frenzy last year.<p>But all the viral furor and slack-jawed looks drawn by Meeks' mug did little to change the felon's saga. U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley …

Stormy skies: Bombardier flies a risky flight path

Bombardier Inc. employees have a phrase for the kind of personal feel-it-in-your-gut commitment to the company that goes well beyond normal work duty. They call it "<i>avoir le sang jaune</i>."<p>Literally, it means to have yellow blood, a reference to the colour of the first snowmobiles cranked out by …

TransAsia plane's black box reveals the moments before fatal crash

Taiwan authorities release the preliminary reading of TransAsia Flight GE235's black box recording as death toll climbs to 35<p>The final moments of the TransAsia Flight GE235 were revealed yesterday as black box recordings showed both of the plane's engines stalled before it crashed into Taipei's …

Whitney Houston’s Will Reportedly Reveals Who Inherits Estate If Bobbi Kristina Does Not Recover

Whitney Houston’s will reportedly has a “secret provision” that most would not have expected. Although a number of previous reports insisted that …

Man Says He Was Forced to Choose Between Newborn Son with Down Syndrome and Wife

When Samuel Forrest’s son Leo was born Jan. 21, doctors informed him that Leo had Down Syndrome, which made no difference to Forrest.<p>“I looked at …

Disability

Mark Zuckerberg and wife give $75 million to S.F. General Hospital

Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, are donating $75 million to San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center in what officials say appears to be the largest single gift from a private donor to a county-run public hospital.<p>The facility, run by …

South Carolina

SpaceX Gets Set to Launch DSCOVR Satellite, Then Land Falcon Rocket

Elon Musk

Rep. Aaron Schock's bad week could have long-term repercussions

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's flamboyance caught up with him this week, when the "Downton Abbey" makeover of his congressional digs metastasized into a case study for disastrous political communications.<p>The new decor triggered an ethics complaint against the Republican lawmaker from a watchdog group, …

Downton Abbey

The new Palestinian city that lacks only one thing

<b>A Palestinian millionaire has built a totally new city from scratch in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, complete with a Roman amphitheatre and football stadium. But one thing is stopping people moving in - there's no water.</b><p>You know what they say about property: "Location, location, location."<p>What …

Israel

The real-life Poseidon adventure of a veteran fishing crew from Pubnico

Captain Martin d'Entremont and the crew of the Poseidon Princess were sailing home from Georges Banks on their third and last fishing trip of the winter season. It had been a big success – the 20-metre boat was filled with 51,000 kilograms of haddock from nearly three days of fishing.<p>A strong …