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Can high technology make trains safer?

After Sunday's commuter rail derailment next to the Hudson River in New York killed four passengers and injured scores more, observers are once again ready to assail the backwards state of the nation's rail infrastructure. How could Americans let something like this happen in the 21st century in …

Perfectly pregnant celebs? Don't fall for it

Actress Kate Winslet appears on the cover of the November issue of Vogue, now on newsstands. She is radiant; glowing and fairly ageless in that way that, one has come to suspect, only professional photo editing can achieve, although Winslet has objected to digital manipulation of her image in the …

NBC yanks 'Ironside,' sets 'Community' return

NBC slots "Community" return and "Chicago PD" premiere.<p>NBC is yanking two low-rated series — a remake of <i>Ironside</i> and sitcom <i>Welcome to the Family — and</i> set premiere dates for <i>Community</i> and a <i>Chicago Fire</i> police spinoff.<p>Cult favorite <i>Community</i> returns Jan. 2, in its former Thursday at 8 ET/PT time slot, …

A consumer wish list for features in a new iPad

New colors, improved camera, lighter design top the list. What do you want to see in a new iPad?<p>VENICE BEACH, Calif. — With a new iPad set to be unveiled Tuesday, we ask consumers what Apple could do to make the fifth-generation iPad even more appealing.<p>Apple has sold more than 150 million iPads to …

Muslim rockers inspired by Pink Floyd take on Turkey

A Muslim imam in Turkey has joined with a rock band to bring a message of peace and love to Muslims. Religious authorities are not sure if they like it.<p>KAS, Turkey — What do you get when you mix a medieval Sufi poet with one of the greatest '70s rock acts of all time?<p>A Muslim rock band led by a …

Many students would welcome third major political party

60% of Americans say the Democratic and Republican parties do such a poor job representing the American people that an alternative, third major party is needed.<p>George Washington issued a warning about political parties more than 200 years ago, saying they were destructive and could divide the …

Quick Tips: Shopping smartly at warehouse clubs

Warehouse shopping clubs lure customers with the promise of big savings by buying in bulk. But is shopping big really your best and how can the average consumer make it pay off?<p>In this week's Money Quick Tips video, USA TODAY contributor Regina Lewis offers advice on shopping smartly at warehouse …