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The Week in Review: Amtrak Crash Increases Attention on Infrastructure

An Amtrak train traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 200.<p>At the time of the collision the train was traveling at 106 miles per hour, which is twice the limit, according to the National …

Trains

Leak hints at the first round of Apple Watch upgrades

There hasn't been much talk of software upgrades for the Apple Watch now that it's a real product you can (sort of) buy, but sources for <i>9to5Mac</i> understand that there are some important tweaks in the pipeline. To start with, you'll reportedly see third-party "complications" (those elements that show …

Google turned millions of public photos into timelapses showing how Earth changes

This is a brilliant way to use the millions of free public domain images that are just sitting around.<p>Researchers at the University of Washington and …

Games may be coming to Facebook Messenger

You may eventually be able to play games over Facebook Messenger. According to <i>The Information</i>, Facebook has confirmed that it's speaking with developers about creating games that work within Messenger and live inside of its app store. It sounds as though Facebook's plans for games are still at an …

US Marines say unique Osprey aircraft has good safety record

HONOLULU (AP) — The fatal crash of the Marine Corps' new hybridized airplane-and-helicopter aircraft during a training exercise in Hawaii over the …

Military

192 People Arrested in Texas Gang Shooting Case

About 170 people have been arrested in connection with the Texas shooting Sunday that left nine dead, police said Monday.<p>The Waco Police Department …

L'Oreal partners with bioprinting company to print human skin

The cosmetics company wants to increase lab-based skin production<p>L'Oreal already grows thousands of human skin samples per year in its labs in Lyon, France — but it wants more. So the cosmetics company is partnering with Organovo, a startup that uses bioprinting technology to create human tissue …

DOOM Gameplay Teased, Full Reveal Coming at E3

Hype!<p>Bethesda has released the briefest of gameplay teasers for its upcoming modern-day reboot of DOOM, before confirming much more will be coming at …

First gameplay from Oxenfree, 2015's coolest-looking adventure game

<b>Watch in 60fps on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube</b><p>A few months ago during this year's GDC, a reveal trailer emerged for a game called <i>Oxenfree</i>, a mysterious new adventure game from an also-new indie developer named Night School Studio, a small LA-based team a formed out of talent from …

Need for Speed 2015 First Look Coming May 21

The racing game series is scheduled to return later this year.<p>Electronic Arts and developer Ghost Games are going to give a first look of the next …

GTA 5 Ships Nearly 52 Million Copies, WWE 2K16 and NBA 2K16 Announced

Rockstar Games' open-world action game Grand Theft Auto V has now shipped nearly 52 million copies across console and PC. Parent company Take-Two Interactive announced the figure, up from 45 million, as part of its latest earnings report today.<p>Another exciting development out of Take-Two's earnings …

'Indianna Jones' skit stars Anna Kendrick as a feminist Indiana Jones, and we love it

Lucasfilm and Disney are planning a new Indiana Jones film, and with Hollywood already rebooting the Ghostbusters franchise with an all-women cast, this skit leads us to ask: Why not bring back the archaeological adventurer as "Indianna Jones"?<p>Starring the eminently likable Anna Kendrick as the …

Movies

Love your favorite game mod? Show it with #modlove2015

Mod DB, Curse, GameBanana, Run Shoot Think Live, and other modder hangouts are launching a new “feel the love” campaign for game mod developers this week: #modlove2015.<p>All week, the companies are urging players to tweet, post on Facebook, or blog about their favorite mods using the hashtag. Sure, …

Alan Wake turns 5 today, remember the game with this Alan Wake 2 prototype video

Five years ago today, Remedy's <i>Alan Wake</i> hit North America.<p>The narratively-driven adventure game was highly praised and to date has sold more than 3.2 million copies on the Xbox 360 and Windows PC. But despite the reception and plans for a sequel, the game's ongoing story remains mothballed.<p>Last …

Walmart is developing a $50 Amazon Prime-like service

Walmart's apparently gearing up to challenge Amazon on its turf and has conjured up a Prime competitor that will begin testing as soon as this summer. According to sources, the company's unlimited two-to-three-day shipping service for online purchases will cost $50, almost half of what Prime costs …

Activists in Spain defend man who hid son in suitcase to cross border | Fox News

Immigration activists and lawyers in Spain are coming out in defense of an Ivory Coast man who tried to smuggle his 8-year-old son into the country stuffed in a suitcase.<p>They argue that he was driven by despair and should be given some leniency.<p>"This is a dramatic situation, which reflects policies …

Mexican teen shows up saying she is the right 'Alondra' wanted in Houston | Fox News

A girl claiming to be a Houston woman's daughter illegally taken to Mexico eight years ago has turned herself in to a court that mistakenly sent another girl to the United States against her will last month, an official said Monday.<p>The court official in the southwestern state of Michoacan said a …

U.S accepts Colombia's decision to suspend use of weed killer

The U.S. ambassador to Colombia said Monday he accepted the country's decision to suspend a longstanding program of aerial spraying of weed killer on coca crops but that other tools will be used to try to contain farming of coca, the base material of cocaine.<p>The spraying of glyphosate by …

Nebraska prison revolt leaves 2 inmates dead, 4 injured

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — A weekend revolt at a Nebraska maximum security prison that saw inmates temporarily take control of half the housing units left …

Washington State

Picasso painting sells for a record $179 million - May. 11, 2015

Pablo Picasso would be a happy man if he were alive today.<p>A painting by the iconic abstract artist sold for a record $179,365,000 at an auction Monday in New York, a Christie's spokesperson said.<p>The 1955 canvas, "Les femmes d'Alger (Version "O")," sets a new bar for the contemporary art market. …

Ex-Bernie Madoff Aide, Frank DiPascali, Dies Weeks Before Sentencing

NEW YORK — Bernard Madoff's former right-hand man, who once admitted he was loyal to his boss "to a terrible, terrible fault," has died less than a month before he faced sentencing for his role in the multi-billion dollar fraud.<p>Frank DiPascali, 58, died Thursday of lung cancer after spending his …

Windows 10 Will Be Microsoft's Last Version of Windows

An ever-evolving platform.<p>Windows 10 will be the last version of Microsoft's long-running line of operating systems, according to company executive …