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Disasters and Accidents

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  • NTSB: Make Collision-Avoidance Systems Standard

     
    The National Transportation Safety Board's 2013 Most Wanted safety list includes a recommendation for standard collision-avoidance systems on all cars, the first time the technology has made the agency's list. To the board, systems like lane departure...
  • NHTSA Prepares to Greenlight Black Boxes in Cars

     
    The federal government is poised at last to finalize legislation requiring all new vehicles to come equipped with a "black box" that records crash data. The White House Office of Management and Budget gave notice today that it had completed......
  • After Breakdown or Accident, It's Best to Stay in Your Car

     
    A recent tragedy in Atlanta took the lives of two women who, after leaving their vehicles to inspect damage from a fender bender, were struck and killed by a tow truck. This winter has seen several accidents in which motorists......
  • Rain, wind, flooding to ease; sunshine Tuesday

     
    Intense low pressure to our south has been pumping torrents of rain, gusty winds and loads of trouble our way out of the east for the past 16 hours or so. Rain totals are running from well over an inch......
  • 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains': And so it begins!

     
    Well, I don't know about you, but I am totally psyched for this season of Survivor, and really, it kind of shocks me. I mean, it's the 20th season, and the last season ended about five minutes ago. But I......
  • Big money from a small donor

     
    by Don Frederick As 11-year-old Dalton Hatfield set about selling his earthly possessions, his parents thought he was doing his part to help pay for a family vacation. Instead, he was doing his part to help his favored presidential candidate,......
  • U.S. aid trickles in to Myanmar

     
    by Bay Fang The first U.S. military aid flight landed in Burma's capital city of Yangon on Monday, but a US official cited "massive concern" about supplies getting to the approximately 1.5 million people waiting for help in the cyclone-ravaged......
  • 'PIGWAD:' Government on the march

     
    by Mark Silva In the archives of acronyms, the government has managed to abbreviate some fairly complex concepts into simple terms. We have a special affection for the HMVEE -- the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle -- having ridden in......
  • Senate votes to stop filling oil reserve

     
    Undated government photo of U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve's Big Hill site near Beaumont, Texas. (Source: Department of Energy/ via Bloomberg News) by Frank James How concerned are lawmakers during this election year about a voter backlash against...
  • China quake should wake up U.S.

     
    by Frank James As we view the images of the aftermath of the earthquake in China's Sichuan Province and the reports of an estimated 12,000 dead, it's impossible to escape the sense that not only could it happen here but......
  • China quake, Florida fires from space

     
    Satellite imagery can help us visualize large-scale events in ways that TV pictures - even those shot from helicopters - cannot.Here is a satellite view of the smoke from the Florida wildfires, which is easily seen from space. The smoke......