July 21, 2007 |
For months, Brazilians have been using the phrase "air blackout" to describe the crisis in the country's aviation system that reached epic proportions this week with the worst crash in the nation's history. The use of this phrase is no accident.
June 10, 2007 |
Richard Grove, 73 years old and a robust 6 feet tall, set out with confident strides across a laboratory floor the other day. His first five steps went great. Then his left foot hit a slippery patch and skidded. His arms windmilled over his head as if he were throwing a baseball with each hand. His right foot shot forward to come even with his left. But he quickly regained his balance and kept on walking. This was no accident. Grove had just slipped for science.
May 19, 2007 |
Operators of underground coal mines will be required to take far stronger action to prevent explosions like the one that killed 12 men at the Sago Mine last year, under new rules issued by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. The rules, which take effect Tuesday, follow the agency's conclusion that lightning sparked methane gas in a sealed section of the West Virginia mine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2006 |
As teen-savvy parents, David and Donna Sabet gave 17-year-old daughter Gillian the usual talk before she left for the dance. "Call when you get where you're going," he said. "Be safe. Buckle up." "I know," she replied. "Love ya, Dad!" Gillian -- "Jill" to her friends -- and her boyfriend, Jonathan M. Schulte, 16, never made it to last year's JSerra High School Spring Fling in San Juan Capistrano, where she was to be crowned queen of the dance.
March 17, 2006 |
Fearing another dam break like the one that killed as many as seven people this week, state officials invoked emergency authority to enter private property and inspect earthen dams on the island of Kauai. As heavy rain rapidly filled reservoirs on the island, the state said dams on Kauai were being severely tested.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2005 |
The federal agency overseeing rail safety has been too lax in investigating train accidents and too often lets railroads blame motorists for crashes, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general. The report on the Federal Railroad Administration, released Thursday, lends credence to the complaints of transportation experts and victims' families that railroads and others aren't taking responsibility for accidents, even when they're at fault.