February 15, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- Freestyler skier Maria Komissarova of Russia is recovering after a 6 1/2-hour surgery following a training accident at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Saturday while preparing for the Sochi Olympics women's skicross event next week, according to Russian officials. Komissarova crashed at the end of a series of three jumps near the top of the 1,200-meter course, according to Jenny Wiedeke, spokeswoman for the International Ski Federation. “The operation is over … it's been successful,” said Mikhail Verzeba, a Russian ski federation official who told the Associated Press that Komissarova fractured the 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower-middle back.
February 9, 2014 |
The construction worker injured Friday at the site of the World Cup stadium in the Amazon city of Manaus has died and now others employed there are threatening to go on strike, further hampering efforts to prepare for this summer's soccer tournament in Brazil. Antonio Jose Pita Martins, a 55-year-old from Portugal, was killed while disassembling a crane that was used to install part of the roof at the Arena da Amazonia, where the U.S. will play its second group-play match in June.
February 7, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- In a freak accident Thursday, David Poile, the general manager of the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team and the NHL's Nashville Predators, took a puck to the face Thursday in St. Paul, Minn., and was hospitalized with facial injuries. He reportedly will not accompany the team on its charter flight to Russia, which is scheduled to depart on Sunday, but might travel to Sochi sometime next week. Poile completed his main job of overseeing the team's selection, but he had planned to be here for the men's tournament, which begins Wednesday.
February 6, 2014 |
In the new world of the sharing economy, companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have made a compelling case that government shouldn't treat them the same way it treats conventional service providers. They're not taxi companies; instead, they empower people to act as part-time limo drivers. But regulators still have to make sure that the public is protected when something goes wrong. A recent fatal accident involving a driver who used Uber highlights gaps in the insurance coverage that ride-sharing services, their drivers and state regulators can't ignore.
February 5, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - A deadly accident involving a California ride-sharing driver has brought to light a potential downside to this new high-tech carpooling: Who pays when something goes wrong? Companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have long insisted that the insurance they provide their drivers is sufficient to cover accidents. But a recent tragedy shows the murky legal terrain in which these new taxi-like services operate. On New Year's Eve, an Uber driver struck and killed a 6-year-old girl who was crossing a San Francisco street with her family.
February 3, 2014 |
The Department of Transportation will push the development of a short-range radio system aimed at stopping crashes by allowing cars to exchange basic facts about speed and direction to other vehicles as fast at 10 times a second. Called vehicle-to-vehicle communications, such a system would give vehicles the ability to warn drivers of potential dangers as far as 300 yards away. The technology could be linked to safety systems already in some vehicles that automatically trigger the brakes or make steering adjustments to stop collisions. “This is just the beginning of a revolution in roadway safety,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday.