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September 5, 2013 |
Angels Flight derailed Thursday morning after an electrical circuit was disrupted and the car's emergency brake engaged, lifting it off the track, the rail's operator said. Angels Flight Railway President John Welborne said the funicular stopped because the rail's circuit was disrupted when lubrication from routine maintenance done Wednesday weakened the connection between the grounding brush and the third rail. The car's backup batteries drained, and the emergency brake engaged, which lifted the wheels of the car off the track.
September 4, 2013 |
CARACAS, Venezuela - With parts of Venezuela still dark after a mysterious blackout that left the capital and 17 states without electricity, President Nicolas Maduro laid the blame on opposition sabotage as his government scrambled to respond to the power failure. The power shutdown began midday Tuesday after an apparent failure in high voltage transmission lines in Aragua and Guarico states, which led to total outage in several of the country's most populous areas. Power was restored by early Wednesday to most of metropolitan Caracas, the capital, and a dozen states, according to the government.
September 3, 2013 |
Organizers of New York's Electric Zoo dance music festival announced Tuesday that they will offer partial refunds after canceling Sunday's final day of performances in light of two drug-related deaths. The deaths included one 20-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man. Representatives for the city of New York (which owns the Randall's Island facility where the festival is held) said that use of MDMA is suspected in each death. At least four other festival patrons are currently in the hospital with symptoms apparently related to the drug.
September 1, 2013 |
Fashion illustrator Tony Viramontes captured the gender-bending electricity of the 1980s style scene like no one else. He made a name for himself with his drawings of dominant women dressed in the theatrical haute couture of the day. In addition to putting pencil to paper, he was also a clothing stylist, makeup artist and hairdresser who collaborated with his subjects to create images with attitude. Twenty-five years after his death from AIDS at age 31, Viramontes will once again be in the spotlight.
August 23, 2013 |
Is the Tesla Model S really the safest car on the road? One key fact went unnoticed this week as Tesla Motors Inc. trumpeted its "best" crash-test rating in the media: The federal government doesn't test most other luxury cars. So the Model S may be safer than many cars costing far less. But whether it's safer than direct competitors from BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz - considered among the safest cars available - remains a mystery. What's more, the federal safety regulators privately reprimanded the automaker for publicly claiming the Model S scored better than any other car, according to a source familiar with the discussions.
August 21, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- JPMorgan Chase & Co. may have settled with federal energy regulators, but the FBI has opened its own investigation into the bank's role in California's electricity market. The FBI has launched a criminal probe into allegations at the heart of a case settled between JPMorgan and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last month, according to a person briefed on the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly. It was not clear when the criminal probe began and how, or if, it may have progressed.
August 21, 2013 |
As the Southland braces for the usual end-of-summer swelter, Southern California Edison isn't working up a sweat about keeping the lights on even though its nuclear power plant has been permanently closed. Partly that's because Edison employees have been hustling for months to promote the Rosemead utility's programs to tempt residential and business customers into shutting down air conditioning or other operations when electricity demand is high. In exchange, customers get relief on their power bills through credits or rate discounts.
August 21, 2013 |
Now that Tesla Motors has turned a profit , and its Model S electric car has scored the top federal safety rating and the top Consumer Reports rating , what's left for the upstart Palo Alto automaker? Plenty. What Tesla has accomplished is remarkable, and it appears on track to become the first successful automotive start-up in a century. Investors certainly think so, having pushed the stock up 323% this year. Top 10 cheapest cars that get 35 mpg But whether the bullish bet pays off in the long term will depend on whether Tesla can break out of its niche of selling government-supported cars to rich people.
August 15, 2013 |
Most electric vehicles are best used as second cars, given their short range and long recharging times. Now comes the Innova Dash -- a "third car" that lies somewhere between a golf cart and a passenger vehicle. “It's meant to be more of a third-car option than a primary vehicle,” said Marta Cyhan, Innova's U.S. managing director. “This is for people to try out, rather than [opt for] complete substitution.” PHOTOS: Plugging in: Electric cars Innova, an early-stage company based in Oak Brook, Ill., starts taking orders on the mini-electric car today and expects to deliver them starting in October.
August 3, 2013 |
Electric cars will probably remain a tiny niche of the auto industry until drivers see a serious expansion of charging stations. But you can't just put one on every corner next to the gas station. The cars can take hours to fully charge, which would create a big parking problem, among other issues. Even if consumers bought electric cars in droves tomorrow, the infrastructure to keep them rolling would look much different. Charging starts at home, with a charging station that can cost drivers $500 to $2,000.