December 2, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- A passenger train that derailed in New York City, killing four people, was traveling 82 mph as it entered a curve where the speed limit is 30 mph, and the brakes were not fully applied until seconds before the cars came to a stop off the tracks, federal investigators said Monday. Earl Weener of the National Transportation Safety Board stressed that the information so far was “preliminary,” but he said the details of the Metro-North train's speed and brakes came from two “event recorders” that investigators were able to retrieve after Sunday's crash in the Spuyten Duyvil neighborhood of the Bronx.
November 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade began its spectacular promenade through Manhattan as scheduled Thursday, defying high winds that had threatened to ground its massive balloons for the first time in more than 40 years. The decision to float the balloons came early Thursday, as police, parade officials and meteorologists eyed forecasts that had called for sustained winds of more than 20 mph and gusts exceeding 30 mph. The parade's balloons are not allowed to fly if winds are higher than 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph. The rule was adopted after the 1997 parade, when fierce winds caused the Cat in the Hat balloon to careen into a lamppost, sending debris to the ground that left one spectator with critical head injuries.
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November 6, 2013 |
Two people were killed Wednesday morning when they were ejected from a speeding BMW after it crashed into a light pole in Riverside at 100 mph, police said. The BMW was going "at least" 100 mph about 2:20 a.m. when it ran a red light and smashed into a light pole, burst into flames and careened into a palm tree, setting the tree on fire, said Lt. Russ Schubert. The car was speeding eastbound on Colorado Avenue when it passed two Riverside police officers in a cruiser going the opposite direction, Schubert said.
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September 12, 2013 |
A 25-year-old woman was hospitalized early Thursday after crashing her car into a dry-cleaning business in Tarzana, police said. Witnesses reported the car was going about 80 mph westbound on Ventura Boulevard about 1 a.m. when it slammed into a business, sending debris down the street and sidewalk. Police saw the vehicle speeding in Reseda and gave chase. The woman was taken into custody after she lost control and crashed. Police said they smelled alcohol on the woman's breath and she was taken to a local hospital, where she was listed in fair condition.
July 30, 2013 |
The Swiss daredevil and former fighter pilot known as "Jetman" made his first public flight in the U.S. on Monday, strapped to a jet-propelled wing he designed himself. In video taken after the flight over Wisconsin, 53-year-old Yves Rossy says his jet-powered creation "follows my moves. " "It's like when you are skiing," he says, "you do that move, and it turns. " Rossy's known for being the first person ever to fly using a jet-propelled wing. As his website details, he made his first official public flight in May 2008, flying over the Swiss Alps, followed by a flight over the English Channel in September that same year.
July 30, 2013 |
It might be called the Vegas Itch. And for many drivers headed to Sin City from Southern California and the coast, the obvious scratch is to gun the engine down the long incline along Interstate 15 across the Nevada border and into Primm, with the lights of Las Vegas shimmering over the next ocher-colored mountain or two. Along the 35 miles between Primm and the Strip, many vehicles are clocked at 100 mph or more. The average speed for vehicles pulled over is about 95 mph, 25 mph over the posted limit.
July 29, 2013 |
Honda UK's Mean Mower can outrun some high-end sports cars -- and, yes, still cut the grass. “They know we're capable of design, but this was something outside of our normal line of experience,” said Peter Crolla of Team Dynamics Motorsport, which developed the mower for Honda. More than a PR stunt, the project emphasized Honda's credentials as a “sporty brand,” Crolla said. Two zippier cars, the Civic Type-R and NSX, are due out in the British market soon. PHOTOS: 10 cheapest cars that get 35 mpg or better The team set to work overhauling the guts of a traditional riding mower.
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July 15, 2013 |
Bill Warner, who set the world record for fastest speed on a conventional motorcycle, died Sunday after losing control while again trying to top 300 mph at a former air base in northern Maine. He was 44. The speed racer and Florida fish farmer was clocked at 285 mph before he lost control. It was unclear how fast the motorcycle was traveling when it veered off a runway and crashed, according to Tim Kelly, race director for the Loring Timing Assn. , which hosts the annual timed speed event at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine.
July 1, 2013 |
Sunday afternoon at Chavez Ravine was hot, but Dodgers reliever Jose Dominguez was hotter in his major league debut against the Philadelphia Phillies. The 22-year-old Dominican fireballer retired Delmon Young, Ben Revere and Carlos Ruiz in order in the eighth inning, hitting 101 mph twice and 100 mph once, as he preserved a 4-0 lead. “Everybody works for this moment,' Dominguez said. “It's pretty cool.” Dominguez was called up from triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday when reliever Peter Moylan was optioned out. With the Dodgers leading comfortably after seven innings, Manager Don Mattingly called on Dominguez, who skipped out of the bullpen and jogged to the mound.
June 30, 2013 |
The first fastball hit 97 mph, the second 99 mph, the fourth 101 mph. It's a little too soon to say Jose Dominguez can do for the Dodgers this year what Francisco Rodriguez did for the Angels 11 years ago, but putting a kid fireballer in your bullpen never hurts. Dominguez electrified the Dodger Stadium crowd in his major league debut Sunday, pitching a perfect eighth inning. He threw 10 fastballs, all but the first hitting at least 99 mph, and a nice selection of off-speed pitches.