February 8, 2014 |
Ron Capps awoke Saturday and promptly saw his phone was "lit up" with calls and text messages, he said. "I thought maybe something bad had happened. " What had happened the day before certainly wasn't good. A day earlier, the 7,000-horsepower engine on Capps' 300-mph NHRA funny car had exploded near the finish line at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Pieces of the engine flew off, as did the top of the car's carbon-fiber body, leaving a shaken Capps exposed as the car rolled to a stop.
February 4, 2014 |
In the northeast of China, at the Yixian and Jiufotang formations, scientists have discovered thousands of exquisitely preserved fossils of plants and birds, dinosaurs and mammals. Together they make up the Jehol Biota -- an ecosystem, preserved in ash, that dates back nearly 130 million years. Some of these fossils are so complete that researchers can determine what a dinosaur had for breakfast on the day it died. Others include impressions of an animal's muscles and skin, as well as hair, feathers and scales. The fossils tell us that back in the lower Cretaceous period this land was humid, and dotted with conifer forests and lakes.
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January 3, 2014 |
“Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker and his friend were traveling at more than 100 mph when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT in which they were riding crashed, killing them both, according to a Los Angeles County coroner's report released Friday. The limited-production sports car was in the No. 1 lane on Hercules Street in Santa Clarita on Nov. 30 when Walker's friend, Roger Rodas, lost control of the vehicle, officials said. The autopsy report is the first time authorities have estimated speeds for the Porsche or detailed any of vehicle's movements. DOCUMENTS: Read the autopsies The vehicle was eastbound when skid marks show it went out of control, spun around, hit the southern sidewalk and smashed the driver's side of the car into a tree and light post, according to the coroner's report.
December 29, 2013 |
A white Mercedes allegedly traveling 110 mph has flattened the Dodgers with the organization's most frightening, frustrating truth. The richest team in baseball cannot buy the safety, security or even the simple undivided attention of its most popular player. Yasiel Puig continues to careen toward calamity and there doesn't seem to be anything anybody can, or will, do about it. For the second time this year, Puig has been charged with reckless driving, after his arrest Saturday on an Everglades-choked stretch of South Florida highway known as Alligator Alley.
December 28, 2013 |
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving Saturday morning in Florida after his Mercedes-Benz was clocked traveling 110 mph in a 70-mph zone, police said. The arrest came less than two months after Puig had speeding-related charges dropped in Tennessee. Puig, who makes his off-season home in Miami, was driving westbound on Interstate 75 between Naples and Fort Lauderdale when he was pulled over, said Lt. Greg Bueno of the Florida Highway Patrol.
December 27, 2013 |
The highlight of Sam Smith's recent two-night stint at Troubadour didn't happen during, “Latch,” his exuberant dance jam with UK electronic duo Disclosure which exploded onto British radio late last year. It came during the aching ballad, “Lay Me Down,” his first offering as a solo artist . Couples embraced, the glow of smartphones lit up the room and a few concertgoers even had to wipe tears. Without prompt, the crowd began to compete with Smith's effortless, R&B-inflected melisma during the song's chorus.
December 10, 2013 |
Jadeveon Clowney may have had a down year for South Carolina this season, but you better believe the 6-foot-6, 274-pound defensive end is still on NFL scouts' radar. Unfortunately for the projected high first-round draft pick, he was also on the radar of a highway patrolman along a South Carolina interstate on Saturday. Around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Clowney was ticketed for allegedly driving his Chrysler 300 at 110 mph in a 70 mph zone northbound on Interstate 77 in Fairfield County, about 25 miles north of Columbia.
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.