Fast train

Fast train

We learn how high speed train travel could be part of the future.…

Pipeline fire lights up sky in Ill.; no injuries

ERIE, Ill. (AP) — A fuel pipeline beneath a western Illinois cornfield has exploded, sending flames 300 feet into the sky and prompting dozens of evacuations, fire officials said. The massive Whiteside County fire was reported around 11:15…

Car bombings in Iraq kill 7 people

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say two car bombs, one of which exploded near a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad, have killed 7 people. Police officials say the mosque bombing took place on Tuesday as worshippers were leaving…

Restrained mourning for Dutch prince Friso

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch are mourning the death of Prince Friso with reserve and restraint — fitting to a man who avoided publicity and surrendered his place in the line of succession to marry his wife. Friso…

Bulger juror describes ‘stressful’ deliberations

BOSTON (AP) — A juror in the trial of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (BUHL’-jur) describes “stressful” deliberations with “all kinds of dissension” that involved slamming doors and walkouts. The jury deliberated for more than 32 hours over…

Sandy hero’s Staten Island house destroyed by fire

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man who used a small boat to rescue his neighbors during Superstorm Sandy has lost his house to a fire. Peter Vadola’s home was spared when Sandy devastated the Staten…

Wagnerian tenor Spas Wenkoff dies at age 84

VIENNA (AP) — The Vienna State Opera says Wagnerian tenor Spas Wenkoff has died at age 84. A statement from the opera says Wenkoff died Monday in his Upper Austrian home town of Bad Ischl. No cause of…

Rocket launches from Va. carrying student projects

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — A NASA rocket carrying experiments developed by university students from across the nation has been launched from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket was launched at 6…

Crews successfully conduct burnout at Idaho town

PINE, Idaho (AP) — Firefighters were kept on high alert with a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast Tuesday that could pose problems as crews fight a fast-moving wildfire near a remote Idaho hamlet where residents have been…

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners before talks

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli official says Israel is moving forward with a plan to build nearly 900 new settlement housing units in east Jerusalem. The plan is in addition to an earlier announcement this week of some…

Nigeria: Floods kill 1, make 575 homeless in Kano

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Officials say floods from heavy rains killed one person and left 575 people homeless in northern Nigeria’s biggest city of Kano. Regional emergency disaster manager Musa Ilallah says rescuers still are searching Tuesday for…

Cambodia: US military cooperation only postponed

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia on Tuesday disputed a U.S. claim that it has suspended or canceled international military cooperation programs with Washington in the wake of the country’s recent disputed election. Lt. Gen. Nem Sowath, the…

Poachers kill rhino in Nairobi National Park

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan Wildlife Service officials say armed poachers shot and killed a white rhino and cut off its horn in Nairobi National Park, the first poaching death of a rhino in the urban park in…

Billboards give wrong date for Detroit election

DETROIT (AP) — Billboards promoting Detroit’s upcoming general election offered up some erroneous information about when to go to the polls. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/14J4HEc ) many of the 14 billboards gave a September date for…

Oprah ‘sorry’ for Switzerland’s flap

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oprah Winfrey says she’s “sorry” that her account about a recent experience with racism in Switzerland “got blown up” in the media. Winfrey had told “Entertainment Tonight” that while in an upscale shop in…

Mars food study researchers emerge from experiment

HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers who have spent nearly four months simulating what it’s like to live on Mars are emerging from their experiment on a barren Hawaii lava field. The NASA-funded study is researching what foods astronauts might…

Actor’s custody case sparks parental-rights fight

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A child custody case involving “The Lost Boys” actor Jason Patric and his ex-girlfriend has grown into a heated battle in the California Legislature about whether certain sperm donors should be granted parental rights.…

Banksy 2008 street mural goes up for auction

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in the United States, an original Banksy street mural is going up for auction. The executive director of Julien’s Auctions, Martin Nolan, says the company will sell Banksy’s 2008 Los…

2 Italian climbers die in Mont Blanc avalanche

PARIS (AP) — An avalanche in the French Alps killed two Italian mountain climbers and injured another on Tuesday, rescue officials said. The injured Italian climber was evacuated to a hospital in nearby Annecy, 25 miles (41 kilomters)…