New York, Northeast brace for massive blizzard

Jan 26, 2015

New York, Northeast brace for massive blizzard

A storm could bring blizzard conditions to New York and large parts of the U.S. Northeast while dropping more than 1 foot (30 cm) of snow across New Jersey and Long Island and as much as 2 feet through eastern New England, including Boston, ...

Jan 22, 2015

Two sunken 1800s canal boats found in Lake Ontario

The wrecks of two 19th-century canal boats have been found on the bottom of Lake Ontario, an unusual discovery because such vessels typically weren’t used on open water, a team of New York shipwreck hunters said Wednesday. The three-member team from the Rochester area ...

21 confirmed dead after Chinese tugboat sinks on trial voyage

Jan 17, 2015

21 confirmed dead after Chinese tugboat sinks on trial voyage

Twenty-one people have been confirmed dead after a tugboat sank on a trial voyage on the Yangtze, China’s longest river, state media reported Saturday. The vessel was raised Saturday, 40 hours after it sank while undergoing testing with 25 people, including eight foreigners, aboard ...

Jan 15, 2015

London black cabs get break over rivals on bus lanes

London’s iconic black cabs, under pressure from the taxi app Uber and other upstarts, got some good news Wednesday: They won’t have to share their right to drive in the capital’s bus lanes with rivals. The city’s expensive black cabs benefit from a rule ...

Jan 10, 2015

Russia bans transgender drivers

New Russian road safety regulations bar transsexuals, transvestites and others with sexual “disorders” from driving, ostensibly for medical reasons. The new regulations have been criticized by rights activists, who see them as unconstitutional and likely to exacerbate an already hostile climate for the lesbian, ...

Ferry passengers recount chaos in acrid, smoke-filled vessel

Dec 30, 2014

Ferry passengers recount chaos in acrid, smoke-filled vessel

There were no fire alarms at first, no knocks on the door from the crew, just thick, acrid smoke filling cabins and waking passengers on the overnight ferry from Greece to Italy. In the chaos that followed, passengers said, they received virtually no instructions ...

Hippo's leap from moving truck ends badly in Taiwan

Dec 27, 2014

Hippo's leap from moving truck ends badly in Taiwan

A hippopotamus that panicked while being transported by truck in Taiwan jumped from the vehicle and landed on a car, breaking a leg and causing confused residents to report a “dinosaur” on the loose. Television footage showed the animal lying on the road with ...

Police deliver 'Christmas baby' on Philadelphia subway train

Dec 27, 2014

Police deliver 'Christmas baby' on Philadelphia subway train

A woman in Philadelphia got an unexpected holiday surprise on the subway in central Philadelphia when she went into labor, delivering a healthy child dubbed the “Christmas baby.” The woman was on the train Thursday when her water broke. Two transit police officers were ...