Jul 9, 2014

Man dies at U.S. hot dog eating contest

An Independence Day hot dog eating contest in South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death. Speed-eating competitions are popular over the Fourth of July weekend. Walter Eagle Tail, 47, of Custer, died at a hospital Thursday after attempts to save him ...

Jul 4, 2014

Quebec rail explosion prompted regulation, safety changes

The explosion of an oil train that killed 47 people in Quebec last year forced tighter rules to address the rapid growth of transporting oil by rail in North America. In the immediate aftermath, all eyes fell on the owner, American firm Montreal, Maine ...

Quebec town still recovering from train disaster

Jul 4, 2014

Quebec town still recovering from train disaster

Backhoes and bulldozers are still digging out oil-seeped soil and pavement in the center of the lakeside Quebec town of Lac-Megantic. Where the post office, public library and restaurants once stood, there is only the clanging of machinery kicking up dust over the emptiness. ...

Fracking 'causing methane leakage'

Jul 1, 2014

Fracking 'causing methane leakage'

In the state of Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for ...

Jun 26, 2014

S. Korea's Park keeps premier who quit

After two failed attempts to appoint a new prime minister, South Korean President Park Geun-hye announced Thursday her “agonized” decision to retain the incumbent, who resigned over April’s ferry disaster. In an effort to assuage criticism of the government’s emergency response, Chung Hong-won resigned ...

Sewol survivors return to school

Jun 25, 2014

Sewol survivors return to school

Holding hands as they walked through the school gates, some fighting back tears, 75 children who survived South Korea’s worst maritime disaster in 20 years returned to class on Wednesday pledging to remember their lost friends. Wailing parents of the 250 children who did ...

South Korea Sewol ferry trial to hear from student survivors

Jun 24, 2014

South Korea Sewol ferry trial to hear from student survivors

Student survivors of South Korea’s ferry disaster will testify in the trial of the captain and crew by closed circuit TV from a courtroom in their traumatized hometown, a district court ruled on Tuesday. The court in Gwangju, 265 kilometers (165 miles) south of ...

Protocol breaches 'led to Anthrax exposure'

Jun 22, 2014

Protocol breaches 'led to Anthrax exposure'

The safety breach at a government lab that may have exposed 84 workers to live anthrax centered on a pivotal lapse in procedure: researchers working with the bacteria waited 24 hours to be sure they had killed the pathogens, half the time required by ...

Jun 21, 2014

Woman guilty over deaths in duck stop

A Canadian woman who parked her car on a highway to help a group of ducklings on the side of the road was found guilty Friday of causing the deaths of a motorcyclist and his passenger daughter who slammed into her car. Emma Czornobaj ...