Paris fights smog with drastic measures

Mar 18, 2014

Paris fights smog with drastic measures

Paris imposed drastic measures Monday to combat its worst air pollution in years, banning around half of the city’s cars and trucks from its streets for a day in an attempt to reduce the toxic smog that’s shrouded the City of Light for more ...

Iranian people-smuggling link as Malaysia jet search widens

Mar 11, 2014

Iranian people-smuggling link as Malaysia jet search widens

Malaysian police said Tuesday one of two suspect passengers who flew on a missing passenger jet was an Iranian illegal immigrant, as relatives of some of the 239 people on board said their hopes for a miracle were ebbing away. Authorities have doubled the ...

Americans riding public transit in record numbers

Mar 10, 2014

Americans riding public transit in record numbers

Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time in half a century. Nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013, to be precise — the highest total since 1956, according to ridership data reported by transit systems nationally and released ...

Mar 4, 2014

Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone with cars

Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple’s iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva. The partnerships give Apple an early lead over Google’s ...

Kinshasa co-op hopes to conquer world with traffic robots

Mar 3, 2014

Kinshasa co-op hopes to conquer world with traffic robots

Can giant robots with deep voices and massive arms be the answer to easing traffic chaos in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo? A small cooperative, which developed the novel solution and is testing two robots at key intersections, thinks so — ...

Seafaring drug smugglers straining U.S. Coast Guard

Mar 2, 2014

Seafaring drug smugglers straining U.S. Coast Guard

While security has tightened at the U.S. border, drug smugglers are increasingly turning to the high seas. The area where boats were seized off California and the northwest coast of Mexico tripled during the 2013 fiscal year, which ended in September. Off South America, ...

China's Jade Rabbit moon rover 'returns to life'

Feb 13, 2014

China's Jade Rabbit moon rover 'returns to life'

China’s troubled Jade Rabbit lunar rover has survived a bitterly cold 14-day lunar night, officials said Thursday, prompting hopes that it can be repaired after suffering a malfunction last month. The problem was a setback for Beijing’s ambitious military-run space programme, which includes plans ...

Lone survivor: One man lives, 77 die in Algerian plane crash

Feb 12, 2014

Lone survivor: One man lives, 77 die in Algerian plane crash

An Algerian military transport plane slammed into a mountain in the country’s rugged eastern region on Tuesday, killing 77 people and leaving just one survivor, the Defense Ministry said. Air traffic controllers lost radio and radar contact with the U.S.-built C-130 Hercules turboprop just ...