Detroit project creates 'blank canvas'

Mar 31, 2014

Detroit project creates 'blank canvas'

The families of Detroit’s Brightmoor area are delighted that bulldozers will soon level more of their neighborhood. After that, their community’s future will be like the cleared landscape — a blank canvas. For years, Brightmoor residents pleaded with the city to demolish vacant homes ...

Strong quake jolts New Zealand's North Island

Jan 20, 2014

Strong quake jolts New Zealand's North Island

A strong magnitude-6.3 earthquake rattled New Zealand Monday, halting train services and knocking merchandise off shelves, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The quake, which struck at 3:52 p.m., was centered in the North Island about 115 km northeast ...

Pyramid, Versailles and now Sky City

Jan 19, 2014

Pyramid, Versailles and now Sky City

A Chinese multimillionaire who built himself an Egyptian pyramid and a replica of Versailles vows to construct the world’s tallest building in just six months — despite authorities preventing work due to safety concerns. Zhang Yue is worth an estimated 1.1 billion yuan ($180 ...

Mumbai bets on airport revamp to boost global standing

Jan 10, 2014

Mumbai bets on airport revamp to boost global standing

Mumbai will unveil its lavish and long-awaited new airport terminal Friday, part of a $2 billion revamp that aims to challenge India’s reputation for shoddy infrastructure and boost the financial capital’s status. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the terminal in the city’s north, ...

Iran rebuilding famed Bam citadel

Dec 27, 2013

Iran rebuilding famed Bam citadel

While Iran’s Bam citadel will never be returned to its past glory, experts who are painstakingly rebuilding the architectural masterpiece after an earthquake destroyed it a decade ago are hopeful they will be able to restore some of it. Situated about 1,000 km southeast ...

U.S. Capitol dome renovation starts

Dec 26, 2013

U.S. Capitol dome renovation starts

A world-famous symbol of democracy is going under cover as workers start a two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol Dome. Curved rows of scaffolds will encircle it next spring, enabling contractors to strip multiple layers of paint and repair more than 1,000 ...

Over 75 injured in partial ceiling collapse at London theater

Dec 20, 2013

Over 75 injured in partial ceiling collapse at London theater

Hunks of plaster and dust rained down on a packed audience when the ceiling of a London theater partially collapsed Thursday night. More than 75 people were injured — seven seriously, authorities said. The collapse at the Apollo theater took place around 8:15 p.m. ...