Speed-control system could stop train derailments, experts say BY ALFONSO A. CASTILLO
An accident-prevention system required by Congress but resisted by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would stop a train from speeding through a sharp curve and potentially derailing, experts said.
After years of rejecting the need for the system known as Positive Train Control, or PTC, the MTA... » more
The Metro-North train that derailed in the Bronx was going more than 80 mph when it was supposed to slow down drastically for a sharp curve, an NTSB investigator said Monday.
“The preliminary information from the event recorders shows that the train was traveling at approximately 82 mph as it went into a 30 miles an hour curve,” NTSB board member Earl Weener said.
When asked why the... » more
It could be weeks before investigators can conclusively determine the cause of the Saturday car crash that killed "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, the star's friend and business partner, according to source at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.
On Monday, the Department announced that while it was continuing to solicit information about the fiery crash that... » more
In yet another bad sign for the print industry, New York Magazine announced yesterday that it will decrease its publishing to biweekly in March 2014.
New York Media will go from publishing 42 issues annually to 30 in 2014, and 29 every year after that.
In a statement, the company said each issue will have roughly 20% more content, including more visuals, a revamped fashion section called... » more
ABC's beloved weatherman is heading to sunnier pastures.
Sam Champion is set to join The Weather Channel as a morning show anchor and managing editor for the network, after 25 years working for ABC and more than 1,800 weather forecasts for "Good Morning America," The Weather Channel said yesterday.
ikChampion, 52, will make the switch in early 2014, and will anchor a new morning... » more
Many moms and dads are not-so-secretly hoping that their gay sons and lesbian daughters will "put a ring on it" this holiday season.
Welcome to equality: the land where families and friends think nothing of urging you to the altar and inquiring about your reproductive intentions.
Gay New Yorkers who felt "demoralized by the lack of respect are finally blooming and blossoming,"... » more
Police are searching for two men who used a silver shotgun to rob a Queens hotel Saturday night.
The unidentified suspects entered the La Quinta Hotel located at 111-26 Van Wyck Expressway around 9:20 p.m., when one of them pointed the shotgun at the manager and demanded money, according to the NYPD. The second suspect then opened a bag and made the manager put in $560, police said.
The... » more
As investigators examined the fatal Metro-North train wreck that the governor on Monday said may be "speed-related," members of the Bronx community where the crash took place announced plans for a memorial service.
Members of the Riverdale community will gather Monday at 6 p.m. at a site overlooking the Spuyten Duyvil train station to offer "prayers of healing" and "thanksgiving"... » more
Singer Beyonce was named the most-searched person in 2013 on Bing, the online search engine said on Monday, edging out 2012's list-topper reality television star Kim Kardashian, who came in second.
Beyonce, 32, topped the list in a year where she made a carefully choreographed return to the musical spotlight after taking time out to give birth to her first child, daughter Blue Ivy, with rapper... » more
Emergency responders, including NYPD, FDNY and MTA rescuers, climbed over rails and maneuvered rocky terrain with heavy equipment to reach trapped and injured passengers in a derailed Metro-North train in the Bronx and then carry them out on stretchers, officials said.
Rescuers were seen carrying chain saws and a ladder had been propped against one train car that had flipped on its side.
They... » more