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Asiana Flight 214 wreckage at San Francisco airport begins smoking while being removed

Asiana plane crash
Crews removing Asiana Flight 214's plane wreckage early Friday morning encountered smoke coming from the aircraft's main body which had held passengers. The smoke was captured by KGO-TV cameras, and the news station said it occurred moments after crews used a sling to lift the fuselage. It appears that the wreckage has since been removed.

Calls to airport and fire officials to determine the cause of the smoke were not immediately returned. Airport officials hope to re-open the runway by Sunday. The closure has led to flight cancellations and delays. Meanwhile, nearly a week after Asiana Flight 214 collided with the rocky seawall just short of its intended airport runway, details of the crash that killed two people have emerged, citing airspeed as a major contributor.

'The first thing that's taught to a pilot is to look at the airspeed indicator. It is the most important instrument in the cockpit,' said Lee Collins, a pilot with 29 years and 18,000 hours experience flying a variety of airliners.

'Airspeed is everything. You have airspeed, you live. You don't, you die.'

2 + 2 = 4

Victim makes teen car prowlers face up to crime spree

When Eliza Webb found a cellphone inside her ransacked vehicle in West Seattle last month, she figured the cellphone probably belonged to the person who'd prowled her car and that that person was likely a teen. But Webb decided not to call police.

© Dean Rutz / The Seattle TimesEliza Webb and her husband, Blake, hold some of the things found with her car - items that don't belong to either of them.
When Eliza Webb found a stranger's cellphone inside her ransacked car last month, it didn't take a lot of sleuthing to determine two things: one, the cellphone probably belonged to the person who'd prowled her car; and two, the culprit was likely a teen.

Webb, who works with high-school students and is married to a man who has paid dearly for a youthful indiscretion, paused before summoning police.

"I think bringing the police and courts into something like this can have long-term, devastating consequences for kids," said Webb, 29, of West Seattle.

"I wanted to meet him, talk to his parents and see if there might be another way. I felt that if I could get him to own up to what he'd done and understand there were consequences, it could be a much better outcome."


Boeing plane fire closes Heathrow Airport runways

A fire on an empty Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane forced Heathrow Airport to temporarily close both its runways Friday.The incident comes as unwelcome news for Chicago-based Boeing Co., whose Dreamliners were cleared to fly again in April after a four-month grounding amid concerns about overheating lithium-ion batteries.

Heathrow said there were no passengers aboard the Ethiopian Airlines plane, which was parked at a remote stand of the airport, and runways reopened after about an hour. British police said the fire is being treated as unexplained.

Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said in an email that the company had personnel on the ground at Heathrow and "is working to fully understand and address" the situation.

Ethiopian Airlines was the first airline to resume using the 787, with a flight on April 27 from Ethiopia's capital of Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya, after the battery incidents.

The airline could not immediately be reached for comment.

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BREAKING: Passengers "Electrocuted and Crushed" as Train derails in Paris suburb station of Bretigny-sur-Orge

The train crash, Friday 12th July 2013, at Bretigny-sur-Orge, near Paris.
A train derailed in the southern Paris suburb of Brétigny-sur-Orge on Friday evening, with authorities reporting "many casualties". Local media claimed that at least eight people have been killed.

A train derailed on Friday evening at a station in Brétigny-sur-Orge, a southern suburb of Paris, causing "many casualties" according to rail authorities.

Precise details remain unclear, but media reports indicated that passengers were trapped in the train and that some had been electrocuted.

Daily newspaper Le Parisien reported that at least eight people had been killed.

The Interior ministry called the accident a "code red" - meaning an accident in which "many people are victims".

"The train came in to the station at high speed and it split in two for reasons that have not yet been established," a police source told AFP. "One half continued to move along, while the other was left on its side by the platform."

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Everything is O.K. - U.S. stocks rally; Dow Jones on pace for record high

A global stock rally that began in the U.S. returned home to Wall Street Thursday morning, as signs that the Federal Reserve will keep its easy-money policies in place for the long haul put the Dow Jones Industrial Average on target for a new all-time high.

Gains began late Wednesday after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the economy still needs "highly accommodative monetary policy for the foreseeable future."

U.S. stock futures took off, then triggered gains in both Asia and Europe. Mr. Bernanke's comments also prompted a selloff in the dollar, a decline in Treasury yields and a rally in gold prices.

The Dow climbed 149 points, or 1%, to 15443 in the minutes after Thursday's opening bell, putting it pace to top its all-time closing high of 15409.39, hit on May 28.

Mr. Bernanke's statement reassured investors who in recent weeks were grappling with the question of when, and how dramatically, the Fed is likely to change policy, particularly a "tapering" of its $85 billion a month bond-buying program.


Irish Free State finally permits abortion (in rare cases)

Irish parliamentarians passed a groundbreaking law early on Thursday allowing limited abortion rights in the republic.

Enda Kenny and his coalition government pushed through the protection of life in pregnancy bill, which will allow for abortions only when a woman's life is under threat if her pregnancy continues or if she is suicidal.

Despite threats of excommunication from cardinals and bishops, the privately devout Catholic prime minister eventually won the vote after a marathon two-day debate in the Dáil.

Members voted by 127 to 31 to legalise abortion in cases of medical emergencies as well as the risk of suicide.

However, pro-choice and anti-abortion groups have already threatened court cases to challenge the new law.

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Passenger aircraft emergency lands in East Siberia

A passenger aircraft with 45 people on board made an emergency landing in east Siberia's Krasnoyarsk Territory after one of its engines stalled, the Emergencies Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

An Antonov An-26 aircraft carrying 41 passengers and four crew members was en route from the city of Krasnoyarsk to the city of Igarka, when its right-wing engine stalled some two hours after the take off on Friday morning.


If the Supreme Court doesn't intervene, California will be forced to release nearly 10,000 inmates

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Sacramento, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown is making one final bid to delay a federal court order requiring the state to release nearly 10,000 inmates by year's end to improve conditions in California prisons.

The administration on Wednesday asked U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to delay the order forcing the state to immediately take steps to further reduce its prison population.

If he refuses to intervene, the state has said it will begin freeing inmates to comply with the lower court order, which is intended to improve care for sick and mentally ill inmates.

Kennedy oversees appeals from western states.

He is a Republican appointee who sided with the court's four Democratic-appointed justices in 2011 to cast the deciding vote requiring the state to reduce its prison population to about 110,000 inmates.


San Francisco plane crash: Asiana pilot says he was blinded by bright light

© Benjamin Levy, APPassengers from Asiana Airlines flight 214, many with their luggage, on the tarmac just moments after the plane crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco on July 6.
Federal crash investigators revealed Wednesday that the pilot flying Asiana Airlines Flight 214 told them that he was temporarily blinded by a bright light when 500 feet above the ground.

Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said it wasn't clear what could have caused the problem. Asked specifically whether it could have been a laser pointed from the ground, Hersman said she couldn't say what caused it.

"We need to understand exactly what that is," Hersman said. "It was a temporary issue."

Her comments came during a daily press briefing on the Saturday crash of Asiana Flight 214 that left two dead and 168 others injured.

Federal crash investigators previously said that pilots recognized they were too low and not lined up precisely with the runway while still 500 feet from the ground. At 500 feet, pilots recognized that they were low as the Boeing 777 was going 134 knots and was 34 seconds from impact. They continued to make adjustments until hitting the seawall at the end of the runway at San Francisco International Airport.

Evacuation of the plane didn't begin immediately. Airlines must certify that they can evacuate fully loaded planes within 90 seconds. But in this case, a pilot told flight attendants not to begin the evacuation immediately when the plane came to rest.

But after about 90 seconds, a flight attendant near the second door reported seeing fire outside a window in the middle of the plane. He relayed that information to the cockpit and the evacuation began.


What's in a name? It can influence everything from school grades and career choice to marriage partners and where you live

As Prince William and wife Catherine mull over names for their royal offspring, they would do well to heed mounting evidence that a name can influence everything from your school grades and career choice to who you marry and where you live.

Someone named Jacqueline or Steven will generally fare better in life than Latrina or Butch, say researchers, who also point to a phenomenon whereby the world's fastest man is called Bolt, a TV weather forecaster Sarah Blizzard, and the local librarian Mrs Storey.

"Your name can influence the assumptions that other people make about your character and background, and thus the chances you are given in life," says Richard Wiseman - a case in point, he's a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.

"It can also be a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. If your name sounds intelligent, successful and attractive, you are more likely to act those things."

A flurry of studies in recent years have examined names as predictors of success.

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