Accidents and disasters
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Negligence was not the cause of the collapse of a third World Trade Center tower several hours after the twin towers were destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a federal appeals court said Wednesday, absolving a developer and others of responsibility in the destruction of the 47-story building.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said it was "simply incompatible with common sense and experience to hold that defendants were required to design and construct a building that would survive the events of September 11, 2001."
SAN FRANCISCO - A co-host of the HGTV show "Curb Appeal" has been killed in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco.
The San Francisco medical examiner identified 38-year-old Bill Beckwith as the victim of a crash near the city's Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood Monday night. He was riding a motorcycle that was struck by a car.
Beckwith was one of the three hosts of "Curb Appeal," which features home renovations. He was a carpenter and general contractor who grew up on a farm in Maine and owned his own Bay Area construction business.
HONOLULU, Hawaii - A kayak fisherman died Monday off Maui after a shark bit his dangling foot, officials said.
Maui County Ocean Safety officials received a report that a shark had attacked a man fishing in a kayak between Maui and Molokini, a small island less than three miles (4.8 kilometres) off the southwest coast of Maui that is popular for diving and snorkeling.
YONKERS, N.Y. - A commuter train that derailed over the weekend, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 82 mph (132 kph) as it entered a 30 mph (48 kph) curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or mechanical trouble was unclear, he said.
Safety experts said the tragedy might have been prevented if Metro-North Railroad had installed automated crash-avoidance technology that safety authorities have been urging for decades.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The neighbourhood where "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker died in a one-car crash is known to attract street racers, according to law enforcement officials.
Walker and his friend and fellow fast-car enthusiast Roger Rodas died Saturday when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were travelling in smashed into a light pole and tree.
LONDON - The pilot of a Scottish police helicopter did not put out any emergency calls before crashing through the roof of a crowded Glasgow pub, killing nine people, investigators said Monday.
Authorities used a crane to remove the wreckage of the helicopter from the roof of The Clutha pub where it crashed on Friday night.
The helicopter's crew — a civilian pilot and two police officers on board — died in the accident. Six other people died.
WASHINGTON - Pilots are becoming so reliant on computer systems that do most of the flying in today's airliners that on the rare occasions when something goes wrong, they're sometimes unprepared to take control, according to aviation safety experts and government and industry studies.
Increasing automation has been a tremendous safety boon to aviation, contributing to historically low accident rates in the U.S. and many parts of the world.
Sunday's crash in the Bronx is the second passenger train derailment in six months for the rail service and presents Metro-North with another problem, even though the railroad's train accident record had been improving.
— On Sept. 25, a feeder cable in suburban Mount Vernon, N.Y., failed, knocking out power for 12 days to Metro-North's New Haven line, which carries 132,000 commuters daily.
RIPLEY, Ohio - Three months after his pregnant daughter was killed in a still-unsolved shooting on a quiet country road, Dave Dodson wakes up every morning still thinking she's alive. He cries every time he sees the four-wheeler she grew up riding and he can't bring himself to finish fixing a truck they'd been working on together.
His wife Mary still hasn't gone into the room where she sewed baby clothes with her daughter. She hasn't decorated the house for the holidays.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Metropolitan Transit Authority has identified the four people killed after a New York City commuter train derailed.
The MTA identified the victims Sunday as 54-year-old Donna L. Smith of Newburgh; 58-year-old James G. Lovell of Cold Spring; 59-year-old James M. Ferrari of Montrose; and 35-year-old Ahn Kisook of Queens.
Family members for Smith and Lovell didn't return messages seeking comment Sunday. Relatives for Ferrari and Kisook couldn't immediately be reached.