Kira Radinsky has written an algorithm that dissects old news stories and other Internet postings to look for past cause and effect, and then can alert us to possible disasters, geopolitical events, and disease outbreaks.
Investigators believe the motorman at the controls in the deadly Metro-North Railroad derailment in the Bronx Sunday dozed off for a few fateful moments and woke up too late to stop the speeding train from hurtling off the tracks, DNAinfo New York has learned.
President Barack Obama has announced a new initiative at the National Institutes of Health in pursuit of a cure for HIV. Obama says his administration is redirecting $100 million into the project to find a new generation of therapies.
Australia’s surveillance agency offered to share information collected about ordinary Australian citizens with its major intelligence partners, according to a secret 2008 document leaked by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The document shows the partners discussing whether or not to share “medical, legal or religious information”, and increases concern that the agency could be operating outside its legal mandate, according to the human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC.
The Australian intelligence agency, then known as the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), indicated it could share bulk material without some of the privacy restraints imposed by other countries, such as Canada.
The latest just released from Snowden’s trove of docs.
Federal authorities began righting toppled rail cars Monday morning as they started an exhaustive investigation into what caused a New York City commuter train rounding a riverside curve to derail, killing four people and injuring more than 60 others.
At the sparkling gala wherein Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi performed live, they were also able to convince William to get up and perform ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ with them. What a good sport!
Apparently, William only agreed to come up and sing if Taylor did as well. Bon Jovi was doing a bit of a slower performance of the song, but that didn’t stop Swift from dancing… a lot. Hey Wills even got a few moves in!
A storm bearing down on the East Coast with a messy mix of snow, rain and wind is threatening to ground giant balloon versions of Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The iconic characters that soar between the Manhattan skyscrapers every year may not lift off Thursday if sustained winds exceed 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph, according to city rules enacted after fierce winds in 1997 caused a Cat in the Hat balloon to topple a light pole and seriously injure a woman spectator. Current forecasts call for sustained winds of 20 mph and gusts of 36 mph.
In the early years after 9/11, the CIA turned some Guantanamo Bay prisoners into double agents then sent them home to help the U.S. kill terrorists, current and former U.S. officials said. The CIA promised the prisoners freedom, safety for their families and millions of dollars from the agency’s secret accounts.
A report on the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre released Monday details every step Adam Lanza took as he “shot his way” into the school building to carry out the bloody rampage. The summary report, issued by Connecticut’s Division of Criminal Justice and lead investigator, State Attorney Stephen Sedensky III, states that Lanza shot and killed the principal and school psychologist as they responded to calls of a man with a gun in the school.
Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, thousands will mark the day with a solemn ceremony in Dealey Plaza, through which the president’s motorcade passed when shots rang out.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled the trigger Thursday, deploying a parliamentary procedure dubbed the “nuclear option” to change Senate rules to pass most executive and judicial nominees by a simple majority vote. The Senate voted 52 to 48 for the move, with several Democrats declining to go along with the rarely used maneuver.
Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) said Wednesday he’ll take a leave of absence following his sentencing to one-year probation for cocaine possession. “I have no excuse for what I’ve done,” Radel said during a press conference in Florida.
A shopping center collapsed near the South African city of Durban on Tuesday, killing at least one person and trapping as many as 50 others, emergency services and domestic media said. No further details were immediately available.
Today is the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. When we polled in 2011, more than half of Americans thought the Civil War was still relevant. In addition, about half (48%) of Americans said the main cause of the war as mainly about states’ rights, while 38% said it was mainly about slavery. Another 9% said both were main reasons.
Voters in Albuquerque on Tuesday will decide on an initiative to outlaw most late-term abortions in New Mexico’s largest city, marking the first such measure placed on a municipal ballot. The measure would prohibit doctors within city limits from performing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, allowing for few of the exemptions provided for in most of the late-term abortion bans enacted statewide elsewhere in recent years. No exceptions are made for victims of rape or incest. The ban could be waived only to save a mother’s life or if continuing her pregnancy risked “substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function” for the mother.
Lebanon’s news agency says 20 people have been killed and 95 wounded in two explosions that struck near the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The National News Agency says the dead include two Iranian nationals.