A CSX Corp. train carrying crude oil derailed in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia on Wednesday. Approximately 12 to 14 tanker cars were involved in the accident, with several of the cars bursting into flames, dumping oil into the James River.
The deaths of 245 coal miners in the western Turkish town of Soma have sparked outrage and anti-government protests all across the country, with calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Imagine the Fourth of July without the fireworks display on Washington's Mall, or New Years on Times Square without the ball dropping. In China, where fireworks were invented, the Lunar New Year on Friday may be celebrated without them.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed off on a decree on December 29 that outlines the medical conditions, including sexual identity and preferences, disqualifying people from getting a drivers license. The decree went into effect January 4.
An oil depot fire on the outskirts of Tripoli that started after a rocket struck a tank containing more than 1.6 million gallons of oil has now spread to include a second tank, hit by shrapnel resulting from fighting by rival militia groups.
Because of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, work on a permanent containment structure for the Chernobyl Reactor 4 site, due to be finished by 2015, has been halted. This critical work is considered a top priority, not only for Ukraine, but for Europe.
The Royal Canadian Navy imposed a ban on alcoholic beverage consumption aboard naval vessels on Friday with only a few minor exceptions. The ban came after a warship had to be recalled from sea exercises in July because of an incident in San Diego.
A new report released on Friday by the Department of Agriculture projects spending by the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of the Interior to fight wildfires this year will exceed the $1.4 billion authorized by Congress by over $400 million.