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Train Warning Was 10 Seconds Late in Texas Crash

Alert designed to sound 10 seconds earlier

(Newser) - The railroad crossing where four veterans were killed this month should have given a 30-second warning of an approaching train, the Wall Street Journal finds. Instead, it gave just 20 seconds' notice, via bells and flashing lights, investigators say. Seven seconds after the lights began flashing , the rail gate began... More »

Float Hit by Train Crossed Track Against Signals

Officials say truck entered tracks after warning bells, signals

(Newser) - A parade float filled with wounded veterans that was struck by a freight train had crossed onto the railroad tracks after warning signals were going off, investigators say. It was the second of two floats carrying veterans in Thursday's parade in Midland, Texas. The first was exiting the tracks... More »

Train Hits 'Wounded Vets' Parade Float, Killing 4

17 injured in horrific Texas accident

(Newser) - A freight train crashed into a wounded veterans' parade float in west Texas yesterday, killing four people and wounding 17. At least one of the wounded is still in critical condition; 11 have been released from the hospital, officials say. The float had been carrying 25 people—mainly veterans and... More »

Evangelical Preaches Gospel of Global Warming

West Texas scientist aims to win over skeptics

(Newser) - Who better to talk about global warming in West Texas than an evangelical Christian? That's what gives geoscientist Katharine Hayhoe an edge in her crusade to convince people around Lubbock, Texas, that greenhouse gases are harming the environment, the Miami Herald reports. "People ask me if I believe... More »

Rick Perry's Family Camp Long Known by Racist Name

Perry says name changed, but others contradict him

(Newser) - Rick Santorum might not be the only Republican presidential candidate with a name problem. Back when Rick Perry was a young Democrat politician, he used to host events at his family's West Texas hunting camp, a retreat called "Niggerhead," reports the Washington Post . The offensive name, written... More »

Wildfires Blazing in West Texas

Hundreds evacuated; kennel fire claims dogs

(Newser) - Wildfires continued their blaze across West Texas today, though calmer winds allowed firefighters to make some headway. The weekend brought fierce gusts that carried the fires across 120,000 acres, reducing 80 homes to ashes and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents. Firefighters, support helicopters, and tanker planes are... More »

Randy Quaid, Wife Arrested for Stiffing Hotel on $10K Tab

Couple fights cops in west Texas after apprehension

(Newser) - Randy Quaid and his wife were arrested late today in west Texas for skipping out on a $10,000 tab at a California resort—and, a source tells TMZ, cops had to use force to subdue both. Felony warrants were issued for the 58-year-old actor and Evi, a former model,... More »

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