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Lessons in Heroism

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Edwin Leap, MD

Last month, murder was on the mind of a Moroccan immigrant traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. He boarded his train armed with an AK-47 rifle, a Luger handgun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a box-cutter.

Perfect Day in Northern New Jersey

Shoptiques | Posted 08.06.2015 | Travel

Just a short distance from New York City, the suburbs of Northern New Jersey offer the same perks as the big city without the traffic and crowds. These towns are an easy escape where you can spend a relaxing day shopping, eating, and enjoying great weather outside of the city.

Dozens Dead After 2 Trains Derail In India

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 08.05.2015 | World

  NEW DELHI (AP) — Two passenger trains derailed minutes apart on flooded tracks on a bridge in central India, killing at least 2...

Guy Gets Train To Sing Along To 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.27.2015 | Good News

Somewhere, over the rainbow, commuters aren't sandwiched on a train. But on a dreary morning in Perth, Australia, earlier this week, they we...

The Ins and Outs of Riding Eurail Like a Pro

Map Happy | Posted 07.23.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

It seems like everyone is planning to travel Eastern Europe these days but it hasn't quite caught up to its Western counterpart in terms of transportation. There are Eurail passes that cover these countries but that doesn't mean there are reliable trains running to every destination.

How To Savor Europe By Rail

Findery | Posted 06.16.2015 | Travel

When I recently needed to get from northern Spain to central Italy to hop a flight back to the U.S., I could have easily jumped on a budget airplane and been there the same morning. It wasn't a short journey by rail. So why did I still opt to take the train?

Last Stop in Genoa

Rick Steves | Posted 05.28.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'm always thinking about how Europe looks so pretty in people's photo collections, video clips, and even in their memories. But I like the gritty and candid dimensions of Europe that are simply unpolished reality, too.

Daily Meditation: Heal Your Heart

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Stupid Is as Stupid Does, Mr. Speaker

Erica Payne | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Erica Payne

At his weekly press conference, the GOP's "Crybaby in Chief" lashed out at a reporter for daring to question the role his party's cut-happy orthodoxy played in Tuesday's Amtrak accident.

Dana Liebelson

Amtrak's Philadelphia Crash Defies Trend Toward Safer Rail Travel | Dana Liebelson | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Amtrak passenger train crash in Philadelphia that killed at least six passengers and hurt 146, eight of them critically, defies a tr...

100 Years After the Eastland: Three Deadly Illinois Disasters

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.29.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Nearly 100 years after the single biggest loss of life event in the continental United States in the 20th century, video of the disaster keeps popping up. The steamship the Eastland capsized in the Chicago River in 1915, killing 844 people.

Do Monsters Exist?

Dave Gill | Posted 03.30.2015 | Good News
Dave Gill

Rarely do we hear about the good stuff in the world. Yet most of us see it happen time and time again with our own eyes.

The Snow Globe Effect and Cinematic Immunity

Joe Wallenstein | Posted 01.24.2015 | Entertainment
Joe Wallenstein

The tragic death of actor and fitness guru, Greg Plitt has compelled me to write. Let me first offer my sincerest condolences to his family, friends ...

How to Get From San Francisco to Yosemite, Guilt-Free -- on Public Transit

Kristan Lawson | Posted 03.10.2015 | Travel
Kristan Lawson

While it's true that most national parks in the U.S. can only be reached with a private vehicle, it's not true for all of them.

I'll Never Forget You and Your Bad Posture, M/35/G Train

Ben Berkon | Posted 01.14.2015 | Comedy
Ben Berkon

You stepped onto the Church Avenue-bound G-train at Nassau. Like a Buffalo Exchange princess -- nay, queen -- you donned commando-leather boots whose heels were blatantly overdue for a cobbler visit. As the son of three generations of podiatrists, I couldn't look away. But you noticed me, too.

Quick-Thinking Teen Saves Elderly Woman From Oncoming Train In The Nick Of Time

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.09.2014 | Good News

An incredible act of bravery from this Illinois teen saved the life of an elderly woman. Frankfort Community High School student Colton Essary was ...

The Golden Journey To Samarkand

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 12.08.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

The poem "The Golden Journey to Samarkand," by James Elroy Flecker, has no doubt launched countless journeys to the ancient Silk Road city in southern Uzbekistan.

Bakken Trains

J Henry Fair | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
J Henry Fair

There has been an alarming rise in the incidence of train accidents in the last two years involving the derailment of tanker cars carrying crude oil, spilling large volumes of toxic crude oil into waterways.

You Won't Believe How Close This Man Came To Being Killed By A Train

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Weird News

It simply does not get any closer than this! A 77-year-old man in the Czech Republic town of Rájec-Jestřebí was captured on CCTV having a train ...

All Aboard the Smile Train: Organization Brightens One Million Young Lives

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

We've all seen the ads on the subway depicting children with cleft lips. Yes, they're hard to look at, but what's even harder to digest is the truth about what life looks like for these kids. What people may not realize is that they aren't just suffering from a cosmetic deformity.

Conversations With Michael McDonald, Charlie Daniels, Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins and City Under Siege's John Wittlinger

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.01.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

I feel like your new album, A Dotted Line, is like Nickel Creek 3.0, skipping right by 2.0. What in the world happened here, Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek?

Why Gay Check Online Misses the Point

Samantha Allen | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Samantha Allen

While I would normally support any website that played me dance music while congratulating me on being a lesbian, there's something about Gay Check Online that doesn't sit right for me.

Buffett Sounds Off On Oil Tanker Safety

AP | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett says it's clear that railroad tank cars carrying crude oil need to be updated because oil from certai...

Oil Train Accidents Spur Worry About Shipping Crude By Rail

AP | By MATTHEW BROWN | Posted 04.19.2014 | Green

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — At least 10 times since 2008, freight trains hauling oil across North America have derailed and spilled significant quantitie...

ANOTHER Crude Oil Train Derails In Canada

AP | Posted 03.10.2014 | Green

PLASTER ROCK, New Brunswick (AP) — Officials in Canada said a derailed freight train carrying crude oil and propane continued to burn Wednesday, and...