The latest on the train derailment in the Bronx: Now one source is saying that the engineer fell asleep while at the train controls. Another source says the engineer admitted to “zoning out.” Before this, the engineer had a perfect record over 11 years. Early data from the Black Box recorders show that the train was going 82mph around a 30mph curve. The data also shows that the train engineer slammed on the brakes, but he did it late. Four people were killed and 67 injured in Sunday’s derailment.
Pope Frances spoke publicly for the first time about the clergy sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church. He was talking with Dutch clergy and said he wished to express sympathy for the victims in the Netherlands. Pope Frances is the first pope to really discuss the issues of the Catholic church, both positive and negative.
Cyber Monday was a wild success. Sales were up 17.5% from last year and were projected to reach $2 billion. And I bought the most adorable scarf. Web Girl Kathleen is in mourning today because of all the money she spent.
Seattle Seahawks fans registered as an earthquake last night. During Monday Night Football’s game against New Orleans, fan got so loud and rowdy that they registered as an earthquake at a nearby recording station. This happened before, back in 2011 during a Marshawn Lynch touchdown.
And Star Wars is now on Instagram. Darth Vader posted a selfie. Shooting on the new Star Wars film isn’t set to start until next spring but Star Wars is obviously already on the publicity warpath.
And this will make my uncle happy: Michigan has introduced a bill that would make it easier to take home roadkill that you hit. Right now, if you hit a raccoon and want to eat it for dinner, you have to get permission from a state agency. You could also use the roadkill for composting, which seems a little more palatable.
And by now we’ve heard the crazy stories of people shanking and tasing other shoppers at Walmart on Black Friday. Want to know what Walmart’s hottest Black Friday item was? 29-cent towels. Walmart said it sold 2.8 million towels during Black Friday. Year-over-year, their towel sales went up by one million. For comparison, they sold 300,000 bikes and 2 million tablets.
And in “this is new news?” news, a new study finds that energy drinks change your heartbeat. Heart researchers were trying to figure out why so many people who drink the things are hospitalized. It turns out that after drinking a large amount of caffeine and taurine, volunteers’ hearts starting contracting harder within the hour. The makers of Monster Energy drink responded that taurine boosts the heart’s pumping force without affecting blood pressure, which is a good thing.
Amazon’s trending on Twitter this morning thanks to drones. Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos has announced that Amazon plans on a delivery service using unmanned drones. They’re called “octocopters.” Jeff Bezos said they’ll be ready in four-to-five years, but a post on Amazon’s website said aerial deliveries will happen as soon as FAA rules about unmanned drones change, which could be as soon as 2015.
Paul Walker died over the weekend in a car crash. He was the passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. It was being driven by racing team partner Roger Rodus, who also died in the crash. The car hit a light pole in an office park and burst into flames. Both men had been attending a charity event to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Paul has a 15-year-old daughter.
A huge train derailment in the Bronx killed four people and injured 63. One of those killed was a sound technician on the Today Show who was on his way to help with the Rockefeller Center Tree. The other victims were a paralegal, a nurse on her way home from the nightshift. The NTSB says it’ll take about ten days to look into the accident. Witnesses said that the train seemed to be going faster than normal around the curve in the track. The train operator said he tried to slow it down but the brakes wouldn’t respond.
Healthcare.gov is reportedly waaaaaaaaay better than it was. The guy in charge of making it better said it’s night and day from where it was on October 1st. The site can reportedly handle 50,000 people at one time, and 800,000 people per day.
Today is Cyber Monday, so for once you have an excuse to shop while at work. You know, to support the economy and whatnot.
And a man in New Jersey threatened his family with a machete because they said he couldn’t come to their Thanksgiving celebration. The 48-year-old man and his 18-year-old son showed up to Thanksgiving anyway, along with a machete and two bats. The man was charged with weapons offenses and making terroristic threats, and now he’s definitely not allowed to be around his family.
And a Swedish inmate escaped from prison so he could go to the dentist, then turned himself back in. The 51-year-old man was complaining of a toothache and finally just couldn’t take it anymore. The best part is, he was scheduled to be released the next day. His whole sentence was only one month long, though, so he was only kept an extra day as punishment.
Talk about futuristic! Amazon’s chief executive announced that the company will be testing out a new system where mini drones will deliver packages to customers in just 30 minutes! Crazy right?! Check out the video!