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Poorly Maintained Signs Could Have Helped Cause Baltimore Train Derailment

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In Maryland, a preliminary report on last month's train derailment in Rosedale says poorly maintained road signs for failing to warn the driver of the truck that caused the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board's investigators found stop signs, faded and displaced, at the rail grade crossing near an industrial area of White Marsh, Maryland. where the crash occurred, including one that was upside down and facing away from traffic.

The report says the driver of a trash truck, 50-year-old John Alban Jr., did not stop at the grade crossing.

The report, released today detailed the May 28th collision between a CSX train and the truck caused 15 cars to derail, followed by an explosion and fire. The explosion, according to the report, caused further damage of buildings as far as a mile away.


Kentucky Boy Solves Rubik's Cube In Record Time

A 14-year-old boy from Lexington, Ky., has solved a Rubik's Cube in less than five seconds. As Guinness World Records declares this a record-breaker, we hear how NPR covered a Rubik's Cube competition in 1981.
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Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

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International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

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