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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.

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Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
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Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.

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