It remains uncertain how Ye Meng Yuan, 16, died. San Francisco police officials who spoke about the incident today said that she was found on the ground at the runway, covered by foam the fire crews were spraying on the smoldering jet.
The Canadian train tragedy is becoming Exhibit A in the political case for building pipelines, such as the proposed Keystone XL, as well as for opposing them. Meanwhile, energy companies have boosted rail shipments of oil in response to a surge in production.
Thousands of California prisoners are waging a hunger strike, protesting conditions in the prisons. For more on the strike and the prisoners' demands, host Michel Martin talks with Los Angeles Times Reporter Paige St. John and former inmate Jerry Elster, of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children.
The biggest loser from this year's heavy rains in the Midwest is the land itself. An environmental group says 50 townships in Iowa have lost more than five tons of topsoil per acre, "more than what is tolerable over an entire year."
Paul Stoute says his 14-month-old daughter recently used his smartphone to tap her way through the app's purchasing prompts and bought herself an early sweet 16 present — a vintage car. The Internet is full of stories of technology getting the better of both buyers and sellers.
Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can — and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments — and their neighbors.
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