The commuter train that jumped its tracks in the Bronx was barreling into a curve at nearly three times the posted speed when it derailed, killing four passengers, federal safety officials said Monday.
Preliminary data from the event recorders aboard the train clocked it at 82 mph as it approached the 30-mph curve, where the Hudson and Harlem rivers converge, National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener told reporters. The data show the engineer cut the throttle and slammed on the brakes, but those moves came "very late in the game," Weener said.
"This is raw data off the event recorders, so it tells us what happened. It doesn't tell us why it happened," Weener said.
Imaginations everywhere have been stoked since Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced his company plans to start offering 30-minute deliveries via drone-like "octocopters."
What's not fascinating about a near future in which fleets of whirring sky robots can drop our every impulse buy on our doorstep faster than we can get Chinese delivered? (You know, aside from accidental strayings into restricted air space or the rise of the machines.)
But when Bezos took to "60 Minutes" on Sunday to introduce the world to Amazon Prime Air, his idea prompted more questions than it provided answers.
So how close are we, really, to door-to-door drones becoming a reality? And how would they work?
Wired magazine's Jason Paur says "It's feasible...I still think it's going to be a long ways off before it's going to be these autonomous, completely unpiloted vehicles are able to move through cities and deliver packages. It's not even on the horizon yet."
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CNN reached out to Amazon, where official details are still scarce, and chatted with drone expert Missy Cummings, an associate professor at MIT and one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots. Here's some of what we've been able to piece together on a project that Amazon says is, at the very least, a couple of years away from takeoff.
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In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," Connecticut police provide for a man who's robbed of his turkey, CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.
Jimmy Mulligan was walking to a friend's house with his Thanksgiving turkey when he was held up. Mulligan called 911 saying "I was just robbed at gunpoint...They took my turkey. A bag of stuffing."
The dispatcher admits she thought it might have been a prank at first– but after the police quickly confirmed that it wasn't, she organized a money collection from her co-workers and bought two Boston Market dinners for the victims.
Mulligan says after the patrol car pulled up with the meals, "I was really thankful for that."
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