At least seven people are feared missing after parts of a major road tunnel collapsed west of Tokyo - trapping vehicles as smoke from a fire inside initially prevented rescuers from approaching. Several burned bodies have reportedly been found among the rubble at the Sasago Tunnel, around 50 miles outside the capital. Video footage from cameras inside the tunnel, after the fire was extinguished, showed firefighters picking their way through cement roof panels that collapsed onto vehicles. Scroll down for video
Not only that OP, but the pontoons for the new floating bridge that´s being built across Lake Washington have cracks in them and the state doesn´t seem to be too concerned. To give them credit, one station, KOMO the ABC affiliate, has been doing some fairly decent reporting about this daily.
If the concrete was inferior then it couldn´t be the workmanship of the tunnel builders.
The big problem I see is that today everyone wants "cheap", they all want "discounts". Did anyone ever stop to think that this means cutting corners and making the products cheaper and perhaps inferior>
People are forgetting that "you get what you pay for".
Blake Shelton captured album of the year, Miranda Lambert won female vocalist of the year and Taylor Swift was honored with the Pinnacle award for her achievements, but it was George Strait who won the night´s top honor at the Country Music Awards — entertainer of the year. Strait, who is retiring from the road, nabbed his third trophy in the category but hadn´t won the prestigious award since 1990. He capped a night where there was no clear favorite. Shelton, Swift, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line won two awards each. But Shelton won the other big
After immense pressure from the conservative movement, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has walked back its efforts to attack the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF). At a press conference on Tuesday, NRSC executive director Rob Collins complimented SCF’s work against Democrats like Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and said that he believes the organization is in fact motivated to get Republicans the majority in the U.S. Senate, albeit by different “tactics” than the NRSC. Collins’ remarks are a marked reversal for the group in just a few days of how the NRSC has treated the conservative group largely responsible for helping
In a religious conundrum? Just ask yourself: What Would Jesus Brew? A growing number of churches across the country have taken to serving beers and ales as a means of attracting younger members. Other congregations ditch the sacred space entirely and flock to the local pub, preferring neither water nor wine, but perhaps a nice IPA.In a fascinating look into modern Christian culture in America, NPR´s The Salt blog examines the strange brew of religion and alcohol — and how it´s attracting unexpected people to Christianity. In Fort Worth, Texas, Church-in-a-Pub gets churchgoers in the spirit, so to speak. Worship
The election of pro-union Democrats to executive positions in New York and Virginia could boost the labor agenda, according to labor watchdogs. Terry McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli on Tuesday 48 percent to 45.5 percent in Virginia’s gubernatorial race. McAuliffe, one of the Democratic Party’s premier fundraisers over the past two decades, outraised and outspent Cuccinelli with the help of an outpour of cash from organized labor. He received more than $2.5 million from unions as the race drew to a close, according to state campaign filings. McAuliffe tripled his union donations from his 2009 gubernatorial run.
DALLAS — President Barack Obama has arrived in Dallas to visit with North Texans who have been working to help uninsured residents sign up for coverage through the nation’s new healthcare plan — and attend two fundraisers to help raise money for Democratic senators seeking election next year. First up on the president’s agenda now that he’s arrived at Love Field is heading to Temple Emanu-El, to meet with those who are helping others enroll in the country’s new healthcare plan, known as the Affordable Care Act. On the way to Dallas, White House officials told reporters that Dallas is
About 15 protesters are awaiting the arrival of President Barack Obama at Temple Emanu-el in Dalas, railing against the president’s health care law and the deaths of four Americans in the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, last year. Drivers passing by the site at Hillcrest Avenue and Northwest Highway blew their horns and gave the “thumbs up” sign to protesters, who held signs saying “Don’t mess with Texas” and “Honk to impeach.”Michael Chew, 39, said he was with a group called Activists for Truth and Liberty and came to the president’s appearance because he was tired of lies from Washington. He
LOS ANGELES- While some say school safety hinges on guns, cameras or alarms in classrooms, Mark Gomer and Kristi Schiller think specially trained dogs should take point in preventing violence in schools. Gomer´s for-profit company has sent a gun-and drug-detecting dog to patrol the halls of an Ohio high school, while Schiller is launching a nonprofit in Houston to give schools the trained canines for free. Their programs are still in their infancy, so questions remain about dogs that can distract, scare or send kids into sneezing fits. But they think they can cultivate their ideas to help schools across
President Obama called New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) Wednesday afternoon to congratulate him on his reelection. A White House official and a spokesman to Christie confirmed the phone call. Obama first missed Christie because he called right before the governor’s Wednesday press conference. Christie then returned the president’s call. Originally, the president only phoned three Democrats who won Tuesday: Virginia’s Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and Boston’s Mayor-elect Martin Walsh, according to a statement put out by the White House late Tuesday night. Obama campaigned for McAuliffe and de Blasio during the last leg
President Obama’s flight to Texas was delayed for nearly an hour after a car at the White House tripped off a law enforcement dog. The Secret Service said the departure was delayed out of an abundance of caution and the car had been cleared. It was searched using the Metropolitan Police Department’s bomb squad. “K9 alerted to a vehicle parked in the Ellipse parking area,” the Secret Service said in a statement. “The vehicle was searched utilizing MPD EOD.” President Obama in Air Force One took off from Andrews Air Force Base just after 3 p.m. The head of the
Former Democratic Governor of Virginia Douglass Wilder declared "the biggest mistake" that fellow Democrat Terry McAuliffe made in his successful but very close campaign was appearing side by side with President Barack Obama. "The biggest mistake made in the McAuliffe campaign was the later introduction directly of Obama in the campaign, it almost sank him," Wilder told WMAL radio in Washington D.C.[Video] "Terry McAuliffe almost had a backfire there by having Obama to come in - that thing (Obamacare) is so unpopular in Virginia," Wilder, who served as Virginia´s Democratic Governor from 1990-1994, explained. Wilder continued: GOP hopeful "Ken Cuccinelli
Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told The Daily Caller Wednesday that he doubts the revelations about 2012 campaign leaks against him in a new book on the presidential race. The new book, “Double Down: Game Change 2012,? by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin blames the campaign of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman for leaking rumors to the press that Cain had been accused of harassment by multiple women during his business career. Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, vehemently denied the claims. But the story and subsequent public relations crisis ultimately led to Cain’s departure from the contest. Asked
The race for Virginia attorney general could be headed for a recount as the preliminary vote tally on Wednesday showed the Democratic candidate with a razor-thin lead that could allow his Republican rival to call for an appeal. Republican state Senator Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg finished 541 votes behind Democratic state Senator Mark Herring of Leesburg out of 2.17 million cast in the Tuesday polls, according to unofficial state election board figures. State law provides for an appeal of election results if the margin of victory is no more than 1 percent. Obenshain´s margin is less than one-tenth that. Obenshain
The Virginia governor’s race was supposed to prove how the Tea Party destroyed the GOP. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was supposed to be too extreme and too much of a right-winger to be competitive. McAuliffe, who had a double-digit lead as late as two weeks ago, was coasting to victory on the strength of the national disgust over the government shutdown that hit Northern Virginia with its large number of federal employees hit. But once the shutdown ended and the country began to take notice of the ObamaCare rollout fiasco, the dynamic in Virginia changed. While liberal pundits will probably
President Barack Obama told his enthusiastic supporters Monday night that he never promised what video recordings show him promising at least 29 times. The videos show Obama promising 300 million Americans that “if you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan, period.” But that’s not what he really said, Obama announced Monday in a speech to about 200 Organizing for Action supporters, gathered at the St. Regis hotel in D.C. “What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed,” he told Obamacare’s political beneficiaries and contractors. That claim is not
How the heck did that happen? Most public polls leading up to Election Day had Democrat Terry McAuliffe coasting to victory, some by double digits, in the Virginia governor’s race. Instead he squeaked by, beating Republican Ken Cuccinelli by less than 3 percentage points. The much-closer-than-expected outcome blunts the narrative that this was a clean win for Democrats going into 2014 and guarantees an intense blame game among Republicans about what might have put Cuccinelli over the top.
They said he was “unelectable.” The RNC put only $3 million into this race. Ken was outspent by a margin of something between 4:1 and 10:1, if you believe the Associated Press. The Democrats poured everything into trying to lie to voters and portray Cuccinelli as an extremist — and they barely pulled this one out. Would another $3 million have swung 50,000 votes? The Republicans, starting with Bill Bolling, who undercut Cuccinelli as unelectable have egg all over their faces. This was a winnable election. How did we give this away to Terry McAuliffe? Some serious soul-searching should be
Hillary Clinton of all people knows how political fortunes turn on a dime. But she must be puzzled nonetheless, and spooked, that over a six-month period when she made no big news whatsoever, her popularity took a double-digit tumble. A poll released last week by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal charted the decline. It found that the percentage of Americans who view her favorably had dropped to 46 from 56. The percentage with unfavorable views had risen, less strikingly, to 33 from 29. Here we go. The beginning of the end of her inevitability. It’s about time, because
Democrat Terry McAuliffe is projected to win the Virginia gubernatorial race, defeating Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli in a surprisingly close victory. Fox News projected McAuliffe as the winner Tuesday night. The closely watched raced pitted a Tea Party-backed Republican and an establishment Democrat locked in an expensive, ideological battle whose outcome is expected to set a course for the 2014 and 2016 elections -- in large part forcing the GOP to consider whether a strong conservative candidate is the party’s best pick to win a national election. Cuccinelli, trailing late by single digits, tried unsuccessfully to use voter dissatisfaction with ObamaCare to stage
Yesterday’s exit polls from New Jersey won’t easily be forgotten. They will be cited and repeated endlessly by pundits and Governor Chris Christie’s supporters to bolster his case for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Any Republican who can get 60 percent of the vote in a blue state is bound to become the subject of presidential speculation. But when a Republican who is pro-life and has fought a running battle with labor unions and Democrats over taxes and budgets does so, he parachutes into the first tier of any discussion of future candidates. That Christie did this while winning
Many insurance executives whose companies are offering plans on the federal exchanges are frustrated with the realities that the rollout of the Affordable Care Act have laid bare. They’re talking about it, yes, but prying a quote from them on the record is a different matter. Health care consultant Larry Thompson says that for them, speaking up would be “suicide.” “They are afraid to say anything because they don’t want HHS all over them,” he says. ”A lot of the carriers to Medicaid and Medicare work, they are afraid of retribution.” Last week, health care consultant Bob Laszewski told CNN
Voters elected Bill de Blasio New York’s 109th mayor Tuesday in one of the most sweeping victories in history — returning City Hall to Democratic control for the first time in 20 years. De Blasio, who at 6-foot-5 will become the city’s tallest leader ever, breezed in after waves of voters embraced his progressive vision and vows to move the city in a new direction. And according to the mayor-in-waiting, those changes could come right out of the gate. “We will have things to say tomorrow,” de Blasio said after casting a ballot with his family near their Park Slope,
Think back to the fall of 2008. Congress was asked to pass a $700 billion taxpayer bailout for Wall Street. We were told it had to be passed, or else the economy would collapse, perhaps into another Great Depression. House conservatives voted it down. The stock market fell hundreds of points in response. In the ensuing panic, Congress went along and passed the bailout. That bailout, and the insane, nearly $1 trillion “stimulus” bill passed just a few months later as Obama’s first act, gave birth to the Tea Party revolution that gave Republicans a 63-seat landslide in the House in the
There is an apocryphal story about the origins of neoconservatism in the 1960s. Some liberal professors at Harvard were sympathetic to the New Left and such radical groups as Students for a Democratic Society. But one day one of these professors heard the radicals suggest burning down the Harvard library as an act of protest, and the professor suddenly realized that he had nothing in common with them at all. He organized some other professors into a vigil to protect the library at all cost. Today, the problem isn’t the New Left, but the radical right, which has dominated American
Are you racist if you have a gun in your home? According to a study by foreigners, yes. Researchers in England and Australia randomly dialed phone numbers until they found white voters willing to take part in their study. Those who agreed to participate were paid $10 a month from January 2008 to September 2009 and provided Internet access if they didn’t have it. Respondents were quizzed to gauge their level of racism. Here’s a few of the questions: • How well does the word ‘violent’ describe most blacks? •How much do you agree with the following statement? “Generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions