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Pipe bomb explodes before charity run in New Jersey; no injuries

Los Angeles Times

A pipe bomb exploded in a Jersey Shore town Saturday shortly before thousands of runners were due to participate in a charity 5-kilometer race to benefit Marines and sailors, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the blast at Seaside Park around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County prosecutor's office. He also said no surrounding structures suffered any apparent damage. The third annual Semper Five run was canceled and the immediate area was put on lockdown.

Video Friday: Muscle for Tough Robots, Cobots on Wheels, and WALK-MAN Goes for a Walk

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robot videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. Opportunity is 13 years old! The hydraulic high-power muscle has been developed by Suzumori Endo Robotics Laboratory at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Bridgestone Corporation as part of the Impulsing PAradigm Change through disruptive Technologies program (ImPACT) Tough Robotics Challenge which is an initiative of the Cabinet Office Council for Science, Technology and Innovation.

Renegade motorists block San Francisco's Bay Bridge to burn rubber 'doughnuts'

Los Angeles Times

An Instagram account called "Bay Area Movement" posted a video of the spectacle featuring a black car driving in circles as its tires squeal. Last week, a former U.S. Marine tactical vehicle operator and suspected getaway driver mesmerized TV viewers with a wild drive through Los Angeles that included pulling doughnuts in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard. Herschel Reynolds, 20, was arrested after a roughly two-hour chase on April 7 that included a close call with a TMZ tour bus and ended with a hero's welcome in a South L.A. neighborhood. No arrests have been made in the San Francisco case.

Watching drivers burn rubber in an Iraqi city at peace amid war


If you take a drive on the motorways of Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, you'll notice a lot of luxury cars -- going very fast. Seeing drivers speed through crowded neighborhoods and aggressively overtake one another on the freeways of Iraq is not new, but I had heard rumors of a group taking things more seriously than driving quickly in traffic: They were illegally racing and drifting on city streets at night. I brushed it off as a few guys having fun at night and rich kids showing-off their dad's car, until I received an invitation to attend a formal drifting competition -- the largest of its kind in northern Iraq -- to be held on the city's outskirts in late April. The event was something entirely different than what I had imagined.