CSX train derails in Washington, DC; possible hazardous leak

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A CSX freight train derailed in Washington, D.C., on Sunday morning, sending several cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material from three cars, emergency officials said. No injuries were immediately reported. Doug Buchannan, a spokesman for the D.C fire department, told NBC Washington (http://bit.ly/1W0mwYc Emergency responders have not said what substance is leaking. Chris Nellum said he lives nearby and his window looks directly over the tracks.


First Self-Driving, 3D-Printed Smart Bus Hits the Streets of Washington, DC

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Olli, created by Arizona-based Local Motors, officially hit the streets of the nation's capital Thursday. Using an app similar to Uber or Lyft, ride-seekers can order the bus to pick them up and drop them off at their destinations of choice. Olli is electric-powered and 3D-printed, reducing the vehicles footprint before and after it hits the road, Local Motors wrote in a release. The bus can even talk to riders. "Olli offers a smart, safe and sustainable transportation solution that is long overdue," John B. Rogers Jr., Local Motors CEO and co-founder, said.


Watson Will Soon Be a Bus Driver In Washington D.C.

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IBM has teamed up with Local Motors, a Phoenix-based automotive manufacturer that made the first 3D-printed car, to create a self-driving electric bus. Named "Olli," the bus has room for 12 people and uses IBM Watson's cloud-based cognitive computing system to provide information to passengers. In addition to automatically driving you where you want to go using Phoenix Wings autonomous driving technology, Olli can respond to questions and provide information, similar to Amazon's Echo home assistant. The bus debuts today in the Washington D.C. area for the public to use during select times over the next several months, and the IBM-Local Motors team hopes to introduce Olli to the Miami and Las Vegas areas by the end of the year. By using Watson's speech to text, natural language classifier, entity extraction, and text to speech APIs, the bus can provide several services beyond taking you to your destination.


Missing couple feared man sought in their disappearance

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Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude worried about getting on the wrong side of the man who lived a little ways up an old logging road from their 21-acre spread along the Stillaguamish River. When they sued other neighbors over a property dispute more than two years ago, they avoided naming him as a defendant because they didn't want to irk him, their former lawyer said Monday. But now the couple is missing and presumed murdered, and investigators are trying to track down the man, John Blaine Reed, 53, along with his brother, Tony Clyde Reed, 49. Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said surveillance video linked them to the dumping of the victims' cars over an embankment in a remote, wooded area near Oso, about 50 miles north-northeast of Seattle. Both brothers had previously been convicted of felonies, the sheriff's office said, though it did not release details about their backgrounds.


Commuter Gondolas Are Coming to America. Probably. Maybe?

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First, there's the name, more likely to evoke amiable Italians in stripes than aerial transport. Try distinguishing it from an aerial tramway, which travels between two fixed stations instead of many, or a ropeway, a catch-all term for cars that fly. No wonder designers who have proposed gondolas as an urban transit solution have met a mix of fanged skepticism and derision. "I have definitely heard from some citizens that the very notion of a gondola is too ridiculous to even be considered," Christopher Slatt, the chairman of the Arlington County, Virginia's Transportation Commission, told the Wall Street Journal this summer. "Why give transit critics ammunition by advancing something that may turn out to be a waste of time and effort?"