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Crisis Averted: Two Planes Almost Crash In Barcelona - VIDEO

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Got a fear of flying? You might want to skip this video. Footage has emerged of two large planes in a near-miss in Barcelona on Saturday. A Barcelona planespotter had a good view of this close-call and didn't hesitate to start filming; the resulting hi-res video is captivating.

Watch AFTER THE JUMP as an Aerolineas Argentineas Airbus A340-300 starts taking off, while a Utair Boeing 767-300 from Moscow attempts to land. Oy vey!

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Google's Waze Navigation App Shows Its Pride

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In a move to set its own mapping platform apart from the competition, Google acquired Israeli crowd-sourced mapping company Waze in 2013. Waze has just updated its selection of user icons to help users show off their Pride while en route. Unlike other mapping services, Waze makes a point of turning its navigation into a social experience, encouraging users to crowdsource traffic data in real time. Waze also allows users to share personal status updates via a set of predefined icons expressing various emotions. In addition to sarcastic, ninja, and peaceful, Wazers can now set their icons to "proud."

Response to the app's update have been generally positive, but Waze isn't without users who felt as if the company missed the point of Pride.

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Waze's latest updates are available for free now in both the Google Play and Apple App stores.

 


French Bus Driver Douses Lesbian Couple With Water For Kissing

FranceA bus driver in northern France got fired after he doused two teenage girls with a bottle of water for kissing before one of the girls boarded. The girl rode to her destination and then confronted the driver who told her that he was "against homosexuality."

The girl then reported the driver to the local transport service, and — after he admitted what he had done — they laid off the driver and then fired him, adding via Twitter: "The act cannot be tolerated and that's why the driver involved was immediately laid off as a protective measure."

Several incidents of anti-gay violence have occurred in France since passing its marriage equality law last year.

Buses in particular seem to be a popular place for blue-collar bigots to express their anti-gay views. Last year in America, a Portland  driver told a gay couple to go to the back of the bus after he spotted them holding hands. And a Chicago bus driver ejected a gay couple from the bus after witnessing them kissing and holding hands.


Fatalities Reported After Metro-North Train Derails in NYC: VIDEO

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At least 4 people have died and 67 were injured when a Metro-North commuter train derailed in the Bronx early this morning, the NYT reports:

The derailment occurred when several cars of a train headed south from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., left the tracks about 7:20 a.m. near the Spuyten Duyvil station under the Henry Hudson Bridge on the Hudson Line, according to a Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman, Aaron Donovan.

Councilman G. Oliver Koppell, who represents the area and was at the scene, said the accident was “certainly the worst one on this line.”

Rescue workers from the Police and Fire Departments converged on the scene and lowered stretchers into the train cars, which were lying nearly on their sides; one car was just above the water. The train was the 5:54 a.m. out of Poughkeepsie, and was due at Grand Central Terminal at 7:43 a.m., Mr. Donovan said.

Watch reports from NBC and CBS New York, AFTER THE JUMP...

Our thoughts go out to anyone affected by this awful accident.

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British Christian Organization Sues London Transit Authority Over Pro-Gay Advertisements

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There's a bit of a storm brewing over London city buses these days--or rather, over the advertisements printed on the side of some buses sponsored by UK LGBT rights group Stonewall that read 'Some people are gay. Get over it!' The Telegraph reports:

A traditionalist Christian group has lodged papers at the High Court attempting to force Transport for London to take down hundreds of new billboards on double-decker buses telling people who disapprove of homosexuality to “get over it”.

It claims that transport chiefs are deliberately ignoring a ruling by a High Court judge that the posters, from the gay rights group Stonewall, are “highly offensive to fundamentalist Christians” who believe that gay sex is a “sin”.

In response to the Stonewall advertisements, Core Issues Trust, a Christian group that purports to provide "reorientation" therapy that can turn gay people straight, bought advertisement space on London's buses for billboards that would read 'Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get Over It!'

London Mayor Boris Johnson intervened and banned the Christian advertisements, calling them "clearly offensive" for likening homosexuality to an illness.  In response, Core Issues Trust took the case to court.  From The Telegraph:

In her judgment Mrs Justice Lang ruled that Mr Johnson had not abused his position by banning the adverts but went on to question the decision to allow the earlier Stonewall advertisements as well.

TfL’s decision to allow one advertisement but not the other was “was inconsistent and partial”, she ruled. The outcome of an appeal is due later this year.

Stonewall's advertisements, the High Court judge wrote in her ruling, are "highly offensive to fundamentalist Christians" who believe gay sex is sinful."  Now, Dr. Michael Davidson, the founder of Core Issues Trust, has filed an urgent judicial review seeking an injunction barring Transport for London from placing new Stonewall ads on London buses.

"I feel that Stonewall and the Defendant are deliberately flouting the rulings of the court by renewing their advertisement campaign on buses which was clearly prohibited by the earlier judgment of Mrs Justice Lang," Davidson told the court in his application for review.

A spokesman for Transport for London told The Telegraph simply, "These ads are in line with our advertising policy."


Fly Anywhere In The World In 4 Hours Or Less: VIDEO

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That's the claim being made at Business Insider by chief engineer Alan Bond at Reaction Engines. Unlike Elon Musk's Hyperloop system which combines existing technologies found in Concords, rail guns, and air hockey tables, the "Sabre" jet engine will utilze a brand new technology called a precooler.

The precooler can drop the engine's temperature by 1,000 degrees Celsius in 1/10th of a second, and being able to keep the engine cool means that more power can be exerted, which in turn results in more speed. Bond estimates that the jets would reach speeds of Mach 5 - that is, five times the speed of sound - with relative ease. 

The company's current vision is to enter the air transportation market with a passenger plane that can hold 300 and fly like a rocket, but the $1.1 billion price tag per plane will likely render it accessible to only the extremely well-to-do unless a way of subsidizing the plane's costs can be found.

Test flights are being planned for 2019, and an interview with Bond can be seen AFTER THE JUMP...

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