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Sen. Bernie Sanders: U.S. becoming laughing stock of the world

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Monday night that the United States was becoming “the laughing stock of the entire world” because of the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The Senate will take up this week a part of Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act that would provide $60 billion create a…

China urges end to ‘cancer’ of online rumors

China’s state news agency called on Internet sites Tuesday to stop the “cancer” of online rumours, in the latest sign of official unease over the rising popularity of social networking sites. The Xinhua news agency’s call for an end to online “rumour-mongering” came days after a similar warning from a…

Chinese bullet trains pulled over ‘flaws’

SHANGHAI — More than 50 bullet trains on a new fast link between Beijing and Shanghai will be recalled because of “flaws,” their manufacturer said, in a fresh blow for China’s high-speed rail industry. Friday’s move to pull 54 trains from the flagship line came a day after Beijing said…

China expected to clamp down on train crash coverage

BEIJING — Chinese journalists and web users have defied censors with scathing criticism of the state after a deadly high-speed rail crash, but analysts predict the government will soon clamp down. Internet users have unleashed unusually high levels of vitriol towards the government in the wake of the crash, and…

Chinese premier vows to punish those responsible for deadly rail crash

China’s premier Wen Jiabao pledged Thursday to “severely punish” those responsible for a deadly train crash that has sparked public fury and triggered fears over the safety of high-speed rail. At least 39 people were killed and nearly 200 injured in Saturday’s collision on the outskirts of the eastern city…

China boasts biggest high-speed rail network

BEIJING — China only opened its high-speed rail service to passengers four years ago, but it now boasts the world’s biggest network, with more than 8,300 kilometres of track — a figure that is growing rapidly. Trains are by far the most popular form of long-distance transport in the country…

Poll: Tea party poses ‘real danger’ to GOP in Florida

Aligning yourself too closely to the tea party could be a great way to lose an election in Florida, apparently. So says a recent poll by Gainesville, Florida based polling firm War Room Logistics. In the poll, registered Florida voters said 2:1 that the tea party did not represent their…

Republicans will make US a ‘Third World’ country: Obama

CHICAGO (AFP) – US President Barack Obama accused his Republican foes of wanting to turn the United States into a “Third World” country Thursday as he rallied support for his reelection campaign. The attack came a day after Obama savaged Republican budget plans and unveiled his $4 trillion deficit reduction…

Florida kills Obama-backed high-speed rail

MIAMI — Florida’s governor on Wednesday killed an ambitious plan for the country’s first high-speed railway, a project heralded by the White House as important to restoring US competitiveness and economic growth. Governor Rick Scott cited the burden to the state of potential cost overruns and expected subsidies in rejecting…

White House launches high-speed rail push with $53 billion plan

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday called on Congress to back a six-year, $53-billion investment in high-speed, intercity rail, saying it was “dreaming big” on reinventing US infrastructure. But Republicans, now wielding the power of the purse after November’s mid-term election triumph, slammed the plan, and called on the…

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