As we slept soundly, emergency workers counted seven dead in a NY commuter train crash, and at least 19 died in a Taiwan plan crash. Jordan executed two jihadisin retaliation for the gruesome death of a Jordanian ISIS-held hostage.
Disney celebrated "Frozen"-fueled record profits, while Oregon invited a first wave of cannabis farming.
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Seven were reported dead in NY train crash
Seven people died, ten were seriously injured when a busy Metro North commuter train collided with a Jeep Cherokee which was stalled on the tracks, and a high-voltage railway track ripped through the first carriage. Mercifully the other seven carriages sustained minimal damage, and the rest of the 600-odd passengers were unhurt. It's the latest in a series of accidents involving Metro North's trains.
A plane crash in Taiwan left 16 dead
Just after take-off from an airport in central Taiwan, a TransAsiaairplane cartwheeled and crashed upside-down into a river, killing at least 19 passengers. Fortunately 28 others got out alive.
Jordan executed twojihadists
The day after ISIS released a gruesome video showing a Jordanian pilot hostage being burned alive, Jordan retaliated by killing two Iraqi prisoners. One was the woman suicide bomber that Jordan was considering exchanging for the pilot this week - but it looks like he had been killed weeks ago.
Oregon offered alicense to grown hemp
The state is allowing farmers to grown hemp on an industrial scale, ahead of allowing people to legally grown marijuana next year. Yesterday, Seattle's first vending machine selling medical pot was launched - Washington State, like Colorado, made recreational marijuana use legal in 2012, and Alaska and Seattle followed last year.
Disney celebrated record profits
Disney shareholders must be rubbing their hands with glee, as "Frozen"-mad kids refuse to 'Let It Go'. Profits are at a record high, probably because almost every five-year-old girl in the world demanded an Elsa fancy dress costume, Anna doll and Frozen backpack from Santa this year.Kids are also clearly still keen to meet Mickey Mouse, as visitors are up despite recent measles outbreaks.