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Amtrak Washington train crash: Investigators focus on speed

Amtrak Washington train crash: Investigators focus on speed

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceA US passenger train that derailed, killing three people, was travelling at 80mph (130km/h) on a curve with a speed limit of 30mph, data from the train's rear engine indicates.It happened in Washington state during rush hour on Monday and officials say 72 people were taken to hospital.A number of those injured are reported to be in a serious condition.Authorities said all carriages had now been searched, but would not rule out a rise in the number of dead.A spokeswoman for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said investigators had arrived at the scene on Monday night local time and would probably be there for a week or 10 days.Bella Dinh-Zarr said the 12-carriage train had engines at the front and rear. The back engine's data recordin...
Department of Defense seeks to speed up acquisition process

Department of Defense seeks to speed up acquisition process

Business
Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Senior leaders at the Department of Defense testified on Capitol Hill that they are attempting to reform and speed up an acquisition process that has dogged the agency for years.The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday heard testimony from U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, alongside other military officials, including Ellen Lord, the Pentagon's top acquisition official.The officials laid out their plan to streamline the Defense Department's acquisition of services and technology using authorities granted to them in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act."Before that act came into being, 19 of 49 of the largest Air Force programs were actually managed in decision authority kept at the Office of the Secretary of Defense level," Wilson told Congressional law...
Internet speed guarantees must be realistic, says Ofcom

Internet speed guarantees must be realistic, says Ofcom

Technology
Internet users are to be granted more rights on connection speeds as Ofcom imposes tougher rules on how ISPs advertise broadband services.The proposals give consumers the right to exit contracts penalty-free if speeds fall below a guaranteed minimum.Ofcom says there is a mismatch between what is advertised, and the speeds customers receive.But experts say speeds are affected by different factors, and are not strictly a measure of connection to a device. A public consultation is currently being conducted until 10 November.Easy way outGillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: "Many people seek our help each year because their slow and intermittent broadband service falls short of what their contract promised."For most people, a reliable broadband connection is a necessity, so wh...
Getting up to speed on the Equifax data breach scandal

Getting up to speed on the Equifax data breach scandal

Technology
Equifax has been scrambling to explain itself since disclosing last week that it exposed vital data about 143 million Americans — effectively most of the U.S. adult population. It's come under fire from members of Congress, state attorneys general, and people who are getting conflicting answers about whether their information was stolen. The company keeps track of the detailed financial affairs of all Americans in order to gauge how much of a risk they are for borrowing money. That means it and its competitors, TransUnion and Experian, are a detailed storehouse of some of the most personal and sensitive information of Americans' financial lives. And all of it could be used for identity theft. Here's the latest on what you need to know about the breach: WHAT EQUIFAX IS SAYING Equifax is try