New York’s Sandy-flooded South Ferry subway station is still a useless mess

New photos suggest that it's not going to be ready for use for at least another year, and repairs are expected to run $600 million or more.


Green groups and ExxonMobil pony up for Obama’s second inauguration

The oil company announced a $250,000 commitment to the inaugural committee. The green groups announced parties.


California teams up with Amtrak on high-speed rail

Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority are joining together to purchase about 60 high-speed trains over the next 10 years.

How to get absolutely freaking (almost) everywhere in California without a car

The California Rail Map is a subway map unlike no other.


So much hope and so many problems for the L.A. river

After they tore down river wetlands, can the Army Corps be trusted to rebuild?

Business & Technology

Another Massey executive will go to jail for his role in the Upper Big Branch explosion

Former mine superintendent Gary May told a worker to deactivate an alarm shortly before the blast.


European agency declares popular pesticide too dangerous for bees

The world's most widely used insecticide is unacceptable for use around bees, says a new report from Europe's food safety agency.

Climate & Energy

Marcellus, N.Y., namesake of the Marcellus shale formation, bans fracking

A unanimous town board vote means that the namesake for the shale formation will never allow it to be fracked.

Climate & Energy

Keystone will be even worse for the climate than you thought, says futile new report

Petroleum coke, a byproduct of the tar-sands process, is worse for the climate than coal, says a report that's not likely to change anyone's mind.