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News Story of the Day
Thousands of bridges at risk of freak collapse
Updated May 25, 01:11 PM
SEATTLE - Thousands of bridges around the U.S. may be one freak accident or mistake away from collapse, even if the spans are deemed structurally sound.
Bridge regulators call the more risky spans "fracture critical," meaning that if a single, vital component of the bridge is compromised, it can crumple.
Fracture critical bridges, like the I-5 span in Washington, are the result of Congress trying to cut corners to save money rather than a lack of engineering know-how, said Barry B. LePatner, a New York real estate attorney and author of "Too Big to Fall: America's Failing Infrastructure and the Way Forward."
Sports Story of the Day
Gay soccer player Robbie Rogers joins LA Galaxy
Updated May 25, 11:36 AM
LOS ANGELES - Robbie Rogers is joining the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer in another step by openly gay athletes in professional sports.
Now Rogers is ready to accept his role as the league's first openly gay player.
The 26-year-old player had retired in February on the same day the former U.S. national team player publicly came out in a blog post.