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News Story of the Day
Updated Dec 04, 09:22 PM
NEW YORK - It's sometimes called highway hypnosis or white-line fever, and it's familiar to anyone who has driven long distances along a monotonous route.
A man driving a Metro-North Railroad commuter train that went off the rails Sunday in New York, killing four passengers, experienced a momentary loss of awareness as he zoomed down the tracks, according to his lawyer and union representative, who called the episode a "nod," a "daze" or highway hypnosis.
While the term highway hypnosis has been around for decades, there's no technical definition of it and scant specific medical study of it, although multiple studies have found that long driving times on straight roads can cause people to lose focus.
Sports Story of the Day
Updated Dec 04, 09:49 PM
MEXICO CITY - The start of the game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves has been delayed because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena.
The NBA tweeted news of the delay Wednesday night.
The arena was evacuated about 45 minutes before the start when a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building, according to NBA spokeswoman Sharon Lima.
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