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  • The Docket: The year's most searched trials online

    Year in Review 1 yr ago

    Courtroom junkies, 2013 was your year.

    High-profile cases stuffed dockets across the country and around the world. There were trials that tested Americans' morals and values, judgments that ended political careers and celebrity cases that provided fodder for tabloids.

    The most influential rulings came from the highest bench: The Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California and struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (No. 6), which precluded same-sex couples from financial benefits enjoyed by traditional married couples.

    [Read more about a landmark year in gay rights]

    Another government case resulted in themilitary sentencing of Bradley Manning (No. 10), who also referred to himself as Chelsea. The Army intelligence analyst received 35 years for sharing classified documents with Wikileaks. His chat logs with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was recently released.

  • Superstorm Sandy’s wrath caught on video

    Jeff Stacklin at The Lookout 2 yrs ago

    Want a glimpse of the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy? Check out the early video reports that have made their way to the Internet.

    In one video, a user filming a darkened New York City skyline captures an apparent electrical transformer exploding on video. What makes the video even more compelling is her panicked reaction to the explosion.

    "What's going on? I don't know what's going on," she says. "What the hell is this?"

    Meantime, this raw footage shows raging water pouring into the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel in New York City.

    And clearly not everyone was overly concerned about the storm. In this video, as TV news reporter Matt Belanger tells of the coming storm, a car with a passenger shouting out the window comes barreling around the corner behind him.

    "That's never a good idea, folks," he says on-camera.

  • Tesla Model S: First drive of the electric sedan that will change the world or die trying

    Jeff Stacklin at The Lookout 3 yrs ago

    Of all the new cars unveiled this year, none will be as hotly anticipated as the Model S from Tesla Motors (TSLA), a luxury sedan doubling as a brash, billion-dollar bet that the era of the electric car has arrived. As the first journalist to test-drive one, I can report the Tesla Model S successfully challenges a century of assumptions about what a great car can be.

    The Model S launching today from a Fremont, Calif., factory represents four years of work by Tesla engineers, fueled by $465 million in U.S. government loans and $220 million in Wall Street money (along with $50 million and the factory itself, which was originally built as a joint venture between GM and Toyota). Elon Musk, Tesla's co-founder and CEO, has vowed to make the Model S the best car in the world, and hopes to sell 20,000 a year -- at prices between $54,700 up to $105,400 -- once the factory ramps to full speed.

    [Slideshow: First look at the Tesla Model S]