I've written more than a few columns lately about folks who complain because they think the government is cheating them out of Social Security benefits. So many people are convinced that their Social Security benefits were figured incorrectly. I tell them that they should talk to someone at their local Social Security office who can go over the benefit computation with them. They almost always learn that they are being paid correctly. But they still aren't happy.
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) - Insufficient brake force was applied before an oil train came barreling out of nowhere in the middle of the night and slammed into a small town in Quebec, killing 47 people, officials said Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) - A fiery and fatal train derailment earlier this month in Quebec, near the Maine border, highlighted the danger of moving oil by rail, a practice that has grown exponentially as a result of the oil boom and will continue to expand, experts say.
OIL ABOARD: U.S. and Canadian drillers are producing oil faster than new pipelines can be built. As a result, trains have become an unexpected yet vital way to move this bounty of energy. This year, more trains carrying crude will chug across North America than ever before - nearly 1,400 carloads a day. In 2009, there were just 31 carloads a day.