schliz writes: The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) was closed for business for most of this morning, after a "connectivity issue" affected some brokers but not others. Trading was suspended from 10.05am to about 2pm. The issue was resolved with the exchange's software vendor, NASDAQ OMX.
dcapel writes: "In what has been called the worst engineering disaster in decades, a bridge of highway 35W, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has collapsed into the Mississippi. The collapse took place during late rush-hour traffic, so an estimated 50 cars were on the bridge at the time. There is no evidence for terrorist involvement, but an engineering or safety flaw of immense proportions must have been involved. As someone who was working only blocks away at the time, this happened entirely too close to home."