With tears in her eyes, Danica Patrick emotionally confirmed to media on Friday afternoon she would be stepping away from full-time racing competition following Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "My sister said I wasn't supposed to get emotional," she said, wiping tears from her eyes, as her sister and parents watched from the back of the room. "I said I wouldn't. But I'm grateful for all the opportunities." Dressed in a white blouse and black jeans, the 35-year-old Patrick declared her intentions to transition after a historical six-year full-time career in NASCAR preceded by a headline-making seven-year full-time stint racing in the IndyCar series. read more
Workers took the Keystone oil pipeline offline on Thursday after it spilled 5,000 barrels of oil in rural South Dakota, officials said.
A TransCanada crew shut down the pipeline at 6 a.m. Thursday morning after detecting an oil leak along the line, the company said. The leak was detected along a stretch of the pipeline about 35 miles south of a pumping station in Marshall County, South Dakota.
TransCanada estimates the pipeline leaked 5,000 barrels of oil, or about 210,000 gallons, before going offline. The company said it's working with state regulators and the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to assess the situation. read more
Goodbye Charlie goodbye.
John Hillerman, a Texas-born actor best remembered as the stuffy English foil Higgins to Tom Selleck's freewheeling private detective on the hit 1980s television series "Magnum, P.I.," died Nov. 9 at his home in Houston. He was 84. A spokeswoman, Lori De Waal, said the cause of death has yet to be determined. Hillerman was a theater stalwart and versatile Hollywood character actor before becoming a household name as Jonathan Quayle Higgins III on Magnum, P.I., which aired on CBS from 1980 to 1988. read more