The Two-Way
4:03 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Today's Distraction: Slamming A Ford Focus Into A Concrete Wall At 120 MPH

What happens if a Ford Focus slams into a concrete wall at 120 mph?

The guys at the British motoring show Fifth Gear — an offshoot of the popular Top Gear — wanted to find out. They make some grand claims about the test they conducted. For example they say the test is the fastest test crash ever conducted, which brings up doubt. They also say the test was so fast, test experts didn't want to use their dummies. They're too expensive and it was likely they would be destroyed.

Anyway, the video is pretty incredible:

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Crisis In The Housing Market
3:39 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

A Bid To Bring Foreign Buyers To The Housing Market

A home in Seattle is advertised for sale in January. A housing boom 140 miles north in Vancouver, British Columbia, is being fueled by buyers from India and China, while building remains at a standstill in Seattle, one housing expert says.

Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Fri October 21, 2011 7:10 pm

Existing home sales and home prices declined last month, indicating the market remains in a slump. Now there's a proposal in Congress to try to change that. Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., introduced a bill Thursday that would grant U.S. tourist visas to foreign homebuyers paying with cash.

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The Salt
3:33 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

A Premiere Chef Explores The Jiggly Joys Of Gelatin

Chef Jose Andres at his avant garde Minibar restaurant in Washington. Andres' experiments with gelatins have helped make him one of the most innovative chefs in the country.

Jacquelyn Martin ASSOCIATED PRESS

If you think gelatin's charms go no further than wobbly, crimson cubes of lunchroom Jell-O, one of the most celebrated and ambitious chefs in the country would like to convince you otherwise.

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National Security
3:28 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

President Obama: All Troops Out of Iraq By Dec. 31

President Barack Obama announced Friday that all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of this year, ending nearly nine years of war.

Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

President Obama, a critic of the Iraq war from the very beginning, announced Friday that all U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of December. After nearly nine years, he said, the war will be over.

The president spoke after a video-conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki. The White House says the two men agreed this is the best way forward for both countries.

The president's announcement fulfills a campaign promise he made more than four years ago.

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It's All Politics
3:26 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

New Poll: Cain Leads In Iowa, Romney Second, Rest Of Field Lagging

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigned in Iowa on Thursday. The latest poll numbers might not make him feel so welcome.

Charlie Neibergall AP

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has begun showing more interest on the ground in Iowa.

Rep. Michele Bachmann has staked the future of her campaign on a strong showing in the state's Jan. 3 GOP presidential caucuses.

But it's Herman Cain, the surging former pizza executive, who appears to be capturing the imagination of Hawkeye State Republican voters just 10 weeks out from decision day.

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The Two-Way
3:17 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

NATO Mission In Libya To End Oct. 31

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said today that NATO had made a preliminary decision to end its mission in Libya on Oct. 31.

The AP reports:

He said Friday the bloc made a preliminary decision to end air operation on Oct. 31, and will make a formal decision next week.

After Libya's former rebels killed Gadhafi on Thursday, officials said they expected the aerial operation to end very soon.

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