Six riders break subway record


NEW YORK (AP) – Six former high school classmates say they’ve broken the record for stopping at every station on New York City’s massive subway system – all 468 of them.

The group set out Thursday to beat the fastest time – 26 hours, 21 minutes – for riding through the entire subway system and making every stop. That record was set in 1989.

According to their Web site,, the six friends finished Friday in 24 hours, 54 minutes and 3 seconds, shaving about 1½ hours off the previous record.

Photos posted on the site showed the sleepy bunch catching naps on the trains.

The marathon riders came prepared with chocolate, energy bars, bottled water, socks, toothpaste and a complex itinerary involving 70 transfers.

Holiday season adds spice to bay

SEATTLE (AP) – Researchers at the University of Washington say all that holiday baking and eating has an environmental impact: Puget Sound is being flavored by cinnamon and vanilla.

“Even something as fun as baking for the holiday season has an environmental effect,” said Rick Keil, an associate professor of chemical oceanography. “When we bake and change the way we eat, it has an impact on what the environment sees. To me it shows the connectedness.”

Keil and UW researcher Jacquelyn Neibauer’s weekly tests of treated sewage sent into the sound from the West Point treatment plant in Magnolia showed cinnamon, vanilla and artificial vanilla levels rose between Nov. 14 and Dec. 9, with the biggest spike right after Thanksgiving.

Natural vanilla showed the largest increase, “perhaps indicative of more home baking using natural vanilla,” Keil and Neibauer wrote.

So far, the research has turned up no evidence that snickerdoodles are harming sea creatures.

, but the research does lead to some serious environmental questions.

Fish rely heavily on their sense of smell to locate food, for example, and in the case of salmon, to find their way back to their home stream to spawn.

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – A high-speed train had to make an unscheduled stop when a woman gave birth to a baby in the restaurant car, officials said.

The intercity train was traveling between Lisbon and the country’s second-largest city, Porto, when the woman went into labor Wednesday, national rail company Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses said.

The ticket collector and a kitchen worker went to the 21-year-old woman’s aid. But a male nurse answered an appeal over the train’s intercom system and delivered the baby, the company said.

The train stopped at the next available station, where the mother and baby girl, to be baptized Mariana, were taken to a hospital. Both were said to be healthy.