Brendan James

Brendan James is the front page editor for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, he worked as a reporter at Yahoo! News and interned at Andrew Sullivan's blog The Dish. He can be reached at brendan@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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CHICAGO (AP) — The crash of a Chicago commuter train that derailed and plowed up an escalator at one of the world's busiest airports would have been far worse, and likely fatal, had it not happened how and when it did, a transportation expert says.

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A KOMO-TV news helicopter crashed just outside of its station near the Seattle Space Needle on Tuesday morning, the Associated Press reported.

The chopper was attempting to land when it smashed into the side of the building. At least two people are dead after both the helicopter and several cars below exploded in the crash, according to the Seattle Times.

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