Trains Collide in Akron, Target Teams up with Neiman Marcus, Kids Healthier With Pets

Two CSX trains collided in downtown Akron early Thursday morning. It happened around 1:45 a.m. near East Mill and Broadway behind Quaker Square. Both cars were transporting various items, but nothing hazardous.  One train was coming from Pennsylvania to Ohio. The other train was coming from Virginia to Ohio. Some train cars derailed as a result of the crash. No injures were reported, and there were no evacuations. The accident remains under investigation. Clean-up is expected to take a good part of the day.

Discount retailer Target is going high-end for the holidays. The Wall Street Journal reports the chain is teaming up with luxury retailer Neiman Marcus for a limited collection this winter. It will feature more than 50 products from 24 top designers, including Diane Von Furstenberg and Tory Burch. Prices will range from $8 to $500. The majority of the items will be $60 or less. The collection will be available in both stores and online beginning Dec. 1. The line will be available for three weeks or until they sell out.

Children who have a dog or cat or are around dogs and cats during the first year of life are reported to be healthier and have fewer respiratory infections than children without contact to these animals. In the study, "Respiratory Tract Illnesses During the First Year of Life: Effect of Dog and Cat Contacts," in the August 2012 issue of Pediatrics ) researchers followed 397 children in Finland from pregnancy to the age of 1 year and reported the amount of dog or cat contact they had each week. Researchers found that even though respiratory infections and infectious symptoms are frequent during the first year of life, children with early dog contact seem to have fewer respiratory infectious symptoms and diseases, especially ear infections, and needed a shorter course of antibiotics.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager