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Nation Dec 08GOP, industry defeat safety rules that would have kept tired truckers off road
The trucking industry's latest triumph has caused concern among safety advocates that it may signal the start of a broad rollback of transportation safety regulations once there's no longer a Democratic president to check the tendency of Republican lawmakers to…
Economy Nov 18House chairman claims Trump favors privatizing air traffic control
A House committee chairman says President-elect Donald Trump likes the idea of spinning off air traffic control operations from the government and placing them under the control of a private, non-profit corporation chartered by Congress.
Nation Oct 18Nearly one out of five U.S. drivers is age 65 or older, government says
Preliminary data from the Federal Highway Administration also show there are more drivers today than ever before, an estimated 217 million.
Politics Oct 14Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones banned from airliners over fire hazard
Passengers and flight crews will be banned from bringing Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on airline flights under an emergency order issued Friday by the Department of Transportation.
World Oct 06UN sets limit to reduce airline carbon emissions by 2.5 billion tons
WASHINGTON — The United Nations’ aviation arm overwhelmingly ratified an agreement Thursday to control global warming emissions from international airline flights, the first international climate-change pact to set limits on a single industry. The agreement, adopted at the International Civil…
Nation Sep 28Air rage is taking off around the world, say airlines
Incidents of unruly passengers on planes are increasing, and more effective deterrents are needed to tackle the problem, a global airline trade group said Wednesday.
Arts Sep 08Real-life investigators object to portrayal in ‘Sully’ movie
WASHINGTON — Losing thrust in both engines but still managing to land an airliner full of people in the Hudson River without the loss of a single life is plenty dramatic. But the drama in “Sully,” the movie about the…
Nation Aug 30600,000 commercial drones may soon fill the sky. Here are the FAA’s new drone rules
There will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the U.S. within the year as the result of new safety rules that opened the skies to them on Monday, according to a FAA estimate.
Nation Aug 23Traffic deaths up nearly 20 percent since 2014, government says
An estimated 19,100 people were killed on U.S. roads from January through June, said the council, a congressionally chartered nonprofit that gets its data from state authorities. That's 18 percent more than two years ago at the six-month mark. About…
Nation Aug 17Progress slow on installing key safety technology on railroads, report says
The Federal Railroad Administration report shows that while some railroads have made substantial progress, others have yet to equip a single locomotive or track segment with the technology, or install a single radio tower.