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Nation May 14Safety technology might have prevented deadly Amtrak crash
WASHINGTON — The deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia appears to be yet another accident that didn't have to happen.
World Apr 08Aviation expert: Germanwings crash investigation assigned blame before probe ended
The Germanwings air crash investigation shouldn't set a precedent for future investigations because it sought to assign blame before the probe was complete, which could jeopardize airline cooperation if it became the practice, the head of a trade association representing…
World Mar 27Little vetting of pilots for mental health, U.S. experts say
WASHINGTON — Despite U.S. and international regulations requiring that airline pilots be screened for mental health problems, little effective, real-world checking takes place, pilots and safety experts say.
Politics Mar 03Two airlines ban rechargeable batteries from cargo
Two major U.S airlines say they will no longer accept rechargeable battery shipments as new government tests confirm that explosions and violent fires are likely to occur when large numbers of batteries enclosed in cargo containers overheat.
Nation Feb 27Fiery train wrecks put pressure on safety standards for oil transport
The most serious oil train accident killed 47 people and destroyed the town center of Lac Megantic in Quebec, Canada, just across the border from Maine, in 2013.
Science Feb 09Report claims automakers have failed to make cars hacker-proof
WASHINGTON — Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a member of the U.S. Senate is…
Nation Feb 07Fewer drunk, but more drug-impaired drivers on the road
The number of drivers on the road with alcohol in their systems has declined by nearly one-third since 2007, but there has been a large increase in drivers using marijuana and other illegal drugs, a government report released Friday found.
Politics Feb 01Officials meet to confront safety concerns after aviation disasters
Government and aviation industry officials from dozens of countries are meeting in Montreal this week to try to find consensus on how to keep from losing airliners like the one that vanished without a trace in Asia and another shot…
Nation Jan 27Systemic flaws found in safety oversight of major gas pipelines
Three powerful accidents in recent years highlight weaknesses in the oversight of how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said Tuesday as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations.
Politics Jan 26Small drone found on White House grounds
WASHINGTON -- A small drone flying at low altitude crashed into the White House complex before dawn Monday, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama was not at home and the White House said it did not pose a security…