Thousands of bridges at risk of freak collapse
2013-05-25 17:35:45 UTC
SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of bridges around the U.S. may be one freak accident or mistake away from collapse, even if the spans are deemed structurally sound.
The crossings are kept standing by engineering design, not supported with brute ...
Trucker bumps I-5 bridge, sees horror behind him
2013-05-25 06:00:35 UTC
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water...
Delta ups the ante in battle for NY travel market
2013-05-25 05:25:27 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Delta's formula for winning over New York travelers is simple: floor-to-ceiling windows, abundant power outlets and a burger joint with a cult-like following.
The airline opened a sprawling $1.4 billion terminal at Kennedy...
Jersey shore eyes record-setting summer post Sandy
2013-05-25 05:10:20 UTC
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey used a record-breaking gesture Friday to celebrate its recovery from a record-setting storm, proclaiming to the nation that the Jersey shore is back in business following Superstorm Sandy.
Kerry's focus on peace talks, not settlements
2013-05-24 15:56:05 UTC
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Israel's government on Friday to prevent further settlement construction where possible to help revitalize Middle East peace hopes, but stressed that the Jewish state and Pales...
Google to add Galapagos Islands to Street View
2013-05-23 18:11:08 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Few have explored the remote volcanic islands of the Galapagos archipelago, an otherworldly landscape inhabited by the world's largest tortoises and other fantastical creatures that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of ev...
NPS hantavirus response followed policy
2013-05-21 04:32:35 UTC
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators probing the hantavirus outbreak blamed for three deaths at Yosemite National Park recommended on Monday that design changes to tent cabins and other privately run lodging first be revie...
Sally Ride to get posthumous Medal of Freedom
2013-05-21 04:17:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will bestow the Medal of Freedom posthumously on Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space.
Obama says Ride was a role model to young women and showed that achievement has no limits. He say...
Senators require fingerprinting at 30 airports
2013-05-20 18:11:41 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators working on a bipartisan immigration bill have agreed to require fingerprinting when foreigners leave the country through any of the nation's 30 busiest airports.
It's a step toward the more expansive biometric s...
United to restart 787 flights on Monday
2013-05-20 17:40:56 UTC
United Airlines is getting its 787s back in the air.
The planes are flying again after being grounded for four months because of smoldering batteries on 787s owned by other airlines. The incidents included an emergency landing of one plan...
Probe begins after Conn. commuter trains crash
2013-05-18 16:42:06 UTC
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Officials are describing a devastating scene of shattered cars and other damage where two trains packed with rush-hour commuters collided in Connecticut. They say it's fortunate no one was killed.
Seventy people we...
Famed 'hatchet hitchhiker' arrested in NJ homicide
2013-05-18 16:20:49 UTC
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A homeless, hatchet-wielding hitchhiker who became an Internet hero earlier this year was arrested Thursday for allegedly beating a New Jersey lawyer to death inside his home.
Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, whose star turn...
Airlines collected record baggage fees in 2012
2013-05-14 17:07:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. airlines collected more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees from passengers last year — the highest amount since the fees became common five years ago.
These fees — along with charges for...
Refugees face uncertain future as Myanmar opens
2013-05-13 04:55:42 UTC
MAE LA REFUGEE CAMP, Thailand (AP) — Since the day she was born, 20-year-old Naw Lawnadoo has known almost nothing of the world beyond the fence and guard posts that hem her in with 45,000 others — ethnic minorities from Myanmar a...
New suspicious French case of SARS-related virus
2013-05-12 04:33:55 UTC
PARIS (AP) — France's health minister says tests on three suspected cases of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS are negative — but a fourth needs complementary tests and a fifth suspected case has been discovered.
3 suspected cases of SARS-related virus in France
2013-05-12 04:30:52 UTC
PARIS (AP) — French health officials said Friday they are investigating three suspected cases of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS, in people who had close contact in the hospital with France's only confirmed case.
Cars made in Brazil are deadly
2013-05-12 04:22:40 UTC
SAO PAULO (AP) — The cars roll endlessly off the local assembly lines of the industry's biggest automakers, more than 10,000 a day, into the eager hands of Brazil's new middle class. The shiny new Fords, Fiats, and Chevrolets tell th...
Control towers at 149 small airports to stay open
2013-05-11 17:41:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is keeping open for now the 149 control towers at small airports that were slated to close as the result of governmentwide automatic spending cuts imposed by Congress.
Bears, glaciers: Show pits man against Alaska
2013-05-11 17:29:27 UTC
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dallas Seavey knows what it's like to mush across the wilds of Alaska. Now it remains to be seen how he survives being dropped off in the middle of that wilderness and navigates his way out without the help o...
Ore. smokejumpers skydive into illegal pot garden
2013-05-11 05:02:01 UTC
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A team of smokejumpers parachuting into a fire in the mountains of Southern Oregon landed in an illegal marijuana garden being prepared for growing season.
The six smokejumpers from a base in Redmond found the site Mo...
Icy Arctic rising as economic, security hot spot
2013-05-11 04:35:00 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The icy Arctic is emerging as a global economic hot spot — and one that is becoming a security concern for the U.S. as world powers jockey to tap its vast energy resources and stake out unclaimed territories.
US officials probe Corvette headlamp problem
2013-05-10 17:10:11 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that the low-beam headlights can go dark without warning on some Chevrolet Corvettes.
The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers more th...
'Ring of fire' eclipse crosses Australia, Pacific
2013-05-10 05:40:34 UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — Skygazers across the Australian Outback were among the lucky few to witness a solar eclipse on Friday as the moon glided between Earth and the sun, blocking everything but a dazzling ring of light.
The celestial s...
2 cruise passengers fall overboard off Australia
2013-05-10 05:22:05 UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — No trace of an Australian couple believed to have fallen off a cruise ship has been found despite an intense, day-long search, officials said Friday.
Paul Rossington, a 30-year-old paramedic, and his 26-year-old girlfriend K...
Delta will pay a dividend, buy back shares
2013-05-08 16:28:18 UTC
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Delta Air Lines will start paying a quarterly dividend and buy back some of its shares — investor-friendly moves that are common in other industries but rare for airlines.
Delta said on Wednesday that it wil...