FBI: Man tried to open exit door on Oregon flight
2013-05-27 18:08:59 UTC
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A passenger on a commercial flight from Alaska to Oregon was arrested Monday after witnesses say he tried to open an emergency exit during the plane's descent and other passengers had to help restrain him using shoelaces and seat-belt extensions.
Passengers and crew abo...
Club Med focus of buyout by top shareholders
2013-05-27 17:45:07 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Shares in Club Mediterranee rose sharply Monday on word that the iconic French vacation resort operator's two largest shareholders are launching a buyout.
The offer by Axa Private Equity of France and Fosun, a Shanghai, China-based investment company, values Club Med stock at 55...
Temporary bridges planned for fallen I-5 in Wash.
2013-05-27 04:20:52 UTC
SEATTLE (AP) — Federal investigators used 3D laser scans Sunday to study what remained of a collapsed Washington state bridge as Gov. Jay Inslee announced temporary spans will be installed across the Skagit River within weeks — if plans go well.
Sunday's announcement comes a day after ...
WHO: Scientific red tape mars efforts vs. virus
2013-05-27 04:15:49 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — International efforts to combat a new pneumonia-like virus that has now killed 22 people are being slowed by unclear rules and competition for the potentially profitable rights to disease samples, the head of the World Health Organization warned Thursday.
Dr. Margaret Chan,...
Museum starts night tours of signs from Vegas past
2013-05-26 16:28:16 UTC
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The junked signs that attracted throngs to old Las Vegas have for years gathered dust in a neon boneyard just a few miles from the sleek mega-casinos on the Strip.
This Memorial Day weekend, the hulking metal come-ons are once again glinting and shimmering at night.
Police: 'Thong Cape Scooter Man' not breaking law
2013-05-26 05:48:44 UTC
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man who wears thong underwear and a cape while riding his scooter through Wisconsin's capital city may be a strange sight. But police say he isn't breaking any laws.
Earlier this month, staff at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Madison called authorities after the ...
LA stoplights synchronized but road war endures
2013-05-25 18:02:42 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It seems that the impossible has occurred: The nation's most congested city has become a model for traffic control.
Yes, gridlock still prevails and drivers' blood pressure still spikes as LA's traffic arteries seize up during every morning and afternoon rush hour.
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 strength or redundant protections like their more ...
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 behind him. Two vehicles fell into the icy Skagit...
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 Airport Friday, a facility more suitable to the h...
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.
Gov. Chris Christie and a host of volunteers carried out ...
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 Palestinians alike should remain focused on the larger ...
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 evolution.
Soon it will take only the click of a ...
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 reviewed by National Park Service officials.
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 says Ride advocated for innovation in science, engine...
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 system favored by many senators but deemed too expe...
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 plane, and a fire on another. Federal authorities lift...
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 were sent to the hospital Friday evening after the c...
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 as "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker" came aft...
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 boarding early or picking prime seats — have help...
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 and those like her who were born and raised in the ...
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.
Marisol Touraine said test results of the two remaining suspic...
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.
Beatrice Degrugillers, a spokeswoman for the regio...
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 the tale of an economy in full bloom that now boasts...
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.
The towers, which are operated by contractors for the FAA ...