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Hong Kong police say protesters out of control, deny curfew

Nov. 14, 2019 11:28 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police warned protesters Thursday that they were moving “one step closer to terrorism” by sinking the city into chaos, as riot squads skirmished with militant students at major universities. China’s leader said ending the violence and restoring order are Hong...

Lawmakers hear list of complaints as they probe transit woes

Nov. 13, 2019 8:00 PM EST

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Balky apps, bus windows that don’t shut, rude staff and delayed and overcrowded trains were among a lengthy litany of complaints New Jersey lawmakers heard from advocates and commuters Wednesday night as they kicked off a probe of the state’s troubled transit system. The...

Agencies use drones to gain understanding of toxic chemicals

Nov. 13, 2019 1:20 PM EST

CLARENDON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont agencies are using aerial drones to discover more about toxic chemical contamination underneath an airport. The Agency of Transportation Rail and Aviation Bureau and the Vermont Geological Survey have spent the last week of October using a drone to gather data for a map about...

Meet one of the state's more than 10,000 'super commuters'

Nov. 12, 2019 12:45 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Six days a week, Ricarte Burgos wakes up at 3:30 a.m. to drive halfway across Massachusetts to get to work. Fortunately, the 40-year-old Springfield resident narrowly avoids the morning traffic jam along the Massachusetts Turnpike at that hour. But the journey carries with it...

Tear gas and fires: Hong Kong protests from morning to night

Nov. 12, 2019 11:19 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters in Hong Kong battled police on multiple fronts Tuesday, from major disruptions during the morning rush hour to a late-night standoff at a prominent university, as the 5-month-old anti-government movement takes an increasingly violent turn. Gasoline bombs and fires lit up the...

Rai advocates push for Northwest bullet train

Nov. 12, 2019 10:50 AM EST

Last week's vote in Washington state to roll back car registration fees has scrambled transportation budgets. But Pacific Northwest rail advocates are undeterred in pursuing their vision of a bullet train connection between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. Microsoft hosted a high-power meeting of state...

Public can weigh in on MTA's $50 billion capital plan

Nov. 12, 2019 5:28 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The public can weigh in on a plan for New York to spend over $50 billion on commuter infrastructure projects over the next five years. New York's Democratic-led state Legislature is holding a hearing Tuesday at the Assembly hearing room in New York City. The Metropolitan Transportation...

Transit system apologizes to black rider cuffed for eating

Nov. 11, 2019 6:51 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The head of a San Francisco Bay Area commuter train system apologized to a black rider who was detained and cited by police for eating a breakfast sandwich on a train platform after an outcry from people who assailed enforcement of a no-food rule as racist. More than two dozen people...

Brother of Michigan State star dies after being hit by train

Nov. 10, 2019 7:11 PM EST

ALBION, Mich. (AP) — The brother of Michigan State basketball star Cassius Winston has died after being struck by an Amtrak train Saturday night. Scott Kipp, Albion's Chief of Public Safety, confirmed Sunday that Zachary Winston died after being hit by a westbound train in Albion. Zachary Winston, of...

College student in Michigan hit, killed by train

Nov. 10, 2019 1:23 PM EST

ALBION, Mich. (AP) — A Chicago-bound passenger train has struck and killed a 19-year-old college student in central Michigan. Authorities in Albion say the collision with the westbound Amtrak train occurred Saturday at a pedestrian crossing around 8:30 p.m. The Albion Department of Public Safety didn't...