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NJ passes budget, hiking taxes on rich, OK'ing borrowing

Sep. 24, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday passed a $32.7 billion budget, hiking taxes on millionaires and businesses and authorizing borrowing of up to $4.5 billion to avoid painful cuts stemming from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The budget passed the Democrat-led Senate and...

Dozens of miles of Maine freight rail lines to be improved

Sep. 24, 2020 1:45 AM EDT

MATTAWAMKEAG, Maine (AP) — A railway company has been awarded nearly $17 million in federal money to make improvements that will boost freight rail in central and eastern Maine. The money from the U.S. Department of Transportation is going to Springfield Terminal Railway Company, Republican Sen. Susan...

Durango train receives $2 million grant to replace bridge

Sep. 23, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has received about $2 million to help pay for the replacement of a bridge over the Animas River, south of Silverton. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grant through the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety...

Today in History

Sep. 22, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 22, the 266th day of 2020. There are 100 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of January 1, 1863....

Grant to help North Carolina buy rail for high-speed service

Sep. 21, 2020 5:12 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina will use a $47.5 million federal grant to purchase a rail line needed to advance planned high-speed passenger train service between Raleigh and Richmond, Virginia. The money, announced on Friday by four North Carolina members of Congress, will let the state...

$7M grant set for rail-to-port project in Tennessee

Sep. 21, 2020 5:08 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A $7 million federal grant will help fund a project to connect a northwest Tennessee port to a railroad line, as officials seek to boost the rural economy of the region. Tennessee's Department of Economic and Community Development said the U.S. Department of Transportation grant will...

3 suffer minor injuries when subway hits debris and derails

Sep. 20, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three passengers suffered minor injuries Sunday when a New York City subway train derailed after hitting construction debris that had been thrown onto the tracks, authorities said. The derailment happened at about 8:15 a.m. at the 14th Street and Eighth Avenue station in Manhattan. Interim...

FILE - In this Friday, June 26, 2020 file photo employees socially distance due to the coronavirus as they have a drink after work, in Stockholm. Sweden's relatively low-key approach to coronavirus lockdowns captured the world's attention when the pandemic first hit Europe. Now, as infection numbers surge in much of Europe, Sweden has some of the lowest numbers of new cases and there are only 14 people being treated for the virus in intensive care in the country of 10 million. (Stina Stjernkvist/TT News Agency via AP, File)

Sweden spared surge of virus cases but many questions remain

Sep. 20, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A train pulls into the Odenplan subway station in central Stockholm, where morning commuters without masks get off or board before settling in to read their smartphones. Whether on trains or trams, in supermarkets or shopping malls — places where face masks are commonly worn in much...

Street through downtown Middlebury to reopen after project

Sep. 18, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — A major construction project through downtown Middlebury is taking a big step forward Friday with traffic resuming through the heart of the community. Vermont officials are planning a ribbon cutting to mark the reopening of traffic at Main and Merchant streets. The area was closed to...

Today in History

Sep. 14, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 12, the 256th day of 2020. There are 110 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 12, 1962, in a speech at Rice University in Houston, President John F. Kennedy reaffirmed his support for the manned space program, declaring: “We...