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French pension strikes expand, police gird for new protests

Dec. 10, 2019 3:56 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French airport workers, teachers and others joined nationwide strikes Tuesday as unions cranked up pressure on the government to scrap changes to the national retirement system. Police ordered shops and restaurants closed across a swath of Paris, fearing violence on the fringes of what...

Pension strikes cripple Paris, more travel woes ahead

Dec. 9, 2019 2:31 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris commuters inched to work Monday through massive traffic jams as strikes against retirement plan changes halted trains and subways for a fifth straight day — with the prospect of a tougher day ahead. French President Emmanuel Macron girded for one of the toughest weeks of his...

Pension strike brings travel chaos for a 2nd day in France

Dec. 6, 2019 11:31 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Frustrated travelers ran into transportation mayhem across France for a second day on Friday, as unions dug in for what they hope is a protracted strike against President Emmanuel Macron's plans to redesign the national retirement system. Most trains were shut down - including Paris subways -...

French trains stop as mass strike begins over pensions

Dec. 4, 2019 3:53 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French trains rolled to a halt Wednesday evening, kicking off massive nationwide strikes and protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to overhaul the retirement system, seen as an untouchable symbol of the French way of life. Tourists canceled travel plans and Paris deployed...

Lingering snowstorm wreaks havoc on Boston commute

Dec. 3, 2019 7:49 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A long-lasting snowstorm hit much of New England at the height of the morning commute Tuesday and continued to hang around for most of the day, snarling travel and closing schools. The wintry weather that moved into the region Sunday night brought more than 2 feet of snow to parts of upstate...

New higher-speed Florida train has highest US death rate

Dec. 2, 2019 12:38 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — After Richard Branson announced his Virgin Group would partner with Brightline, Florida’s new higher-speed passenger rail service, a train whisked the British billionaire, VIPs and journalists from Miami to West Palm Beach in just over an hour and then back, with no problems. That was...

Union Pacific sues to nullify old jobs pact with Texas town

Nov. 29, 2019 10:09 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific wants a court to invalidate an 1872 pact requiring it to keep a certain number of jobs in an East Texas town indefinitely. The agreement with the town of Palestine, which has been amended several times over the decades, is a vestige of railroad history that was made by one...

Rod Stewart: Rocker turned model railroad builder

Nov. 29, 2019 8:19 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Rod Stewart, known for decades as a consummate crooner, rocker, fashion plate and tongue-in-cheek sex symbol, is adding a new element to his image: serious model railroad builder. The former front man of the Faces who has hits dating back to the 1960s has put the finishing touch on a 23-year...

Brooklyn man charged with encouraging NYC subway attacks

Nov. 27, 2019 4:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Brooklyn man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he tried to help the Islamic State group, in part by encouraging attacks on New York’s subway system. Zachary Clark, 40, was detained after an initial appearance in Manhattan federal court, where a criminal complaint accused Clark...

NYC commuters enjoy Thanksgiving feast on subway car

Nov. 26, 2019 1:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving came early for a group of New York City commuters who enjoyed a holiday feast on a subway train. Video footage shows riders standing behind a white-clothed table covered with plates of turkey, mashed potatoes and cornbread in the middle of a Brooklyn-bound L train on Sunday....