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Winds drive major wildfire in Spain; Portugal goes on alert

Aug. 19, 2022 11:29 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A wildfire burning out of control in Spain's eastern province of Valencia has become one of the country's biggest fires this year, and 35 aircraft were deployed to fight it as the blaze entered its fifth day, authorities said Friday. The wildfire has already scorched...

No Tube: London subway hit by strike, day after rail walkout

Aug. 19, 2022 07:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A strike by London Underground workers brought the British capital’s transit network to a grinding halt on Friday, a day after a nationwide walkout by railway staff. Another rail strike is scheduled for Saturday as the U.K. endures a summer of action by workers demanding pay...

Kentucky town's downtown district added to National Register

Aug. 18, 2022 04:03 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The historic downtown district of a Kentucky college town has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Morehead's downtown historic district has 53 commercial, government and residential structures. Owners of the buildings may now apply for...

Spain: 10 injured while leaving stopped train near wildfire

Aug. 17, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — An approaching wildfire in eastern Spain caused a train driver to stop and prepare to change directions to avoid the flames, and several passengers were injured when they got off rather than wait, authorities said Wednesday. The train was traveling in the Valencia...

Plan to end railroad contract dispute calls for 24% raises

Aug. 16, 2022 20:44 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The special board appointed by President Joe Biden to intervene in stalled railroad contract talks suggested Tuesday that 115,000 rail workers should get 24% raises and thousands of dollars in bonuses as part of a new agreement to avert a strike. Railroads and...

Florida high speed train gets grant to improve safety

Aug. 15, 2022 14:58 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Tracks used by the nation's deadliest railroad will see added fencing to keep pedestrians away and safety improvements at crossings under a $25 million federal grant announced Monday. Brightline and government officials announced the grant as the...

Driver walkout halts trains as UK summer strike wave spreads

Aug. 13, 2022 06:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of U.K. train drivers walked off the job Saturday in a strike over jobs, pay and conditions, scuppering services across much of the country. The action was the latest in a spreading series of strikes by British workers seeking substantial raises to offset soaring prices...

Greece: Dozens still missing after migrant boat sinks

Aug. 11, 2022 09:01 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a search and rescue operation is ongoing for a second day for dozens of migrants missing after the boat they were on sank in rough seas off a southeastern Greek island. A Greek navy vessel and three nearby merchant ships were still...

Easing into vacation aboard the Boston-to-Cape Cod train

Aug. 08, 2022 12:45 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s buttoned-up South Station doesn’t typically conjure images of fold-up beach chairs, straw hats and rolling Yeti coolers. But on weekend mornings during the summer, that is what you’ll see. Instead of frenzied passengers running to catch...

Transit woes mount for Boston's beleaguered subway riders

Aug. 07, 2022 07:53 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — For Boston subway riders, it seems every week brings a new tale of transit woe. Runaway trains. Subway cars belching smoke and fire. Fatal accidents. Malfunctioning station escalators. Rush hour trains running on weekend schedules. Brand-new subway cars pulled from...