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FILE - In this April 26, 2018, file photo a CSX Transportation locomotive pulls a train of tank cars across a bridge on the Hudson River along the edge of Bear Mountain State Park near Fort Montgomery, N.Y. This year’s scheduled completion of a $15 billion automatic railroad braking system will bolster the industry’s argument for eliminating one of the two crew members in most locomotives. But labor groups argue that single-person crews would make trains more accident prone. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Technology could cut train crews from 2 to 1 but is it safe?

Jan. 17, 2020 2:29 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — How many people does it take to operate a locomotive? For the railroad industry, the answer is simple: One. The industry is hoping this year’s scheduled completion of an automatic railroad braking system will bolster its argument to reduce the number of crew members in most trains...

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping  during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Chinese president heads to Myanmar for crucial state visit

Jan. 17, 2020 6:44 AM EST

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — China's President Xi Jinping was given a lavish welcome to Myanmar as he arrived Friday for a state visit meant to deepen bilateral relations at a critical time. The visit nominally marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Myanmar,...

Alejandro Giammattei delivers his speech after being sworn-in as president of Guatemala at the National Theater in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Giammattei, a conservative physician opposed to gay marriage and abortion, became Guatemala's new president, while the country's outgoing leader exits amid swirling corruption accusations. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemala swears in conservative Giammattei as president

Jan. 14, 2020 11:02 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala swore in Alejandro Giammattei, a conservative physician opposed to gay marriage and abortion, as its new president Tuesday while the country's outgoing leader exited amid swirling corruption accusations. The ceremony came after a five-hour delay and boisterous protests...

15 states oppose Trump plan to allow LNG shipments by rail

Jan. 14, 2020 3:57 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The attorneys general of 15 states said this week that they oppose a Trump administration proposal to allow rail shipments of liquefied natural gas, arguing the trains will share tracks with passenger trains and travel through congested areas. The protesting states included...

7 dead in Mexico bus-train crash, 3 dozen injured

Jan. 7, 2020 8:05 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A bus carrying day laborers was struck by a cargo train in northwestern Mexico on Tuesday, killing seven passengers and injuring three dozen others. The prosecutors'office in the northern border state of Sonora said the driver of the bus had apparently tried to outrun the train at a...

South Africa train passengers stranded for more than a day

Jan. 7, 2020 9:27 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's state-owned passenger rail operator has apologized for stranding riders on a train from Johannesburg to Cape Town for more than a day as food reportedly dwindled and carriages began to stink. A statement by the Shosholoza Meyl division says the train was scheduled to...

Governor wants to add tracks, access at Penn Station

Jan. 6, 2020 6:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The country's busiest train station would get new tracks, expanded terminals and better access for commuters under a plan announced Monday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo said he will propose acquiring the block south of Penn Station to add at least eight new underground tracks, which...

Travelers waiting for a train at Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Strikes, which began Dec. 5, have disrupted transport across France and beyond, hobbling Paris Metros and trains across the country and businesses. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Glimmers of cheer for Paris commuters on 26th day of strikes

Dec. 30, 2019 8:24 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The start of a fourth week of French transport strikes saw some modest improvements Monday for beleaguered commuters in Paris, with fewer Metro lines closed. The strikes against government plans to reform the French pension system were still causing considerable disruption for users of the...

People celebrate the arrival of the train from Russia in Sevastopol, Crimea, after it crossed a bridge linking Russia and the Crimean peninsula on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. Ukrainian officials opened a criminal probe Wednesday after a passenger train from Russia arrived in Crimea via a new Russian-built bridge, arguing that the train illegally carried people across the Ukrainian border. (AP Photo)

Ukraine opens probe over Russia's railway bridge to Crimea

Dec. 25, 2019 9:00 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian officials opened a criminal probe Wednesday after a passenger train from Russia arrived in Crimea via a new Russian-built bridge, arguing that the train illegally carried people across the Ukrainian border. Earlier this week Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated the railway...

Riot police officers detain a striking train worker outside the the Gare de Lyon train station, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 in Paris. A wildcat protest comes on Day 19 of nationwide strike over the government's plans to raise the retirement age to 64. The union-led protest Monday led to a standoff with riot police that spilled onto the streets around the historic Gare de Lyon train station. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Holiday blues: French strikes hit Christmas shopping season

Dec. 23, 2019 11:25 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Last year, it was the yellow vest protests. This year, it’s the strikes that have crippled Paris. The Christmas holidays aren’t proving to be a lucrative - or indeed merry - time for boutiques in the capital. Or, for that matter, oyster vendors. Or hotels, or cafes. Decorative...