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UK scraps Brexit ferry deal with firm that has no ships

Feb. 9, 2019 10:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government has canceled a contract to ship goods to the country after it leaves the European Union with a company that turned out to have no boats and no experience running a ferry service. Authorities had been criticized for the 13.8 million pound ($18 million) deal with Seaborne...

Rare snow falls on Seattle as Midwest thaws from cold blast

Feb. 4, 2019 8:06 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Winter weather pounded a swath of the U.S. West on Monday, closing schools, delaying flights and turning streets into sledding hills in coastal cities like Seattle that rarely get much snow. Parts of California and Montana braced for the threat of mudslides and avalanches this week, while...

Port of New Orleans: 2018 record for shipping containers

Jan. 25, 2019 7:02 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Port of New Orleans says it has a new shipping container high mark, moving the equivalent of more than 591,000 20-foot-long (6-meter-long) containers in 2018. The port's previous record was nearly 525,500 twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, set in 2015. A port news release says...

Icy blast reminds of 2014 'polar vortex,' with worst to come

Jan. 25, 2019 3:59 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — An arctic blast spread painful cold across the Midwest on Friday, closing schools, opening warming centers and even intimidating ice fishermen in a taste of the even more dangerous weather expected next week. Forecasters called it a replay of the "polar vortex" that bludgeoned the U.S....

Sick and elderly worry Brexit will hurt access to meds

Jan. 25, 2019 4:38 AM EST

COBHAM, England (AP) — Things are already tough for Victoria Mickleburgh, whose 3-year-old daughter Grace, has Type 1 diabetes and needs insulin every day to stay alive. Mickleburgh, 38, gave up her job as a management consultant to care for her daughter, who must be monitored constantly — even in...

Ice glazes over swath of US as wind chills fall below zero

Jan. 20, 2019 8:33 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Bitter cold is setting in after a major winter storm blanketed a wide swath of the country in snow, sleet and rain this weekend, creating dangerously icy conditions that promise to complicate cleanup efforts and make travel challenging on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Some of the coldest...

Tunisia hit by general strike, amid economic tensions

Jan. 17, 2019 8:56 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Workers around Tunisia went on strike Thursday to demand higher pay in a standoff with a government struggling to reduce unemployment, poverty and social tensions. All flights in and out of the North African country's main airport were cancelled, and schools nationwide were closed....

Port: Largest shipping cranes to operate in US have arrived

Jan. 7, 2019 5:32 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — What are said to be the largest cranes to operate at a U.S. commercial port arrived Monday in Virginia, marking the latest effort to accommodate the increasingly mammoth container ships that underpin international trade. Standing 170 feet (52 meters) tall, the Chinese-made gantry cranes...

Tropical storm crosses south Thailand without major damage

Jan. 5, 2019 5:00 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Ferry services and airports reopened in southern Thailand on Saturday as a storm moved west into the Andaman Sea after causing disruption and leaving at least one person dead. Tropical Storm Pabuk barreled across the Gulf of Thailand on Friday but spared world famous beach resorts major...

Tropical storm's rain, surging seas strike Thai beaches

Jan. 4, 2019 1:29 PM EST

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Thailand (AP) — Rain, wind and surging seawater from a tropical storm buffeted coastal villages and world-famous tourist resorts on southern Thailand's east coast on Friday, knocking down trees and utility poles and flooding roads. One person was reported dead and another missing after...