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Congress takes aim at shrinking seats, legroom on airplanes

Sep. 22, 2018 8:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration would be required to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes under legislation to be considered in the House this week, possibly giving passengers a break from ever-shrinking legroom and cramped quarters. The regulation of seat width and...

Campaign calls on Hawaii island tourists to be respectful

Sep. 22, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Big Island visitors bureau and Hawaii County have launched a campaign that aims to create a more conscientious tourism industry on the Big Island. The Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau Executive Director Ross Birch and county Managing Director Will Okabe presented the new "Pono...

US lawmakers scuttle plan to limit airline change fees

Sep. 22, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers have scuttled a plan to prohibit airlines from charging "unreasonable" fees for changing or canceling tickets. But U.S. House and Senate leaders say they will direct the Federal Aviation Administration to set minimum dimensions for passenger seats as part of a new spending bill....

National park in Hawaii reopens after monthslong eruption

Sep. 22, 2018 4:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano's latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials said there were no lines...

The Latest: Hawaii national parks reopens after lava shut it

Sep. 22, 2018 3:08 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the reopening of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park after an eruption that caused widespread damage to infrastructure (all times local): 9 a.m. A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano's latest eruption, which...

Turkmenistan surprised by Tajikistan's rollback on railroad

Sep. 22, 2018 12:46 PM EDT

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — A railroad project in Central Asia is apparently up in the air, with Turkmenistan saying that a Tajik envoy's statement apparently backtracking on the project is incomprehensible. Tajik Ambassador to Uzbekistan Imom Sodiq Ashourboyzoda said this week that his country has...

It's tapped: Beer flows as Oktoberfest opens in Munich

Sep. 22, 2018 8:48 AM EDT

MUNICH (AP) — The first keg has been tapped and the beer is flowing as the 185th Oktoberfest gets underway in Munich. Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap in the first keg on Saturday with two blows of a hammer and the cry of "O'zapft is" — "it's tapped." As tradition demands, he handed the first...

Hong Kong opens high-speed rail link with mainland China

Sep. 22, 2018 3:43 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong on Saturday opened a new high-speed rail link to inland China that will vastly decrease travel times but also raises concerns about Beijing's creeping influence over the semi-autonomous Chinese region. Costing upward of $10 billion and taking more than eight years to build, the...

First black female White House reporter gets Newseum statue

Sep. 22, 2018 3:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Journalist Alice Allison Dunnigan triumphed over sexism and racism to become the first black woman accredited to cover the White House. In recognition of her achievements, the Newseum unveiled a statue in her honor on Friday. The bronze life-size statue will remain in the Newseum, just...

When will it end? Florence's floodwaters rising in Carolinas

Sep. 21, 2018 9:46 PM EDT

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — With muddy river water still washing over entire communities on Friday, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land with nearly 3 feet of rain, new evacuation orders forced residents to flee to higher ground amid a sprawling disaster that's beginning to feel like it...