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Chile violence continues despite gov't retreat on fare hike

Oct. 20, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Protests and violence in Chile spilled over into a new day and raged into Sunday night despite the president cancelling a subway fare hike that has prompted violent demonstrations. Officials in the Santiago region said three people died in fires at two looted supermarkets early...

Chile's president rolls back subway fare hike amid protests

Oct. 19, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on Saturday announced the suspension of a subway fare hike that had prompted violent student protests, less than a day after he declared a state of emergency amid rioting and commuter chaos in the capital. Soldiers patrolled the streets in...

Minnesota boy, 6, found safe in dark cornfield after search

Oct. 16, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — A 6-year-old Minnesota boy who had been missing for hours was found safe early Wednesday after a volunteer used a drone with a thermal camera to help find the child in a dark cornfield more than a mile from his home. The boy, named Ethan Haus, hadn't been seen since 4:10 p.m. on...

Indian capital's air quality plunges despite new measures

Oct. 16, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian capital's air quality levels plunged to "poor" on Wednesday, a day after the government initiated stricter measures to fight chronic air pollution. The state-run Central Pollution Control Board's air quality index for New Delhi stood at 299, about six times the recommended...

Direct service to resume on NJ Transit's Raritan rail line

Oct. 14, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Trains on one New Jersey Transit route that had been curtailed last year as the agency scrambled to finish installing a federally mandated braking system will finally be restored. Transit officials and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that off-peak direct service on the...

New Jersey Transit seeks grant to test self-driving buses

Oct. 9, 2019 6:30 AM EDT

EDISON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit passengers may one day board buses without drivers. The agency on Tuesday in Edison unveiled three self-driving shuttles that it hopes to test as part of a pilot program funded by a $950,000 Federal Transit Administration grant. The electric shuttles can ferry 15...

Hong Kong lawmakers challenge mask ban as protests persist

Oct. 5, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A group of pro-democracy Hong Kong legislators filed a legal challenge against the government's use of a colonial-era emergency law to criminalize the wearing of masks at rallies to quell anti-government demonstrations, which diminished in intensity but didn't stop. The mask ban that went...

Vermont capital prepares to open long-awaited transit center

Oct. 2, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Officials in Vermont's capital city are preparing to mark the grand opening of a long-awaited transit center. After more than two decades of planning, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Taylor Street Transit Center and housing complex in Montpelier is scheduled for Oct. 9. The $17...

Vermont launches app for bus riders

Oct. 2, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation has launched a new tool that will help bus riders track the location of buses and their arrival times as well as search bus routes and stops. The agency announced Tuesday that the Transit App, which can be downloaded to cellphones for free, shows the...

Lawmakers plan investigation in NJ Transit's 'failures'

Oct. 1, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers in New Jersey are launching an investigation into the state's beleaguered transit system. Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney said in a statement Tuesday he's setting up a committee to probe the agency over "continued failures and to develop an action plan to turn...