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In this March 11, 2006 photo provided by the New England Aquarium, a whale swims off the coast of Georgia with fresh propeller cuts on its back. The whale is assumed to have died from its injuries, as it was never seen again. Ship strikes are one of the biggest causes of mortality for large whales, and scientists say the problem is getting worse because of the warming of the oceans.  (Brenna Kraus/The New England Aquarium via AP)

Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

Mar. 28, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Climate change is imperiling the world's largest animals by increasing the likelihood of fatal collisions between whales and big ships that ply the same waters. Warming ocean temperatures are causing some species of whales in pursuit of food to stray more frequently into shipping...

Gun found in passenger's carry-on bag at Boston airport

Mar. 25, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An Alabama man caught with a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag at Boston's Logan International Airport told Transportation Security Administration officers he didn't know he had the weapon in his luggage and said a co-worker may have put it there, the TSA said in a statement Wednesday. The...

Travelers walk past canceled flights on a schedule board, some due to the coronavirus, at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan urges against nonessential travel to US

Mar. 22, 2020 2:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 307,200 people and killed more than 13,000. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 92,300...

Indiana bans holding cellphone while driving starting July 1

Mar. 21, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Drivers will be banned from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads starting in July under legislation Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed into law to combat distracted driving. Holcomb signed the measure Wednesday, making Indiana the 22nd state to prohibit drivers from holding or using a...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2015, file photo, a man repairs one of the two tires that he said blew up suddenly while driving on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles. Tires are of vital importance since they are the only part of the vehicle that makes contact with the road. Yet motorists often neglect their condition and age, and the results can be catastrophic. In its most recently available information, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 738 people died in 2017 from tire-related crashes. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Edmunds: Why having old tires on your car is a risk

Mar. 18, 2020 8:08 AM EDT

Tires are of vital importance since they are the only part of the vehicle that makes contact with the road. Yet motorists often neglect their condition and age, and the results can be catastrophic. In its most recently available information, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 738 people...

US revises passenger safety rules for autonomous vehicles

Mar. 17, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is coming out with new regulations aimed at changing automotive passenger safety standards that could be barriers to autonomous vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it’s seeking comment on proposed updated standards to account for...

A woman wearing a mask walks goes through security at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

US airport security officers fear exposure as cases rise

Mar. 16, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least six Transportation Security Administration officers have tested positive for the new coronavirus and dozens were in self-quarantine Monday as the disease takes an increasing toll on an agency critical to the safety of U.S. aviation. TSA said it was providing safety training to...

Marine patrol cancels boater safety meetings in Lakes Region

Mar. 16, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

GILFORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire State Police-Marine Patrol Unit has canceled two meetings on boating safety for Lakes Region boaters due to concerns about the new coronavirus. The first meeting was scheduled at the town of Moultonborough's public safety building on March 19. The second was at...

FAA is probing how a 12-inch crack occurred in Southwest jet

Mar. 13, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Federal officials said Friday they are investigating after a crack ruptured the skin on a Boeing 737 jet operated by Southwest Airlines, causing the plane to gradually lose cabin pressure. The incident occurred Monday on a flight from Las Vegas to Boise, Idaho. Flight records show that the...

Loaded handgun taken from Nebraska woman at Iowa airport

Mar. 11, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A loaded handgun was spotted at a Sioux City airport security checkpoint Wednesday and confiscated from the Nebraska woman who was carrying it, officials said. The 9 mm semi-automatic had one of its eight bullets in the chamber, said the federal Transportation Security...