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A man burn joss sticks as he prays at the Wong Tai Sin Temple, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Hong Kong, to celebrate the Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac. China is expanding its lockdown against the deadly new virus to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushing to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims as the outbreak cast a pall over Lunar New Year, the country’s biggest and most festive holiday. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

For businesses, virus in China fans fear and uncertainty

Jan. 24, 2020 6:02 PM EST

China’s worst health crisis in years has sparked fear and uncertainty for businesses from North America to Asia that depend on trade in the affected region. Experts say it’s too soon to know how disruptive the crisis will prove. But it’s already having an impact. McDonald’s has...

NYC subway chief Andy Byford resigns after 2 years

Jan. 23, 2020 4:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The man who earned the unlikely nickname “Train Daddy” as chief of New York City’s beleaguered transit agency announced Thursday that he was taking himself out of service, resigning after two years of trying to improve the Big Apple’s often frustrating subway and...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, center, delivers his state of the state address in the House Chamber as Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, behind left, and Senate President Karen Spilka, right, look on, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at the Statehouse in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Massachusetts governor releases $44.6B state budget proposal

Jan. 22, 2020 2:56 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker released a $44.6 billion state budget proposal Wednesday that would tack on an extra fee for ride-hailing trips and modernize the way the state collects taxes. The spending plan for the 2021 fiscal year that begins July 1 would also create a new oversight board of the...

Scaled-back plan proposed to save St. Louis streetcar line

Jan. 22, 2020 12:28 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The agency that operates the St. Louis area's mass transit system has scaled back its plan to take over a streetcar line that shut down last month because of financial problems. Bi-State Development CEO Taulby Roach told the St. Louis County Council on Tuesday that the Loop Trolley system...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, center, waves at the conclusion of his state of the state address in the House Chamber, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at the Statehouse, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Gov. Baker outlines goals in State of Commonwealth address

Jan. 21, 2020 8:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker said he wants to dramatically reduce the state's reliance on polluting fuels while expanding housing opportunities and upgrading the state's public transportation system. Baker outlined the goals Tuesday during his State of the Commonwealth address at the Massachusetts...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006 photo, the statue of the late Gov. Richard B. Russell seems to present the state Capitol in Atlanta. Onlookers are placing bets on whether Georgia will make a push to expand gambling in the state this year. But the odds of such a wager remain unclear. Georgia’s 2020 legislative session begins Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Gambling expansion, tort reform on lawmakers' to-do list

Jan. 12, 2020 11:53 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Onlookers are placing bets on whether Georgia will make a push to expand gambling in the state this year, but the odds for such a wager remain unclear. Georgia’s 2020 legislative session begins Monday. Faced with a budget shortfall this year, lawmakers may be more willing than in...

Maine bus service topped 2M riders for first time in '19

Jan. 11, 2020 1:34 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The transit service that serves Maine's largest metropolitan area broke its own ridership record in 2019, when it topped 2 million riders for the first time. Ridership on METRO, which serves the Portland area, began growing in 2014 and has continued since, the service said in a...

Nevada bus riders will be able to purchase tickets with Uber

Jan. 7, 2020 7:07 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An agreement between Uber and regional transportation officials will allow riders in Nevada to purchase bus tickets through the ride-hailing service. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada announced the partnership with Uber Monday in what officials said is an attempt to...

Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 6, 2020 10:01 AM EST

Fort Worth Star-Telegram. December 30, 2019 Fort Worth leaders, resolve to plan better for mass transit in 2020 and beyond Here’s a New Year’s idea for Fort Worth’s elected officials and other leaders: Resolve to make public transportation a top planning priority for 2020 and beyond....

NY ramps up security after Iranian general is killed

Jan. 3, 2020 5:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials stepped up security at New York's airports, utilities, transit system and high-profile spots Friday, calling for extra vigilance for potential repercussions from the U.S. killing of Iran’s top general. New York state and city leaders said there were no direct, credible...