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FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo a Boeing 737 MAX 8, being built for American Airlines, is partially obscured by the engine wash as it takes-off on a test flight in Renton, Wash. A government committee reviewing how the Federal Aviation Administration certifies new passenger planes for flight has determined that the system is safe and effective but small changes need to be made. The committee was appointed by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in April after two deadly crashes involving Boeing's 737 Max. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Panel finds FAA followed procedures in approving Boeing Max

Jan. 16, 2020 7:04 PM EST

A government advisory committee has concluded that federal regulators followed established procedures when they certified the Boeing 737 Max and did not delegate too much safety analysis for the plane to Boeing. In a report Thursday, the panel said the FAA correctly treated the Max as an update to older 737s and...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2017 file photo,  U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announces new voluntary safety guidelines for self-driving cars during a visit to an autonomous vehicle testing facility at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Mich.  The Trump administration announced its most recent round of guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers, continuing to rely on the industry to police itself despite calls for specific regulations.  Chao announced the proposed guidelines in a speech Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas, saying in prepared remarks that “AV 4.0” will ensure U.S. leadership in developing new technologies.(Hunter Dyke/The Ann Arbor News via AP, File)

New US plan keeps autonomous vehicle standards voluntary

Jan. 8, 2020 5:23 PM EST

The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled its most recent round of guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers that rely on voluntary standards despite calls for specific regulations. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the proposed guidelines in a speech at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas, saying...

Search off for 'command vehicle' in mystery drone case

Jan. 8, 2020 4:41 PM EST

A Colorado sheriff on Wednesday rescinded his call for people to be on the lookout for a “command vehicle” that may be operating mysterious groups of drones spotted in recent weeks over northeastern Colorado and western Nebraska. That request for public assistance “is no longer pertinent or...

Governor seeks US funding for bridge after kids die in creek

Jan. 8, 2020 2:17 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday asked the federal government to provide money to build a bridge over a creek where three children died when a family member tried to drive through surging storm runoff late last year. The Tonto Creek project in Gila County has been denied federal funding...

Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, answers a question as she is interviewed at the Consumer Technology Association event during the CES tech show Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Ivanka Trump's appearance at CES tech show draws criticism

Jan. 8, 2020 1:04 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The nation's largest consumer electronics show hosted Ivanka Trump as a keynote speaker — a choice that drew scorn from many women in technology. Ivanka Trump spoke for nearly 40 minutes on stage Tuesday with Gary Shapiro, president of CES organizer Consumer Technology Association....

Charleston tri-county area closer to all-electric buses

Dec. 3, 2019 5:24 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The greater Charleston area’s public transportation system is a step closer to being quieter and more efficient. The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority said Tuesday that it has received an $8.3 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant that it will use to...

Editorials from around New England

Nov. 29, 2019 11:42 AM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Protest put sports in proper perspective The Connecticut Post Nov. 27 On this much, everyone can agree. When it comes to the halftime protest at the 2019 Harvard-Yale football game, the protesters chose their time and venue well. Students and other activists drew...

State gets $4.5M grant to improve bus service

Nov. 28, 2019 9:40 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has received a $4.5 million federal grant to improve bus service in the central part of the state. The Federal Transit Administration grant is a portion of $423 million in transit infrastructure grants nationwide to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus...

Schumer: Airlines must let kids sit with their parents

Nov. 24, 2019 9:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer says airlines lack policies assuring children can sit with their parents, despite 2016 legislation requiring the federal Department of Transportation to enact a universal family friendly seating policy. Schumer says Sunday that recent complaints by parents to the...