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UPS gets government approval to become a drone airline

Oct. 1, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — UPS has won government approval to operate a nationwide fleet of drones, which will let the company expand deliveries on hospital campuses and move it one step closer to making deliveries to consumers. Many regulatory obstacles remain, however, before UPS — or other operators who are...

Michigan airports getting $39.6M in infrastructure grants

Sep. 28, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says Michigan airports are getting $39.6 million for improvements. Transportation Department Secretary Elaine Chao recently announced recipients of the grants, which are part of nationwide Airport Improvement Program funding. The grants include...

FAA awards $43 million in grants to Arizona's airports

Sep. 24, 2019 12:34 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Several Arizona airports, including Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, will receive more than $43 million in federal infrastructure grants. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced Monday that the Federal Aviation Administration is awarding investments to improve five...

FAA announces $7.6M in grants for 5 Colorado airports

Sep. 23, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded five Colorado airports $7.6 million in infrastructure grants. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced in a Monday statement the FAA grants are going to Denver International, Durango-La Plata County, Lake County, Pueblo Memorial and Wray...

23 states sue Trump to keep California's auto emission rules

Sep. 20, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, enlisting help from 22 other states in a battle that will shape a key component of the nation's climate policy....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump team distortions on fuel economy rules

Sep. 19, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his team are distorting the facts in explaining the administration's decision to stop California from setting its own emission standards for cars and trucks. The move announced this week revokes California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than...

California promises fight to keep auto emission authority

Sep. 19, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Preparing for a lengthy legal battle with the Trump administration about how much pollution to allow from cars, California regulators on Thursday said they were considering cracking down on other emissions to make up for any impacts on air quality. The Trump administration on...

Trump bars California from setting stricter fuel standards

Sep. 18, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics said would result in less fuel-efficient cars that create more planet-warming pollution. In...

EPA set to end California's ability to regulate fuel economy

Sep. 17, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to revoke California's authority to set auto mileage standards, asserting that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy. Conservative and free-market groups have been asked to attend a formal...

House panel investigates Elaine Chao for possible conflicts

Sep. 16, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Oversight Committee said Monday it is investigating whether Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao acted improperly to benefit herself or her family's shipping company. Two Democratic leaders sent Chao a letter asking her to turn over documents and communications related to the...