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St. Louis County Executive Sam Page provides an update on local coronavirus cases during a news conference at the Office of Emergency Management in Baldwin, Mo., Monday, March 9, 2020. Page spoke Monday that county health officials used the same protocol they have used for years when working with people with communicable diseases. He said he was

Missouri virus case shows 1 exposure can mean major response

Mar. 10, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The 20-something college student didn’t know she had the new coronavirus as she flew home from a study abroad program in Italy, landing at one of the nation’s busiest airports. She took a train to a St. Louis station shared by Amtrak and the Greyhound bus service. Her...

Facebook says it will ban ads for medical face masks

Mar. 7, 2020 2:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook is temporarily banning advertisements for medical face masks as part of an effort to prevent use of its platform to exploit people's concerns about the new coronavirus. The ban covers advertisements on the social media platform as well as commercial listings on Facebook...

FILE - In this March 17, 2015 file photo, William J. Flynn, President and CEO of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., speaks at the 14th Annual Aviation Summit in Washington. Flynn was named CEO of Amtrak Monday, March 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Amtrak names former air cargo executive as new CEO

Mar. 2, 2020 4:25 PM EST

Amtrak named a former air cargo executive as its new president and chief operating officer Monday. William Flynn will take over in mid-April. He will replace Richard Anderson, who has served as CEO since July 2017 and will stay on until the end of the year. Flynn, 66, has served as president and CEO of the...

Judge acquits Amtrak officer in fatal Chicago shooting

Feb. 28, 2020 2:38 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Friday acquitted an Amtrak police officer of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Minnesota man at a major train station in Chicago. Cook County Judge Dennis Porter said LaRoyce Tankson reasonably believed he was acting in self-defense when he shot Chad...

FILE - This Oct. 17, 2018 file photo shows damage to the Hudson River rail tunnel in New York. The news that Amtrak is working with federal officials to do extensive repairs to its Hudson River rail tunnel while a plan to build a new tunnel languishes raises the specter of more delays for already beleaguered commuters.  Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told a House subcommittee Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020,  that the work needs to happen now instead of waiting for a new tunnel to be built, (Pool Photo/Victor J. Blue/The New York Times via AP)

New York rail tunnel repairs could mean more rider headaches

Feb. 28, 2020 12:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The news that Amtrak will ramp up repairs to its century-old Hudson River rail tunnel while a project to build a new tunnel languishes likely will translate into more headaches for already beleaguered commuters. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told a House subcommittee Thursday...

Rail bridge OK'd to seek fed funds; tunnel doesn't make cut

Feb. 11, 2020 12:03 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two long-delayed New York-area rail projects received mixed reviews from federal officials Monday, as a plan for a replacement for a century-old bridge earned high enough marks to finally qualify for federal funding but a larger project to build a new tunnel under the Hudson River remained...

This undated photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website  (NerdWallet via AP)

Liz Weston: I travel-hacked a college tour and saved $3,000

Feb. 4, 2020 10:54 AM EST

Amtrak’s “buy one, get one” spring sale got me started. My teenage daughter and I had used a similar two-for-one deal last year to take an overnight train trip from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon. This year, she wanted to use her spring break to check out colleges in Chicago as well as the...