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North Carolina ferry workers test positive for COVID-19

Oct. 21, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Five workers on a North Carolina ferry route have tested positive for COVID-19, the N.C. Department of Transportation said Wednesday. A news release from the department said the five employees work on the Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach run. The news release says the five employees are...

Correction: Railroad Bridge-Major Disaster story

Oct. 21, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

PROSSER, Wash. (AP) — In a story October 20, 2020, about a Washington state request for federal disaster relief because of widespread widlfires in September, The Associated Press erroneously reported the state had asked that a destroyed, 100-year-old bridge across the Yakima River near Prosser be included....

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Oct. 21, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Oct. 21 The Decatur Daily and The TimesDaily on outdoor trails and historic sites in Alabama: With the new coronavirus taking its toll on leisure travel and many people stuck at home and starting to go stir crazy, it’s important to remember that taking care...

National security adviser visits Maine naval installations

Oct. 21, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

President Donald Trump's national security adviser is paying visits to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Bath Iron Works. Robert C. O’Brien started his day Wednesday at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which repairs and overhauls nuclear-powered attack submarines in Kittery, Maine. Afterward, he was traveling to...

China's BYD, Japan's Hino announce electric truck venture

Oct. 21, 2020 5:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese electric car brand BYD Auto and Japanese truck maker Hino Motors said Wednesday they are jointly setting up a company to develop battery-powered trucks and buses. The venture is one of a series of tie-ups between Chinese and foreign automakers to share the multibillion-dollar costs...

FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Cathay Pacific Airways aircrafts line up on the tarmac at the Hong Kong International Airport. Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, said it would cut 8,500 jobs and shut down its regional airline unit in a corporate restructuring, as it grapples with the plunge in air travel due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Cathay Pacific cuts 8,500 jobs, shutters regional airline

Oct. 21, 2020 3:47 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways said Wednesday it would cut 8,500 jobs and shut a regional airline as it grapples with the plunge in air travel due to the pandemic. About 5,300 employees based in Hong Kong and another 600 elsewhere will likely lose their jobs, and 2,600 unfilled...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

MBTA reduces next years forecasted fare revenue

Oct. 20, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has decreased next year’s fare revenue forecast by nearly a third, a sign of the extended economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The MBTA predicts that fare revenue will reach no more than 38% of pre-pandemic levels by June. That...

This image released Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, by the USS Constitution Museum in Boston shows a document of private signals used between the U.S. Navy and the Navy of Great Britain. It is part of a collection of documents related to the early years of the USS Constitution acquired by the museum that will be unveiled during a virtual celebration for the ship's 223rd birthday on Wednesday. (USS Constitution Museum via AP)

Papers shed light on early years of 'Old Ironsides,' Navy

Oct. 20, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

The U.S.S. Constitution Museum has acquired more than 150 documents, including correspondence from President George Washington's secretary of war and the leader of the Haitian Revolution, that shed light on the warship's early years and the young United States' first international conflict. The collection...

Nebraska Dept. of Transportation head leaving for new job

Oct. 20, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An official who oversaw Nebraska's road and bridge repairs after last year's historic floods and helped create the state Department of Transportation is leaving his post for a private-sector job, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Tuesday. Nebraska DOT Director Kyle Schneweis is stepping...