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Militants bomb, derail phosphate train in central Syria

Jul. 21, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's transport ministry said a freight train carrying phosphate derailed and caught fire Sunday after getting hit by explosives planted on the tracks by militants in the country's center. The government-owned train was transporting phosphate from mines in Khunayfis in Homs...

Lane closure to begin as crews start work on new bridge

Jul. 21, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina highway crews are closing a lane on the main highway north out of downtown Columbia as they prepare to build a new bridge. The state Department of Transportation said the lane closure on the state Highway 277 north bridge over Interstate 77 will start Monday night and...

Alabama's busiest airport adds biometric screening service

Jul. 21, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's busiest airport is partnering with a company that can identify passengers through eye scans and fingerprints. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport recently added kiosks offering the technology for a fee, Al.com reported. The CLEAR service is available for a $15...

Hill Air Force Base personnel conducting training in Europe

Jul. 20, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AP) — Combat aircraft and support personnel from Hill Air Force Base in Utah are conducting training in several European countries. Hill officials said Friday the readiness exercise includes having F-35As land, refuel and re-arm with dummy munitions at forward airfields in Poland...

Gulf tanker incidents may raise shippers' costs, cut traffic

Jul. 20, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

Seizures of oil tankers and other hostile Iranian measures in the Strait of Hormuz are already raising insurance rates for shipping companies and could eventually reduce tanker traffic in the vital waterway, with a spike in global oil prices a serious risk even without war, energy and maritime experts say. On...

Glacier officials teed off over tourists' golf break

Jul. 20, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park officials are teed off over a report that tourists were hitting golf balls off Going-to-the-Sun Road during a traffic delay. NBC Montana posted a video Thursday taken by a tourist during a road construction delay that shows two men teeing off with golf clubs on...

Officials: BA suspending flights from London for 2 days

Jul. 20, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian officials say Cairo's international airport has been notified by British Airways that the airline is suspending flights to and from London for two days. Airport officials say the decision came after British official conducted regular security checks earlier this week at the airport....

Native Hawaiians say telescope represents bigger struggle

Jul. 20, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Walter Ritte has been fighting for decades to protect Native Hawaiian rights, inspiring a new generation of activists trying to stop construction of a giant telescope they see as representative of a bigger struggle. In his early 30s, Ritte occupied a small Hawaiian island used as a military...

[Opponents hit back at toll plans for new Mobile bridge]

Jul. 20, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Opponents are hitting back at the state's plan to charge tolls of as much as $6 each way to finance construction of a huge $2 billion bridge on Alabama's coast at Mobile. The Interstate 10 bridge across the Mobile River and Mobile Bay would be one of the nation's largest, spanning about...

Opponents hit back at toll plans for new Mobile bridge

Jul. 20, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Opponents are hitting back at the state's plan to charge tolls of as much as $6 each way to finance construction of a huge $2 billion bridge on Alabama's coast at Mobile. The Interstate 10 bridge across the Mobile River and Mobile Bay would be one of the nation's largest, spanning about...