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US charges Belarus with air piracy in reporter's arrest

Jan. 20, 2022 18:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors charged four Belarusian government officials on Thursday with aircraft piracy for diverting a Ryanair flight last year to arrest an opposition journalist, using a ruse that there was a bomb threat. The charges, announced by federal prosecutors in...

New vehicles to be rated on how they make drivers stay alert

Jan. 20, 2022 17:03 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Two organizations that influence many Americans’ automobile buying decisions will begin rating vehicles on how well they track behavior of motorists who use partially automated driver-assist systems. Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety...

NYC mayor says even he doesn't feel safe on subway system

Jan. 19, 2022 14:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — After a woman was pushed to her death in front of a New York City subway train beneath Times Square over the weekend, Mayor Eric Adams acknowledged to reporters Tuesday that even he didn’t feel entirely safe riding the rails. The Democrat recounted when he rode...

NTSB chief to fed agency: Stop using misleading statistics

Jan. 18, 2022 18:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With traffic fatalities spiking higher, the nation’s top safety investigator says a widely cited government statistic that 94% of serious crashes are solely due to driver error is misleading and that the Transportation Department should stop using it. Jennifer...

TSA seizes 254 firearms at North Carolina airports in 2021

Jan. 18, 2022 16:39 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Transportation Security Administration officers seized 106 guns at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in 2021, nearly double the number they seized at the airport in the previous year, a news release said. Another 100 firearms were taken at the security...

Michigan students participating in safe driving campaign

Jan. 15, 2022 09:09 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Students at 38 Michigan high schools are participating in the “Strive for a Safer Drive” peer-led traffic safety campaign. The program is in its 11th year and aims to reduce crashes involving teenagers by encouraging then to talk with other teens and their...

3 women charged with beating airline security officer at JFK

Jan. 14, 2022 11:33 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Three women are facing federal charges of attacking an airline security worker who tried to block them from boarding a flight at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport in September because of what prosecutors say was problematic behavior, including a refusal to wear a face mask...

Court: Oklahoma rail crossing law violates federal authority

Jan. 12, 2022 09:50 AM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has found that Oklahoma’s law creating a 10-minute limit on trains blocking city streets violates the federal government’s authority. “Exclusive jurisdiction over transportation by rail carriers and the operation of tracks or...

Omicron explosion spurs nationwide breakdown of services

Jan. 08, 2022 11:16 AM EST

Ambulances in Kansas speed toward hospitals then suddenly change direction because hospitals are full. Employee shortages in New York City cause delays in trash and subway services and diminish the ranks of firefighters and emergency workers. Airport officials shut down security checkpoints at the...

Roadway deaths in Utah hit nearly 20-year high last year

Jan. 08, 2022 08:01 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — They were parents. They were children. They were well-loved community members. They were simply doing their jobs. They were the 320 people who died on Utah roadways in 2021, according to data from the Utah Department of Transportation and Utah Highway Patrol....