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The Latest: Weather shuts down St. Louis airport

May. 21, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the central United States (all times local): 6:45 p.m. A severe storm in the St. Louis area is forcing Lambert Airport to temporarily halt all flights. The storm rolled into the region Tuesday evening. Funnel clouds were reported in St. Charles County, but...

FAA: Alaska air carrier suspends operations after 2nd crash

May. 21, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska air carrier involved in two deadly floatplane crashes in a week has voluntarily suspended operations, federal officials said Tuesday. The halt of flightseeing and commuter flights is in place indefinitely, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The action comes...

The Latest: Pilot killed in Alaska plane crash identified

May. 21, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a second fatal Alaska floatplane crash in a week (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The police chief of Metlakatla has identified the pilot of Monday's deadly commuter plane crash in that Alaska community. The pilot was identified as 51-year-old Ron Rash of Harrisburg,...

Jury awards $27M in damages after fatal crash in Oregon

May. 21, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal jury in Oregon has awarded nearly $27 million in damages against two trucking companies and their drivers who lawyers say were involved in a road rage episode that killed a motorist. The jury deliberated for about five hours before returning its verdict Friday after a...

Bella Vista warned of unsafe air near underground dump fire

May. 21, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

BELLA VISTA, Ark. (AP) — A property owner's association is warning residents about the unhealthy air near an underground fire that's been burning for 10 months at a former unlicensed dump in northwestern Arkansas. Crews began fighting the fire Saturday at the Trafalgar Road site in Bella Vista, about 170...

Investigators: Human error caused deadly Amtrak crash

May. 21, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A 2017 deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state happened because the engineer lost track of where he was on the route and was going more than twice the speed limit when he hit a curve, federal safety investigators said Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board announced the...

Storms in Midwest leave string of tornadoes, flooding

May. 21, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dangerous storms left a string of more than 30 tornadoes across the central U.S., damaging homes in Oklahoma, demolishing a racetrack grandstand in Missouri and inundating the region with water over a short period. Two deaths, both in Missouri, were blamed on the severe weather that...

The Latest: Investigators: Human error caused Amtrak crash

May. 21, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a National Transportation Safety Board meeting about a fatal Amtrak derailment south of Seattle (all times local): 3:33 p.m. Federal safety investigators say a deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state happened because the engineer lost track of where he was on the...

New lawsuit claims Boeing Max suffered from faulty design

May. 21, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

A new lawsuit says Boeing's design of the 737 Max was faulty and the company was able to rush the plane into production because it faced little oversight from regulators. The lawsuit says the plane could crash if a single part malfunctioned, that Boeing concealed problems and refused to ground the plane on its...

Costs mounting as Davenport recovers from river flooding

May. 21, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport's public works department has spent more than $1 million on fighting floods this spring and that figure is expected to rise as the city prepares to hold back future deluges, officials said. A provisional flood barricade holding back the Mississippi River ruptured on April...