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Laos opens railway to China as debt to Beijing rises

Dec. 03, 2021 07:12 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — After a blessing by Buddhist monks, Lao Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh on Friday rode the first run of a $5.9 billion Chinese-built railway that links isolated, mountainous Laos with southern China in an effort to increase trade. Both governments tout...

EXPLAINER: What are the rules for travelers entering the US?

Dec. 02, 2021 15:54 PM EST

President Joe Biden’s latest measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 will increase the hassle factor of flying into the United States, even for American citizens returning from overseas. Beginning next week, travelers heading to the U.S. will be required to show...

TSA requires rail and airports to strengthen cybersecurity

Dec. 02, 2021 14:45 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is issuing new directives and recommendations aimed at strengthening the cybersecurity defenses of U.S. rail and airport operators. The Biden administration said the requirements made public Thursday are...

Railroad crossing crashes kill 2 drivers in Louisiana

Dec. 02, 2021 12:18 PM EST

AMITE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say two drivers have died in crashes at railroad crossings in different parts of the state. Louisiana State Police say James Kelly, 55, of Delhi, was thrown from his pickup truck when a freight train hit it about 4 p.m. Wednesday...

Laos-China railway to launch as debt to Beijing mounts

Dec. 02, 2021 07:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Laos, a nation of 7 million people wedged between China, Vietnam and Thailand, is opening a $5.9 billion Chinese-built railway that links China's poor southwest to foreign markets but piles on potentially risky debt. The line through lush tropical...

November economy index falls, but confidence ticks up

Dec. 01, 2021 15:38 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Business leaders in nine Midwest and Plains states indicate the region’s economy remains healthy and have seen their confidence in the economy over the next six months improve, according to a new monthly survey released Wednesday. But about half of...

NTSB issues safety alert to subways, rail over wheel defect

Dec. 01, 2021 14:52 PM EST

The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday issued a safety alert to subway systems and commuter railroads over a wheelset problem that led to a derailment in the nation’s capital, saying the defect is difficult to detect and potentially devastating. The...

Woman beaten on train in latest SEPTA violence

Dec. 01, 2021 13:56 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia transit officials say a woman was beaten by two juveniles on a train Tuesday evening, just hours after hundreds of people gathered at a rally prompted by an attack on the train last month. The rally against Asian American hate was...

Arizona history-Dec. 5-11

Dec. 01, 2021 11:57 AM EST

Sunday, Dec. 5 On this date in 1873, a Telegraph Ball was held in Tucson to celebrate completion of the first military telegraph to the town. On this date in 1905, there was great public indignation when President Theodore Roosevelt’s message to...

Explosion of WWII bomb in Munich injures 4, disrupts trains

Dec. 01, 2021 09:03 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A World War II bomb exploded at a construction site next to a busy railway line in Munich on Wednesday, injuring four people, one of them seriously, German authorities said. A column of smoke was seen rising from the site near the Donnersbergerbruecke...