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China's Baidu races Waymo, GM to develop self-driving cars

Jun. 28, 2022 23:51 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — With no one at the wheel, a self-driving taxi developed by tech giant Baidu Inc. is rolling down a Beijing street when its sensors spot the corner of a delivery cart jutting into its lane. The taxi stops a half-car-length away. “So sorry,” a recorded voice tells...

Carnival shares cruise higher on gains in revenue, bookings

Jun. 24, 2022 19:20 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Long-battered shares of Carnival Corp. jumped more than 12% Friday as the cruise line owner reported a big increase in revenue, occupancy levels, and bookings for future trips. However, the company posted a $1.83 billion second-quarter loss and said the effects of the...

Cruise ships adding sports betting options for passengers

Jun. 17, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

The fast-growing legal sports betting industry is extending its reach to the middle of the ocean. BetMGM and Carnival Corporation announced a deal Friday to put sports books on more than 50 U.S.-based ships. The arrangement will allow betting while the ships are at sea...

Cruise liners try to rewrite climate rules despite vows

Jun. 07, 2022 07:02 AM EDT

The trade group representing the cruise ship industry unsuccessfully pushed international authorities to water down new environmental regulations despite its members’ climate commitments, experts in marine air pollution warn. Late last month, the International Maritime Organization rejected a...

California regulators approve state's 1st robotic taxi fleet

Jun. 02, 2022 20:39 PM EDT

California regulators on Thursday gave a robotic taxi service the green light to begin charging passengers for driverless rides in San Francisco, a first in a state where dozens of companies have been trying to train vehicles to steer themselves on increasingly congested roads. The...

Japan to allow limited foreign package tours as experiment

May. 17, 2022 07:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government announced Tuesday it will begin allowing small package tours from four countries later this month before gradually opening up to foreign tourism for the first time since it imposed tight border restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. ...

New Zealand to fully reopen borders, welcome skilled workers

May. 11, 2022 01:35 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand will reopen its borders to tourists from all countries by July, allow back cruise ships and make it easier for skilled workers to immigrate as it looks outward to the world again following the COVID-19 pandemic, the government said Wednesday. ...

Hawaii helicopter crash that killed 7 was '100% preventable'

May. 10, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal investigators blamed a deadly 2019 helicopter crash in Hawaii on the pilot’s decision to keep flying into worsening weather, and in a report Tuesday they accused regulators of lax oversight of air tours that are popular among tourists to the islands. The...

Gettysburg guides launch Culpeper battlefield tours

May. 08, 2022 09:07 AM EDT

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Gettysburg, America’s best-known Civil War battlefield, draws scads of visitors every year, many of them escorted by its renowned Licensed Battlefield Guides. Less so, Culpeper County, Virginia, whose Brandy Station battlefield is where the Gettysburg...

Investigators raid Japan boat company's office after sinking

May. 02, 2022 09:52 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Coast guard officials searched the office of a Japanese tour boat operator on Monday as part of a criminal investigation into suspicions that professional negligence caused the sinking of a vessel carrying 26 people in a national park last month. The Kazu 1 sightseeing...