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Hong Kong descends into chaos again as protesters defy ban

Oct. 20, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong streets descended into chaotic scenes following an unauthorized pro-democracy rally Sunday, as protesters set up roadblocks and torched businesses, and police responded with tear gas and a water cannon. Protesters tossed firebombs and took their anger out on shops with mainland...

French rail routes disrupted by strike over train security

Oct. 18, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A wildcat strike has severely disrupted train travel around France, as railway workers demand better security after a recent accident. Traffic was particularly tangled Friday in southern France and western France, around Lyon and in the Paris region, according to the SNCF national rail...

Slowing economy, trade wars, drag on US rail companies

Oct. 17, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The slowing economy and ongoing trade disputes are dragging railroad profits down in the second half of the year. Two railroads, Union Pacific and CSX, have reported declining profit and revenue this week as they hauled less grain, imported goods and other products. Union Pacific's...

London commuters scuffle with climate activists

Oct. 17, 2019 6:42 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Angry commuters scuffled with climate activists who climbed onto the roofs of trains early Thursday, snarling services in the busy morning rush hours in the British capital. Londoners have largely tolerated a series of peaceful protests in recent days by the Extinction Rebellion group, but...

Railroads to renew push for one-man crews in contract talks

Oct. 8, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The biggest U.S. freight railroads appear ready to renew their push to reduce their crews to one person from the current two-man operation used at major railroads now. Eight U.S. railroads have filed a federal lawsuit against the union that represents rail conductors to force the union...

Lam says Chinese military could step in if uprising gets bad

Oct. 8, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam warned Tuesday that the Chinese military could step in if an uprising for democratic reforms that has rocked the city for months "becomes so bad" but said the government still hopes to resolve the crisis itself. Lam urged foreign critics to accept that the four...

Hong Kong lawmakers challenge mask ban as protests persist

Oct. 5, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A group of pro-democracy Hong Kong legislators filed a legal challenge against the government's use of a colonial-era emergency law to criminalize the wearing of masks at rallies to quell anti-government demonstrations, which diminished in intensity but didn't stop. The mask ban that went...

The Latest: Hong Kong lawmakers seek to block mask ban

Oct. 5, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 11:05 p.m. A group of pro-democracy Hong Kong legislators has filed a legal challenge against the government's use of a colonial-era emergency law to criminalize the wearing of face masks at rallies to quell anti-government...

Woman shot when dog jumps onto car console, causes gunfire

Oct. 4, 2019 10:45 PM EDT

ENID, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman was shot in the thigh when a dog inside the vehicle with her jumped onto a back seat console, causing a gun under the console to fire. The Enid News & Eagle reports that Tina Springer was in the passenger seat of the vehicle that had stopped Thursday to wait for a...

Lawmakers plan investigation in NJ Transit's 'failures'

Oct. 1, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers in New Jersey are launching an investigation into the state's beleaguered transit system. Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney said in a statement Tuesday he's setting up a committee to probe the agency over "continued failures and to develop an action plan to turn...