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Suspected DUI driver held after passing out in moving Tesla

Sep. 17, 2021 23:20 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — A woman who apparently passed out while her Tesla was on Autopilot and hit a Southern California freeway wall was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, authorities said. Karla Villanueva, 31, was arrested late Thursday in the Los Angeles...

System outage grounds United flights briefly

Sep. 17, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — United Airlines suffered a brief system outage early Friday and the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop of less than an hour for all United flights. The ground stop order was lifted before 8 a.m. at the airline's request, according to...

Pilot safely lands plane in Livingston Co after engine woes

Sep. 16, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

FOWLERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A pilot safely landed his single-engine aircraft in a field after encountering mechanical trouble Thursday afternoon, Michigan State Police said. The 33-year-old pilot was able to land the plane with no damage or injuries in Handy Township in...

US will give runway rights at NJ airport to a budget airline

Sep. 16, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Department said Thursday it will give rights for several afternoon and evening flights in Newark, New Jersey, to a budget airline to drive down fares. The coveted takeoff and landing rights were previously used by Southwest...

Pilot killed in Middle Georgia crash was a local crop duster

Sep. 14, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

RHINE, Ga. (AP) — The pilot of small plane that crashed in Middle Georgia has been identified as a local crop duster. Jake Boney, 30, died when the plane crashed late Sunday near Highway 280 just outside the town of Rhine, Dodge County Sheriff Brian Robinson said. ...

No survivors in small plane crash at Lake Havasu airport

Sep. 13, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — At least one person has died after a small airplane crashed at the Lake Havasu City Airport and burst into flames. Lake Havasu City officials say police first received reports of a crash around 4:10 p.m. Sunday. Upon...

Small plane crashes in Middle Georgia, killing pilot

Sep. 13, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

RHINE, Ga. (AP) — The pilot of small plane died when it crashed in Middle Georgia over the weekend. The crash happened late Sunday near Highway 280 just outside the town of Rhine, WMAZ-TV reported. The single-engine plane crashed in a wooded area,...

Roadwork closing US 60 between Superior, Miami for 5 days

Sep. 10, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

GLOBE, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Highway 60 between the mining communities of Superior and Miami will be closed most of next week to align the roadway with a new bridge, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The highway in the mountains southeast of metro...

US doubles the fine for people who break mask rule on planes

Sep. 09, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is doubling the fine for people who break the rule requiring masks on planes, trains and other forms of public transit to slow the spread of COVID-19, with President Joe Biden warning Thursday that violators should “be prepared to pay.” ...

New Mexico monument project seeks input on air tour plan

Sep. 04, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The public will have a chance to weigh in on a plan to allow air tours over Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. The National Park Service and the Federal Aviation Administration are asking for public comment on the draft of the proposed...