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FILE - In this March 23, 2018, file photo provided by KTVU, emergency personnel work a the scene where a Tesla electric SUV crashed into a barrier on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, Calif.  The National Transportation Safety Board says the driver of a Tesla SUV who died in a Silicon Valley crash two years ago was playing a video game on his smartphone at the time. Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at the start of a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 that partially automated driving systems like Tesla's Autopilot cannot drive themselves. Yet he says drivers continue to use them without paying attention. (KTVU-TV via AP, File)

NTSB: Tesla Autopilot, distracted driver caused fatal crash

Feb. 25, 2020 6:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tesla’s partially automated driving system steered an electric SUV into a concrete barrier on a Silicon Valley freeway because it was operating under conditions it couldn't handle and because the driver likely was distracted by playing a game on his smartphone, the National...

Indiana Senate endorses ban on drivers using handheld phones

Feb. 25, 2020 5:04 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal that would ban motorists from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads appears on its way to becoming law. The Indiana Senate voted 43-4 Tuesday in favor of the bill that supporters say is aimed at making roadways safer by combating distracted driving. House members...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Feb. 24, 2020 6:13 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Kent State must keep Fonda as May 4 speaker Akron Beacon Journal Feb. 22 Nearly 47 years after the last U.S. combat troops boarded a C-130 and departed Tan Son Nhut air base near Saigon, the Vietnam War continues to divide us. Worse yet,...

TSA: Woman arrested with loaded gun at NY's Stewart Airport

Feb. 24, 2020 9:30 AM EST

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A woman tried to board a plane in New York with a loaded handgun in her carry-on luggage, the Transportation Security Administration said. TSA officers spotted the .380-caliber gun as the woman went through security at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh on Friday, the agency...

Law barring cellphone use while driving takes effect Sunday

Feb. 22, 2020 10:41 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A law that bars drivers in Massachusetts from using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel takes effect Sunday, but motorists won't immediately face a fine if they're stopped by police. The law signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in November brings Massachusetts in line with every other...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2018 file photo, a Ryanair plane parks at the airport in Weeze, Germany. Europe's busiest airline, Ryanair, said Monday Feb. 3, 2020, that the grounding of the new Boeing Max jets will delay its growth targets. The budget carrier, which is based in Ireland and carries more passengers than any other airline in Europe, plans to extend by a year or two its target of flying 200 million people per year. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Ryanair CEO criticized for singling out Muslim men as threat

Feb. 22, 2020 6:46 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary is facing criticism for suggesting Muslim men should be singled out for extra scrutiny at airports. The boss of the Irish budget carrier told Saturday’s Times of London that families with young children should not be subjected to airport...

Lesa and Jeff Dahl of Castlewood testified about their son Jacob Dahl's death from distracted driving before the House Transportation Committee on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Lisa Kaczke/Argus Leader via AP)

Parents plead for tougher texting while driving penalties

Feb. 22, 2020 1:01 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Jacob William Dahl was a 19-year-old Northern State University student when he was killed after running into the back of a soybean truck while looking at his cellphone. Dahl, a 2013 graduate of Castlewood High School, was "the greatest kid in the world," his father Jeff Dahl said. Jacob...

Loaded gun found at TF Green Airport checkpoint

Feb. 21, 2020 12:23 PM EST

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Florida woman was arrested at Rhode Island's main airport after Transportation Security Administration officers found a small loaded handgun in her handbag, the agency said. TSA officers at T.F. Green Airport found the 5-inch Derringer in the checkpoint X-ray machine on Thursday and...

FILE - This Oct. 17, 2019, file photo, shows a commuter airplane that crashed near the airport in Unalaska, Alaska, killing a passenger. Alaska needs a comprehensive review effort to improve aviation safety because its aviation fatal and non fatal accident rates are far higher than the national average, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Jim Paulin via AP, File)

Alaska needs broad review of aviation safety, officials say

Feb. 20, 2020 9:44 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska needs a comprehensive review effort to improve aviation safety because its fatal and non-fatal accident rates are far higher than the national average, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. The NTSB issued a safety recommendation to the Federal Aviation...

Ryan Newman (6) goes airborne after crashing into Corey LaJoie (32) during the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Sunday's running of the race was postponed by rain. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Ryan Newman Daytona 500 crash shows racing never truly safe

Feb. 18, 2020 6:49 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt's death on the final lap of the Daytona 500 may have saved Ryan Newman's life. Earnhardt died 19 years ago Tuesday, the same day Roush Fenway Racing said Newman was awake and talking to doctors and family following his own harrowing accident on the last lap of the...