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Neil Goldschmidt, former Oregon governor who confessed to sex with a minor in the 1970s, has died

Jun. 13, 2024 09:52 AM EDT

Former Oregon Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, who as mayor of Portland was credited with starting the city on its path to becoming a magnet for the young, hip and liberal but whose reputation unraveled after it was revealed he had sex with a 14-year-old, has died. He was 83. Goldschmidt died...

US airlines are suing the Biden administration over a new rule to make certain fees easier to spot

May. 13, 2024 14:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. airlines are suing to block the Biden administration from requiring greater transparency over fees that the carriers charge their passengers, saying that a new rule would confuse consumers by giving them too much information during the ticket-buying process. ...

Red, yellow, green ... and white? Smarter vehicles could mean big changes for the traffic light

May. 11, 2024 14:02 PM EDT

As cars and trucks get smarter and more connected, the humble lights that have controlled the flow of traffic for more than a century could also be on the cusp of a major transformation. Researchers are exploring ways to use features in modern cars, such as GPS, to make traffic safer...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Apr. 17, 2024 13:01 PM EDT

Uniontown Herald-Standard. April 13, 2024. Editorial: Banning use of handheld phones while driving a step in right direction Imagine it’s morning rush hour and you’re at a stop light. Your child is strapped into the back seat and you are driving her to day care. ...

The Biden administration recruits 15 states to help enforce airline consumer laws

Apr. 16, 2024 18:00 PM EDT

The Biden administration is enlisting the help of officials in 15 states to enforce consumer-protection laws covering airline travelers, a power that by law is limited to the federal government. The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the states, which include...

Environmentalists protest as Biden administration approves huge oil export terminal off Texas coast

Apr. 11, 2024 20:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that environmentalists called a betrayal, the Biden administration has approved the construction of a deepwater oil export terminal off the Texas coast that would be the largest of its kind in the United States. The Sea Port Oil Terminal being developed...

Biden awards $830 million to toughen nation's infrastructure against climate change

Apr. 11, 2024 05:52 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday awarded $830 million in grants to fund 80 projects aimed at toughening the nation's aging infrastructure against the harmful impacts of climate change. The money is expected to improve bridges, roads, ports, rail, transit and...

11 injured as bus carrying University of South Carolina fraternity crashes in Mississippi

Apr. 06, 2024 21:15 PM EDT

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — Eleven people were injured when a bus carrying University of South Carolina students blew a tire and hit a concrete barrier in Mississippi. Mississippi state troopers said the driver and a student were critically injured and taken by helicopter to...

With all the recent headlines about panels and tires falling off planes, is flying safe?

Mar. 23, 2024 08:38 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — It has been 15 years since the last fatal crash of a U.S. airliner, but you would never know that by reading about a torrent of flight problems in the last three months. There was a time when things like cracked windshields and minor engine problems didn't turn up...

Federal officials want to know how airlines handle — and share — passengers' personal information

Mar. 21, 2024 16:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials said Thursday they will review how airlines protect personal information about their passengers and whether they are making money by sharing that information with other parties. The U.S. Department of Transportation said its review will focus on...