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Los Angeles buys 155 zero-emission electric buses for fleet

Feb. 20, 2020 9:33 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Department of Transportation will add 155 electric buses to the city's fleet over the next two years, officials said Thursday. The department said 130 of the vehicles were purchased from local manufacturer BYD and constitute the largest single purchase of electric buses...

New Mexico school districts unveil first propane buses

Feb. 19, 2020 12:40 PM EST

MORIARTY, N.M. (AP) — Three New Mexico school districts will be rolling out the state’s first propane-fueled buses for the upcoming school year. Districts that serve schools in Los Lunas, Magdalena and the Moriarty area have purchased propane buses as part of a partnership with the state Public...

Alabama ‘Idol’ hopeful: Auditions were life-changing

Feb. 15, 2020 12:02 AM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s Douglas Kiker, who’ll be featured in the season premiere of “American Idol,” has the perfect Cinderella story: Until recently, the only singing he did was in the shower. “I got a late start on music, I literally just started singing a few...

Security officials wear face masks as they march in formation near Tiananmen Gate adjacent to Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. China on Monday expanded sweeping efforts to contain a viral disease by postponing the end of this week's Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as the death toll rose to 80. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Mongolia closes border, China extends holiday to fight virus

Jan. 27, 2020 6:11 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China expanded its sweeping efforts on Monday to contain a dangerous new virus, extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as the death toll rose to 81. Mongolia closed its vast border with China, and Hong Kong and Malaysia announced they...

Company closing electric bus body plant in central Iowa

Jan. 24, 2020 11:38 AM EST

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — A central Iowa plant that produces bodies for electric buses is closing, officials said, affecting nearly 150 employees. TPI Composites announced Thursday that production at the Newton plant will be consolidated at a company plant in Warren, Rhode Island. The plant will close by the end...

Mack Trucks to lay off 300 at Pennsylvania assembly plant

Jan. 8, 2020 7:35 PM EST

MACUNGIE, Pa. (AP) — Mack Trucks plans to lay off 305 employees at its assembly plant north of Philadelphia, the company said Wednesday. Mack blamed the layoffs at its Lower Macungie Township plant on a downturn in the heavy-duty truck market. They will take effect at the end of February, The (Allentown)...

FILE - In this July 8, 2018, file photo, clouds are reflected above the company logo on the hood of a Tesla vehicle outside a showroom in Littleton, Colo. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the crash of a speeding Tesla that killed two people in a Los Angeles suburb, the agency announced Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

3 crashes, 3 deaths raise questions about Tesla's Autopilot

Jan. 3, 2020 3:05 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Three crashes involving Teslas that killed three people have increased scrutiny of the company’s Autopilot driving system just months before CEO Elon Musk has planned to put fully self-driving cars on the streets. On Sunday, a Tesla Model S sedan left a freeway in Gardena, California,...

FILE - In this July 8, 2018, file photo, clouds are reflected above the company logo on the hood of a Tesla vehicle outside a showroom in Littleton, Colo. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the crash of a speeding Tesla that killed two people in a Los Angeles suburb, the agency announced Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Feds will investigate deadly Tesla crash in California

Jan. 1, 2020 1:04 AM EST

GARDENA, Calif. (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the crash of a speeding Tesla that killed two people in a Los Angeles suburb, the agency announced Tuesday. Agency spokesman Sean Rushton wouldn’t say whether the Tesla Model S was on Autopilot when it crashed...