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23 states widen challenge to Trump administration car rules

Nov. 15, 2019 4:50 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Friday broadened its effort to block the Trump administration from ending its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. It was joined by 22 states, the District of Columbia and two cities in suing the U.S. Environmental...

Maine awarded $44.6M for projects in Woolwich, Lubec

Nov. 10, 2019 2:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maine has been awarded $44.6 million to fund two transportation projects sought by the Maine Department of Transportation and the town of Lubec. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says the projects funded through the federal BUILD program will help replace the U.S. Route 1 bridge in Woolwich and...

Anchorage receives $25M grant for Port of Alaska upgrades

Nov. 8, 2019 9:12 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage has been awarded a $25 million grant to assist with upgrades to the Port of Alaska, officials said. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant will help fund construction of a new $214 million petroleum and cement terminal that is part of a $2 billion modernization...

US highway deaths fall in 2018 for second straight year

Oct. 22, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Traffic deaths in the U.S. fell slightly in 2018 for the second straight year, the government's road safety agency said Tuesday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributed the 2.4% drop partially to technology in newer vehicles that can prevent crashes. A total of 36,560...

The Latest: Trump congratulates Japanese Emperor Naruhito

Oct. 22, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony (all times local): 12:15 a.m. Wednesday President Donald Trump has congratulated Japanese Emperor Naruhito on his enthronement. The White House said in a statement that the president and first lady Melania Trump offer their...

Japan set to celebrate Emperor Naruhito's enthronement

Oct. 21, 2019 5:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is abuzz ahead of a ceremony Tuesday marking Emperor Naruhito's ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne. It is one of several formal ceremonies for Naruhito, 59, who has been a full-fledged emperor since succeeding in May after the abdication of his father, Akihito. A look at the...

Widodo begins 2nd term pledging to make Indonesia developed

Oct. 20, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo was sworn in Sunday for his second and final five-year term with pledges to champion democracy and take bolder actions against poverty and entrenched corruption in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. Known for his down-to-earth style,...

UPS gets government approval to become a drone airline

Oct. 1, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — UPS has won government approval to operate a nationwide fleet of drones, which will let the company expand deliveries on hospital campuses and move it one step closer to making deliveries to consumers. Many regulatory obstacles remain, however, before UPS — or other operators who are...

Michigan airports getting $39.6M in infrastructure grants

Sep. 28, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says Michigan airports are getting $39.6 million for improvements. Transportation Department Secretary Elaine Chao recently announced recipients of the grants, which are part of nationwide Airport Improvement Program funding. The grants include...

FAA awards $43 million in grants to Arizona's airports

Sep. 24, 2019 12:34 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Several Arizona airports, including Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, will receive more than $43 million in federal infrastructure grants. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced Monday that the Federal Aviation Administration is awarding investments to improve five...