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Louisville restaurants can expand dining to parking areas

Aug. 6, 2020 4:32 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Restaurants in Louisville will be allowed to expand outdoor dining into parking areas under a new Metro Government ordinance. City officials said the ordinance will ease strain on restaurants that have limited indoor seating during the pandemic. “The new on-street dining...

Boston transit agency names new safety chief

Aug. 5, 2020 8:38 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A longtime Chicago public transit executive has been named chief of operational and construction safety for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Boston area's public transit agency, officials say. Ronald L. Ester Jr. was appointed to the position of chief safety officer for the...

New York City Police officers shield a person from view who died after a tree fell on a van as Tropical Storm Isaias moved past New York, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Isaias in New York City halts trains, downs trees, kills 1

Aug. 4, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tropical Storm Isaias halted commuter trains, closed bridges and sent thousands of tree limbs crashing down Tuesday as it barreled through New York City, leaving more than 2.5 million customers in the tristate area without power. The fast-moving storm claimed at least one life in New York....

Barriers up, beaches closed as storm Isaias threatens NYC

Aug. 3, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is putting up storm barriers to protect its famed South Street Seaport, officials are warning of heavy rain and flooding, and commuter train service to and from Connecticut is being reduced with Tropical Storm Isaias expected to hit the Northeastern U.S. on Tuesday. Mayor Bill...

The driver of a New Orleans RTA bus wears protective clothing to protect against coronavirus while driving homeless to the Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans French Quarter/CBD on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The hotel is permitting homeless residents to live in their hotel during the coronavirus pandemic. (Chris Granger/The Advocate via AP)

$250 one-time payments to Louisiana workers begin this week

Jul. 28, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Payments start going out this week to Louisiana's front-line workers who remained at grocery store checkouts, in health care facilities and on bus routes in the first months of the coronavirus outbreak, the revenue department said Tuesday. Louisiana is offering $250 one-time...

Sales tax for bus service will go to Seattle November ballot

Jul. 28, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle voters will be asked to approve a sales tax increase to pay for bus service, as the coronavirus pandemic forces transit budget cutbacks. The Seattle City Council Monday voted to send a measure to the November ballot for a .15% sales tax to renew a city tax known as the Seattle...

A security guard peers out from behind NHL-branded fencing at the entrance where players arrive at Toronto's Royal York hotel, which is acting as the

The Latest: 49ers wide receiver James on COVID-19 list

Jul. 27, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Richie James Jr. has been placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. The list is for a player who tests positive for COVID-19 or has been quarantined after being in close contact with...

FILE- In this March 3, 2020 file photo, Patrick Foye, Chairman and CEO of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, speaks at a New York news conference about preparations in the transit system to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority painted a bleak financial picture at its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as it gave a preliminary look at its budgeting for the next few years amid the fallout from the pandemic, which has decimated revenues from subways, buses and rail lines. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Cuts, fare hikes, gas tax floated as MTA faces budget hole

Jul. 22, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fare and toll increases, wage freezes, service cuts and even a state gas tax were discussed Wednesday as the nation's largest transit agency stared down a gaping budget hole caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority painted a bleak financial picture at...

Suburban Gwinnett County to vote again on transit expansion

Jul. 22, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Voters in Atlanta's most populous suburban county will get another chance in November to vote on a sales tax to fund mass transit expansion. Gwinnett County commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to put the initiative on the ballot, after an earlier vote was rejected in March 2019 by a...

A member of a television crew stands dressed as Hindu god Shiva as Nepalese Hindu devotees wearing masks sit after offering prayers from outside the closed gate of Pashupatinath temple during the holy month of Shrawan in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, July 20, 2020. The temple has been remaining closed for almost four months as part of measures to control the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/NIranjan Shrestha)

The Latest: Nepal ends 120 days of coronavirus lockdown

Jul. 21, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal’s government has ended a lockdown 120 days after it was imposed to control the spread of coronavirus. Information Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada said the number of cases was declining in Nepal. Government and private offices would be fully functional from Wednesday and all...